At the beginning of the year many people start putting a lot of thought into what they plan to do with themselves for the following 12 months, their New Years resolution. School is out (perhaps for good) and you’ve hopefully wrangled a couple of weeks holiday from the office to bask in the glorious sunshine. It’s time to get wild, dream big and perhaps take those first steps in planning to travel abroad this year.
With all that excitement still running through your veins I thought it appropriate to fuel your desire and help guide you on your way to that long-standing tradition of backpacking Europe and settling in the UK on a working holiday visa.
At the very start you are going to have a LOT of questions and most likely be trying to convince every friend you’ve got to take off with you abroad. I know the feeling as in the start I felt the same. It was only later on that I decided to travel solo around Europe. It will be as scary as asking out that girl/boy for the first time but trust me on this, going alone can be so rewarding. It offers you freedom, builds confidence and hey maybe you’ll meet a local and fall madly in love.
Having told your family, friends and pets you are leaving them its time to start saving money if you haven’t been already. Travel will be as expensive or as cheap as you make it so save accordingly. To help guide you I’ve a first hand guide from my time backpacking around Europe where I’ve kept notes on what it cost me to backpack Europe. In it I noted down all of my expenses over 2 months to help you plan for your own trip abroad. Use it as a guide to your own adventure.
On the topic of money, once abroad you’ll want a cheap way to spend it. Travel money cards are a horrible rip off so I’ve done some research for you and looked up your best option for us Australians to get the most bang for our buck. Have a read of my best travel card post and be sure to read the comments as some readers have great feedback on a few offerings to help you make up your mind.
For those of you looking to live abroad and not just backpack for a couple of months your next step is to start looking at getting your working holiday visa. The most popular choice for that is the Youth Mobility Visa for the UK. While some other European countries offer similar visas, the UK is the most popular choice and seriously who doesn’t want to visit the motherland and say hi to the Queen just once?
With your visa secured, trip planned and plane ticket bought it’s time to move abroad. Now I settled in London as it had always been my dream to live there. There’s nothing to say you need to live there as the rest of the UK has an abundance of opportunities and you may find more enjoyment outside of London’s hot mess. Edinburgh in Scotland is one such option to do things a little differently and having been there myself can say its a beautiful place to live.
Regardless of where you do end up my tips on moving to London should be appropriate for you. They cover getting a bank account, seeing the doctor and even driving in the UK.
And there you have it, 5 of the most important items you’ll want answers to when looking to travel, live and work abroad this year. If you still have questions leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer otherwise get out there and go for it.
Don’t let this New Year’s resolution end up like the one where you said you’d get fitter or quit smoking!