Travel Writing: On Paradise of Exiles: A Guide for Moving to New Zealand
While I’ve written before about my process for moving to New Zealand, Chandi Wyant, founder of travel website Paradise of Exiles, encouraged me to distill it into a concise article, offering practical advice for those looking to follow in my footsteps. A great exercise in editing, I present to you, my Guide for Moving to New Zealand, published on Paradise of Exiles:
My move to New Zealand happened after almost three decades of daydreaming, yet when the moment came, it was still a surprise. New Zealand will award free, year-long, working-holiday visas to American citizens only if they are age 30 or younger. A few months before my 30th birthday, the time constraint became all too real–it was now or never.
The light bulb went off in March. By May, I had the visa. By September, I had a ticket, and in October, I stepped off a plane in Auckland, New Zealand. Within a day of landing, I had a NZ cell phone plan; within a week, a bank account; within a month, a car.
Read the rest of the article on Paradise of Exiles to benefit from the research and tips I share as a result of my experience.