“If you have been wondering,” queried versatile car guru and head of Auckland based premiere car grooming agency Shyn4U, about how best to entertain your friend on his first visit to the land of the Kiwis, “I have the right answer”. “Buy him a ticket for New Zealand’s award-winning hop-on, hop-off backpacker bus network to explore our beautiful country,” he recommended.
Backpacker buses let you hop on and off at different locations, and to change your plans if you decide to make new ones with some of the awesome mates you’ve met along the way. Plus, travelling with a group means you’ve always got someone to share an adventure with (or a few pints). In order to emphasize the issue, he advanced the following points.
New Zealand is safe for tourists, too
The country consistently rates as one of the safest places in the world to travel in. The high standards of health and safety regulations for tourism operators, safe and reliable transport methods and lack of vice make it the perfect travel choice for someone travelling alone.
Kiwis are ‘tu meke’
This is a local slang that indicates too much/ too good! Kiwis are laid back and always have time for chat, some directions or some genuine local advice. So, let your friend take the time to have a chin wag with the locals. Kiwi’s love their country and are eager for you to love it too. If he travels on a hop-on-hop-off bus, driver guides are friendly and outgoing and always willing to impart their knowledge, a few good stories and show him what traveling in NZ is all about.
Total sense of freedom
No one determines your itinerary but you. You can also change your plans on a whim without having to compromise or disappoint anyone. On a ‘hop-on-hop-off bus pass’ you can take your own time, traveling at your own pace and if you like somewhere – go ahead and stay longer! Go where you want, when you want!
No interference with your budget
Regardless of whether your friend likes to have fish-n-chips or baked beans on toast; he can always indulge in his own choice. He doesn’t have to worry about being coerced to spend money on activities he is not interested in. Let him be self-centered and put every penny towards the dream trip. Best of all, with a hop-on-hop-off travel pass accommodation and activities, are pay-as-you-go, giving him, even more, choice with how to spend his money.
Lets you meet more people and make more foreign friends
It’s amazing how much your friend can open up as a solo traveler. He will naturally feel more inclined to have a good ole chat with the receptionist about the meaning of life or talk philosophy with the person sitting next to him on the bus. Likewise, it’s far more likely other people will approach him. ‘Hop-on hop-off buses’ are by nature pretty sociable, creating the perfect environment to meet other like-minded travelers on the same journey…
Feel free to fall in love too…
You may laugh, as there is a lot to be said about “relationships” formed while travelling, however there are also many incredibly romantic stories floating around about people who discovered love while on tour in New Zealand. Sharing experiences like plummeting from a plane on your first sky dive, or summiting a peak at sunset may be the formative moment that bonds your friend for life with that special someone.
Even though traveling alone, your friend would not feel lonely
Your friend will meet other people, most of them being also on their solo adventure, who are all there for the same reason – to have the trip of a lifetime! With all that positive energy in one bus, your friend can’t help but have an awesome time! Each bus you get on you’ll have your choice of readymade travel companions.
Above all, your friend will find his own self
A bit of a cliché here but your friend will have a lot of time to get to know him a little more, sans distractions of work, family and general home life. On the road he will learn to face fears, step outside his comfort zone and challenge the accepted norms by learning about other cultures. What’s more, he will be surprised about how quickly he can adopt different customs.
For trouble-free touring in the land of the Kiwis, there is nothing like hop-on, hop off bus network. It lets‘s you go anywhere, stay anywhere, eat anything and drink any beverage. What’s more, the bus company supervises everything and so it is also safe and secure.