Australia has finally said a hearty hooroo and cheerio to their border closures, and have reopened to the world! This incredible news was shortly followed by sighs of relief, cheers and celebrations heard around the globe. It marks a momentous occasion that looked so far away just a few short months ago, but is finally here and looks set to stay.
The country famous for beautiful beaches, thriving reefs, unique wildlife and all-round good times has been a haven for backpackers for years. Dust off that suitcase or backpack because it’s time to get excited… we’re heading to Aus!
If you’re going to do it, do it right… get an Australian working holiday visa. Those in the know who are ready to get the ball rolling can take a look at our blog on applying for your Australian working holiday visa. Anyone wanting to know a bit more about what this visa is, and why it should be high on your bucket list, just keep reading. Here are 8 reasons why you should be excited beyond belief to jet off to the land down under.
What is the Australian working holiday visa?
This beautiful piece of paper allows you to step onto the golden shores of Australia and stay there for 1 – 3 years. Not only do you get the chance to explore these lands and partake in every incredible thing it has to offer, but you can actually work to earn the money to fund this trip. It all sounds too good to be true, but believe me when I say it is not. You’re not limited to the work you can do so you can literally keep the same type of job you already do, or try your hand at something new and completely different. My personal preference has always been to work on a vineyard, it’s manual labour but pays well and often comes with free wine.
This is a very brief summary, but you can find more information on the Australian working holiday visa above, along with how to get your hands on one. Here are all our reasons you need to go.
Fund your trip
Having the money to travel is usually high on people’s list as a reason not to go, which is valid. With this beautiful document, you have an unbelievable opportunity to either earn the money to travel as soon as you get there, or recoup those funds after a few incredible months of exploration. There really is no excuse not to go, and it’s something you will be so grateful for over the rest of your life… don’t put this off any longer!
More than a vacation or a holiday
Living in a foreign country and embedding yourself into that culture is an unforgettable experience, which leaves it in your heart forever. In order to do that you need to stay longer than a classic two-week vacation or holiday. Staying somewhere for a year or three means you can leave no rock unturned, no beach missed or viewpoint left unseen…that’s a story for the grandkids if I ever heard one.
Career is your focus, not travel
Why choose between a career or travel, when you can literally do both! Don’t put your career aspirations to one side in order to trek around the globe if that’s not something you want to do. Find your dream job in a warmer climate a stone’s throw away from the beach, where you can surf on your lunch breaks instead! The working world is changing from what it once was, and having the courage to uproot yourself and try something like this will likely appeal to more employers than you might think.
Try something new
If two years of lockdowns and restrictions have left you bored and uncertain of what you want to do then shake things up a bit! Go out and explore the world that has been closed off for so long, meet new people and have the time of your life. You can do all that, and so much more in Australia.
Make a bunch of mates
Sip beers around campfires while sharing stories, craft bonds unlike any other while working on a farm or simply bump into your new bestie on a remote beach somewhere. What better way to meet like-minded people than going on the adventure of a lifetime and meeting them while they do the same. People going in the same or opposite directions to you all offer something incredible. You could meet your new travel buddy, or get some amazing advice on the best things to see in the next place you plan ongoing.
The amazing wildlife
There’s no getting away from it, Australia has a bunch of animals and insects…you know I’m talking about spiders, snakes and crocs. It also has kangaroos, koalas and one of the largest populations of camels on the planet! There are a tonne more incredible animals, not just the scary stuff a lot of people focus on. The wildlife is diverse and can be seen in all its magnificent glory!
Try before you buy
Want to move abroad permanently, or to Australia specifically because you always knew it was for you? Well, this way you can try things out by living there for a year or two before looking at options to stay on a permanent basis. It’s also much easier to get permanent residency while you’re already there.
Do it while you still can!
There is a deadline, and as things stand people can apply for this visa up to their 31st birthday (35 for anyone from France, Canada or Ireland). There are plans to increase this to 35 for the UK, but they haven’t gone ahead just yet so why not act now to avoid having the opportunity taken away from you! If it’s something you want to move ahead with sooner rather than later then the good news is Feel Free Travel are here to help you along the way. Get in touch now and we can run through all the options available, relieve a lot of the stress and get you on that plane ASAP!
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