I DID IT! Today, I booked my flight to Canada. I am terribly excited and just have to wait a few months.
Did I somehow get a working holiday IEC visa I hear you ask? No. So, if I dont manage to get my visa when they are released, I hope to fly to Canada, enter as a tourist, maybe do some wwoofing (volunteer work on a farm in return for food and accomodation) for a couple of months and then fly to New Zealand for a working holiday (if they will have me!). If I get my IEC in the meantime, happy days.
Now that it is definitely happening and I am going to Canada in some sort of unknown capacity at this point – I feel so much more settled. I am getting on the plane and that is it!
I have booked to fly with Air Transat. I read a blog recently reviewing different airlines and found it really useful listing the pros and cons, the seating and the luggage. I booked with STA Travel who were really helpful and am now also sorted out with a travel cashcard – this means I can pay with a card in Canada or New Zealand without extra charges, and can transfer money onto it without paying. The downside is paying £2.25 to withdraw cash, but I think the good definitely outweighs this. Anyway, back to the flight, it was £350 and I need to pay a bit extra to upgrade so I get extra baggage – I will ring and do this tomorrow but do not anticipate it being more than an extra £50 or £60. I hand in mind £400 so I am happy with this. I’M GOING TO CANADA!
I redid my nails tonight in celebration of the booking of the flight and now have a classic french manicure with a maple leaf on one nail!