From Canada to Mexico - My Overseas Working Holiday
Student Flights James Furlong travels to the ski fields of Canada and then on to the beaches of Acapulco and Cancun. James worked in the sub-zero temperatures of Alberta, Canada and then decided to backpack across Mexico. Here James tells us about his awesome overseas working holiday...
My travel story starts in a McDonald's store in Brisbane, I had found out a really good mate had bought us both OWH program's (Overseas Working Holiday).
For a few months I saved up some cash and planned. As soon as I found out that I had a job I gave my notice and bailed on Brisbane. Then I was off to southern Alberta, Canada to work on the ski hills and live the dream. It’s an unbelievable experience meeting people from all over the globe. We were all in the same position, leaving friends and family, trying to find adventure.
My job was lift maintenance working at the bottom station loading people on to the lift for an hour then working an hour at the top station making sure people could get off. After the two hours of "hard" work was finished I would get paid to snowboard around the mountain and ‘patrol’, basically get to hang with mates and board. The friendships that I made in Canada are truly the best. They would be the best quality that I have made so far in my life. No matter how hung over or how tired we were from riding we would all manage to pull together or cover each other’s shifts.
Accommodation was intense. It was a five bedroom self-contained unit, sleeping a minimum of seven people at a time. It was a great environment, we always had friends of friends crashing with us and partying. The season itself was out of control, heaps of self-inflicted stories and many brain cells lost. I would highly recommend this holiday for people that are looking at doing a gap year.
After working at the ski hill for four months, partying hard and snowboarding, my body needed to have a break. I kind of got over the -30° Celsius mornings and I started to get itchy feet. I woke up one morning and without giving it much thought I booked tickets to Acapulco, Mexico and out of Cancun Mexico! Forcing myself to backpack from one side of the country to the other was just sick! For the two months I was down there living on the beach and really not having a worry in the world my life was like a Corona ad.
After I had finished in Mexico, I went to New York to see the sights and to tick it off my bucket list. I don’t really know what to say about New York. Everyone will have something different to say. As clichéd as it sounds, it is like the movies. If you have money to burn it would be sweet. However, I was a broke ‘Mexican’ that needed to get back to Canada to get my life sorted so that I could get back to Brisbane.
If you would like to chat about Overseas Working Holiday ideas or plans for your next trip, you can contact James Furlong, an International Travel Consultant with Student Flights based in Garden City, on 1300 838 926 or by email.