WHV pros and cons

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1. Posted by jamie1993 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,

I’m 28 from ireland and i need a little advice regarding a WHV, i’m thinking of going to OZ november 2022, i feel i need a mental break from my everyday 9-5 job, i’ve always wanted to go and explore, i’ve been toying with the idea for years but my worries are,

leaving my job at home, feeling im maybe too old now to head out on a WHV, and fear of the unknown, i feel like it’s now or never.

Has anybody felt like this before heading off? or what’s other people’s experiences of a WHV in australia?

thanks in advance guys

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2931 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Yes it's pretty common to hear people worrying like this.

1) Leaving your job. Yes it's a leap in the dark, because will you find a job on your return? Only you can know your skills and the job situation in your industry.

2) Too old. Definitely not. Now is the time to do it, while you are still under the age wire for a WHV. Yes there will be 18-year-olds who make you feel geriatric, but equally there will be a spread of ages and you won't be the oldest. I'm 50, and pre-pandemic I was certainly still backpacking and hostelling. I'd say that when you get over about 40 then some of the kids don't want to hang out with you. But then there are others who love to talk to you to draw on your travel experience, so it kind of balances out.

3) Fear of the unknown. Australia is close enough to your home culture to be refreshingly new but not give you acute culture shock.

I'd go for it.

Usual caveats about us not knowing how the pandemic will pan out, and it's tough to make plans for 11 months away during all this.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 5413 posts) 2y 1 Star this if you like it!

I was 28 when I went to New Zealand for my WHV and I definitely wasn't the oldest there doing the same thing. I'm now in my mid- 40s and meet plenty of others older than me who are backpacking and hostelling.

I think your worries are natural but I would say go for it - I very much doubt you'll regret going but there's a stronger possibility that if you don't go you will regret it. I remember how I felt the night before I flew out - I'd quit my job and was thinking 'what have I done?' But it turned out to be one of the best decisions I'd ever made and it was a life -changing experience in many ways!

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