Official Qantas Correspondent for the ‘Great Crusade’ Ultimate Supporters Tour of New Zealand

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At the Great Crusade Launch

A couple of weeks ago we posted about our Travel Bucket List for our Ultimate Adventure.

Craig and I debated about whether to list the upcoming Rugby World Cup in New Zealand for this year, or in four years time.

I opted for four years time as I couldn’t see how we could organize ourselves to get to New Zealand for the event in just two months time, and I am due to give birth any day now.

Craig was smarter than me, and said “Let’s just put it down for this year. You just never know”

And that is the beauty of life. You just never know. Never plan your dreams based upon your own limited thoughts on what is possible or what you can do.

Dream big. You do not know what is working behind the scenes for you to bring you your dreams.

There is magic in this world of ours, and usually all we have to do to tap into that is to dream, decide on what we want, and play full out by taking action steps every day.

Before you know magic happens and your dream arrives to you effortlessly and easily.

The Ultimate Adventure Begins

Last week we received an email from representatives from Qantas who invited us a few months back to attend the launch of “The Great Crusade Ultimate Supporters Tour of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.”

We had a really great time at that event and loved promoting the competition.

At the launch with current Wallaby players

Qantas have now invited yTravel Blog to participate in the Great Crusade as one of the official Great Crusade Correspondents.

As it’s not really a family event, we can’t take the kiddies with us. This meant that one of us could go and one would have to stay.

Who do you think is going?

Yes. It would be a bit mean of me if I hijacked the campervan, as Craig is the ex-professional rugby league player and general all round sports addict.

Besides, I am the milk factory for the next several months and am more than happy to have a two weeks girls only club with my daughters. If only we could do it in New Zealand too.

The Great Crusade Correspondent

This means that Craig will join the second leg of the tour in order to write, photograph, video, and do live social media updates surrounding the tour of New Zealand and the rugby events.

He will be traveling around New Zealand for 12 days from September 29 – October 10. (yes, he will miss my birthday)

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The convoy of campervans that will tour New Zealand

He will get to experience Rugby World cup games and follow the Qantas Wallabies around New Zealand and watch them play.

And he will also get to attend lots of official events and parties, meeting celebrities, TV and radio hosts and interviewing them, and enjoying the beauty and adventure of New Zealand through sightseeing, quad biking, jet boating, bungy jumping and a whole lot more.

He reckons he won’t be bungy jumping (he has a HUGE phobia of heights) but I reckon he has to now for a good story. What do you think?

Are we excited?

You betcha! When you combine our two greatest passions, travel and sport, we are over the FRIGGIN moon with excitement.

You may wonder why I am excited as I am missing out on all the fun. But did you not hear me say I was having a two week girly adventure of my own here in my home town, working behind the scenes to help publish all the amazing stories that Craig will be living?

While I am a little shattered as I would so have loved to experience this as well, I am immensely excited by the opportunity this gives our blog.

This is our passion and something we have worked so hard for over the past year, there is no way I am going to get in the way of an opportunity like this.

Sacrifices always have to be made when you are striving forth to the attainment of your dreams. Making the sacrifice is well worth it for motherhood.

Craig also has to make a sacrifice in that he will be away from his three gorgeous girls for two weeks having immense fun without us. Something we have never done before.

The Great Crusade is us to a T. This is what we envisioned doing on our Ultimate Adventure, and here we are starting it in just a couple of months time.

Are we grateful?

Hell yeah!

Our gratitude goes very deep, not just for the fact that Qantas believe in what we do enough to see us as a valuable part to the whole Crusade, but that we get to experience the beauty of New Zealand and share it with you.

Craig’s home for 12 days as he travels round New Zealand

Craig can’t wait to visit New Zealand and highlight the travel experiences and opportunities on our blog.

So now the build up to the Great Crusade begins for us and to the kick start of our own Ultimate Adventure.

We’ll just have to incorporate the Rugby World Cup of 2015 in now so I can check that one off as well.

Let’s just hope the Australian Qantas Wallabies Rugby team can fire up in time to bring home the Cup!

Dream big everyone – you deserve it.

84 thoughts on “Official Qantas Correspondent for the ‘Great Crusade’ Ultimate Supporters Tour of New Zealand”

    1. Thank you so much Lina. We really appreciate your support and enthusiastic encouragement. This is what it is all about!! Dreams are there to be claimed.

  1. That’s great news congratulations!! I love this quote “Never plan your dreams based upon your own limited thoughts on what is possible or what you can do.” So inspiring! I’m hoping to get to a game around Wellington. Enjoy this amazing experience!!

