Hi, I’m Sharyn McCullum.

I am the creator of www.londonworkingholiday.com.

Thanks for stopping by.

About me. I have travelled most of my life thanks to my dad who worked at Sydney Airport. It was a very bad day at work that saw me resign. A month later I arrived at Heathrow Airport with no friends, family, work or anywhere to live and wondered ‘what on earth had I done’.

But like most, I caught the Tube in to Earls Court and found a cheap hostel to stay in. After a few days recovering from jet lag I ventured to see some of the famous sites. Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Big Ben, the Horse Guards and London Bridge. I also did quite a bit of shopping at Harrods and other high street stores.

Time to get serious

As a week was almost up I began the hard task of finding somewhere permanent to live. I traipsed over most of London being interviewed by prospective room mates. Eventually after about a dozen viewings and interviews I finally found a single room in a flat share. The room was oh so tiny and had minimal furniture. Just a single bed with bedding that may not have been washed in a while. A bedside table with lamp and a wardrobe. My first purchase was a set of new sheets and a doona cover.

Next on my list was to do a number of jobs to set myself up. These included registering for a National Insurance Number and opening a  bank account. I then began registering with employment agencies. To my great delight I was offered a secretarial job for a week. My life of living and working in London had now truly begun.

The first few months were the hardest as I established myself and sometimes wanted to go home. I didn’t know anyone but started to meet people through work. I also pushed myself to go to Aussie pubs with my flatmates. Eventually I found my feet and had the time of my life.

During my time in London and the UK I always wished there had been a travel guide that would have advised me on what to expect and had helpful advice to guide me through those first few months. So I wrote LiveWork&Play in London & the UK to help future travellers know what to expect when they arrive in London.