Thanks for checking out our new blog! After our 8-month adventure through India and SE Asia, we thought it would be best to create one unified place for everyone to read about what we’re up to.
Actually, we didn’t even plan on coming here when we first left home. We met quite a few travelers that spoke highly of New Zealand and Australia, and we thought, “Well since we’re this close…” We’re both fortunate enough to have the time to spare right now, but financially we knew it would be a bit tricky. Some people told us about the Working Holiday Visa and it piqued our interest. Basically, anyone under 30 can apply for a visa that allows you to work legally for one year in either Australia or NZ. Many people echoed the idea, “NZ is better for travel, Australia is better for work.” We did some research, crunched the numbers, and figured that we could WWOOF throughout NZ, and then get jobs in Australia to continue funding our travels. We applied for the Australian visa, got approved, and booked some flights!
For those unfamiliar with the WWOOF program, it stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Several countries have their own network of hosts that teach the ways of sustainable living and organic agriculture. The wwoofer (that’s us!) agrees to work a certain number of hours per week in exchange for food and accommodations. It’s actually how we met on a farm in Hawaii last summer. We plan to be wwoofing for most of 3 months throughout NZ (Dec-Feb), and then fly to Australia to find some temporary jobs. We’ll settle down in Melbourne for about 6 months, then travel a bit more before heading home. It’s hard to stop seeing the beautiful places of this world when new opportunities present themselves.
By now, I suppose you’re wondering what “38 below” means… No, that’s not how cold it is here. Although maybe that’s how cold it is for the Sikorski’s back in Edmonton! 😉 Thirty-eight is how many degrees we are below the equator (specifically Melbourne), which means it’s summer here! Wooo!! It hasn’t been as warm as it was in Asia, but it will only be getting better.
We’ve lined up a few farms to work at in New Zealand, but the real adventure will come next week when we rent a car and explore this beautiful country on our own. We’ll do our best to post updates as soon as possible and the pictures are sure to amaze. Stay with us, post comments, and don’t forget about your friends down unda!