Occasionally, when I have nothing better to do, I like to
torture myself dream a little.
Usually that involves looking at house listings; occasionally it starts with me looking at rental listings, but that gets depressing real quick so it never lasts long.
Occasionally I indulge in a bit of travel lust. A lot of that comes to me without me even lifting a finger. I get so many travel emails – Grabaseat alerts, Travelcafe deals, and lots of travel agency offers.
But if I’m so inclined, I head over to Kayak Explore.
From this screen, I can see what it costs to fly basically anywhere in the world from my city.
So, where does my money get me from Auckland?
For $522, I can fly to Apia, Samoa. (Beaches! Turtles! Rainforests! Markets!)
For $1193, I can fly to Bangkok, Thailand. (Cheap drinks! Fantastic food! Temples!)
For $2,072, I can fly to Vienna, Austria. (The city where Before Sunrise is set!)
For $3,254, I can fly to Vladivostok, Russia. (I’m not sure why I would want to go there … but St Petersburg is still on my wishlist!)
And that is why people go on ‘the big OE’ – it’s just too darn expensive to travel regularly from little old New Zealand when it’s minimum $2k return to the likes of Europe or North American.
Where can you fly to for these dollar amounts?
(Not a sponsored post, but I’d be more than happy to accept compensation … just sayin’!)