A working holiday is when you spend a
significant amount of time in another country and have the working rights to
back it up. With this setup, you
are able to pick up a job or two (or 6) and break that arrangement up by
traveling or moving on to a new location in the country. For the vagabond, this is the perfect
situation that needs no selling.
For others who think it might sound appealing but still need that extra
push, here are the reasons why taking part in a working holiday is a great idea
1.) A working
holiday visa gives you longer to travel.
In general, a working holiday visa grants
you access to a country for a longer period of time than a standard tourist
visa. In Australia, for example, the
typical tourist visa is for 3 months when a working holiday visa grants you
country-roaming rights for 12.
Even if you don't work at all, the working holiday visa could be a good
option for the individual that wants to stay in Australia for as long as possible
without needing to deal with exiting and entering multiple times for visa
2.) The getaway
With a working holiday visa, you can work
as you go, meaning you won't necessarily go into debt while spending time
abroad. Your method of travel may
vary. Some prefer to travel
up-front for several months and then spend the rest of the time working in one
or two different locations. Others
prefer to work for a month, travel for a month and then work for a month
again. Either way, the travel is
sustainable in the sense that you can keep refilling your travel funds with
3.) You can
Without the need to save up thousands and
thousands of dollars in advance, you can leave for overseas adventures sooner
with a working holiday visa. If there is anything more of a downer when it
comes to travel, it just might be the idea that you can't do it because of
money problems. The working
holiday visa alleviates this issue.
4.) It provides
an opportunity to try your hand at various trades.
With a working holiday visa, you are
basically given the opportunity to test out any type of job, and you are
probably put in a position to accept ones that you normally wouldn't when at
home. You never know what you
might discover. Perhaps your
perfect job might be one where you're working on a cattle ranch in the outback
or serving up drinks at a pub in London.
Maybe you discover that street marketing is your forte. A working holiday, in this sense, could
end up being a life-changing experience.
5.) You can give
your holiday more structure.
Many travelers find themselves, when
staying in hostels night after night, participating in parties and drinking
activities more often. Not only
does this cause you to deplete your travel funds, it might also lead you to
doing less of the real travel activities you came for in the first place. By splicing in some working here and
there, it helps to put you on a schedule and keep your travels more structured.
6.) A working
holiday makes a good break.
A popular time to sign up for a working
holiday is that break between high school and college or the break after
college and before entering the real working world. Later working holiday experiences are often used by
individuals as a way to get out of a rutt with a job back home and have new
choices. The reason the working
holiday is so great is because it allows for this break with some employment
opportunities in the mix.
7.) You may make
more local friends.
When you're backpacking or jumping from
place to place constantly, the majority of the people you meet – in hostels or
on tours, for example – are simply other tourists. By taking up employment in a country abroad, you are more
likely to meet and make friends with the locals, and that can do wonders for
really introducing you to a culture.
8.) You gain a
better cultural understanding.
There's really only so much you can do and
learn in a country on short 2 week holidays. While this may lead to a general understanding of a culture,
there's no getting around how much more you will learn with an extended working
holiday stay. In addition, you
will have actual working experience in a foreign country, which may or may not
be of benefit to you on your return back home.
9.) It builds a
Obviously, this point is one of
contradictory views. Having a
working holiday build a better resume comes down to the field you intend to
work in down the road, as well as the type of work you will be undertaking
while abroad. Some employers might
enjoy that a potential employee has work experience and cultural understanding
10.) It gives the
chance to assess a potential expat location.
Seeing how a working holiday gives a person
the opportunity to stay for an extended period in another country, it allows
for individuals the chance to assess whether or not this would be a good
permanent move. You would get to
see first-hand how good or bad the economy is functioning, what the job market
is like in your intended field and a whether or not you mesh well with the
setup in general. A working holiday in this case would be more of a trial-run.
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About the Author
Schoenman is the type of person that doesn't need any convincing when it comes
to heading out on a working holiday, but she is more than happy to help others
who are still on the fence make the big leap. She currently lives in Australia where she also writes for
Travel Guide, but you can
catch some of her personal adventures on her world travel blog or by following along on Facebook and Twitter.
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