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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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Travel Sri Lanka Tips – 5 Things You Need to Know

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Known as “India’s tear”, Sri Lanka is a country that has a lot to do. From beach and mountains to surfing, diving, and chaos, all within the same island. Are you looking for adventures? Sri Lanka will not disappoint you, and here we will tell you why.

Polonnaruwa y Anuradhapura: to enjoy cycling

These cities declared World Heritage by UNESCO, are ideal for traveling on two wheels because of distances allow it, and you can stop to observe the beautiful stupas, Buddhist statues, and perfectly preserved ancient temples. Then you can go back to rest at the reserved hotel in Sri Lanka with Voyage Privé.

Lion Rock (Sigiriya): for those who dare to climb

This mountain that represents centuries of Indian history will give you the best views of the island. It is an archaeological ensemble whose history dates back to a prince who made it his fortress due to the feared invasion of his brother, who had usurped the throne and expatriated to India. The views will be worth it since you will appreciate the size of the rock and the extension of the gardens of its base.

Dambulla Caves: to be surprised in silence

Located at the top of a rock, these caves offer a tour of Hindu religious history that will blow your mind. More than 150 statues and paintings on the walls await you to appreciate them in silence and understand the rich culture of the region.

Beaches of the South: to relax and enjoy

Golden sand and dream palm trees make these beaches an impressive paradise. Medaketiya, Tangalle, and Unawatuna are some of the best beaches on the island, where you will find relaxation on the one hand and, on the other hand, the possibility of surfing and the typical “stilt fisherman” that are so famous for tourism.

Festivals: to have fun and fill with color

If your trip coincides with the date of festivals in the country, you can observe the impressive dances, dresses, and colors that display this type of event. Decorated elephants and the emotion that is lived are things that you will remember for a lifetime. You must follow the lunar calendar to determine the date of the festivals that take place days before the full moon.

Have you started packing yet? Sri Lanka offers adventure, culture, religion, amazing landscapes and many options to enjoy. Start planning your trip and live a great experience!

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Tips for A Great Skiing Trip

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Colorado is undoubtedly one of the best skiing destinations in the U.S., thanks to an abundance of mountain terrain. The beginning of November marks the start of a six-month skiing season that only ends in the last week of April. If you’re planning on going backcountry skiing in Colorado, there are so many locations to choose from. But first, it’s important to get ready for your trip so that you can have a fun-filled adventure. Here are some tips to help you have the greatest ski trip yet:

  • Book in Advance

You can save big and also avoid the frustrating lineups if you plan your trip for non-holiday periods or midweek. If that isn’t an option, book early to save as well as reserve your spot. Remember to check different sources for the best deals and resorts to fit your needs. Look at the websites of various resorts for package deals such as lessons, gear rentals, lodging, lift tickets, and even additional activities, then pick the one that offers the best packages.

  • Make A Packing Checklist

The excitement about a trip can quickly fade away when you’re already on the road, and you remember that you’ve forgotten an essential item at home. To avoid dampening your vacation mood, make a checklist of all the things you’ll need for your skiing trip. Pack at least a day before traveling, ticking off each item as soon as it goes into the bags. That way, you will have prevented a minor detail from ruining your holiday mood.

  • Take A Class

If you’re a beginner, consider taking skiing lessons at the resort before going to the trails. This will help you to familiarize yourself with some of the basic skills you’ll need to ensure your safety and make the experience more enjoyable.

  • Get A Tour Guide

If you’re visiting a resort for the first time, it’s a good idea to consider hiring a tour guide. A guide can show you all the good trails and spots, allowing you to truly have an unforgettable time.

  • Make A Plan

Many skiing locations cover a wide area, with some even spanning thousands of acres. It’s near impossible to explore every corner in a single trip. You can also find it hard to make a choice on which trails to cover and which ones to leave. That’s why it’s important to make a plan before your vacation begins. That way, you’ll already have an idea of what you want to do and where you want to go, which will keep you from wasting precious time being indecisive. In addition, it will allow you to go to trails that are suitable for your skill level.

  • Layer Up

The weather at the mountain can change at any time, so you should come prepared with the right attire. Layering up is the best way to keep yourself protected from the harsh cold and stay comfortable outdoors. Besides, if it gets warmer, all you’ll need to do is take off a few items.

  • Create Memories

While skiing is the main focus of your trip, don’t miss the other activities that are around every corner. Go for shopping or sight-seeing, try ice fishing, dog-sledding, and more. These experiences are not only loads of fun, but they also help you to share more meaningful time with family and friends.

With these tips, it will be hard not to have the kind of skiing trip that you have always wanted.

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The Best Gaming Genres for Travelers

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Traveling is the type of activity that every youngster wants to practice consistently. There’s no wonder about that since traveling can often represent an eye-opening experience with a long-lasting impact. However, being on a constant move can also have a few downsides, especially if you’re traveling alone.

Those lone travelers will often have to fill up large time gaps. Reading books or watching movies always represent a great option. But, for the tech-savvy ones, gaming might be an even better activity. Mobile gaming is the type of gaming that most travelers opt for. Some gaming genres can be better for travelers than others – we’re about to highlight those in this article.

Puzzle

Roughly speaking, half of all smartphone gamers opt for the puzzle niche. Female users more than male ones. Games like Tetris, Candy Crush and even Angry Birds are often preferred by casual gamers that are just looking to have a bit of fun. Puzzle games are being played by most age groups, from moms and seniors, all the way to youngsters.

These games are very easy to understand even if it might take a bit of practice to master their mechanics. You can only progress by acting fast and using your logic in the most effective way possible. They are very easy to play on mobile, and that’s their biggest upside. Unlike action-filled games like shooters, the puzzle ones require simple actions like tapping or swiping every once in a while – making them perfect for travelers in fastpacing environments.

Casino

Casino games are a great alternative to the puzzle ones if you’re looking for something more adrenaline-filled. Although more used on desktop devices, they also have mobile versions. Both of them are very resource-intensive, enabling even users with outdated devices to play games.

For example, an online casino like Gametwist would provide you with access to a countless library of casino games. Even if it acts as a single game or mobile app, an online casino consists of a multitude of top-level games designed to maximize your time and entertainment. This makes them perfect for travelers since all the games are in one place as they won’t have to waste time switching in-between apps.

Mobile casinos are great both for beginners and experienced gamblers. They have games for all skill-sets. If you play the free slots, you can lay back and relax as the gameplay is quite interactive and rather simple, ideal for beginners. But you can also play something like poker if you want a challenge that requires more skill.

Multiplayer Battle Arenas

Multiplayer Battle Arena games are a combination of strategy and action games. They are still quite easy to play on mobile but they give you a higher level of action. Usually, such games are played through the perspective of a single “champion” – users having the possibility of choosing between multiple ones.

You’re certainly familiar with this genre as games like DOTA 2 and League of Legends are huge on PC. Although still fun, mobile MOBAs are less complex with simpler mechanics. Mobile Legends, Arena of Valor and Vainglory are some of the top games from this category on mobile devices. They are very similar to Mightytips, PC MOBAs, providing you with loads of fun in a more dynamic format.

Conclusion

Traveling, although very entertaining most of the time, it can still prove a bit boring when you have to fill in time gaps. Playing mobile games can prove to be one of the best ways to do that. The three genres mentioned above are the best for mobile gaming as they provide loads of entertainment without sacrificing any mobility and performance.

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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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