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  1. Lovin all of this Jer! So proud of you for making such a bold decision to head out there and do you for a year or two, or more!! All of your stories and travels push me to want to travel more---and make time/room for it!! Miss you--Anna

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    1. Thanks Anna! I'm pretty sure I'll be gone yet for awhileeee. Can't seem to kick the wanderlust yet, as I should have expected. So much to see on this side of the world! Can't wait to catch up though, hopefully sooner rather than later! xox. love you!

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  2. Hey Jerrica! My best friend and I (from Arizona) are heading out next week to start our working holiday in Australia. I stumbled across your blog and love all your writing! I too had to make the tough choice to leave my live-in boyfriend and full time job to escape corporate America and satisfy my wonderlust. Anyways, we're doing our last minute detail planning and I'm wondering what you do for health insurance when you're abroad in Aus? Is travel insurance the cheapest/best way to go or is there a better option you'd recommend? Most info available online about Aus working holidays is geared toward Europeans/British so im happy to read about your experiences.

    Cheers!

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    1. Hi Amanda! So excited for you to venture off to Australia. I hope you love it as much as I did! Where are you headed?! While I was there, I had bupa health insurance. It cost me about 10 dollars a week I believe. I would maybe recommend looking into world nomads travel and health insurance though if you plan on doing a lot of traveling while you're there! Feel free to email me at peterson.jerrica@gmail.com. I am happy to help if you have any other questions. Otherwise, best of luck in Aus! It'll be the greatest adventure of your life, I promise.

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  3. Hi! I am struggeling with a big choice for me.. can't decide if I would go backpacking&working in some farm or then just au pairing in NZ or Australia? I'm 19 and never really travelled alone, or not backpacking at least.. and don't feel like I would be ready to backpack alone. So thought if au pairing would be a safer option and easier to organize. Do you feel like you had enough time to travel during au pairing? Did you got enough money that you could use that for travelling, or how much money did you have with you from the first day?
    I thought about going to NZ as an au pair, and then go back to Australia after couple of years for backpacking when I am more confidence. Do you think it sounds like wasting a great possibility?

    Thank you for answering!

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    1. Hi Sofia! For me, au pairing was a really good first step in traveling solo. Farm work in Nz and Aus typically only covers your room and board, so you wouldn't be likely making any money from this kind of work. Au pairing was really easy to organize and made it really easy to adjust to a new country. Room and board was paid for, but I also make a weekly salary too. This allowed me to save a lot of money while abroad, and travel during my time off.

      Every family is different, so you would need to discuss travel time with them individually. For me, it was great because I traveled with the family, but also had the flexibility and time off to travel on my own. I took 5 weeks of time off in my summer in Australia, and currently have 4 weeks paid time off with my family in New Zealand.

      Hope this helps. If you need anything else, please feel free to email me at peterson.jerrica@gmail.com.

      Best of luck :)!

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  4. Hello! I found your blog by means of a different blog that you commented on. Love your posts! I am also a graduate of UW-L and of similar age. You have great perspective. Keep it up!

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    1. Hi Chelsey! I always love hearing from people, but especially from fellow Wisconsinites :). And UW-L too?! what a small world. Thanks for reading my stuff, and for taking the time to reach out to me.

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  5. Hi Jerrica!
    My mom stumbled upon your blog and had to send me the link. I felt as though you were documenting my life! Haha I just got back to Canada after a year and a half abroad au pairing in Australia. I've never felt so broken and sad after leaving my favourite city. I'm thinking of going to au pair in Auckland now, but I haven't gone to uni yet so I feel like I'm wasting my time? On the other hand I have no idea what I want to study.. I'm only 20, but I'm so confused what to do!! Any advice?
    Cheers,
    Emily

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    1. Emily! Thanks so much for reaching out. I love hearing people's stories from around the world, especially from girls who are so relatable. I am hesitant to give life advice to people I don't know, but here is what I do know from my own personal experience. I don't regret my Uni experience at all, mostly because of the people I met and the way they shaped my life. However, if I could do it all again, I would have started traveling and living abroad much earlier, and maybe have waited for uni or even considered not going at all. I feel like the experiences I have had traveling, the people I have met, and the happiness it has brought to my life has been by far the most valuable. And I don't think traveling in any fashion should be considered a waste of time. Ever. If I'm being completely honest, New Zealand is the greatest country I have ever been. By far. Even slightly surpassing Australia if you can believe that :). If you have the opportunity to go now, I would HIGHLY consider it. Uni will always be there and being a "grown up" and doing grown up things will ALWAYS be there. I'm 28, and the only thing I regret, is not going sooner. I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do with my life, but for now, traveling and personal happiness wins again!

      My email is peterson.jerrica@gmail.com if you ever want to speak further. Best of luck with your decision. Either way, you win :).

      Thanks again!

      Jerrica

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