Van living New Zealand edition. In my opinion traveling out of a van is the best way to see most places. It allows you to bring more gear so you can do more of the activities, and it brings you a little closer to the local vibe. You can stop in the small towns and little hole in the wall fish and chips food trucks that tours might miss. It also is generally more economical, especially when you go with friends. Backpacks, camping gear, coffee making supplies (obviously), and a few good books always make their way with me on international trips. The other, arguably most important thing to bring, is friends. I love traveling alone, but dang it’s great to experience a place with people you love.

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