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1. Posted by ree123 (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Hi All

Been having a quick browse through the site, so I am looking forward to reading more when I have time.
I am wanting to travel. I am from the UK. ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA WHERE TO START,

I am 32, had an extremely large amount of bad luck over the past 10 yrs and now I am able to disappear. I have no commitments etc.. so it's just me, I have always wanted to travel but before was only a dream. (preferably OZ/New Zealand to start)

Can anyone point me in the right direction to start with. I am a lone traveller, have been reading that i'm too old for a working visa to OZ which is rather annoying but again if anyone can give me information, in an ideal world I would like to work and travel (combine the two), I have no limits to time as long as I can work etc.. going to be starting off with about 10k.

Like I said, i'm a complete novice in regards to knowing where to start with this so if I have missed anything out let me know.

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Hey ree123 - hopefully, you'll have more time to read soon.

At 32, you are probably too old for most working holiday visas but it's not the end of the world. (Didn't sound like it was - just used the phrase.) Many of our members are working while they travel and/or working to support their travel. But, with that said - a little more information would be handy so other's can respond in a helpful way.

You have given your starting budget but not the type of work you may be qualified to do. In many places seasonal work or TEFL positions are quite profitable. Though, I having a feeling that OZ & NZ have the TEFL thing covered. (Okay, to the American ear - maybe not but I hear that they do speak English - sort of. Just kidding!) By supplying more information about your background, training, etc. - our members will be able to answer your questions with some detail. Without such info, they will be stuck just be throwing up random ideas. I admit random ideas aren't bad. I have a feeling you aren't looking for "pole dancing in a seedy Brisbane bar" or "kangaroo wrangling in the outback". (I may be wrong.) Still, the more our members have to work with, the more they can answer your questions with real information. ;)

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4895 posts) 7y

Since you're from the UK, you're eligible for the IEP Work Exchange Visa for New Zealand, which goes until age 35. That allows you to stay and work in New Zealand for up to a year. You could easily visit Australia for three months both before and after your time in New Zealand, which would give you a total of six months in Australia, which is enough to see a whole lot of that country, too.

10k is a pretty decent buffer to start out with (especially if it's in pounds). After flights, you can probably expect to travel for six months on that before needing to find work Probably best not to wait till it's all gone, but yeah, enough to see a bit of South East Asia on your way to Australia, then do three months Australia and then get your bearings in New Zealand for a month or two before settling down for a while for work. Then once your funds have been filled up again you can explore the rest of New Zealand and see where to go from there.

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Europe is big and as UK (EU) citizen you can work anywhere inside the EU without a work permit.

And depending upon your previous education you can also get work permits in some countries, usually if you have a degree that is bachelor and above or some other, relatively rare talent.

5. Posted by ree123 (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Thanks for your replies.

Well was thinking at work today, I don't really need to make a major point of Oz or N/Zealand, can do that anytime, but I can do something in Europe first (however USA really appealing) , got loads of time so I have no rush.

I was looking at a TEFL course but it is a total mine field as some people on other sites have stated do not do it, others say do it, then some say be careful what and where you do it and who and what you pay etc.. the internet is good but does make you apprehensive.
I spoke to a man at the (alledged) TEFL which offers a weekend course/ 20 hrs/ 40 hrs and so on but even he told me that to achieve anything abroad you have to go the whole way and do the big course of 6 months or so. Is this correct?? i don't want to be hovering around for that long, would like to make a move by November really, but can do short course etc..
If anyone can shed light on a TEFL course I would be grateful or at least the best people to speak to.

My personal experience is probably a bit naff, I am experienced with horses, got exams etc.. could go and do something like like that I guess, or I trade with Antiques and Collectables so I do not know if that is good for abroad, (prob not).

Can't think of anything else at the moment.

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting ree123

(however USA really appealing)

Yup - we look good from a distance, but close up - not so good. The US does not have any equivalent to a WHV. The working visas that would be available to you would require securing a job here (while still at home or abroad) and then applying for the visa with all the proper paperwork showing employment. Visitor visas restrict you from working here at all so under-the-table would be your only options. If you took employment and were caught, you'd be back home in a heart beat. Doesn't mean it can't be done, you just take your chances. Again, if caught, you would be restricted as to when you could re-enter the US. Depending on the infraction, it could be never. Granted, we have our share of illegal workforce but finding a short-term under-that-table job won't be all that easy. Since you say you can "disappear", then finding employment here, applying for the proper visa and doing things "legit" might still be an option.

My personal experience is probably a bit naff, I am experienced with horses, got exams etc.. could go and do something like like that I guess, or I trade with Antiques and Collectables so I do not know if that is good for abroad, (prob not).

How good are you with horses? My thought, you might be able to find the odd (utt) job on a ranch out west. How to go about that - not sure. If you still are interested in the US and have certain equine skills, I'd do an internet search for ranching/horse farm positions. You might get lucky with obtaining employment on the up and up. The thoroughbred racing industry is large along the eastern seaboard down to Florida. Quarter horses run east coast to midwest. If you can ride, some cattle ranches still use "cowboys" to move herds from pasture to pasture.

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

One more thing, have you considered volunteering?

It is not paid work, but it is something useful to do. For most volunteering positions in developing countries you have to pay for your own food and board, so it is not a free ride. But there are also some positions where your volunteering is rewarded with food and board, this is the case with WWOOF and helpX placements.

Since you have worked with horses WWOOF seems to be an option you could look at.

Alternatively there are also a bunch of animal welfare centers in developing countries that are glad for some help, I am thinking about places like the horse clinic in Luxor, Egypt. November/December would be great time to be in Egypt.

8. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 7y

I didn't start travelling until I was 30... Haven't stopped since.
Go for it dude!

9. Posted by explorer81 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

You're never too old to start traveling! I have a couple of friends who got into it in their mid 30-ies aswell and they say its the best thing they've ever done. I wish you the best!

10. Posted by ree123 (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Thanks all.

I could go and work anywhere with horses, am quite experienced just gave up about 12 months ago but I guess I can bring it out of retirement.

Thanks for all you imput anyway, very grateful.

One last thing though (sorry), can anyone shed light on the TEFL thing I wrote about earlier. At least you are all going to say the truth and not try and sell it, if you get my meaning. I have no problem volunteering for it to get qualified but I do not want to use all my money in one hit kind of thing, so something where i can earn money as well if possible after becoming qualified so I do not have to keep dipping into funds. (hope that makes sense