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Travel Overseas – How to Work Abroad?

So you want to know How to Travel Overseas? Check out our travel tips and tricks on getting started on how to work abroad here!

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So you are wondering how to travel overseas but don’t quite know where to start, or how to go about it. This is Part Two of the series all about how to work abroad. You can check out Part One here. We will wait for you…

Hope you enjoyed it!

As explained in that post, your first option is to take off around the world for a couple of months on an extended holiday. The alternative, and the one we have been doing for over 2 years, is to pack your entire life in to the largest suitcase airlines will accept and move overseas on a working holiday.

How to Work Abroad

Working abroad gives you massive flexibility in what you can do on your overseas travels as you hopefully won’t be restricted by time and you will have a bigger budget as you earn money to travel.

Lifties at Marmot Basin Ski Area

Working as a Lifty at Marmot Basin Ski Area meant fresh tracks every morning!

Time

The best part of working abroad is that you can travel slow taking your time to get under destinations skins as there is no strict itinerary. While some places like Marrakech can be explored over a couple of days, other cities like Munich require much more exploration. So luckily when on a working holiday you won’t feel rushed and you can go back again and again and again!

Slow travelling also allows you to learn about and immerse yourself in another culture. If you stay in a town long enough then the locals will start treating you as one of them. You will also get invited to some great local shindigs that you would never get to experience at home.

Embracing Canada Day in Jasper National Park

Embracing Canada Day in Jasper National Park while working abroad

Budget

In Part One we discussed the budget being one of the major drawbacks to an extended holiday as you are forever counting your pennies and watching your bank account deplete. With working holidays you will have a bigger budget as you can work as little or as much as you want.

Having an income whilst you are traveling allows you to splurge just that little bit more. Instead of hostels you can afford to sleep in a proper hotel room. Or go out for dinner instead of making peanut butter sandwiches on the side of the street.

Trying to weigh up the work/life/travel balance is something that I have not succeeded at yet. I still find it hard to say yes when someone invites me down to the pub as I will be thinking that the $5 could have been spent on a tasty treat in a far off destination.

Destination

Picking the right destination for your working holiday is the key to having a great time. I think it is even more important than the actual job you choose.

For example, if all you want to do is snowboard on your days off then obviously living in the Canadian Rockies is a perfect choice. However, if you want to travel around Europe then this option won’t work so somewhere central is going to make sense so that you can take lots of short breaks to a number of destinations.

The classic move by most Kiwi’s and Aussie’s to London is an excellent example, while Edinburgh (where we are) is currently proving pretty popular as well. We love $15 flights to Paris for weekend trips!

Visas

Now that you have in mind the place you want to go you better first figure out if you can actually work there. As Kiwi’s we find it very easy to obtain work permits or visas basically wherever we want. If you are another nationality then make sure you look into where you can and cannot work first. And of course, you should check out TurboTax Online when you file taxes for potential tax requirements back home.

Basically, we don’t want to get your hopes up if it’s not going to work for you so do your research into visas.

We will be posting up more helpful tips on obtaining visas for the United Kingdom, Canada and USA in the near future so make sure you follow us on Facebook by clicking this link and the LIKE button to be kept up to date as these come out.

If you need help with getting a visa then there are a number of companies that can help. Checking out IXPvisas.com is a good place to start.

Negatives

There are of course drawbacks to working abroad. The biggest being the time you spend away from your family. However, as usual there is a silver lining. The friends you make overseas become your extended family and lifelong friendships are formed from the overseas experiences you share.

In addition the longer you spend overseas the longer the more you are putting off making a life for yourself back home. We do not own any property. All of our belongings fit in a suitcase (okay maybe two) and my biggest asset back home is a surfboard stored in Mum and Dads garage.

But we do have a lot of good memories!

So what is the best option for you to travel overseas?

My honest opinion would be to try and do a mix of both options. Work in a country for a year or two, do some great weekend trips and then save hard to take a few months off before you go home or on to another country.

I hope these two articles have helped with helping you decide how to work abroad but if you ever have any questions please flick us an email.

