(including Australia, New Zealand, Melanesia, Polynesia and
Travels in Oceania 1996: Australia, New Zealand, Melanesia (Fiji) and Polynesia (Cook Islands)
After Kevin finished his Oxford postdoc in the Fall of '96 we had planned on
Oxford to Melbourne, Australia. Unfortunately the Chinese-run ferry from Bali to Darwin went
belly-up just as were were to leave (figuratively, not literally) thus forcing us to fly from Asia to
Darwin, Australia. From Darwin we split the outback down the middle, hooked a sharp left for
Melbourne and Sidney from where we flew to New Zealand. After a whirlwind, unlimited-milage-
rental-car tour of Auckland and the South Island we hit a bit of Melanesia (Fiji) and Polynesia (The
Cook Islands and Hawaii).
Travels in Oceania 2000: Micronesia (Pulau, Yap, Guam)
"Hey, Zoe's going to be 2 soon and will no longer fly free. Of the places
on your top 10 list, which is
the most expensive to reach?"
French Polynesia 2003: The Society Islands and the Tuamotos
Time for something exotic, yet tame, to wow grandma and the friends. Mission accomplished.
Fiji and Tonga 2006: Tastes of Melanesia and Polynesia
TIme for another family trip, this time to the remarkably friendly islands of Fiji, and for a bit of harder core traveling as
a threesome, kayaking in the Vava'u group of Tonga.
Hawaii 2008: Zoe's 10th Birthday trip
TIme for another family trip, this time to closer to home.
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