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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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Plan An Awe Inspiring Trip To Western Australia

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Gaining the opportunity to visit Western Australia is the chance of a lifetime that must be grasped with both hands, as it’s a destination that many people can only dream of visiting. Travelling to W. Australia from any European country can often take several days of flying and driving, but if you are able to withstand this experience then you will no doubt be greeted with the most awe inspiring of locations upon arrival. Planning the perfect adventure can sometimes seem like an almost impossible thanks to thousands of activities and entertainment available, but there are a few simple tips and tricks that you can take on board to ensure your vacation can be treasured forever. So, if you want to find out more, then read on to uncover some of the best ideas and concepts that you can utilise today to plan the most amazing adventure through Western Australia! 

Exploring The History 

There’s such a wealth of history and culture across Western Australia, with hundreds of unique places to visit perfect for any kind of traveler. From weird and wonderful rock formations partnered with ancient Aboriginal sites, to vast green vineyards supporting world renowned wineries just a short drive from unfathomably clear water at almost every beach spot, Western Australia really is a land of seemingly endless exploration for all. If you are a bit of a history or culture buff and you’d like to experience as much of this as you can during your trip, then it’s a great idea to research the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail. It can take you through some of the most iconic spots inside Western Australia, from gold mining facilities to grand museums and art galleries too. 

Meet Mother Nature 

Failing to explore the wonders of Mother Nature during your trip to Western Australia is such a missed opportunity, as the landscape and wildlife is unlike any other country on earth. Australia is such an enormous land mass, meaning the weather and climate is completely different on one side of the island when compared with another. For example, in the NW (north west) regions of Western Australia, the general landscape consists of broad flat plateaus, arranged neatly next to several mountain ranges, whereas the eastern area of WA is made up of immense hot deserts. WA is larger than Western Europe in its entirety, and it contains Australia’s sunniest capital city along with its  whitest beach, greatest outback expanse, and even one of the oldest known cultures on our planet today. Whether you want to trek through the beautiful nature reserves, raft down invigorating white water, dive in the sea with the fishes or climb to the highest peak, there’s bound to be an awe inspiring experience that’s perfect for your unique presences. 

Planning the best trip to Western Australia has never been so simple when you are able to make the most of the brilliant ideas and concepts detailed above! Be sure to pack your sunscreen, as the temperature is never forgiving.

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Injured in a Car Accident While Travelling through Florida from Another State?   

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First of all, you wish your car accident didn’t happen. Unfortunately, the chances of you being in an accident and suffering an injury can increase while traveling. You are probably driving more miles than usual and, maybe, taking part in more activities than you would on a normal day.  

It all adds up to this: getting injured in a car accident can catch you off guard. Various kinds of pain and aches, taking time off from work to visit doctors and chiropractors are inconvenient, to say the least. 

What’s more, nothing can prepare you for something like this. There’s no step by step guide for what to do next. All you know is that you need help.

So what do you need to know to protect yourself legally after being injured in a car accident in Florida while traveling from another state?

Handling the auto insurance claim from your home state 

The most important thing you need to know about auto insurance is that it extends beyond state lines. Therefore, if you bought your car in your home state but got into an accident in Florida, your insurance policy still covers you.

In other words, because your car insurance will cover you no matter where you are in the U.S., filing an insurance claim for an out-of-state car accident is the same process as filing a claim for an in-state accident.

Similarly, when you carry Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) coverage in your state, if another driver is liable for your car accident in Florida, you should be covered under your own UM/UIM insurance policy.

However, if you cannot settle the claim, you will have to file a lawsuit under Florida’s laws. Because the accident occurred in Florida, it falls under this state’s jurisdiction. 

Filing a personal injury lawsuit  

Let’s look at an example: You live in the city of Valdosta, Georgia. One winter, you decide to make a road trip to Miami for vacation. While driving through Florida, your car gets hit by another driver. He is visiting family in Florida but he is also from out of town, living in Alabama. 

You’re injured in the car accident and decide to sue the negligent driver whose actions led to the accident. In general, you can file a lawsuit in the state where: 

  • The car accident occurred (Florida), or
  • The negligent party resides (Alabama).

Dealing with the laws of at least two states 

“It may not be easy to understand which laws apply to your car accident. If you were injured in an accident in Miami and you’re from another state, in general, you’re going to be dealing with, at least, Florida law and your state’s law. That’s why your car accident case can be similar in many ways to that of someone who lives in Florida. However, you often have different possibilities for costs’ compensation,” says Miami car accident lawyer Sean M. Cleary. 

For brevity, the essential information you need to know is that Florida law applies:

  • In general, to all car accidents that occur in Florida. There is a presumption that the laws of the state where the accident occurred apply, regardless of the residencies of the parties involved.
  • To the types of compensation you may get. In Florida, you can only recover compensation for your out of pocket medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. You can’t get compensation for the full billed charges. 

Your state’s law will determine at least:

  • If you have to pay back health insurance from the settlement 
  • What period of time is available for you in order to sue your UM insurer.

About the author:

Sean M. Cleary is the principal attorney and founder of The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, personal injury law firm based in Miami, Florida, representing individuals in car accident, product liability and medical malpractice cases.

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Take a Beach Holiday – in Chicago

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Chicago is the Windy City. It’s the place we see in movies, where people wrap up warm in winter and the snow is crisp and even. Or perhaps that’s just my impression ever since the release of Home Alone (1990), which, yes, was filmed in Chicago. Although, going by those rules, my impression of Chicago should also be that it’s forever December and the actor Joe Pesci stalks neighbourhoods looking for easy to swipe loot. Who knows, maybe that is what he gets up to these days, but I doubt it.

If your impression of Chicago was even slightly in the same ballpark, you might be surprised to learn that the city has 15 beaches spread out along 26 miles of shoreline. I know. Weird, isn’t it. Like finding out there’s a secret room at the top of the Eiffel Tower or like the first time you see Australia with a line drawn down the middle to show that it’s a dog’s head on the left and cat’s head on the right. Crazy stuff.

Now, before visiting Chicago’s beaches, please be aware that Chicago is big. Well, for a start it has 26 miles of beaches. We’re hardly dealing with a one horse town. This means it gets congested. A lot. Always travel with the details of a local lawyer to hand. Just in case, otherwise you could find yourself far from home wasting valuable time reading Google reviews when something goes wrong. Anyway, let’s get on with it.

Ohio Street Beach

Visiting Chicago usually comes with the advice to stay on the Magnificent Mile (or close to it). This is Chicago’s tourist trap of shops, restaurants, architecture, and entertainment. The Ohio Street Beach is the closest beach to the Mag’ Mile. This little much loved beach is something of a gem, as it’s less visited due to having no on site restaurants or restrooms. But for a stroke or a midday laze? Perfect.

Oak Street Beach

Kick things up a notch with the Oak Street Beach, just north of the Ohio Street Beach. Although not swarming with visitors, you can get food here, making it the perfect beach for dining out and starting the evening off with a little culture. However, if you really want to have a good time…

The North Avenue Beach

This is where people come to have fun. Think food. Think restrooms. Think beach houses, outdoor showers, people getting a tan, and volleyball nets – basically, Rio eat your heart out. OK, perhaps it’s not quite Brazil. But Chicago is on the same line of latitude as Barcelona, Rome, and Istanbul.

For all these sandy reasons and more, why not add Chicago to your must-see travel list.

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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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