No wifi again. This time for 5 days.
The past few weeks in New Zealand have been filled with amazing adventures, exploring and long road trips.
It was now getting to the end of our trip. We arrived at Cook’s Lookout Motel, Paihia, an area called the Bay of Islands, the very north part of the North Island.
The information about this motel had indicated access to wifi. I had planned a couple of days of catching up. Messenger and FaceTime with the family. Surfing the internet. I wanted to read the blogs I follow. I was planning to research some information to add to my stories.
The owner of the motel had a complicated story about major wifi glitches in this area the past few weeks. No wifi for guests right now.
It was slightly disappointing. Although, not unexpected.
Over the last two months in New Zealand we often have had minimal or no access to wifi. Sometimes, we were allowed only 100mb of use.
I really didn’t know how much I rely on the internet until it was no longer available:
- Researching my husband’s spider bite: symptoms; should he see a doctor?
- The weather forecast each day
- Sending birthday wishes to friends and family
- Is the Giant Weta harmful?
- Names of bird species we encounter
- Booking excursions
- Opening times of attractions
- Restaurant open/close times
- Restaurant menus
- Checking emails
- Confirming our flights
- World news
- Who won best actor category at the Oscars?
- What would you add to the list?
Giant Weta – “New Zealand’s most recognizable creepy-crawlies” weblink
Kea – species of large parrot found in the forested and alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand weblink
What did I do without wifi for 5 days?
- I finished reading books I had started at the beginning of this trip.
- I went swimming.
- I did more tramping (New Zealand’s word for hiking).
- I wrote stories.
- I took photos.
- I watched the sunrise and sunset.
- I sat outside, breathing in the fresh sea air, truly enjoying the scenery.
90 mile beach – North Island, New Zealand
90 Mile Beach – North Island, New Zealand
Do I miss not having wifi?
We have gone camping in areas on the west coast of BC and in the Yukon where we were truly unplugged. I plan for it, and I actually look forward to the respite from the online world.
Long Beach – Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada
My stress level and angst significantly decline when I am oblivious to the daily news, fake and otherwise.
Wifi affects almost every part of our lives now. It is how we communicate, surf for information and often do our shopping and our banking. Our entire vacation was researched, planned and booked using the internet.
I did not miss access to wifi while we were on the Bay of Islands.
We were there for only five days.
The first thing I did when I arrived home?
I plugged in my computer.
Postscript: I wrote this story about one week ago while we were still in New Zealand. We experienced a wonderful, life-changing adventure. Everywhere we went we met kind, thoughtful New Zealanders. I am deeply saddened by the tragedy in Christ Church this week. My heart goes out to the victims, the victim’s families and all of New Zealand. Unfortunately, this is not fake news.