    1. Thanks for enjoying my quote and sharing it on your fan page. Always think big and then let other things take care of it for you! Hope you get to a game, it should be so much fun

    1. Some things sometimes aren’t worth the story. I don’t think he will do it as he has a bit of a dodgy back and we kind of need him to come home with it working okay. i would really love to see the video of him doing it though.

      Craig will have an amazing time!

  2. Fun! We are getting a camper van this fall and can’t wait to drive around in it. Have fun, Craig- Caz don’t be too jealous… I know I am!! πŸ™‚

    1. Campervan travel is lots of fun. Where are you guys headed to? I’m trying very hard not to get too jealous. I think once he is actually over there and I’m getting up during the night for feeds I will probably start cursing him!! πŸ™‚

    1. Yes! It’s great that New Zealand gets to be highlighted as a destination as well as the rugby. I’ve never been to NZ and dying to go so I’ll be keen as to live vicariously through Craig for now as well.

  3. Congratulations on being selected! You really do deserve it as you run an awesomely inspiring blog! I’ll be looking forward to reading the updates! πŸ™‚ Even if I am a huge Springbok fan. πŸ˜‰ Enjoy it!

  4. Big dreams can come true! Glad that both of you have exciting plans. Will be fun to hear about Craig’s Great Crusade adventures reported via Caz. Rugby? Not really a big fan, but that’s only because I’ve never been exposed to it much here in the U.S. A trip to New Zealand could get me interested really fast.

    1. You grow to love rugby once you have experienced a few live games and the spectator hype and party that surrounds it. It’s a fun event. Craig will be doing the reporting, I’ll just be editing and publishing!! He’s ready for the challenge.

  5. Congratulations guys, that sounds like an amazing opportunity!
    Does it come off the bucket list though, if only one of you gets to go?
    Or will poor Craig have to do this all over again four years from now?
    Looking forward to the reports!

    1. I think Craig, under sufferance, will have to do it again in four years time. We can check it off the bucket list, as I actually went to the World Cup Rugby in 99 in Ireland. But, not in the style that he will be doing it.

  6. What an awesome opportunity! Congratulations. Craig is a lucky guy (for both the trip and Caz’s support of it!) Nice work πŸ™‚

  7. Caz, that is fantastic for you all!!! If you n the girls are up for a trip to Sydney whilst he is away, would love you to visit. Or with a newborn, I am also happy to come up. If you have a chance and time let me know. All the best for the impending birth. PS I just gave birth to my third girl and it rocks!!! xx

    1. Jacks I would so love to catch up!! Let’s organize it. We’re always up for a trip to Sydney. The Campbell family loves a lot of girls don’t they?

    1. Thanks Linda! I was listening to a podcast today that was talking about all the amazing and unexpected things that can come from just living your passions.

  8. Really looking to reading all about it! Craig will be in his element no doubt =)
    I got to watch the Hong Kong Sevens last year and I’ve been hooked ever since! I definitely want to see another rugby event like it somewhere in the world!

    1. Live rugby events are so much fun. I got hooked on it while living in London and I ended up getting free tickets to Australia vs Ireland in the World Cup of 99. It was when I was living in Dublin, and some of the diners at my restaurant gave me the tickets as a tip. Best tip ever!! my best friend and I went and to the Irish players after party. Which was really great because we won and could walk proudly around the room!! Loads of fun. Craig will have a ball

  9. Am I a fan of visiting New Zealand? Um… HELL YEAH! πŸ˜€
    Congrats on your gig, that’s O for Awesome! Oh and by the way, you cannot NOT bungy jump. I had a serious fear of heights until I bungied. Now I’m a bungy addict; it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I suggest you get yourself to Kawarau Bridge and just do it without much deliberation, and then crank it up a notch with the Nevis Bungy – you’ll have the most amazing views over the Nevis valley!!

    1. Thank you! Craig is very excited to see more of and share your beautiful country. I don’t think the bungy jump will happen for him but he will take lots of photos of others doing it instead πŸ™‚ Does that count?

      1. I wish it was my beautiful country, but I’m not actually a kiwi πŸ™‚ I’m sure Craig will find tons of other adrenaline-fuelled sports to try out. Perhaps zorbing, or jetboating? I’m curious to see what he gets up to.

