It is exactly 15 years ago that I asked Karen to apply some of her magic and work out a trip to the Southern hemisphere for my wife’s and my 30th wedding anniversary.
I thought it is about time to have the honeymoon trip we never had since, at that time, I was still attending university and we didn’t have the money.
And what a trip Karen proposed!
It started on Fiji’s Nukubati Island, a small private island off the Northern coast of Vanua Levu, an hour’s drive from Labasa. It is a paradise for those who like a quiet and peaceful time to relax and recharge batteries. Luxurious service, pristine waters, outstanding scuba diving, fishing and so many more things to do and last but not least, being pampered by the wonderful Fijian people.
We spent Christmas on the island and then went on to Sydney for the New Year celebrations.
Not surprisingly, Karen found –what we believe- is the best location to experience this event: The Quay Grand Sydney Harbour hotel at Circular Quay, with a direct look at the Harbour Bridge and in walking distance from the Opera House and the center of the city. Sydney is a great place to visit, a truly wonderful city.
After a few days in Sydney we continued to the Whitsundays further North. Seaplane trips to Whitehaven Beach and out to the reef for some snorkeling are a must.
After four weeks, which were filled with lasting impressions and just flew by, we returned home and for weeks, we couldn’t stop talking about this miraculous trip, praising Karen’s magical work. As a result, we got our kids all wound up so that we promised to take them also on the same trip, which we did a few years later.
Since then Karen has organized 12, four to five-week trips to Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand.
Every trip was top notch and even in the places where we returned to, like Sydney, Karen made sure that there was always something new to see or experience. Not one boring minute in now nearly one full and exciting year of accumulated travelling time.
Australia, Fiji and New Zealand, their wonderful people, lifestyle and breathtaking nature are worth to sit 20+ hours on airplanes to get there and every dime spent, was worth spending –thanks to Karen!
We have seen many wonderful places and met great people among them some very memorable:
Cities: Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney.
Nature: The Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef, Nukubati’s Great See Reef, Flinders Range and Tasmania, North and South Island of New Zealand.
Locations: Nukubati with wonderful Jenny and the Nukubati family and “The Manse” in Hawkes Bay with the equally wonderful hosts Dietske and Gary.
Karen will never cease to amaze me with the magic she does. We cannot thank her enough and I hope that she will continue with this wonderful work for at least as long as we are fit for travelling those distances so that we can continue to put our travel plans in her expert hands.