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After a very successfull adventure in South America in 2001-2002, and an even more relaxed South East Asia trip in 2004-2005, I extended my exploring life with 5 months in New Zealand, with a small extension in Australia.

After getting back to Belgium, working again in that great company, the unexpected happened. I lost my job. Considering several options, I decided to try working in tourism, in New Zealand and Australia. These are my reflections on the life of a Working Holiday Down Under...

Keep on tripping!

Wim, January 2006

Working Holiday starts soon...

Yes, finally. I have been waiting for this day for a few months now. I am getting used to preparing a trip, packing the bags, but I never get used to saying goodbye.

So this is it, when writing this, I am 11 hours away from flying out again. The plan is to get to New Zealand. Do a dive master on the North Island the first few months.

I would like to work the winter season somewhere near the slopes, for now I put my hopes on running a backpacker down in Queenstown, but you never know where I might end up counting coins.

Then my dear friend Sofie might come over - depends of her ability to save money - to explore some of the South Island. After that we want to fly over to Perth, get a van, some surfboards, and make our way east, to reach Sydney for New Year.

If Sofie has the time, we'll travel up the East coast, riding waves and living the beach life.

After that, I hope to work as a dive master at the barrier reef for some time, and explore some more of kangooroo land ! Roughly, I might get home some time before Xmass 2007... Depending of opportunities I get, and the adventures I encounter.

I'll keep you posted,

Keep on tripping,