Adela is one half of the New Zealand Adventure Couple who have been travelling since 2009. She loves the outdoors and has a real passion for Snowboarding, Mountain Biking and Surfing (apart from being scared of sharks). She loves food and writes all our food posts. Consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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5 Comments

  1. Edna

    January 17, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    It’s for all these reasons that I’ve been living abroad – China, then Singapore, and now Paris. Singapore especially was a great base from which to do sidetrips! And I totally agree with the pub dilemma – why spend 7 euro on a pint when I can save it for a memorable experience?

    You’ll have to let me know if you take one of those $15 flights to Paris 🙂

    • Cole

      January 17, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      We have been to Paris already so don’t think we will be back for at least another year but we did love it thanks Edna. Thanks for recommending Singapore, we plan to move to Asia in another year or so 🙂

  2. Sam

    January 18, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Great points for anyone considering working abroad – which in my opinion should really be a must at some point in your life for everyone. You experience and learn so much.

    • Cole

      January 19, 2012 at 11:48 AM

      Cheers Sam. I frown upon other people not travelling but I think that is just the way it goes for some people and each to their own I guess 🙂

  3. Tia

    June 3, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Great post! I’m preparing to take the extended travel plunge in a couple of months, and would like to be able to work abroad to help sustain the travel funds.

    Have either of you worked abroad at something other than your blog?

    Thanks!
    Tia

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A Trip To Qatar In 2022

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Qatar Financial Centre

While although international travel is not on the agenda in this current climate, one would hope that the world will return to a sense of normal by 2022 and if it does, it means football’s biggest party will be sending out its invites.

A party that will be hosted in the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar and although FIFA’s decision may have initially raised some eyebrows, there’s no doubt that plans for such large festivities are being anticipated all over the globe.

It is the first time that the crown jewel of world football has been staged in the Middle East and although that adds an element of pressure to the Qatari organisers, they are ready to put on one gargantuan show.

Of course, the show needs its headline names and with 32 teams earning qualification for the tournament over the next couple of years, the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi will be ready to display their talents on the biggest stage of all.

Even though we are still two years removed from the first game of the tournament, the bookmakers are still taking bets on the eventual winner and at present, France and Brazil are topping the odds to get another cup at Qatar 2022.

France will certainly be considered as favourites and after success in Russia back in 2018, Paris Saint-Germain’s Mbappe will be ready to lead his side to back to back trophies and a third overall title for the country after previous jubilation in 1998.

With that said, a lot can change between now and November 2022, as form and fitness will dictate who will be able to mount a serious challenge and who will end up being left behind as nothing more than an also-ran.

When it comes to who wins the competition, that is not something we will know for quite a while and although the start of proceedings seem still a long way away, that should not stop you from making your own travel plans.

Even though Qatar has a relatively small landmass when compared to previous host nations, it is still ready to open its arms to football fans in all corners of planet Earth and with 80 countries enjoying the ability to travel visa-free, that will be one less headache for you to worry about.

While when it comes to headaches, alcohol is still something of a sensitive issue within Qatar and although it is largely forbidden in day to day life, there will be the usual fan parks in place, in order for you to enjoy a beer or two.

In addition to that and if you are not in the vicinity of a fan park, you will be able to celebrate or commiserate with a beer in any of the licensed hotels or restaurants, but do check if such venues are in possession of the necessary license before booking.

Much has been made of the weather and with that in mind, you may want to swap the alcohol for water and keep the hydration levels at their maximum, especially when you consider the expected temperatures of 24 degrees Celsius.

The weather may be conducive to wearing less clothes than back home, but if making the trip to Qatar do please consider the local customs when it comes to clothing and for men, a pair of knee length shorts should be sufficient to keep the heat at bay and keep you comfortable.

By comparison and for the female of the species, a little more caution may be required and therefore the advice is, to dress modestly in public – a remit which advises against showing your shoulders or wearing a short skirt.

Before the tournament begins, nine stadiums will be newly created and three will be renovated, which means the seven host cities of Al-Daayen, Al-Khor, Al-Rayyan, Al-Shamal, Al-Wakrah, Doha and Umm Slal will be ready to host the 64 scheduled fixtures.

With this advice, all you need to do is book your flights and with the likes of British Airways, Qatar Airways, Iberia, Sri Lankan Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Japan Airlines, Air India, Jet Airways operating in the area, there is nothing from stopping you joining the party in 2022.

