So, why New Zealand? I’ve gotten this question more than a few times since the decision was made to go there over a year ago, and the answer is actually pretty short:
As a US citizen, I can apply for a Working Holiday Visa in the following countries:
…So that really narrowed it down for me from 196 countries to five.
Out of those five, I had just been to Ireland, so that took that one off of the list pretty quickly. I didn’t want to commit to living in a place as different as South Korea or Singapore for an entire year (oh how I’ve changed since then), so Australia and New Zealand were left. Out of those two, Australia seemed too “mainstream” (for lack of a better word) – so many of my friends have studied abroad there – and New Zealand definitely seemed more exotic and naturally beautiful (though Australia is quite beautiful, too!).
That’s literally how I made my choice. It took all of about three minutes of thinking after I decided on the working holiday portion, and I took it and ran with it.
There are a lot of really great guides, websites, blogs and even Pinterest pins out there for further information about Working Holiday Visas. This is one I found particularly helpful during early stages of research; it breaks different components down really nicely. That being said, if anybody has any questions about this stuff, particularly in New Zealand, then don’t hesitate to email me or contact me over social media! I’ve done TONS of research and would love to help sort out any confusion or decision-making you have ahead of you with what I’ve learned.