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 by to find out who is Live Work Play Tavel. My name is Sharyn and I’m the founder of this work abroad, work online and travel website. I have been writing about working overseas on a working holiday visa and travelling since the 1990s. But 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, with Hawaii being a favourite destination.

In 1988 I left Sydney and moved to the UK on a working holiday on my own. I remember standing at Heathrow Airport with no friends, family, accommodation or work and wondered what to do next. I always 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, about 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 in 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!

After 4 years living, working and playing in London on my working holiday and travelling to many European and Scandinavian countries I returned home to Australia. 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 published in 1993 by Kangaroo Press. It proved so popular I was asked to update it for a new edition, which I gladly did because I was able to visit London and the UK again. The guide is now in its 5th edition – and 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 should write a similar guide for Australia. And so, Live Work and Play in Australia – Ultimate Working Holiday Guide was published. In 1995 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
Live Work and Play in Canada
Live Work and Play in Japan
Live Work and Play in Ireland
Live Work and Play around the World
Endless Winter – Your Guide to Working in Ski Resorts Around the World
Ready, Set, Go – Travel — A pre planning guide to travelling overseas
Travellers Fare – Fast and Fabulous Meals for Travellers


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 working abroad, working online both remote work and as a digital nomad and general travelling. So you will find information on countries that have a working holiday visa and types of work you can do on a working holiday. Plus plenty of suggestions on how to travel and how to spend your time.

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

www.liveworkplay-australia.com – if you want to come to Australia on the working holiday visa or whether you live here, there is plenty of information on living, working and playing in Australia.
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 and nutritious recipes to make while you travel. Cooking while travelling can save you heaps of money.


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 and travel the world. 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


Female and Male Backpackers With Backpacks On Their Backs Looking And Pointing At Scenery While Living Working Playing and Travelling Around The World.

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