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Consider alternative airlines when booking your next trip

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Whether you are a devoted Muslim wanting to finally make your Hajj, or just a tourist to Arabia and the Middle East who wants to get around cheaply, it’s important to not waste money needlessly on airlines.

Thankfully, competition has been heating up in the region for some years now. Lower cost airlines have been springing up all over the region over the past several years, and this benefits us, the consumers, immensely.

Choosing the Right Service

Finding the right airline to choose can be confusing. Now, more than ever, people need a way to source all of the airlines to find the best way to travel. Many with low budgets have found great ways to save. Spicejet tickets allow you to book the best flights with the best airlines.

The power of secondary airports

Flyadeal, the people behind the portal in the above section, aren’t just a portal, they are an airline. The great thing about this airline is that they have a hub in a secondary city (Jeddah).

This is one of the secrets to saving money, if you can avoid the major airports, you usually avoid a lot of taxes and extra charges that wind up getting built into your tickets.

Secondary airports are often very close to major airports, sometimes surprisingly so. Finishing the last couple of hours of your trip by land can lead to major savings at the end of the day because of this.

Airlines are desperate right now

It’s no secret to anybody that 2020 has been a real rough year for airlines. Many of them seem to be even raising their prices, but ultimately, it’s the consumer who determines the price of something, not the provider.  Don’t panic if you start seeing high prices everywhere. Keep looking for alternatives and waiting. Outside of the immediate short term, the trend is going to be for the cost of travel to fall sharply, and this applies all over the world.

Established airlines may take more time than the newer more competitive airlines to get on board with pricing that’s going to be acceptable to consumers. That’s exactly why you need to use a good portal as a starting point, one that works with an increasingly large network of low-cost airlines.

Being adventurous will pay off in more ways than one. Cheap air tickets should be a more normal occurence in the future due to a slight decrease in demand. However, over time this will all even out but for now you can enjoy your economical tickets.

And to top it off, you will have the run of places that are normally jam-packed with tourists and visitors. It will definitely pay off in spades to do some due diligence now and be on top of things. And that definitely starts with getting your alternative airline game on.

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A Saudi low-cost airline English speakers may not be aware of

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Probably one of the hottest evergreen topics for a travel blog is and always is going to be how to get cheap air tickets to somewhere.

It’s true that there is no such thing as a permanent air travel hack, and also will probably always be true. People figure things out, and some months later the whole panorama has changed and their “great travel hack” is now just something that gives them the going rate.

However, maybe for this same reason, it’s more important than ever to keep on top of current trends. Things change, and we just come out with a new article informing you!

A new option for low cost flights based out of Saudi Arabia

فلاي أديل, known in English as Flyadeal or Fly Adele, is a new offering for those of us looking to get around the region and around the world quickly and, most importantly, cheaply.

The airline is based out of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and since it operates mostly on a hub model, many of the flights you book for them are based out of there. It only has three years in the market, and is very unfamiliar with English speakers and Westerners in general, so we feel that this is a very timely article. The airline is also making a big push in 2020 to globalize more and get customers from all over.

Great deals in the region

حجز طيران are something that have been on the scene since decades ago in some markets. However, in the part of the world, where Flyadeal is operating, it’s still a novelty. We think it’s about time that someone gave the big established airlines some decent competition. It’s high time that the market get this kind of a dynamic, and it bodes very well for the future.

Many low-cost airlines (think JetBlue, for example), wind up with pricing close to and even above median pricing, especially as they gain a positive reputation. We are hoping that Flyadeal can maintain their competitive pricing as their reputation hopefully continues to grow. In the end, only time can tell what would happen.

Facts to remember about using Flyadeal

-You can access flights with this airline on many other travel-related sites. However, generally the best deals will be found going directly to their website.

-Keep in mind that Jeddah is the hub of this airline. You can use this fact and play around it to get the best deals on flights.

-Keep in mind the destinations this airline serves directly. You can often find something close to where you want to go and complete your trip by land for big savings.

-Corollary to the above, one of the destinations for this airline is as far as Manila as of this writing.

-There have been historic peace agreements signed in the very recent past, which are opening and should continue to open up new destinations for this airline.

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Cole and AdelaWe have been wearing out our jandals (Kiwi for flip-flops) on our travel adventures around the world since 2009. We think our blog is thought provoking and a little witty. But we have been proven wrong before. Find out more about us here...

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