About Us – Hi, I’m Sharyn McCullum and I am the creator of this website/blog, thanks for stopping by.
Please note: I do say About Us because there is more than just me who puts this website/blog together, but, it is mostly me.
But to tell you how it all started. I have travelled most of my life thanks to my dad who worked at Sydney Airport. It wasn’t until I had a bad day at work way back in 1987 (yes I am showing my age) that I resigned and within a month arrived at Heathrow Airport. I arrived with no friends, family, work or anywhere to live and wondered ‘what on earth had I done’. But, like most travellers I found my feet and stayed in London using it as a base to work and travell through Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, Asia, America, and the list goes on. You can read about a lot of my personal travels at www.shazzatravels.com.
I fell in to travel writing. It was after I went to Turkey for Anzac Day in 1990 that a London based ex-pat Aussie magazine was calling for travel articles. I thought to myself, I have just been to Turkey and I could write an article. To my surprise and extreme delight the article was published, earning me 25 pounds. And so, my travel writing career began.
And so it began with a travel guide
On my return to Australia I noticed there were no working holiday guide books in the shops and so I set out to rectify the situation. In 1995 after 23 knock backs I found a publisher willing to take a chance on me. My persistence paid off that there was a need for working holiday information to be put in to a book format.
I thought long and hard about the title of my first guide book. Asking myself what it was about I answered, It is about living, working and playing in a particular country. So began the Live Work & Play series of travel guides. The first guide was Live Work & Play in London & the UK to help fellow and future travellers land in the UK with a little more knowledge of what to expect than I did. Then came Live Work & Play in Australia, Canada, Japan, Ireland and the World. I am now turning all these guides plus more in to ebooks.
Then came the website on which I would put the latest working holiday information plus articles of my travels. I know now I was blogging way back then without knowing it. The website was voted Best Website for 2002 by the Herald Sun Travel Editor at the time. I was chuffed, of course!
Live Work & Play morphs into LiveWorkPlayTravel
In 2015 LIve Work & Play came out of hibernation and 2016/17 saw a change and massive growth. After a number of legal issues with other people and organisations using Live Work & Play without permission I decided to morph in to LiveWorkPlayTravel.
Aims of Live Work Play Travel are to
- provide up-to-date and relevant working holiday and work and travel information for specific Destinations;
- showcase useful travel accessories to help you during your travels
- provide links to transport options, accommodation, airfares and other things like travel insurance and travel accessories that you can gain quotes for and to purchase
- make the site interactive with fellow travellers who are about to, currently are or have been working and travelling around the world. So if you have a blog and would like to exchange links, or if you would like to work with us, please get in contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope in the future to add a job board for people to find work while on the road. There are a few other things up my sleeve that I will reveal in the future. Until then, that is enough about us and I will leave you with my philosophy for this website / blog.
LiveWorkPlayTravel – it’s more than a way to travel, it’s a lifestyle!