I like to spare everyone from obvious facts, but it is important to keep these things in the back of you mind to share my tribulations with the every pressing matter of how the heck am I going to get over there:
- New Zealand is made up of islands. Flying is pretty much the only option.
- My house is exactly 7503.9631 miles (12076.45799 km) as the crow (a really... really badass crow) flies from Wellington Airport.
- You can't find a regular round trip, or even one way ticket from Denver Int'l Airport to anywhere in New Zealand for less than $1000US
I've been mulling over a lot of options. The best logically would be to visit for a few weeks first in order to apply for jobs, travel and see where I want to end up, and get to know the people. Then I would come back and make all the arrangements I would need to make for a move overseas. This plan however, takes quite a bite out of my bank accounts with airfare.
The biggest problem I face with this, is that I am not a wealthy man. I work in public service. I am not a CEO, or any sort of executive who can jump across the Pacific on a whim. My subtitle for this blog is "random, impractical, unexpected..."
This is the most prominent point where "impractical" comes into play.
I would be fine spending a lot of money for a one way ticket to my new home. But to make the trip three times over as I would like would be a serious financial blow at full price. So, I've been researching cheap ways to get airfare... and there aren't many. Couriers
Maybe some of you have seen adds for websites or books like this one promising 80-100% discounts on international airfare. The concept is, you give up some or all of your checked baggage rights in order to become an air courier for a freight or shipping company. This would be perfect for my first exploration journey to New Zealand, but there are snags. As always.
First, slim to none of these flights go to New Zealand, and even fewer start from Denver. There are websites that claim to be able to find you flights from anywhere to anywhere as a courier, but you have to pay a fee and quite honestly, the sites just seems sketchy.
Second, there are several articles out there outlining how popularity of using this method for shipping has pretty much dropped off the charts since 9/11 and the advent of more efficient tracking and networking methods.
Still if the possibility of cheap tickets exist, it might be looking into. Any insight? Airports
From what I've seen, there seems to be three major international airports in the country. Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Does anyone know and or have experience on which airport would be the best to keep an eye out for cheap airfares? I've been frequenting several travel booking sites as well as a website called Smarter Travel
to look for deals and ideas. Drive to the Coast?
Obviously, airfare is much cheaper departing from LA or San Francisco. I've been toying with the idea of just getting to the ocean on wheels and the flying from there. This of course presents it's own complications, not least of which in this day and age is gas prices.
Any other ideas?
Some facts to consider for a flight like this:
- It is a double-digit hours flight from the US. You might consider an overnight if you can sleep on planes.
- When you fly over the pacific, you either gain or loose a day. People in New Zealand are some of the first to see the sunrise on a new day (which I think is pretty neat). Take that into account when you're booking flights.
- There may be several connecting flights.