Did I mention I went to New Zealand’s South Island back in June? Well, I did, and it was amazing (here are five reasons why it was so awesome). I wasted no time in telling people I was going, and asked those who’d already been for some tips. Normal questions, you know – where was your favourite place? What do I have to do? What’s the one thing I can’t miss?
The answers were really diverse – New Zealand has so much to offer, after all. But the one thing everyone seemed to agree on was that when I was in Queenstown, I had to go to Fergburger. “Where?” was my naïve response. Cue gasps of indignation, cries of “You’ve never heard of Fergburger?” and similar responses to make me feel the same way I felt when I was at university and revealed I ’d never seen the film E.T.
If, like I was, you’re a Fergburger virgin, here’s a quick rundown. Fergburger is a Queenstown institution, having served huge, juicy burgers since 2001. It’s pretty much a rite of passage for anyone heading to Queenstown, and many claim that they’d swim back to New Zealand for a bite of the burgery goodness.
Behold, the mighty Fergburger | Image by me
If you’re anything like me, summer holidays are for spending somewhere hot. We get enough cold weather in the UK, after all, so why spend summer trying to keep warm when you could be lying on a beach soaking up the rays, right?
Yep, that was pretty much my train of thought. So I was incredibly excited when I found out I’d be spending a week in New Zealand in June. Until it slowly dawned on me: New Zealand is in the Southern hemisphere. Their seasons are opposite to the UK. So in December and January they’re soaking up the sun, and from June – August… you guessed it, it’s the middle of winter.
But guess what? New Zealand in June was so beautiful, so snow-covered, so full of amazing outdoor activities that could only happen in winter and so much fun that hitting the beach was the last thing on my mind.
The Queenstown Winter Festival Dog Derby contestants get serious | Image courtesy of Stefan Haworth
Embarking on a working holiday in Australia is scary, we understand that, but it’s also tremendously exciting. You can book your flight, and head off into the unknown, or you could give yourself a little bit of a headstart by checking out BUNAC’s group flight option and their Work N Holiday package.
Sarah Hall has done just that and, as someone currently living the dream in Australia, who better to share the answers to five very important working holiday questions…
Exciting, overwhelming and a tiny bit terrifying, these are all words I would use to describe my arrival in Sydney, Australia eight months ago. Stepping out of the airport into the glorious Sydney sunshine and knowing that I had a whole year to explore Australia was insane.
Luckily, I had chosen BUNAC’s group flight option which meant that I had just spent three amazing days sightseeing, drinking and acquainting myself with thirty other ‘BUNACers’ in the buzzing Asian metropolis that is Hong Kong, meaning I was already in great company.
When it comes to taking a working holiday, it’s hard to think of anywhere more perfect to escape to than Queensland.
Proudly perched in Northeast Australia, and spoilt with hundreds of sun soaked islands, tropical rainforests, as well as the cosmopolitan city of Cairns and the iconic Great Barrier Reef, Queensland is the ultimate place to live the Aussie dream. I mean, you’re doing this because you want to change your life right? What could be more different than paradise?
Last year, Ben Angel won one of 6 working holidays in Australia as part of our Live Like an Aussie competition, and last September he headed out to Queensland to work as a cook on a boat sailing the glorious Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef – a pretty drastic departure from the average 9-5!
Here’s what he thought about his experience and why he thinks you should take advantage of your opportunity to take a working holiday, while you can…
Here's Ben hard at work (kind of), sailing the Whitsundays.
How many times have you heard, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”? More times than you’ve tucked into a steaming bowl of congee, probably.
There’s only one thing more nourishing than breakfast, and that’s travelling, so today on the blog we’re combining the two to deliver one of the most fulfilling experiences your brain has ever eaten.
Would you eat this for breakfast?
We tapped up our Travel Experts from across the nation, and got the low down on some of the world’s most hunger-busting, taste-bud tingling, mind-bending breakfasts you’ve probably never even heard of.
Unless you’ve been there. Or your mate has. Or you saw them on a BBC 3 documentary.
Hungry for more? Come on then sleepy, let’s get stuck in. Continue reading