What kind of person would want to work during their holidays??? A wise one. Fulfilling wanderlust dreams of exploring the world may seem daunting and impossible once you start counting the costs, but you shouldn’t give up that easily!

Young travellers are utilising Working Holiday Visas to explore countries around the world, immerse themselves in local culture, and make a few bucks.

If you are an 18- to 30-year-old globetrotter looking for your next adventure, consider heading to one of these spots and making lasting memories. 

CANADA Fancy a trip to Canada, eh? You will not be disappointed as a working holiday in Canada can guarantee you some of the best maple syrup you’ve ever had and the best action-packed ice hockey you’re ever seen – along with a possible Drake or Celine Dion sighting, as well. Consider a winter getaway with some pay – in Vancouver, Toronto, or anywhere in between – on some of the country’s best ski resorts atop snow-capped mountains overlooking breathtaking views. If conquering the black diamond trails are a norm for you, many resorts seek out ski instructors; however, if you’d prefer to stay off the slopes, resort staff are always needed. Yes, these are some of the nicest people you will meet, so bring your smiles along for the ride. 

Are you eligible?

  • 18 to 30 years old (up to 35 years old in some countries)
  • Canada has several visa options for which you may qualify 

 

THE CARIBBEAN Calling all comedy stunt drivers, librarians, singers, masseuses, waitresses, childcare workers, personal assistants, and synchronised swimmers – this is your time to shine. If you love sailing the seas, tropical weather, jerk chicken, plantains, and exploring several new places in a short time frame, then a working holiday on a cruise ship may be for you. Cruise boats are always striving for bigger, better, and more exciting adventures; plus, there is a good chance that your undernourished talent can be developed here. On top of all this, cruise ship staff are able to enjoy the benefits of free room and board, the ability to save money, and constant travel to beautiful locations.

Are you eligible?

  • Due to the wide variety of cruise companies, jobs offered, and locations, it is recommended interested travellers seek out their preferred position for eligibility requirements

 

ARGENTINA Spice up your summer with sensual tango lessons, learn to horseback ride with handsome gauchos, and fill up on palate pleasing wines and steak when you spend your working holiday in Argentina. Immerse yourself in the dynamic culture while helping out a startup, waiting tables in a local restaurant, or spending time teaching Argentinian children English while improving your Spanish. A working holiday in this South American gem is as vibrant and memorable as the architecture. 

Are you eligible?

  • 18 to 30 years old (up to 35 years old in some countries) 
  • Choose your country of origin to find out if your qualify

 

NEW ZEALAND Mouthwatering roasted lamb, exhilarating rugby matches, and Lord of the Rings memorabilia are waiting for the those seeking a working holiday in one of the most popular locations among young travellers. New Zealand prides itself on its hospitality, safe atmosphere, alluring landscape, and opportunities for travellers to work and play. As flora abounds in this country, it is no wonder that fruit picking jobs are some of the easiest jobs to find. Word-of-mouth or walking into the nearest vineyard or orchard – if you enjoy horticulture, embrace being in the elements, or want to learn more about the process of selling fruit and vegetables – can quickly land you a job. Did we mention all the kiwi fruits you can eat?

Are you eligible?

  • 18 to 30 years old (up to 35 years old in some countries)
  • Must have a return ticket home (or enough money to pay for one)
  • Your primary focus must be a “holiday” with work being secondary

 

AUSTRALIA The Australian outback is a long-time fave among young tourists in need of outdoors, wildlife, and sun tans. Thanks to the Aussies, many of us around the world cannot get enough of kangaroos, The Great Barrier Reef, Kylie Minogue, and Hugh Jackman. Put your carpentry skills to the test, lay bricks, or care for children. You may even find a short-term travel consulting gig or put your farmhands to work while caring for horses. Regardless of the job you choose during your working holiday, it’ll be worth it when you are experiencing all this continent has to offer. 

Are you eligible?

  • 18 to 30 years old 
  • Have a valid passport with at least six months until renewal
  • Have enough money to support yourself while in Australia

TIPS

  • Research the places you are interested in visiting
  • Determine when you want to travel and make sure you avoid times like monsoon season
  • Decide what you are hoping to gain from your experience beforehand, and know what dealbreakers you have
  • Expect to share living spaces in most cases
  • Go with an open mind and heart as well as an understanding that someone has invited you into their “home”

Working holidays are more than a vacation. They give young backpackers an opportunity to experience people and cultures outside of their own while giving back, learning outside of the classroom, and taking responsibility for their life journey.