Sharyn McCullum at the Backpacker Expo in Sydney with her travel guides.
Live Work and Play, Live Work Play Travel and Sharyn McCullum
Live Work and Play was established in 1995 by Sharyn McCullum (traveller and travel writer). It came about after she went on a working holiday to London and found herself at Heathrow Airport with no friends, family, accommodation or work and wondered what to do next. She found a place to live, got a job and began enjoying herself. And she began writing about her travels. After four years living, working and playing in London she returned to Australia, continued her travel writing career and wrote her first travel guide.
Sharyn’s first travel guide was a working holiday guide to London and the UK. To work out a title that really suited the book Sharyn thought long and hard about the essence of the book. It was about living, working and playing in London and the UK. And with that in mind she came up with the title Live Work and Play in London and the UK – a working holiday to London and the UK.
Some of her British friends were so impressed with her first guide they suggested she write a working holiday guide to Australia. So she did and Live Work and Play in Australia became her second book. Then followed Live Work and Play in Canada, Live Work and Play in Japan, Live Work and Play in Ireland and Live Work and Play around the World. When her publisher retired Sharyn took over publishing her guides and began Live Work and Play Publications, which soon to have its 20th birthday.
With the advent of the Internet and social media Sharyn decided to produce all her Live Work and Guides travel guides as ebooks rather than printed books. This is so she can update the ebook instantly something changes thus, keeping the guides up-to-date for those planning a working holiday. 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, Sharyn has founded the website Live Work Play Travel, which provides tips, hacks and information on working abroad, working online and 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. You can also discover how you can work online and be a digital nomad. Plus there is plenty of travel information on general what to see and do guides as well as road trips and travel itineraries.
The philosophy for the website is ‘Live Work Play Travel – it’s more than a way to travel – it’s your lifestyle’.
Sharyn McCullum has travelled all her life thanks to her dad who worked for an airline. She loves travelling to different countries to immerse herself in the culture and in particular, enjoy the food. She currently calls Melbourne, Australia home.