“The Ultimate Supporters Tour of New Zealand – that’s how it’s been billed”…
And I’m not talking about your average sized group tour either. Nope, I’m talking about a whopping 50 people.
We don’t usually do group tours. The fact that we write an independent travel blog tells you that we prefer to travel, umn, independently.
It’s what we know, like, and trust.
We usually prefer a slower pace, flexibility, lots of free time, and the opportunities to step outside the world of the tour group to get to know local life in the towns and cities.
This is the way Caz and I have traveled since 1997, and it’s generally the way we will always travel.
However, on occasions we have participated in group tours, and we now consider them more as we have two young daughters.
How am I going to survive with 50 people?
The idea of spending two weeks eating, sleeping, and traveling around New Zealand for two weeks on the Great Crusade tour with 50 other people throws up hesitations.
I mean, you have 50 people with 50 different…backgrounds, expectations, previous travel experience, needs, desires, and ages.
You ask yourself, “what if I have nothing in common with the 49 other people?”
Do I have anything in common with these party people?…
What if what you thought was going to be your dream adventure, turns into a nightmare?
You are in each others pockets for days on end. If the social dynamics are not working it can be horrible.
For the love of sport
However, we do have one BIG thing in common.
There is one key element that bonds us all so closely. It’s the fact that we are all so passionate about getting behind our National Rugby team, the Wallabies.
The Great Crusade is made up of 50 passionate rugby fans following our team around New Zealand in the quest for the World Cup.
I’m absolutely loving this
It’s going onto day 5 of the tour and it’s been great to meet so many new friends who all share a common gaol and travel memory.
There are certain travel experiences that only lend themselves to group travel and guided tours. And experiencing a world cup with your fellow countrymen is one of them.
I’d much rather watch sport and share in the atmosphere with other sports addicts, than watch it alone.
And being on a world cup tour provides for the opportunity to meet a rugby legend like former Australian captain John Eales…
Combine that with the common love we all share for traveling, and you have a group of people almost destined to come together as one.
It’s the people you meet
For us, travel has never been just about the destination, it’s the people you meet along the way and share the memories with.
As our tagline says…“It’s all about the memories”. We believe life is about creating great memories and sharing them with others, and that’s what we are doing on this tour.
The benefits are great too
Not having to decide how to get around, where to stay, what to eat, what to see, and who to talk to for help has been a nice change.
When travelling independently, the list of tasks never end, it can be tiresome, cumbersome and just plain irritating.
Such as finding a great restaurant…
Taking a guided tour means removing all the hassle of the planning stage. We have some GREAT tour leaders and organizers on this tour which makes for a smooth ride.
There’s someone to take you by the hand while you concentrate on the only things you want to concentrate on; watching sport, travelling, eating and drinking.
And even the entertainment comes with us…
Whilst we’re still only at the honeymoon stage of this tour, it’s clear to me that the best tours are ones shared with like-minded people with a similar passion chasing the same dreams.
At the very least, this tour promises to be one filled with great memories created around one of the worlds best sporting events!
To Be Continued…
My trip to New Zealand is courtesay of Qantas and the Great Crusade, however all opinions are my own.