  10. Oh wow – congrats you guys!!! This is huge! What an amazing opportunity. I love how you say to Dream Big! John and I have been secretly plotting some big dreams this year and I keep pushing down that little voice that says “Don’t you think you’re being a little wild with this idea?” because I believe in us and our ability to take chances and make our dreams come true. I’m working hard to surround myself with people who feel the same way and feel so on that path with all the contacts we make from travel blogging. Can’t wait to read all about your adventure, Craig =)

    1. Can’t wait to hear about your big dreams coming true as well!! i think your dreams have to be wild and have to scare you a little. If they don’t then you are not thinking or dreaming big enough. And having that belief is key. You can do it. There is no reason why. I always think if someone else is doing it then why can’t i? And always surround yourself with the people who think the same way and dream just as big. They will help you to believe its possible.

    1. The list is getting longer every day! It’s great yielding this power of him now. You know I really hate washing up and I really love massages.

  11. Congratulations, guys! I’m so happy and excited for you! What an amazing experience. I hope to see many more great opportunities like this in the future of travel blogging. And I couldn’t agree more about dreaming big. Glad you did! πŸ™‚

    1. I hope so too Christy. It is definitely a great path forward for bloggers and brands. You gotta be dreaming big and acting big in order to make it work for you.

  12. Congratulations!! That is so exciting for you guys!!
    I think Craig definitely had to try bungey jumping!
    I never knew much about Rugby until I actually visited New Zealand in 2008 and it made me really like it (partly because there were All Blacks posters and jerseys everywhere haha)
    I love New Zealand, Craig will have to go to Waitomo and see the glow worms too! I’ve only explored the North Island and would definitely love to go back! Love Quantas too, I always fly them on that side of the world πŸ™‚

    1. I don’t think you could go to NZ and not get to know rugby. I just hope they don’t cry too much when the Wallabies outplay them πŸ™‚ Ha Ha better be careful what I say, after the way we are playing lately I could possibly be eating those words.
      We love Qantas to which makes it all the more exciting. They were my very first flight so how can I not love them!
      Craig will find out more of his itinerary later. will be great to see where he goes and get some further tips

  13. Aww I’ll be in New Zealand the weekend before–checking out the USA vs Australia game! Would have been great to meet up–what an awesome opportunity, can’t wait to read about it!

  14. Awesome, Nice one. I too shall be camper vanning around NZ come September supporting the Springboks as they try retain their World Cup crown, so if I see Craig’s convoy, I’ll flag them down for a beer.

    1. He would love to have a beer with you. Not sure about the reclaiming of the crown but we’ll see!! you should have a great time. Have you got tickets to any of the games?

      1. Tickets for the SA group games, with plenty of exploring NZ inbetween the matches!! And a few days in Sydney en route

  15. I like the rugby, but I love New Zealand! I spent almost two years there and didn’t even make it to the South Island. I loved what I saw though and long to take the kids back to do the big campervan tour. Lucky Craig!

  16. Congrats guys! While I’m not a fan of rugby, I do love a good festival atmosphere and the RU World Cup does a great job of capturing that. And the publicity and experience certainly aren’t to be sneezed at either.

    Looking forward to reading all about Craig’s adventures over on the shaky isles.

  17. Oh my gosh – that blows my mind. You have opened up a whole new world of “What if” for us!! We are a family of seven, getting our motorhome ready to travel Australia. I have had this dream of sharing Australia with our five boys for so long, but did not know how to go about it. Thank you for showing us how to dream big, and for having quantas support your tour of New Zealand. I am so looking forward to following your journey as hubby does the tour, and you stay home posting about it!!

    Cheers
    Lisa

    1. 5 boys!!! wow. Your trip sounds awesome and your boys will have the best time. I bet they’d prefer it way more to school- will probably learn more too. I love that you are following your dream and teaching your boys to do the same thing. I look forward to following your adventures around this beautiful country of ours. It’s a really great time for bloggers in Oz

  18. This is awesome! Would you believe that I’m doing the first leg of The Great Crusade from September 10? It would have been great to meet you but we’ll miss each other by a few days!

    1. No, not anymore!! Just found out today that the dates have been switched and Craig is on the first leg, sharing a campervan with you!! You guys will have a blast.

  19. Hi
    We won a spot on the first and cannot wait! Hope Craig gets our van as we will leave it memorable πŸ™‚ .. Anyway Well Done and will be hard for Craig leaving the Bub but so worth it.. I am leaving my 6 Month old behind but have promised to skype the little dude daily πŸ™‚ .. Anyway look forward to maybe meeting Craig on the transition .. Cheers Jack

    1. Hey Jack!! Looks like you’ll be meeting Craig after all. He is now coming on the first leg!! I’m sure you’ll have lots of fun together. Congrats on winning a spot. You must be super stoked. I’m totally jealous

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