You’ve just finished high school/university,you don’t know what you want to do with your life because who decided that 18-year-olds should bear that responsibility anyway, and so you decide to partake in the Kiwi equivalent of a rite-of-passage: the big OE (Overseas Experience).
You’re filled with excitement at the prospect of leaving home for possibly the first time in your life; just imagine, all the places you’ll go, the different cultures you’ll experience, and all the amazing people you’ll meet along the way. But as exciting as an OE sounds, it is terrifying at the same time. Where will you go? How will you know what to do when you get there? How will you make sure that you’re not going to be completely alone in a strange country? et cetera.
To save you from the paralysing fear that is the unknown, I have compiled a list with handy tips and suggestions to get you through your year overseas, and to make it possibly one of the best years of your life.