Firstly, a bit of background. When my girlfriend and I came back from our Antigua holiday we decided that what we needed to do was plan another holiday. We decided that a week in Las Vegas in December might be a nice opportunity to see the town again (we went a couple of years ago and loved it), do some Christmas shopping and drive up to the Grand Canyon for a couple of days (we flew last time). Oh, and she was going to look out for some business class deals because we’re sick of travelling economy – she’s claustrophobic and I’m just plain tall. With that in mind, she rang me at work at the end of last week and the conversation went something like this:
Her: Hi. Can you take December off work?
Her: You know how I was looking out for Las Vegas flights?
Her: Well, I’ve found this really good deal flying business class to New Zealand…
Her: So I’ve asked my boss and he’s agreed to give me the time off!
Me: [a little exasperated] I’ll ask and check…
Her: Okay, got to go. Bye!
And that was that. So for the month of December I shall be exploring the south island of New Zealand with my good lady. It just so happens that a couple of my friends are moving back to Christchurch and another will be over there for Christmas and New Year so already we have a place to call base camp and they’ve not exactly held back suggesting places to go and visit!
Now that my work has agreed to let me go (I’ll be losing a few days holiday from next year but I’ll deal with that when the time comes) I’m combing the Lonely Planet guide for information and we’re counting the days until we can go. Oh, and I may even update my site while I’m there with photos and tales of how much fun I’m having (maybe). Anyway, if you have any suggestions of places to visit then leave them in the comments section below. In the meantime I’m off to check out business class seats – sooo much legroom (no DVTs for me). And you’d be surprised how good some of the deals around at the moment are – all thanks to the slump in international travel.