10 Reasons to do a Working Holiday Visa

1) See a New Country

Any excuse to travel is a good excuse, and what’s better than living in a new country? It’s the best way to see it, to meet the locals and get to know what it’s really about.  I enjoy traveling slowly, taking my time and seeing what the place has to offer.  It’s not always an option when you travel, so you should take advantage of it if you can!

2) Get out of your Comfort Zone

Look, it’s easy to get comfortable in your life and not want to leave. I get it- I do it too! Sometimes it’s hard to find the motivation to get out of your comfort zone- it’s called a comfort zone for a reason.  But change is good. I have done so many things that I never would have if I hadn’t moved to Australia.  It forced me to learn how to make friends, to take risks, and I am a better person because of it.

3) Meet Interesting People

What? You meet people when you travel? Crazy, I know, but true! You meet locals that can give you great advice about where to go and what to see, and other backpackers that you can relate to and share stories with.  I’ve met people who have never left their hometown in Australia, and others who have seen much more of the world than I have.  I’ve heard about crazy adventures, and had a few of my own. No matter their background, theres nothing better than grabbing a beer with someone and hearing their story.

4) Gain Life Experience

Okay, I know that your fancy job at a real company is probably some good work experience, and that will definitely be valuable for your career.  But what about life experience? I would much rather hear about how you bungee jumped off a cable car in Latvia, or almost got eaten by a crocodile in Queensland, than about how the coffee maker keeps breaking in the office.  Those jobs will always be there waiting for you, so why not take a year off, and come back with some great memories to share with your (future) coworkers?

5) Try New Jobs

Under the work holiday visa, you can’t (or aren’t supposed to) work in the field of your trade. So that means you get to work jobs that you probably wouldn’t if you were back home.  I’ve done so many different jobs now- I’ve loved some, hated some, but I am glad to have worked them all.  I have new respect for housekeepers, and found that I really enjoy bartending. I’ve worked jobs that I never thought I would, and now have a vast array of (mostly useless) skills at my disposal.

6)Take a Break from Real Life

If you are anything like me, then the real world is pretty scary.  I pretty much avoid anything that has to do with adulting, and will put off being a real adult person as long as possible.  Am I running away from my problems? Maybe.  Am I enjoying the hell out of it? Obviously! I get to do all this amazing stuff, even if I have to work 7 days a week for 3 months straight to do it.  I may never figure out how to change a lightbulb (don’t judge me), but I’ve seen the sunrise all across the globe.  And besides, all my friends and family (and responsibilities) will still be there if when I get back.

7)Learn to be on Your Own

Being a backpacker, in a foreign country, with no idea what you are doing? Sign me up.  You learn to be completely independent-  no more having your mom book your doctor’s appointments (just kidding I still do that).  Seriously, though- when you are traveling, you have to learn to depend on yourself and trust your gut.  No one is there with you to hold your hand and walk you through it.  You will learn so much about yourself, and about how much you can do on your own.  When you are a solo traveler, you have complete autonomy over everything you choose to do, and it is an amazing feeling.

8) Get Great Stories to Tell

I am not going to lie- I do a lot of stuff just for the great story it will tell later. I make myself go out when I really just want to go to bed.  Did I need that 3rd shot of tequila? Probably not. Did I have to dance at that table or jump off that cliff? No, but I am going to do it anyways- Do it for the vine, do it for the gram, do it because you only live once. Do it for the ridiculous story you can tell years later.  Do it because you want to.

9) Stepping Stone for More Travel

If you come from an English speaking country (like me), then this is a great jumping off point for more travel.  (If not, its a great way to work on your english/learn a new language!) Australia is so different from the US, but in a lot of ways, it’s pretty similar.  If you are nervous about out of country travel, coming to an English speaking country is a great way to get started.  You can get out of your comfort zone without being thrown into the deep end, so to speak. And once you do that? There is no telling what else you can do, and soon enough, you will be on a bus in Thailand hoping that it’s going to the right place, even though no one else speaks English and you can’t read the street signs.

10) Why Not?

Honestly? This is my main reason for going. I’ve had so many people ask me what made me decide to move to Australia, and this was the main reason.  I had no reason to not come to Australia! I wanted to, and so I made it happen.   What do you have holding you back?

Have you done a working holiday visa? Would you?

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