What the Heck Am I Doing in New Zealand??

What the Heck Am I Doing in New Zealand??

What the Heck Am I Doing in New Zealand?? | Bethell's Beach | Here & Air


For those of you following me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I’m currently in the beautiful land of New Zealand — where the population of sheep is far greater than those of humans, or ‘kiwis’ I should say. If you aren’t following me on Instagram, this is my shameless way of asking you to do so now.


Go ahead —> @carmelisse


The truth is, I hadn’t planned this move very long. I needed a change of environment. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. I wanted to connect with my family. I wanted to explore all those jaw-dropping locations I see on Instagram for myself (yes they are indeed just as jaw-dropping in real life).


You see, in college I missed out on studying abroad — something I thought was only meant for the wealthy. But did you know that you can actually get financial aid to help you out with that? Or heck, even take out a loan, college kids are supposed to be in debt anyway…


I guess what I’m trying to say is, I’ve been dreaming of living abroad for a very long time. I used to just live vicariously through people on Facebook who had enough balls to do it!


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So why New Zealand?


Besides the fact that I’m an animal-and-nature-loving-wannabe-vegan-hippie, New Zealand has really good ties with the U.S. This means that I had a better chance of getting accepted for a Working Holiday Visa. Not to mention, people speak English in New Zealand so I wouldn’t have to stress myself out over learning a new language (although that is on my bucket list). But the best part of New Zealand is that I have family here that I haven’t seen in ages!


What’s a Working Holiday Visa?


It’s a type of visa for travelers, usually between the ages of 18-30, that allows them to live and work (sometimes study) in a country for about a year. It’s basically a visa that will help supplement one’s travel funds. 


So what’s my plan?


Lately, I’ve just been exploring all of New Zealand, both the North and South Islands. I want to see New Zealand before I actually start working. But now that I’ve got that out of my system, it’s about to get real! Aka I gotta search for a job. Initially I was only planning on staying here for 6 months, but this country already has my heart, I may have to exhaust my visa the entire year!


What am I expecting to get out of this?


Experience. Adventure. Connection. Getting to know myself better. More likes on the ‘gram…jk. But seriously, I’m just a free-spirit trying to feed my nomadic soul while also trying to live life while I’m young. Because #yoyo (you’re only young once am I right?).



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  • There aren’t really any downsides that are absolutely killing me. But I do miss my family, friends, boyfriend, and cats.
  • I haven’t exactly gotten homesick just yet, but I’m sure it’s bound to happen eventually.
  • There are also a lot of stores I loved in America that aren’t here.
  • Lots of terms and phrases to learn
  • Everything is pretty pricey
  • People here drive on the left side of the road and the steering wheel of the car is positioned on the right side (#killmenow).


But seriously, I will live.


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  • My skin is always hydrated.
  • The air is fresh and clean.
  • So many hiking trails and places to run
  • So much green
  • Everything and everywhere is clean
  • Public transportation is good (compared to Vegas)
  • There’s beauty everywhere (or sheep)
  • People are extremely friendly and laid-back
  • Lots of adventurous activities
  • The weather is mild
  • Diverse scenery
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Advanced and innovative country
  • and more…


You get the idea…


To wrap it up


I can’t say much right now because I haven’t actually started working — it can change drastically, but so far it’s been everything I’ve imagined and more. I am so blessed to be reunited with my amazing family. I truly value our late night DMCs (deep meaningful conversations haha I just learned that, I’m old) and learning more about my roots. This is going to sound extremely corny, but being surrounded by all of New Zealand’s beauty and people have done nothing but lift my spirits (gag I know). I don’t need to be rich and make a lot of money honestly, because these experiences are far richer and will be cherished foreva eva.


What the Heck Am I Doing in New Zealand?? | Bethell's Beach | Here & Air

So here’s where I advertise my social media again…


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Stay tuned for the next post on how I paid only about $100 for my ticket to New Zealand!







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  • Lia Levina
    Posted at 02:46h, 25 April Reply

    I’ve been thinking to get a WH visa to Australia. I think it’s easier and more convenient for Indonesians. My friend is also going there this year.
    Also, like you, I have a family there so there’ll be a chance to see them as well.
    At times I imagine that getting a job there won’t be as easy as I hope it’ll be, but the experience and having a chance to travel at the same time will be priceless!
    Hope everything won’t change as drastically as you feared 🙂

  • Renee groskreutz
    Posted at 14:24h, 19 April Reply

    Wow such beauty in one place. I don’t know how you can stand it. I had not heard of this travel visa before. Great stuff. Have fun.

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 21:55h, 19 April Reply

      Haha right? Thanks Renee 🙂

  • Ace
    Posted at 13:53h, 19 April Reply

    Hmm. I’ve never heard of a Working Holiday Visa! Might have to look into it!

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 21:55h, 19 April Reply

      Yeah you should! It’s a really easy process too!

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