Travel is an incredible thing but can also be an expensive thing. Adventure can also be difficult to squeeze into your 3 weeks of holiday too. Because of this, we decided to move and work abroad, giving us more opportunities to explore the world.
Nathan from The TRVL Blog shares his reasons to extend your time abroad by applying for an working holiday visa.
As is often the case, after the time of your life travelling around whichever bit of the world you choose, money tends to run out. Sooner or later it happens.
Unless you have a money tree, of course. There are a couple of options when you see the numbers in your bank account quickly heading towards the dreaded 0 – go home or earn some money. Going home may be something you’re looking forward to, if so, go ahead. However, if you’re anything like me, you will want to extend your trip for as long as possible.
For me, the natural and best option for extending any trip is a working holiday visa. A working holiday visa means you can live and work in another country and you’re still on holiday (that’s what it says in the visa name anyway), win win!
Who wants to go home when you could be here?
Or living it up exploring a city or learning about a different culture?
Which Countries Offer Working Holiday Visas?
There are tonnes of countries who offer working holiday visas. In fact, there’s 61 in total (that was a shock to me when I looked it up). These visas are only offered to passport holders of certain countries, so it is worth checking on the government website prior to planning any working holiday visa. The most popular countries for backpackers to extend their trips are; Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Ireland.
These countries usually offer a working holiday visa for 1-2 years. With some offering the second year when certain conditions are met, for example, Australia offers the second year if a working holiday maker completes 3 months worth of regional work.
Why Extend Your Travels With a Working Holiday Visa?
Now you know you can potentially extend your travels with a working holiday visa, but why would you do this? How will this benefit you? I’ve recently completed my working holiday visa in Australia and below I’ve listed the best reasons why you should extend your travels with a working holiday visa.
Like I mentioned at the start of this post, eventually, money does run out. That’s a fact of life. You’re on the road spending money, probably not earning, it’s going to happen. However, it doesn’t have to be the end. Head to one of the countries where you can do a working holiday visa and, well, earn some money!
Earn Money When You’re All Out
Trust me, it isn’t hard to get a job once you have your visa. Take Australia for example, there are tonnes of industries who employ working holiday visa makers. Please note, not every employer will be happy to employ someone on a working holiday visa, due to work restrictions. Plenty will be happy to do so though! You can be earning in no time and adding money to the travel fund before you know it.
Live in a Different Country
The majority of people in the world probably haven’t lived and experienced life in another country. OK, so a lot of people have travelled and experienced another culture first hand. However, living somewhere is a different kettle of fish. You integrate into the community, meet locals, other travellers and a whole bunch of people. You might even fall in love with that country and attempt to move their permanently after your travels. I know that’s my plan for Australia.
Incorporate Travelling & Working
You’ll be on a working holiday visa. That’s it, the clues in the name – the two main aspects of this visa are working and holidaying. Why not travel and work at the same time, there’s nothing stopping you. Whether this is picking up odd jobs as you move around the country or working for a bit, travelling, then working again, the possibilities are endless. Your time in that country is yours, spend it how you like.
Take a Break From Backpacking Life
Backpacking life is great, that’s why we all travel isn’t it? However, living out of a backpack and living in hostels and dorm rooms constantly can take its toll on the even the most patient of people. By taking up a working holiday visa and moving to another country, you give your chance to have a break from backpacker life without going home. I mentioned above about working and travelling at the same time. The other option is setting up camp in a certain location and working there. This could be for the whole of your working holiday visa or just for a section of this. Like I also said above, it’s totally up to you what you do.
Some people only get one chance to take a backpacking trip. If you do not want to go home after your money runs out, don’t waste this opportunity. A working holiday visa is a perfect way to extend your travels. Enabling you to save money and explore more of the world.
If Australia is your choice, don’t forget to check out my ‘Australia Working Holiday Visa Guide‘.