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1. Posted by olivierver (Budding Member 4 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!


When I graduate i'm leaving for a world trip, I'm going alone for 1 or maybe 2 years.
When you go on a worldtrip, you need money but I was wondering if someone has experience at working while they are travelling.
I've heard thing from people who worked at a country and when they made enough money they go on to the next country. That is something I also want to do but I would like to hear the experience of some people who did this.
It's hard and nearly impossible to save enough money to fund a journey of a year or longer. So all tips and experience is welcome!

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5164 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Visas are the main problem with this concept. Entering a country as a tourist is mostly trivially easy for you as a Belgian resident. However, legally working there is quite a bit harder (and working without a visa which allows has a high potential for massive headaches). Still, us Europeans are luckier than people from effectively anywhere else. Besides the entire EU, where of course you can work without any trouble, you can get working holiday visas without any effort for Australia and New Zealand, and with a bit more effort and good timing, for Canada. All three of those allow staying in the country for a full year and working while there (with a maximum time working for the same employer of 3 or 6 months).

Do note that for most people, the work they do on a WHV is a way to stretch their money and allow them to stay in the country for the full year, but not really a way to save up. There's nowhere where it's easier to save money than in your home country! Even if you have highly in demand skills, don't expect to do much better than breaking even. (I personally work in IT, spent a year each in Australia and New Zealand, and had as much money when I returned home as when I set out - which was not bad at all, as I'd saved up massively, and scraped the bottom of the barrel at one point during the trip, and so I could then have travelled on somewhere else for a little while... but this is definitely not the situation for most people.)

Of course, your money stretches way further in (parts of) South America and SE Asia, so it's a relatively common pattern for people to travel to Australia and work there for a year, and then travel through SE Asia for another year or so until that money has run out. But that still tends to start with having a big buffer when they enter Australia.

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Jan-2016, at 09:57 by Sander ]

3. Posted by Budgie Escapee (Budding Member 27 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Keep in mind there are ways to experience a place without spending money. This can make your savings stretch even further. Sites like, and may provide some inspiration.

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