I was welcomed by a lovely email announcing my Cook Islands itinerary this morning.
It’s getting closer now and I am getting silly excited. A bit anxious at the same time to be honest… My first long haul solo trip and I am still not quite sure how I am going to deal with the 47hour monster of a journey to taking me half way round the world. I am used to breaking up my long travels and stopping over half way somewhere to gradually deal with the tremendous jet lag that’s about to hit me.
I am not this time. I am whizzing straight out there and now I know what they’ve got hiding up their sleeves for me!
A lovely letter from The Cook Islands Tourism Corp takes me through my stay and outlines all details.
My first week out there sounds like all I need at the moment. Peace and quiet of the lovely, little Aitutaki Island that is not much more than 18square km and a perfect getaway for those needing to switch off from the world. Boy do I need it! Apparently this little beauty is one of the main Cook Islands honeymoon destinations… Shame I’ll be there on my own though, but I can always spend my time researching whether to come back when C and I decide to finally say “I do”.
I had my mum on the case and she had already done her brilliant as always job of researching the best things to do and places to go.
I can’t wait to visit the One Foot Island to stamp my passport and send postcards from the only post office in the world that’s registered on an uninhabited island.
After a week of bumming around and cruising around the lagoon snorkelling courtesy of The Vaka Cruise (I may even go fishing with a spear) I am off to the main island of Rarotonga for some more fun and games and an amazing “Highland Paradise” trip to the heart of the islands where “the lost village’ sits nested between lush gardens to experience some drumming, dancing and story telling.
After having been back from my gap year for just over a year it’s now time to bring you some more travel stories so watch out for travel blog updates throughout September.