Stick to your regular 9 to 5 job throughout the year and then take a few days or weeks off to enjoy your holidays abroad… Well that’s what the conventional holidayers usually do. And not many of them would be lucky enough to save sufficient money to afford holidays in another country. So, the smart alternative of overseas working holidays has been picking up pretty well, especially among the younger generation.
It turns your entire year or even a longer period into vacation without having you to worry about the financial resources since you’d be working and holidaying at the same time. But going on a working holiday may not be as easy as it sounds; there are certain things you should keep in mind in order to make it a success.
1. Choose the country you’d love to visit
While choosing a country for working holidays, you need to consider 2 main things: what are the countries you’d love to enjoy your holidays in and what are the countries you are eligible to work in. It would be prudent to do some research to find out the work environment, climatic conditions, cost of living, cultural challenges and other important information about the host country. Once you are equipped with all the required information, take an informed decision to shortlist the countries for your working holidays.
2. Choose the job you’d love to do
It’s easy to get tempted to get into any job to reach the country of your choice. But keep in mind: Getting stuck in something you don’t love doing can ruin your entire holidays. Depending upon the country, there are plenty of jobs you can choose from: teaching, working as a tour guide, working in a pub, crewing a yacht, working in ski resorts, farming work, cooking in a restaurant, and more. Go for something that tickles your fancy and see to it that you have the right kind of qualification, experience and certification to support it.
3. Consult a working holiday expert
Applying for a working holiday job all on your own or directly heading over to the host country all unprepared can be quite challenging and tedious; at the least, it can take all the fun and excitement off your trip. This is where expert services step in. Working holiday experts can be a great help. Right from getting a job ready to accommodation and food arrangements to visa assistance, in-country orientation and ongoing support, they can help you in almost anything and everything related to your working holidays.
4. Keep all your documents ready
This goes without saying. You should keep all your educational, work and travel documents safe and ready to avoid courting any possible complication and trouble. Also ensure that the information given in important documents like passport is correct. To be on the safe side, you may want to make 2 copies of your passport and hand over one copy to a reliable friend or family member.
5. Think about your health and safety
Never ignore any potential risk to your health and personal safety. Ensure that your medical tool kit is not missing on any of your regular medicines. Once you reach the destination, it’s a good idea to blend in with the local people and culture of the host country. The research you did about its culture and the general crime scenario will come handy now. Take precautions accordingly and enjoy your stay.
Just keep these simple tips in mind and you’ll have amazing holidays to cherish for a long time to come.