Im a 19 year old lass from Auckland, New Zealand and am seriously considering travelling to London later this year... (around July) I keep changing my mind...a lot of NZ money is very little in UK compared to in say Canada etc... and also not sure whether to finish my journalism studies first...(but then i'll be completely broke for sure) I've totally got the travel bug now and want to travel and work in Europe, writing and doing my photography........ anyway, Ive been working my ass off in office and cafe work to afford to come over and was thinking of going through IEP (iep.co.nz) on a group flight.
I'll be travelling completely solo and it will be a first big overseas trip (Ive only been across the ditch to aussie) I hve one distant family member in London and 1 old friend who doesnt seem very interested in my moving over for a bit, which is sad but hey! what can ya do!
All Im worried about is being totally culture shocked and alone hahaha! and poor! I know theres hundreds of people to meet but ahhh such a big move from soooo far away!
Anyone have any tips?!!?! It'd be much appreciated...Or any Kiwi's or Aussies making the move?
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Kels you won't be alone in London far from it. I think Kiwis and Aussies have the best social life of anyone in London because they have their own community and they are also well-liked by the English.
There are free newspapers available at some tube stations specifically for antipodeans living in London. I know TNT is an Aussie paper and I recommended to someone yesterday that he look at the 0nline version. I thought the Kiwi paper was Southern cross but i can't find it on the web. Anyway if you look atthe Aussie one you should see that there's a large close-knit community.
I lived in Acton and we had Kiwi neighbours and the local pub had Aussie and Kiwi flags on the wall and barbie's in the summer.
Of course there's always the chance you won't like London but you just have to take that chance.
My advice when you're in London. Go to a place called 'The Church' on your first sunday afternoon. Get off at Kentish Town tube station and follow the 3 million or so other Aussie, Kiwi and South Africans that go there. You'll have a blast 'cos it's a crazy place. I think it has its own website so look it up. You shouldn't find England a culture shock. We even have live Super 12 matches, just about all test cricket and 1 day cricket and the tri-nations. It's pretty difficult not too make friends quickly when you get here. You should go for it.
Want any info specifically give me a shout and i will try and help.
Ahh a common misconception that all kiwis like ruggers and cricket :P and are equally crazy
I actually can't stand cricket, and the only time i watched rugby was when I went to my bf's games hehe
I don't know anything about England but I am very much into surfing, wake boarding etc (i imagine i wont be seeing alot of that whilst there) and watching sports such as motocross...haha the one time i tried it this year i landed myself in hospital! Way to start my year hahah! :D
Thanks for the info I will definitely check out those papers and 'the church'
See Im stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Wait till january move hours a way to a small south island town (im from the largest city in the country..also a lot warmer in the north island) study a year of journalism.. (which is only a national diploma) thus increasing my student loan and emptying my savings account...then having to save all over again to get overseas and maybe hopefully...use my skills overseas..or see wot UK can offer me in regards to experience??? OR just go now, (be severly poor thanks to our weak kiwi dollar) see how it goes then move bak and study (or not :P) Arghhh its a toughie and of course you can only get a working visa once...
Im a young 19.....and seem to be in a hurry to get away, but am very unhappy where im at in nz...wot with temping in brain dead roles...i keep thinking hey if my friends can do these jobs for real (a.k.a reception, office, cafe)then im sure ill cope...but to be honest, i cant let myself waste away like that i am missing the use of my brain and it sucks! Im so bored of those jobs, but its all i can get into at the mo.........
Ahhhh Help! wish someone could tell me wot to do lol..but no one can, and i'd fight it anyway! Im just v hesitant incase it all goes horribly wrong! Gawd im negative lol! Its hard!!!
Im a sheltered young wee kiwi from a small small teeny tiny country
Newquay down in Cornwall is a great place for surfing. They have some world-class surfing competitions down there sometimes, plus has great night life so might be worth a few weekend trips for you if that's what you're into. My advice if you're stuck in a rut - go for it, by having a go you lose nothing, the worst that can happen is after a few months you'll be back in NZ. The best time to come though is something you will have to figure out on your own
Beat me to it! Yes, Cornwall, and Newquay in particular, is major surfing country. Newquay *is* a surfing town. Spend a weekend in London and get yourself to Paddington station and head down to "Kernow".
It just occurred to me that if journalism is your thing then you might even want to contribute to any UK based media outlets. With that in mind I thought www.nznewsuk.co.uk might be of interest.
Obviously I can't influence you but it bears repeating that although you'll be far from home you will be able to surround yourself with people from back home if you so wish.
Good luck anyway
Hey thanks so much guys!!!!
Have been talking to mates at work and they are just screaming go go lol in a good way tho..i am only a temp lol, they love me...i swear! haha
Uh yea i totally hadn't even thought about contributing to a nz media agency bluenose! So thanks for that!
Thanks for the weekend trip ideas too! Thats great! Yay..less homesickness
I definetely have been reassured and i want to come...so here's hoping the funds are up!! How much do u think would be a sensible amount in pounds to keep me alive and well incase it takes a bit to get a job...and how much on avergae is accom in london?
For example here in Auckland you pay rent, electricity, phone, water that comes out of the tap, then when it goes down the drain you pay again, and to heat it.....it all adds up....
Any ideas or estimates?