It’s that time of year again when many young people are contemplating escaping the dreaded Irish summer by moving abroad to sunnier climes for the season . With so many short-term employment opportunities in exotic places such as mainland Spain, the Canary Islands, Greece, Australia & The United States, it’s easy to see why the allure of working abroad for the summer is so appealing to many.
However, there are a number of things to consider when planning such an exotic adventure. Read our guide to help you get started on the road to a working holiday of a lifetime.
Plan your finances
While most people secure their employment first before the leave, some arrive with a view of taking a holiday while seeking work in the process. Whatever the case, make sure to keep yourself covered for the initial period by saving much as you can and setting up a weekly budget plan.
Secure your accommodation
This is pretty straight forward – why would you want to arrive in another country with nowhere else to go?! Always secure your accommodation in accordance with the length of your stay and in line your employment circumstances.
For example if you’re planning to stay for a month without first securing work, make sure pay your accommodation costs in advance for that period as well as taking over enough living expenses. This will offer you peace of mind if the employment hunt takes longer than expected.
Make sure to have the right documents
Why plan the working holiday of a lifetime when you can’t even leave the country? Before planning anything else, make sure that your paperwork is in order first. If you’re travelling within the EU make sure to have a valid, undamaged up-to-date passport.
If travelling outside of the EU, visit the embassy or consulate of the nation you wish to travel to and apply for the relevant visa needed for your stay. One thing to keep in mind also, some countries also require a passport validity period of at least 6 months from the date of departure.
Get travel insurance
One of the most common mistakes a lot of holidaymakers make is the failure to buy travel insurance before departure. This essential as it covers such things as, lost, stolen or damaged goods, and certain medical expenses. There are various plans available from different insurance companies so make sure to choose the policy that suits. You never know when you might need it!
When travelling abroad it is always important to pack your items in accordance with the seasonal climate. So when travelling somewhere with warm, tropical conditions make sure to pack light & breathable clothing. Keep any luggage containing breakable or expensive equipment as and well secured also. If trying to bring over any foods , make sure to check whether they are allowed in the country where you are travelling.
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