How the big OE changed me
The traditional Kiwi OE is changing. You can go anywhere at any age and for all sorts of reasons.
Europe is in chaos. Britain doesn't want more immigrants, even if your ancestors are from there.
I've been grappling with this dilemma for months now. I'm not even sure I want to go home.
Daunting at first, this massive city's given me one life changing experience after another.
Being a Kiwi gives you instantaneous mana that very few other countries can get, Jordan Marsh says.
The reason I went on my big OE was to prove to myself I could do anything.
A drunken flight booking to Bangkok led to a travel habit that's been hard to break for Chris Archer.
Life everywhere seems more interesting than New Zealand, Madeline Mctavish writes.
Cathy Johnston travelled the world and made lifelong friends after joining Youth With A Mission.
After eight weeks in Europe, Haylee Isaacs knew she'd caught the travel bug.
For those who have missed their opportunity for the big OE, the dream isn't over.
My feelings for Canterbury and Otago are stronger since I've returned from my OE.
Daran Clarke found more than just new experiences on his big OE.
I'm settled, married but the travel itch is demanding to be scratched.
I urge everyone to get out of New Zealand and experience the world before someone blows it to pieces.
Being able to witness different cultures and ways of living throughout the eastern world is my strongest pull.
My next stop is Japan and it seems I've caught the travel bug.
I didn't come from much; Taumarunui, to be exact.
I did it because I was curious to see and experience how other cultures live
London gave me life skills and confidence that I wouldn't have if I hadn't left for my OE all those years ago.