About Live Work Play Travel (LWPT)

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Who is Live Work Play Travel?


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Sharyn McCullum of Live Work Play Travel enjoying a beer.


Thanks for stopping. My name is Sharyn, and I’m the founder of Live Work Play Travel. I have been writing about working overseas on a working holiday visa and travelling the world since the 1990s. Inspired from an early age, as I have travelled all my life thanks to my dad who worked for an Australian airline. This meant many family holidays (with dad, mum and sister) were spent travelling to different places in Australia and overseas. Hawaii was and still is, a favourite destination.

In 1988 I left Sydney, Australia and moved to the UK on a working holiday solo. I remember standing at Heathrow Airport with no friends, family, accommodation or work and wondered what to do next. At the time, I wished there had been a travel guide that would have told me what to expect about a UK working holiday. From how to find somewhere to live, backpacker jobs available and suggestions on how to enjoy myself. But I did find a place to live, got a job and began enjoying myself. It was still on my mind that a travel guide about a working holiday in the UK was needed.

While living in London on my working holiday I fell into travel writing after a local magazine called for submissions. I had recently returned from Turkey where I had been to ANZAC Cove for the 75th Anniversary of the landing of the ANZACs and wrote about it. The article was published and I earned 25 pounds. Was I hooked on travel writing and becoming a travel writer? You bet I was!


And My Travel Writing Career Began


After four years living, working and playing in London on my working holiday and travelling to Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, America and many other countries I returned home to Australia. Being a little jaded on my return, I did a travel writing course and began pumping out article after article. In the 1990s, you approached Travel Editors or magazines and newspapers in the hope they liked your idea for an article. And if they did, you got a sale of a travel article. My passion for travel writing exploded as I began to make an income from travel writing.


Writing Travel Guides Beckoned


I noticed there still were no guides in the bookstores about going to the UK on a working holiday. So I decided to rectify the situation. The biggest problem was the name. What would I call the book? I asked myself, what is the book about? My answer, a working holiday in the UK is more about just finding work, it is about living and playing in the UK also. Voila, my first travel guide Live Work and Play in London and the UK – Ultimate Working Holiday Guide was born. The first edition was published in 1993 by Kangaroo Press. It proved so popular I was asked to update it for a new edition. Which I gladly did as this gave me the perfect excuse to visit London and the UK again. The guide is now in its 5th edition, more editions will come.


Live Work and Play Publications is born


My English friends were very impressed with my first travel guide and suggested I write a similar guide to work and travel Australia. And so, Live Work and Play in Australia – Ultimate Working Holiday Guide was published. In 1995, after my publisher at Kangaroo Press retired, I established Live Work and Play Publications to publish working holiday guides. The range of ‘ultimate working holiday guides’ include:

  • Live Work and Play in London and the UK
  • Live Work and Play in Australia
  • Endless Winter – Your Guide to Working in Ski Resorts Around the World
  • Live Work and Play in Canada
  • Live Work and Play in Japan
  • Ready, Set, Go – Travel — A pre planning guide to travelling overseas
  • Live Work and Play in Ireland
  • Live Work and Play around the World
  • Travellers Fare – Fast and Fabulous Meals for Travellers


Head to my bookstore to purchase a copy of your desired guide. Please note, I am currently turning them into ebooks so not all of the titles are currently available. Stay tuned though!

Some of my Live Work and Play Travel Guides


Live Work Play Travel Website Created


With the advent of the Internet and social media I decided to publish all my Live Work and Play guides travel guides as ebooks rather than printed books. This is so I can update the ebook instantly something changes. Thus keeping the guides up-to-date for those planning a working holiday abroad. Visit the store for the current range.

As well as the travel guides under the name, which is a registered trade mark, Live Work and Play, I have founded the website Live Work Play Travel. This website / blog provides tips, hacks and information on work and travel abroad, working online remotely and as a digital nomad. Plus there are detailed travel itineraries, my best travel hacks and tips and recipes. 

For more specific information you can visit my other websites under the Live Work and Play banner:

www.liveworkplay-australia.com – loads of posts to help you work and travel Australia. Not only for Australian residents but overseas visitors coming to holiday or work and travel in Australia on an Australia working holiday visa
www.LondonWorkingHoliday.com – one of my most popular websites, get organised for a working holiday in London and the United Kingdom (UK).
www.travellers-fare.com – Recipe and Food Blog. Recipes here are easy, cheap, fast and fabulous recipes to make while you travel. Cooking while travelling can save you heaps of money. These recipes are for those people who like to stay in hostels and budget motels.


Live Work Play Travel Philosophy


I believe travelling is more than just travelling. My philosophy is ‘Live Work Play Travel – it’s more than a way to travel – it’s a lifestyle’.

So whether you are a single traveller, a couple, a group of friends or travelling with your family you will find information here to help you live work play travel around the world. So what are you waiting for? Come join me, I might see you on the road somewhere!


Sharyn McCullum at Melbourne Backpacker Expo

Live Work and Play Publications at the Backpacker Expo, Sydney in 1997


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