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27 and planning a WHV.. Need advice!

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific 27 and planning a WHV.. Need advice!

1. Posted by Whirlwind24 (Budding Member 4 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

This is my first time posting on here and I’m just after a bit of advice as I feel as though I am stuck in a bit of a rut at the moment. I am a 26 year old female living in England and in a good relationship; we have been together for over 6 years and living together for 2. I’ve always had the travel bug and my partner doesn’t really, he is happy with holidays here and there but isn’t interested in travelling long term or roughing it.

After uni I always planned on taking a full year out to travel, work abroad etc but it didn’t really happen. I did some internships and a bit of travel abroad but these weren’t ever longer than a few months. I wasn’t sure it was a good idea to leave my relationship as a year seemed such a long time. I had a good job in marketing for 2 years which I left recently for a new role.

This job I am in now has been a bit disappointing for me as it’s not challenging enough and I am really bored. Also I am really getting the urge to travel somewhere and go on an adventure. My boyfriend couldn’t join me due to work commitments anyway, but I don’t know if I am thinking logically or not.

I am considering a WHV (location yet to be decided, but probably Australia) for a year with a little travel thrown in. My main issue is I am worried I will affect my CV and job opportunities, so ideally I would want to try and find a job in my field whilst travelling, even if the pay is less. Does anyone have any idea how likely this would be to happen? I’d be 27 by the time I went and also worry everyone else will be in the 18-22 age range and make me feel a bit past it.

Other than my relationship I don’t have a lot keeping me here, I don’t have many close friends, just a few acquaintances and I don’t really get to meet new people where I’m living. My family enjoy travelling so would probably come and visit and my boyfriend also would – but I expect a year to be so much harder than a couple of months.

I plan to stick this job out for a bit to save up and not leave before being here 8-12 months, even if it is killing me having to do it each day. I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to do, but it seems like the answer to all my problems right now. Any advice would be welcomed!

2. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 339 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

In short yes it is a good idea to do it. It is a bad idea not to do it.

If you want to travel, then travel. Don’t worry about your CV or job opportunities. I was 30 when I used my WHV in Australia and consequently found it much easier to get a good job than the younger people I met travelling as I had built up a decent CV. I got a good, well paid, job in Australia (earning more than I have ever earnt over here) in the field I worked in over here.

Then when I got back here in 2011, right in the middle of the recession I managed to get a good job here, earning considerably more than I had earnt before I left to go travelling.

There isn’t really any reason for you to stay here. Save your money and go, you won’t regret it.

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Jan-2014, at 09:13 by Steve79 ]

3. Posted by kmwain (Budding Member 77 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!


I have replied to your message on my forum but thought I would drop one on here too.

Be helpful to bounce ideas and advice off each other. I'm in a similar position and the same age. Everyone else seems really young which is why I feel so deterred at the moment. Any support and guidance wouls be awesome

4. Posted by T66anh (Budding Member 26 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!


Once you have the travel bug you need to act on it. You need to do it if it's something you feel you need to do. I myself have left it a bit later than yourself I have turned 30 decided to rent out my house hand my notice in and I leave the UK for NZ on 28th April. I was worried about the age thing but I have been talking to lots of people on here and I have found that a lot of people are doing it later so you will come across people similar age to yourself so don't let that worry you. As for you cv most employers will see travelling as a good point on your cv.

Just remember whv are once in a life time opportunities so be sure to use it if you decide to get one. If there is one thing I have learnt in life is to never live by your regrets. Try it if you hate it you have tried if you don't try it then you'll always think what if.

Sorry to go on. Hope you decide what is best for you...

T x

5. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 339 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Quoting kmwain

Everyone else seems really young which is why I feel so deterred at the moment. Any support and guidance would be awesome

That will make no difference at all I promise. As I said I was 30 when I went travelling and never once felt too old. It really isn’t an issue whatsoever

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5157 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Having done long-term travelling is generally a big plus on a CV; not everyone will recognize it as such, but enough people do to be noticeable.
Just by having spent a year abroad, you'll have encountered many new viewpoints, and learned to handle many small setbacks and things to sort out, which people who just stay at home will never have encountered. You'll grow your self-confidence, and will be able to look at things from other perspectives.

The strain on the relationship will probably be huge. You'll change, and if you're not careful, you'll feel your boyfriend won't understand all the many things you've experienced, and will seem to just be "stuck". Continuous communication is the key to surviving that. You'll both have to work on it, and make a point of it to deeply care about what's happening in the life of the other, and to let that caring show very clearly, again and again.

As for your age, as others have said, that won't be a problem at all. The percentage of 18-22 year olds is actually relatively small (excepting some party hostels and tour busses). I'd guesstimate that fully 50% of the backpackers you'll meet will be aged 22-27; but also that you'll have many interesting conversations with both 18 year old and 60 year olds. Just be open for it.

7. Posted by Whirlwind24 (Budding Member 4 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all the replies, it's good to hear different opinions.

As for the relationship part, I think it will be OK, if we can handle living together I think we will survive some time apart. We've worked it out that if I go back once in the middle and he comes out twice, we would see each other every 3 months which is a lot more manageable.

I guess the job/CV thing might be an issue, but plenty of professionals take a year out to solely travel so providing there is some work in there which hopefully I can make relevant it should be fine and hopefully I won't have too many problems getting back into a job when I am back.

I'll need to start doing some proper research and reading of these forums as there is so much to organise between now and then, but I'm a good

8. Posted by Whirlwind24 (Budding Member 4 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Planner.. That was supposed to say! Thanks everyone :)