Hi all, just found this forum and this is my first post ( so go easy! )
I'm Craig, a 31 year old designer from the Midlands UK, who's basically having one of those 'I need to change all this' moments!
I've worked in design ( advertising ) for over 10 years but simply cannot be bothered anymore, plus my long term girl and I recently split up, leaving me with far too much time and bad memories etc ( I won't bore you with this bit! )
So, I want to get away from the lot and have some fun, I'm sick of the job and need a break - I figure I can return to design if or when I need to - I want to do some bar work and be around people of my 'mindset' etc.
I've set my sights on Australia ( although I've never been before ) -it just looks good and I've never heard a bad word said about the place or the people ( but perhaps the more learned amongst you might be able to tell me differently ). Also I think a country where English isn't the 'first language' might be a bit ambitious for a first timer like myself!
Now, the problem. I'm a complete novice to travelling and working away. I've visited quite a few different countries but only done typical 'holidays', never worked or stayed somewhere longer than a month. So could anyone tell me, well.....basically what to do!!
Any tips on best places to look for work, best options of accomodation, places of interest etc would be gratefully received.
Apologies if I'm breaking every 'travelling rule in the book' or sounding like I'm totally thick but as I said, I'm completely new to all this.
Thnaks in advance, Craig
haha! we sound alike- a very good start is this site-honestly, i have the same thoughts about you and hopefully this year i will be in Oz-same reason as you-havent heard a bad word about the place-i know nothing about it myself and as for the language thing-we seem to be on the same lines.
Have a look at the work and travel company-search in google, i'm not sure that it will be suitable for you but its a start!
Good luck and just think positive-it does affect you-god listen to me i sound like some sort of counsellor, hehe!
Thanks Lilj, every bit of advice is most welcome.
Australia is definitely a good starting point! Easy in terms of language and there is a huge infrastructure built around people travelling there on working holidays.
Only problem might be your age. Not from an Australian or otherwise point of view but you can only get the working holiday visa if you're under 31 (I'm pretty sure that's still the case also for UKers). The other way is to try and get a paid placement overseas with the company you are already with???
New Zealand also has some great opportunities and recently extended the length of the working holiday visa for UKers to 2 years. Not quite sure though if it has any age restrictions...
Welcome to TP! I work in advertising, too, and it certainly has its good days and not-so-good days. I left "corporate" advertising for "non-profit" advertising a few years ago because I was so disillusioned. It's helped to put things into perspective!
I've never been to Australia, but my sister moved to NZ and worked there for 4 years. She loved it, and would recommend the experience to anyone. She's just back now, and her work experience is opening lots of new doors here at home. She doesn't have a single regret!
Good luck and follow your heart. Although it can be easily broken, it mends stronger than ever and we learn to love and appreciate life all the more.
I hear what your saying and I felt your pain...lol. No, seriously if your really going to the Big down under, they really do have a nice travel based industry there. I would recommend getting with a company like PRT Travel. They are in 50 countries now, they teach you to be a home based travel agent so you can work anywhere in the world and help travelers book thru you website...just food for thought. It worked for me!
send me an e-mail and we can chat.
I would say that go for Australia!Though as you already know the age limit for the WH-visa is 18-30 but I'm not sure if they have some exception for peeps who live in UK.
In the same boat as me on the girlfriend front and the new to travelling alone front too.
I have decided to do Oz in October for 5 weeks and can't wait to get over there. I'll be travelling alone which is a bit daunting but I need to get away from things over here for a while and have something to plan and look forward too.
Decided on Oz coz a couple of people I know have been and loved it.
I have learned quite a bit from looking at the posts in these forums and have bought the Lonely Planet Guide which is currently bedside reading. I believe there is also the Backpackers Ultimate Guide which is supposed to be good so I'll get that one next. Keep in touch and I hope your planning goes well.
I know exactly what you are going through. Don't worry, I've had a few buddies do the same. One buddy went through this a year ago, she is now in New York. The other buddy is just going through this now, and he will be teaching English in Korea within the next 2 months.
I on the other hand don't know where yet (still picking at ideas like you). Australia sounds good, my dad has worked there for 2 years. He really liked it.
Good luck, I hope you find what you are looking for... like you I'm doing a bit of research.