Should You Do a Working Holiday Visa?

Working holiday visas- are they worth it?

Short answer? Yes.

Long Answer?

I am always an advocate for traveling, for getting outside of your comfort zone and seeing the world.  Honestly, the working holiday visa is an amazing way to live and work in another country.

I might be a little biased, though.  I started researching working holiday visas freshman year of college, when I was trying to figure out how I can live abroad without having a career or any sort of plan.

I stumbled across the working holiday visa on a travel blog, and realized what an amazing opportunity it would be for me.

Traveling the world was always a goal of mine, and I spent months trying to figure out the best way to make it happen.  This was a golden opportunity for me. It is the option to go live abroad with no real plan, or any plan at all, really. I don’t know what I want to do in the future, but for now, I want to travel, and work jobs that support a travel lifestyle.

Working Holiday visas are not available for all countries, and different countries can go different places.  I pretty much only know what’s available for the U.S, given I am a U.S. citizen and therefore all of my research has been centered on what I can or cannot do.

If you want more information for your country, this website has a list of all countries that do working holiday visas and whether or not it accepts your country!

Tragically there are only 5 countries that do working holiday visas for U.S. citizens.  Australia (obviously, that’s where I am right now), New Zealand (probably where I will be heading next), South Korea, Ireland, and Singapore.

For the last three, you need to have graduated university in the last year, or be enrolled in grad school (I think) in order to qualify for the visa, which is unfortunate (for me, I graduated over a year ago).

So while I will always advise you to go travel and see the world, a working holiday visa isn’t for everyone.  If you are over the age of 32, or under 18, you are pretty much automatically disqualified.

If you have an established career, or have a job opportunity in a different country, there are other visas you can apply for that are more suited to your needs.

If you don’t want to live in another country, it’s definitely not for you.  Travel is awesome, though, so even if you don’t want to live in another country, you should definitely go visit some.

Honestly, you need to do what makes you feel good. If it’s spending two weeks on holiday laying on a beach in the Caribbean, or 2 months backpacking through Europe, you should take the plunge and do it.

Or if it is moving to another country for a year, or traveling the world with no plan or steady income (like me), do it! Even if you fail, it is definitely worth a try.  It is a great way to get to know another country, to experience a new culture.

I have been trying to post a new blog post weekly, so check back next week to read about my journey to Tasmania!


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