This past February my fiance and I finally tied the knot on a local beach in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. We left two weeks later for our month long honeymoon to Fiji and New Zealand. People thought I was crazy when I told them I was going to spend three weeks in a camper van traveling around the South Island of New Zealand with a three day stop in Fiji, but my husband and I are adventure travelers.
My husband and I decided that we were only going to bring our backpacks and a carry on, which wasn’t a problem for me, I just had to make sure there was room for my yoga mat; as I always do. I use the Manduka eCO SuperLite Travel Mat (you can get the link below). I like this mat because it is lightweight and you can either roll or fold the mat. It also is thick enough that you feel as if you are using a mat. I love to carry it with me in my carryon that way you can use it on those long layovers or flight delays for a practice, quick stretch, or perhaps a nap.
Our honeymoon was filled with a balance of rest and adventure. We spent three super relaxing days in Fiji where we had three two hour massage and natural body treatments each, a must do on your honeymoon. The lovely thing about Fiji is that it feels like the time just stops, especially if you put away the laptops and store your watch, which was the first thing we did after our welcome foot rub and coconut water. We ate when we were hungry and slept when we were tired. Facebook free and completely present our three days of chilaxin felt like a week.
I would practice on my mat early in the morning to watch the sunrise or late in the afternoon, sometimes having a short meditation and pranayama session. Taking in the gorgeous scenery and listening to the sounds of nature is a great way to connect to the heart and truly appreciate all the wonderful things that we have in our lives.
Once we touched down in New Zealand the temperature had dropped a bit, to the point I had to wear a hat, jacket, scarf and gloves. This made practicing yoga in the early mornings a bit more challenging especially when you live in the warm temperatures of the Cayman Islands. We were traveling in a camper van so I pretty much had to go outside to practice. Some mornings it was just impossible, not because of the cold but because of the sand flies. I would just surrender and know that I needed the rest instead and found another time of the day to do some form of yoga. One of my favorite practices during this time was a silent walking meditation.
Our trip started in Auckland for two days and then flew to the South Island. We went north from Christchurch up to the wine region of Marlbourgh, across to Abel Tasman, down the west coast to Fox & Hans Josef Glaciers, through the rainforest which took us out to the Tasman Sea, across to Queenstown and the Milford Sound, down south to the Catlins and back up the east coast heading inwards to Mt. Cook and eventually finishing back in Christchurch.
Our days were filled with driving, hiking, fishing, bird watching, exploring local markets, strolling in the cities, bungy jumping not me!), pie hunting (NZ has amazing pies), leisurely photography strolls, history, wineries, scenic flights, glacier viewing, exploring deserted beaches, wildlife viewings and food tastings.
Here are some fun yoga pictures from the trip that my husband shot!
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