See the world and earn some coin at the same time. Sounds like a win-win, right? Whether you are looking to supplement your travel savings with a little seasonal work or interested in an internship in your chosen area of study or career, a working holiday is a great way to earn, learn and live overseas. A working holiday could see you nannying in Europe, pulling pints in Ireland, working in finance in South America or gaining insights into media on an internship in Africa. If you've only got a semester free, you could even be a camp counsellor in the UK or USA, or hit the slopes working as an instructor or in hospitality during the ski season in North America. For an amazing immersion experience where you'll really feel part of the action, a working holiday is something you'll never regret.

Living and working in a pub in the UK tackles two gap year obstacles in one – a place to work and a place to live. An easy way to earn money and then plan your European adventures in your downtime. London has some classic city pubs to set you up for conquering the city, but while some may disagree, the sun doesn’t rise and set in London alone. If you’re keen to explore less-chartered territory, why not consider a live-in pub job in the English countryside – there are hundreds of traditional pubs all over the UK to choose from. Brush up on your hospitality skills at a fine dining gastropub and spend your days off exploring the countryside.

Got a passion for fashion? London’s fashion industry is a highly desirable and highly competitive gig to get into, but a fashion internship package might give you a foot in the door (and look great on the CV) and you could be hobnobbing with Dame Viv Westwood in no time. Or find out the inner workings of the media in Ghana on a media internship, or sharpen your finance know-how with an internship in Colombia.

Prefer giant pine trees to skyscrapers? Join the tens of thousands of 20-somethings heading to Canada from all over the world to work a ski season - just ensure you secure employment before you pack your ski boots - not only to save yourself from disappointment but also a small fortune. There are over 12 ski resorts in Canada to plough into this winter, but you’re welcome to wait until the summer and experience Canada’s playground in the sun with lakes for miles and hiking trails for days.

Or you could experience the American rite of passage: the summer camp. Every year there are over 12,000 camps across the States just waiting for the right camp counsellors. The best part is, after you’ve helped the campers get their summer merit badges, make friendship bracelets and sung "Kumbaya" around the fire while eating s’mores, you’ll then have a little paypacket to take you travelling around the USA - no strings attached. 

Student Flights round the world travel

How taking a year off to travel taught me to say ‘yes’

20th November 2017

"I can take you, it is perfectly safe, don't you even worry boy, this is not a problem!" These reassuring words were offered to me with a sly wink by a Mongolian soldier holding a machine gun on the back streets of Ulaan Baatar, uniform wrinkled, eyes wild with danger. At the time it sounded dodgy as - I didn't want to be taken (Liam Neeson taught me that much at least), it seemed dangerous, I...Continue reading →

Top 3 tips for working holidays

  1. Flying by the seat of your pants is fine: If you have a place to sleep! Be sure to arrange your accommodation before you arrive at your destination.
  2. Follow your gut: If you’ve never tried skiing and the idea living in minus-zero temperatures gives you goosebumps, then perhaps a summer trip to Canada is a better option for you.
  3. Working 9-5 – what a way to make a living: Remember your working holiday is still a holiday - don’t forget to have fun and explore your new part of the world.

Before you go – checklist:

The travel stuff

  • Get the correct visa for working holidays in your chosen country;

  • Sort any relevant work permits;
  • Make sure your passport has at least six months' validity;

  • Travel insurance.

Personal admin

  • Let AEC (Australian Electoral Commission) know you’re leaving the country so you don’t get wacked with fines for not voting if there’s a local or national election on the horizon;

  • Make sure your drivers licence is valid for a while or apply for an international drivers licence;

  •  Make copies of your documentation (i.e., passport, visas, birth certificate, etc.);

  • Photocopy all documents including insurance particulars, record the numbers of your credit cards, passport, and airline tickets and give to a responsible family member or friend at home;

  • Bring additional passport photos to ease the process of replacing a lost or stolen passport, or if other official documents are required once you are in your destination country.

Medical

  • Medical – do you have you have all the drug prescriptions you need, including your glasses/ contact lens prescription if you wear them?

  • Pack a spare pair of glasses and contact lenses (if you wear them);

  • Have you had all the relevant shots/immunisations for your destination country? And pack a list of the injections you’ve had just in case;

  • Visit your dentist to have a clean and checkup before you jet.

Finances

  • What details do you need to set up a bank account (if required)?

  • How to apply for social security (if applicable);

  • Tax – let the ATO know you’re leaving the country;

  • Apply for any credit and debit cards for travel;

  • Notify your bank and close any accounts that might charge you fees while you’re away;

  • Money – take approximately $AU200 with you as universal currency;

  • Pay off any debts you have with friends, family or financial intuitions;

  • Cancel any automatic withdrawals you have from your bank account.

Practical

  • Pack your camera, batteries and chargers;

  • Buy an international power adaptor suitable for use where you're going;

  • Invest in a good backpack;

  • Don't forget all your electronic chargers;

  • Note all your insurance and emergency numbers in a safe place;

  • Pack an extra memory card for your camera;

  • Know the address of your closest Australian embassy in your destination country just in case.

The not-so obvious

  • Foam earplugs (to block out noisy travel buddies or offer to others if you’re the noisy one!);

  • A good book – or a travel tome about the country you are travelling to - it adds an interesting perspective when you explore these destinations;

  •  If you have more than one credit card, separate them. Perhaps store one in your wallet and the other in your luggage. That way if you lose one or the other you’ll still have access to cash;

  • Check up on the weather in your destination and pack for the season.

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