FOLLOWING ONE OF OUR OF BEST FAMILY HOLIDAYS EVER, I WAS INSPIRED TO WRITE THIS PIECE ABOUT NEW ZEALAND'S SOUTH ISLAND FOR EXPAT LIVING MAGAZINE
At first glance, New Zealand’s South Island looks like heaven for a road trip: chilling on sandy beaches and glaciers, tramping through rainforests and vineyards, inhaling fresh air and eating even fresher seafood.
But then my kids photo-bomb this idyllic scene.
The soundtrack retunes to squabbling, the freedom of the open road disappears in a puff of mealtimes and toilet breaks, the compass points to a suitcase that needs to be unpacked and repacked every day.
Only a unique combination of military-style preparation and laid-back Kiwi charm could navigate my family along the road to hell.