8 things to do when visiting New Zealand

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You’ve been thinking of travelling to New Zealand? Sweet! Spring is approaching down under, so why not check out the Kiwi lifestyle?
Make it a bungee jump adventure, spot a Kiwi (or Kea) bird, nurture your Lord of the Rings obsession and find out where the Flight of the Concords come from… To me the Kiwis are some of the friendliest and most generous people in the world! And wait ‘til you get to taste their Kiwi chocolate. Even if you don’t have too much time, here are 8 unforgettable highlights you should not miss out on:…

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Work and Travel in beautiful Australia

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Ever thought of taking a gap year? So what stopped you from leaving work for inspirational time off or from taking a sabbatical year?
In 2009 I resigned from my job, sold most of my belongings and went to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa. For a whole year I carried all I had in a backpack and never planned ahead for more than a week or two. I just went with the flow and had some of the best times of my life!…

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Life as a Jillaroo (Part II)

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Apart from working on horseback as described in Part I, I experienced true remote living on a cattle station in the Australian outback of the Northern Territory. I vividly remember my first day at work having to vaccinate about a 1000 yearlings of wild Rahmen cattle. Not that I knew much about it; I had once vaccinated a pig during a school internship with the local vet… And here I was again, 14 years wiser and holding a gun like syringe in my hands dreading to hurt any animal. I also had a drenching gun in order to spray worming …

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Life as a Jillaroo (Part I)

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Most of you might ask: what’s a Jillaroo? Wikipedia explains it as the “female equivalent of a Jackaroo” which is the Australian expression for a “trainee working on a sheep or cattle station to gain practical experience in the skills and traditions of Australian stockmen”. In North American terms it’s somewhat like a cowgirl. Except that I was in the Australian bush of the Northern Territory: that’s crocodile and snake country where Crocodile Dundee was from. And I really loved it!…

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