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Bucket List: Skydiving

I paid for my skydive 3 days after I arrived in New Zealand. 5 months later and I am in Taupo for the third time and decide it was time to finally do it!

I was picked up in a limo and drove to the airport where we were briefed and selected out photo and video options including the music for our videos, I was more nervous about choosing the wrong songs then jumping out of a plane at this point.  We were kitted up in jumpsuits and harnesses and I met my jump partner. We were loaded into the plane and up we went! The views of takeoff and the fly up were incredible. At 8,500ft we were given oxygen masks to help with our breathing(!) This made me nervous but It was still only underlying nerves and in comparison to my Bungey I was very chilled.  The plane reached 15,000ft and I was the second to jump. I sat on the edge of the plane with my feet dangling underneath, holding onto my parachute and my head back onto my jump partners shoulder. It was a very quick process from sitting in the plane, to dangling out the side, to jumping (being pushed) out of the plane which meant there was no time to be scared.   The freefall was incredible! The view was amazing and the feeling was indescribable. In fact I think my brain just stopped working and I couldn’t process emotion or thoughts at all. The freefall was just over a minute long although it didn’t feel anything near that. Time went so fast! If anyone is thinking of doing a skydive do 15,000ft not anything less as the freefall will be shorter and even at a minute it’s over too fast! 

 The parachute opened and I just laughed. It was an awesome feeling and so much fun! The ride down was awesome and we landed smoothly.   I adored the skydive! Just like with my Bungey I instantly wanted to do it again and I have a feeling that I will at some point in my life do another jump. I’m glad I waited a few months until I did it as I got a beautiful day and it was an awesome way to kick start the resumption of my travels.

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Bucket List: Do a Bungy Jump.

A skydive has always appealed to me however I was less enthusiastic about a Bungy Jump. It wasn’t that I was scared but it just didn’t look as fun as a skydive, It didn’t last as long and I was doubtful that falling then being yanked back up by your ankles would be a comfortable experience. However, I came to New Zealand with an open mind and decided I would do it if the opportunity arose. Less then a week after arriving I was buying a prepaid activity package which included 4 activities, 3 of which were Black Water Rafting, Skydiving and a Maori experience, activities that topped my New Zealand Bucket List. The fourth was a Nevis Bungy Jump. I decided it counted as the opportunity I was relying on… Continue reading “Bucket List: Do a Bungy Jump.”

Bucket List: Go to Harry Potter Studios

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Bucket List: Take part in a Giant Food Fight.

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Bucket List: Go Paragliding.

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Bucket List: Go swimming on Christmas Day.

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Bucket List: Go to Harry Potter Land in Orlando.

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Bucket List: Go White Water Rafting 

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Bucket List: Go to a Baseball game in America.

I was on a Camp America Trek with 13 other people and we were in Washington DC. After a day sight seeing and visiting museums Liz, our driver/guide, suggested a baseball game and hooked us up with cheap tickets.

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