I’m writing today’s blog post on the 9th of April, 2019. It is 6 months to the day since I packed up everything and left the UK. Making the 26 hour journey, 13000+ miles around the world to New Zealand. 6 months has passed by and I am still having the time of my life. I can’t believe how quick the time has gone by, how much has happened and how much I’ve changed as a person. So I thought It would be nice to take a look back at my 6 highlights from the last 6 months.
// Bali \\
Who would’ve thought, little old me would be jumping on a plane to a place like Bali, to meet with 9 other people I had never met before and to work with a bunch of super cool hotels, taking pictures for them and consulting on Social Media. You’re right, no one. Well guess what? I did it. Back in November, after the big move over here, I jumped back on a plane and made my way to Bali. Landing in Depansar Airport was the day 1 of the best 14 days ever. I met some of the most incredible, chilled out, like minded people I’ve ever met. I experienced some of the coolest things I’ve ever done, explored the whole of Bali and pushed myself well and truely out of my comfort zone. I even for a bloody tattoo!! Bali for me was a turning point in my life and I’ll forever be grateful for Jonny & Jonas inviting me on such an awesome adventure.
// Friends \\
I’m so lucky to have met some truely wonderful people on my travels. Whether that be whilst travelling or whether it’s the people I’ve met at work. Nevertheless, I’ve made some incredible friendships with people I never would’ve met had I not come to New Zealand. We might all be from completely different backgrounds, different age groups and well, completely different countries but boy, do we get on as if we’ve known each other forever. I’m so thankful for every single person I’ve met here in New Zealand. It’s because of you, this trip has been the time of my life.
// Work \\
This seems a little weird to put into a highlight post but you know what, the work I’ve done since being here has really been epic. Firstly, I’ve managed to work on myself a lot more. Growing my blog, working on my content and collaborating with brands and hotels. That in itself has been a real highlight. However my full time job in New Zealand has been something I’m never going to forget. In an industry I’d never thought I’d be in, I’ve worked my way up and loved every single minute of it. Again, I’ve met some incredible people, I’ve learnt a whole new set of skills and I’ve worked my arse off while doing it. The hours are long but really, it’s like working with a big old family & I wouldn’t change it for the world. Recently, I’ve also managed to merge my two jobs together, in running the social media for my restaurant. When two worlds collide, ey?
// The Way Of Life \\
This one isn’t really one stand out moment… it’s more of an on-going one. But the way of life over here is like no other place I’ve visited. The people are super friendly, everyone seems chilled out and the rules aren’t so.. strict? Everyone works but at the end of the day, everyone is focused on one thing. Their lives out of work. Most people finish early on a Friday, everyone heads out for the weekends. There’s a real outdoors culture here and I love it. Work doesn’t take over their lives, nobody is too serious and everyone seems to be proud of their country. It’s such a magical place!
// The Wedding \\
I couldn’t write a highlights post without writing about the best day. The Wedding day. On the 23rd February 2019, my brother Reece married the love of his life, my now sister-in-law, Jodie. At our home here in New Zealand, our family from the other side of the world, flew over to join in on the celebrations. All of Reece’s friends also made the journey to come over and be with him on the special day. And that’s exactly what it was, special. An intimate wedding, in the perfect location with the perfect people. It truely was a day of love and a day we’ll all remember forever. #WeddingGoals
// The Road Trip \\
And then once the wedding celebrations had calmed down, 2 days later we head out on the biggest road trip I’ve ever done. Months of planning went into this road trip. Hours and hours of just sitting at my laptop, planning the route, re-planning the route and then re-planning it again. Figuring out where we would go, what we could do and trying to come up with an itinerary that suited everyone. We were on the road for 2 weeks, driving around in my car and seeing all that New Zealand had to offer. We made our way all the way down to Queenstown, stopping at several places along the way, before turning around and driving back up to Auckland. Spending those 2 weeks on the road with family and friends, seeing the whole of New Zealand was definitely a memory I’ll treasure forever.
I have six months left on my visa and currently find myself in a mental battle of what to do next. I’d love to renew it, but unfortunately it means I wouldn’t be able to work in that second year. I’m toying with the idea of applying for a different visa, meaning I could stay and work in New Zealand but it’s a lot of money & a lot more complicated. The other option is to apply to work in Australia for a bit as I’ve always wanted to go there. Or the third option is really hit the road, travel more and not settle down in one place. Who knows what’s going to happen? I surely don’t. Comment below if you have any suggestions on what I should do next… I need your help!
| By Harrison |