Destination Arrival
1 Sydney, Australia December 31, 2017
2 Brisbane, Australia January 2, 2018
3 Cairns, Australia January 2, 2018
4 The Great Barrier Reef, Australia January 3, 2018
5 Kuruanda, Australia January 4, 2018
6 Uluru, Australia January 5, 2018
7 Melbourne, Australia January 6, 2018
8 Sydney, Australia January 7, 2018
9 Auckland, New Zealand January 8, 2018
10 Waitomoto, New Zealand January 9, 2018
11 Rotorua, New Zealand January 10, 2018
12 Wellington, New Zealand January 11, 2018
13 Picton, New Zealand January 12, 2018
14 Christchurch, New Zealand January 13, 2018
15 Queenstown, New Zealand January 13, 2018
16 Glenorchy, New Zealand January 14, 2018
17 Milford Sound, New Zealand January 15, 2018
18 Queenstown, New Zealand January 16, 2018

Monsooners: Donna “FOMO Queen” Vo, Taylan “Imperator Furiosa” Stulting, Alexandra “Venus Flytrap” De Rosa, Mary “Mad Max” Lin, Isaac “Nux” Johnson, Ann “Joey” Wen, Sampson “Alpaca” Lau, David “Good Guy Meme” Anton, Sarah “Ginger Soul” Parise, Laura “Muy Thai” Bodden, Bryce “Cowboy” Maynard, Rachel “Kiwibird” Xu

Remarks: “As yet another trip with The Monsoon Diaries comes to a close and my own travels start to wind down (I’m going to be back in the states in a week…), I want to take a second to thank this guy for being such an important person in my life.

Calvin, you have become one of my best friends over this past year and easily my favourite travel buddy. From when we first met in Russia last New Year’s Eve to these past few weeks in Australia and New Zealand, I’m so glad I’ve gotten to experience so much of the world with you. You never fail to challenge me and remind me the importance of self-love and embracing all the opportunities that life presents because life is short and there’s way too much to do and see in this world. I would never have embarked on this journey around the world if you never came into my life and helped me find the confidence to just do it if for no other reason than I deserve it. I am constantly grateful for your friendship, support, and guidance. Whenever and whenever our next travel adventure takes us, I know it will be epic.

But for now, I can’t wait to jump out of a plane with you and 3 other Monsooners as our final act in New Zealand.” – Taylan Stulting

“Goodbye all thanks for an amazing 3 weeks together. Y’all fam. Can’t wait for our reunion soon. Hit me up whenever you’re in New York ❤❤  – Ann Wen

“When you’re back to reality and suffering from PTD (post travel depression), so you’re looking through your pictures reminiscing… at 12 AM. I feel so blessed and grateful of the beautiful moments I got to experience during the last 3 weeks. I met and made friends with so many wonderful people on this journey.

I never got to experience the dorm life in college but our trip in Australia gave me a little taste of it and it was great. I’m so thankful I got to share these moments with you all and I will cherish them for the rest of my life.”  – Laura Bodden

“Thank you for planning the trip Calvin, enjoy the rest of the trip guys.” – David Anton

“When you wake up in the hostel and realize that all your travel buddies are gone… Have fun in New Zealand, y’all! It was a pleasure.” – Sampson Lau

“Thanks for bringing us all together and making this trip happen Calvin. Per usual you did good.” – Taylan Stulting

“Safe travels. It’s been real . Thanks again for putting this together and bringing us on the trip of a lifetime . Will miss you all, my family of strangers ‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍❤❤❤❤❤.” – Mary Lin

“Signed up for a 9 day adventure with a group of 7 strangers, trusting the entire itinerary with someone I met for 5 minutes, 5 years ago.  Everything about that is the complete opposite of the obsessively detailed and neurotically organized person that I usually am. I did things that I never thought I would have the courage to do, such as jumping out of a plane and free falling for 60 seconds.  With stunning panoramas around every corner, I often had trouble believing that this could be reality.  Thank you Monsoon Diaries for bringing us all together and inspiring me to challenge myself.  Will remember these Monsoon Memories with nostalgia.” – Rachel Xu

“Read the post and cried inside. Kinda tough telling people here how good Fergburger is and they just have no idea.” – Ann Wen


“No one will get anything from this trip except us.” – Taylan Stulting

“Re: ‘No one will get anything from this trip except us.’ . . .  That’s the point ” – Rachel Xu