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Working Holidays

[ 0 ] November 28, 2009 |

Whether you are on a gap year fresh out of school or taking a career break a working holiday is a fantastic way to gain a local insight into a destination.  It is a great way to travel around a region while earning money to fund your adventures.  Any work aboard will give you valuable work experience as well as being an advantage when returning home since future employers will value this kind of experience.

There are many things you need to consider when thinking about going on a working holiday. Where you want to go, when and for how long, what kind of job you would like, what visas are required and where you will you live?

Smart Traveller has an abundance of information for Australian travellers wishing to work overseas including voting while abroad, reciprocal health care schemes and money matters.



It is a requirement for Australians who plan to work overseas to hold a work visa for the country in which they intend to work. Australia has working holiday schemes with many countries around the world which allows young Australians between the ages of 18-30 the opportunity to have an extended holiday while funding their travels through short term employment.

In general the program allows you to stay in an arranged country for at least 12 months from the date you first enter on your working holiday visa. The scheme has restrictions on how long you can work during the entire visa period and how long you can work with the same employer.

Great news if you want to work in the UK. The UK Working Holiday Making Visa has recently been changed to allow you to work the full 2 years of your visa as opposed to the 12 month restriction that previously applied.

For the most accurate information on individual countries working visa requirements contact the applicable consulate.  For more information on reciprocal Working Holiday Visa Schemes contact the Australian Government Department of Immigration.



It’s important to note that if you’re planning on a working holiday overseas it is a good idea to get comprehensive travel insurance to cover the entire length of your stay. For more info on travel insurance, check out the Travel Insurance page.

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About onurwaytravel: Colin has been travelling the world with his young family for the past 2 and half years. He runs a couple of websites all revolve around travel, family travel and digital nomadism. His websites include,, and now View author profile.

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