Looking for a way to travel and earn money at the same time? Chances are a working holiday visa, some inspiration and some good advice on how and where to go is just what you need!

If you’ve decided that life at home is no longer cutting it – check out our ideas for jobs you could get with a working holiday visa. If the lure of exotic lands, a way of financing your travels and a higher wage tempt are calling you – here’s what you need to know…

Why you should ditch the day job and book a plane ticket...

  • Work abroad looks good on your CV – it shows you can take initiative
  • Working and travelling means there’s less need to save your entire travel fund upfront
  • You could learn a new language by immersion whilst living amongst native speakers
  • You could try jobs that wouldn’t be possible in the UK
  • You can try working abroad even if you don’t have the qualifications required to get a full working visa

So where’s best for work abroad?

You can work anywhere you like - the world is your oyster, however if you want to earn some good money and have a visa which allows you to work, then the most popular options are: AustraliaNew Zealand and Canada

To apply for your working holiday visa in these countries you’ll need to satisfy the following criteria:


  • Be aged over 18 but under 31
  • Have no dependent children accompanying you at any time during your stay
  • Hold a passport from an eligible country

Currently (as of February 2017) it costs $440 AUD for your working holiday visa application fee.

More detailed Australian Immigration info

Read our Ultimate Guide to the Australian Working Holiday Visa for some tips if you're thinking of applying!

New Zealand

  • Have a permanent residency in the UK usually – but you can be temporarily visiting another country when you lodge your NZ application
  • Hold a British passport with at least 3 months’ validity after your planned departure from NZ
  • Be at least 18 and not more than 30 years old
  • Have no children with you
  • Hold a return ticket or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket
  • Have a fund of a minimum of NZ $350 per month to meet your living costs during your stay in NZ
  • Meet some health and character requirements
  • Be coming to NZ for a holiday, with work/study being secondary intentions for your visit
  • Must not previously have been approved for a visa under a Working Holiday Scheme.

More detailed New Zealand Immigration info


Work permits under IEC are available to young people aged 18-35 who are from one of the countries that have a bilateral, reciprocal youth mobility arrangement or agreement with Canada.

More detailed Canadian Immigration info

Popular jobs for working holiday visas

  • Australia: Cattle ranch farmer, fruit picker, mining jobs, coffee shop barista
  • New Zealand: Ski season worker, Sheep skin factory employee and hospitality roles
  • Canada: Rafting river guide, hospitality roles, Ski season jobs

Weird and wonderful ideas for working abroad

If the thought of a barista job in Sydney doesn’t give you wanderlust, there are plenty of strange and exotic jobs to be had around the world. Here are some of our favourites!

  • Dive Instructor/Dive Master in Thailand: Thailand has diving operations all over the islands and they are always looking for staff who can teach the natives of their land! Even better if you can speak more than one language.
  • Tour guide for an overland travel company in Africa: Great way of discovering this diverse country, responsible for the safety and amusement of a lots of travellers and will equip you with the skills needed to cope in any situation.
  • Teacher of English as a Foreign Language:Travel Nation's Rowena taught English in China whilst Nadine taught English in Vietnam
  • Hostess on a boat in the Whitsunday Islands: Travel Nation’s Sara did this and got to dive for free and sail around the Whitsundays whilst trying to hold back her seasickness!
  • Pearl Farming in the North of Australia: Sara, Mark and Norman from Travel Nation have all turned their hands to pearl farming! It can pay very well at AUD$18+/hour and you get to see whales every day. You live aboard a boat with everything included (a great money saver), however these jobs are very sought after…
  • WOOFING in Australia and New Zealand: great if you don’t have a visa and need some free accommodation!
  • Crewing on a sailboat in the Caribbean: Work on boats to earn your keep and island-hop for free!
  • Bollywood actor in India: This isn’t as uncommon as you may think!
  • Nursing in Pacific Islands: OK, so you need to have some nursing qualifications already but why not help out communities in need of medically trained people and when you’re not working you can laze under the nearest palm tree!
  • TV extra in Asia: They quite often like the tall ‘European’ look so you may be in luck!
  • Wrestling opponent in Central & South America: Many bars, clubs or other arenas that host wrestling matches will offer cash to anyone who dares climb into the ring with one of the masked heroes.
  • Skydive instructor in New Zealand: NZ is one of the cheapest places in the world to learn to skydive, so once you’ve spent all your money learning, you can earn it back doing something you love!
  • Medical Research volunteer in North America: Get paid several hundred dollars for testing new medical drugs not yet released. Fingers crossed you get the placebo, hey?!

Work as a dive master in Thailand

8 tips for working your way around the world

Laura Clark

Travelling friend
at Travel Nation

Interested in a working visa?

If you're thinking about working overseas and want advice, get In touch with one of our consultsnts. Many of us have lived and worked in Australia and New Zealand, so our advice can be invaluable in helping you on your way. Not only can we arrange great value multi-stop flights with stopovers to get you there, we can also set you up with bus and hostel passes so that your accommodation is sorted in advance, to help with budgeting.

We can advise on all type of visa - you can search for working visas based on your natinality and chosen destination here. For more advice, call us or request a trip quote by email.