Fiji or Bust

By on February 8, 2014

13000 feet up, checkin’ out the other people around me. My heart is racing and I never would have thought I would be this excited to jump out of a plane. At 14000 feet I know I’m the first to jump and I am so PUMPED. I can barely hear the directions screamed into my ear.

Finally it’s time to go. I’m just leaving on a backpacking trip, not skydiving in Houston, but it feels pretty similar. We planned this long enough; I’ve gone through all the motions; I’m ready to just go.

“All I wanted to do was sneak out into the night and disappear somewhere, and go and find out what everybody was doing all over the country.” – Jack Kerouac

Maria got to Wisconsin yesterday, where we have kinda chilled for a few days until we leave from Chicago to Fiji via LA. The last week was spent getting ready for the trip in everyway possible. If you think we have been sipping mai-tais on the Wisconsin beaches, I wish. So many last minute things to take care of when you are about to leave your life long-term. Monday I said goodbye to my dad and shared a moment with him at O’hare airport (He is on assignment for his job in Louisiana). Tuesday I took my mom, the cancer survivor hero that she is, to her colonoscopy back in our hometown of Wheaton (turned out great, totally normal). Wednesday, my mom and I went skiing in the Wisconsin mountains (you read that right, Wisconsin has mountains and beaches).

packing listSo I have packed for a 5 week trip to Europe before, but 8 months is a little different. We researched but who knows if we brought the right stuff, click on the image if you’re interested.  We are headed to mostly tropical climates with the exception of New Zealand, and even then, it’s summer down there.  So we can afford to pack pretty lean.  Anything else we need we can buy on the road.

packing layout steve

Steve’s stuff

Maria's stuff

Maria’s stuff

When we get to Fiji, we are taking a ferry to the Yasawa Islands (an island chain to the east of the main island) and doing some island hopping there for a quick bit. We have chosen to stay at the Nabua Lodge for the first few nights, then head to the Wayalailai Resort for some other nights. Both are pretty reasonably priced at 60 USD/night which includes 3 meals a day! WHY ARENT YOU IN FIJI RIGHT NOW?

Won’t have internet there, so I’ll write up a summary when we get to New Zealand.

Here we go.


Also… Maria was doing some last minute research which brought up the issue of our pack size. Earlier today, our packs were only about 70% full, so we decided to drive a half hour to Dicks to get smaller ones (from 65L to 44L). Never too late to switch things up…

Black is the new black

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  1. Jolan Deeley
    February 8, 2014

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    You’ve barely gotten started and I’m excited for you guys already.
    ps….Maria, love the shoe choices :)

  2. Ali
    February 8, 2014

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    Did you remember towels? Jesse and I bought travel towels. medium sized. They dry super fast, soak up 3x their weight or something like that, and fold up to the size of the samsung note phone/tablet. Might be something I keep an eye out for. Never know when you’ll need your own towel! Have so much fun! Exciteddddd!!!

  3. Jesse
    February 9, 2014

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    Good luck. Glad you called before going off the grid. I’m sure this will be an epic adventure!

  4. Madison
    February 16, 2014

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    Hi Steve,
    How is it in New-Z-Land,have a good time.
    I was just wondering if you could mail a postcard to my school?

    Your 9 year old cousin,
    Madison Madden

    • Steve
      February 18, 2014

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      Hey Madison, thanks for the comment! good to see you yesterday. We will get you a postcard from new zealand. Have fun skiing!

  5. Brent
    February 19, 2014

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    Personally, I would have just filled the bigger pack.

    Stay safe!

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