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7 reasons you should do a working holiday in New York City

They say New York is just like the movies. According to author Savannah - turns out it is.

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Every time I tell people I am moving to New York, or it comes up in conversation with locals that I have just moved to the city – the first question they always ask is “why”?

Why did you move to New York? What do you like about New York? My initial response is always “why not”, “What’s not to like about New York?!” I honestly struggle to find a succinct answer, or to articulate well why it is that I chose this big beast of a city to live in – it’s so hard to pinpoint one or a few reasons why I made the move. But, since these questions come up so frequently, I figured I better come up with a better answer.

1. It really is like the movies

Of course, we have all seen at least one movie set in New York (my personal fave is Devil Wears Prada). When I first visited New York, I felt as if I needed to manage my expectations, when is something ever the same as the way it's portrayed in the movies? Because if romance is anything to go by, the movies will set you up for failure. But the magical thing about New York is it does live up to that fantasy, the way the big city lights and streets are portrayed on the movies. The sprawling streets full of fashionable people strutting down the sidewalk, everyone in a rush to get somewhere, huge skyscrapers that when you look up make you feel tiny, beautiful pre-war buildings with iconic fire escapes lining the streets, sirens everywhere. To my delighted surprise, New York City is just like the movies! The jury is still out on whether the big city romances are like the movies though.

2. There is an energy here you can’t explain, but you feel it

This is something you need to experience for yourself. To be in New York, and genuinely feel that captivating and confusing buzz.

3. There are endless possibilities you will never get bored

Want to go out and have the best night of your life on a random Tuesday? You got it. Get lost in history and beautiful museums on a rainy Friday? Done. It is quite impossible to get bored in this city, there is something to do every minute of every day. Whether you’re into going out to bars and clubs or you prefer art galleries, great wine and cool restaurants. There are endless things to do here, and it really doesn’t matter what day of the week. That is something that really blew my mind, coming from New Zealand where you’re lucky if you get people out and about on the weekends.

4. The people are a little crazy, and I absolutely love it

New York is loud, and New Yorkers are even louder. They won’t hesitate to yell at you to move out of the way, but they’ll also stop to help give you directions if you are lost. Someone described New Yorkers as kind, but not nice. Which I think hilariously and perfectly sums them up. They might not smile at you if you catch their eye or hold the door open for you – but they’ll let you know if you dropped your MetroCard and won’t hesitate to help you out if you ever feel like you’re in trouble.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Savannah Palmer

Work USA 12-month Roadtester

It was a tough job, but someone had to do it. Our roadtesters trial and shape every JENZA experience to make sure it serves our travel community first. Because if it didn't fly with them, it's not going to fly with you.

"The people in this city are unapologetically themselves, no matter who they are right now, or they may want to be"

5. The people in this city are unapologetically themselves, no matter who they are right now, or they may want to be

People here won’t question it if you decide to head out for the day dressed entirely in neon green, or if you feel like walking to work singing your favourite song at the top of your lungs. I love that everyone and anyone has the freedom to express themselves however they see fit, and if you want to change your entire identity when you move here, or halfway through living here – New York says be my guest.

6. Tall poppy syndrome who?

There is no doubt that unfortunately, the tall poppy syndrome is rife down under. In New York, you need to be confident, to be able to sing your own successes – if you want to make it here. Further, people applaud and admire you for your achievements, for what you are good at. The attitude here is different, it’s a big pond, so you need to be a big fish to swim in it.

7. Creativity, fashion, art, music, culture

New York is one of the epicentres for all things fashion, art, food and music – there are so many incredible artists and creatives that live here, and being here means you have access to it right from your front door. This city is frequently described as a melting pot of people, cultures, and history, and it truly is – there are people from all walks of life here all coexisting together in this crazy wonderful big city.

And finally…because my ex doesn’t live here – and I’ll take a guess that yours doesn’t either.

If you’re keen to live life like the movies in the Big Apple, find out more by checking out JENZA Work USA 12-month or reach out to us here.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Savannah Palmer

Work USA 12-month Roadtester

It was a tough job, but someone had to do it. Our roadtesters trial and shape every JENZA experience to make sure it serves our travel community first. Because if it didn't fly with them, it's not going to fly with you.

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