Thinking about taking a working holiday?

There are generally two types of working holiday: the first is to travel on a "working holiday" visa to one of the countries that the UK has a reciprocal agreement with, that allows you to stay and work in the country for a period of around 12 months (visa restrictions vary).

The second is a slightly looser interpretation of the phrase "working holiday", and involves travel to a place where you can continue to work (usually online) as you holiday.

Here are some top things to consider when planning a working holiday...

Visa - It's an unfortunate fact that most of the world's countries just aren't that easy to get working visas for. So if you're dreaming about heading to California to work in a vineyard for a year, you might need to reconsider your plans unless you fall into a very specific (and tightly monitored) category. That's why it's a good idea to consider visa requirements before you set your heart on a destination.

Money - In these times of global economic uncertainty, you can rarely be sure of landing a job in a foreign country no matter what your qualifications and experience may mean at home. Without local knowledge and local contacts, you will probably be at a disadvantage to local job seekers. You should therefore have enough money saved so you can support yourself in case the offer of work doesn't come your way.

Accommodation - Most working holiday makers spend at least three months abroad. Paying for hotels for an extended duration is going to be expensive - so it's worth considering other accommodation options.

Bank account - Even if you're only on a short working holiday, employers probably won't be willing to pay into an overseas account. You'll therefore need to set up a local bank account - and for this remember you'll need documentation like proof of identity and proof of your address in the country.

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