Before heading off on my year-long New Zealand working holiday, I had to do a lot of preparation. I had to get my visa, I had to find an affordable flight, I had to pack everything into a carry-on size backpack, and I had to purchase working holiday insurance.
I had trouble finding information about what type of insurance I needed for my working holiday. The New Zealand immigration website only said that I needed to “maintain medical insurance” for the duration of my visa, but that short sentence still left a lot of questions. I asked other travelers who had done working holidays, and they didn’t seem to have much advice. It seemed my only option was to just buy something and hope that I got insurance with proper coverage.
Luckily, I did figure it out. So instead of sending you off to figure it out for yourself too, I’m going to tell you why you need insurance for your working holiday, how to get it, and my top choice for New Zealand working holiday insurance.
There are a lot of “Must Dos” on most peoples’ New Zealand itinerary. Those usually include places like Queenstown, the Tongariro Crossing, Mount Cook National Park, and Rotorua. But most of all, a good New Zealand itinerary will almost always include cruising Milford Sound.
Visiting Milford Sound is something I knew I wanted to do way before I flew off to New Zealand. Every photo I saw of it felt dark, moody, quiet, and undeniably beautiful. Milford Sound looked so far away, so far removed from the rest of the world.
Without getting too abstract and gushy, cruising Milford Sound was everything I wanted it to be and more. It was, without a doubt, one of the best experiences I had in all of New Zealand.
Nothing gets me pumped for a big roadtrip like music. Having the perfect roadtrip playlist is one of my top priorities when preparing for my trip.
What I listen to depends on what mood I’m in. Sometimes I just like to listen to whatever fun, dance-y pop songs have been stuck in my head lately. Having an upbeat roadtrip playlist definitely helps me to stay awake on those long drives. I’m not always feeling the pop vibe, though.
When I’m driving out west, I can’t help but get faux-nostalgia and start thinking about stories like Kerouac’s On the Road. Suddenly, all I want to listen to is my favorite songs from the 60s and 70s. I love adding classic rock to my roadtrip playlist, and I always throw in some 60s psychedelic jams. You know, anything that reminds me of the era of love, the era of rock n’ roll, the era of a new America.
Not that I was there, but like I said: faux-nostalgia.
This playlist is a mix of all that. It’s a mix of Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, Simon & Garfunkel, and tons of other artists that are quintessentially 60s.
Add these songs to your Spotify playlist or make an old-fashioned mix CD (which is what I do), and hit the road!
Hello all, and Happy July!
I’ve been wanting to get more personal here on my blog, because I think that’s one thing that’s lacking around here. I tend to get personal in my journal updates, but those only come around a few times a year. I wanted to let you guys know what’s going on behind-the-scenes, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do that.
If you are an avid reader of this blog, you may have noticed that instead of posting twice a week, I’ve barely posted at all in the last couple of weeks. And if you follow me on social media, you know I’m usually very active on Twitter, but haven’t been there much either. There’s a reason for that…
I returned from New Zealand about 5 months ago. I’ve been staying with my family in St. Louis (my hometown) since then, and I’ve been spending SO MUCH TIME working on my blog. I love this thing I’ve created. I enjoy dedicating my time to it, even if I don’t necessarily ~get~ anything out of it.
If you’re traveling in New Zealand, EVERYONE is going to tell you to go to Queenstown. They’ll tell you that it’s the coolest place in the country, that it’s so much fun, it’s a great place for backpackers and tourists…after you hear someone spout off about Queenstown, you’ll start to believe it’s truly the best place in the entire world.
I’m not going to disagree completely, but I am going to have an unpopular opinion. I didn’t really like Queenstown.
Queenstown is the adrenaline capital of New Zealand. It’s a playground for adults—definitely a place for the more active traveler. You can go bungy-jumping and jet boating, both of which cost a fortune. It’s also a great place for socializing, meeting other travelers, and going out. It’s a real party town.
Yellowstone National Park is mainly located in Wyoming, but it also extends into Idaho and Montana. To put it modestly, it’s a big park. It covers almost 3,500 square feet, some of which is only accessible via backcountry hiking. With all that space to explore, there’s no shortage of things to do in Yellowstone National Park.
When someone says Yellowstone, most people will instantly imagine the geothermal features it’s famous for, like geysers and hot springs. Two-thirds of the world’s geysers are located within the park, so visiting geothermal attractions can easily take up all your time in the park. There are so many other things to do in Yellowstone National Park, though, so take the time to explore other parts of the park.
It’s easy to spend a few days in Yellowstone and still feel like you missed something. There are waterfalls, geysers, mountains, lakes, forests, and great wildlife spotting opportunities. Instead of trying to see everything, plan your time wisely and focus on what’s most important to you.
To help you plan your trip, here are 15 of the best things to do in Yellowstone National Park.