A Bit of Visa Advice
The phrase goes “hindsight is a wonderful thing”.
It’s very true.
I shouldn’t have bought that.
I shouldn’t have said this.
The same is true of a one certain part of my Australian adventure. A part that is rather fundamental to the whole thing – my working holiday visa.
I came to Oz on a 12 month working holiday visa because I knew at some point I would need to gain employment to last the full 12 months.
But I also had £5500 in my back pocket.
That’s a significant amount of fundage by any means.
Due to my budgeting skills and what not I’ve managed to milk every last penny out of my funds, and 6 months into my trip I’ve still not worked and still have nearly $1500 to my name.
Which is awesome.
However it does mean that I’ve effectively wasted 50% of my working holiday visa. A once in a lifetime visa.
Now that’s a bit of a bummer!
In hindsight I wouldn’t have come straight in with a WHV, I would’ve approached it another way;
- Land in Oz on a 6 month tourist (non working) visa
- Travelled around Oz as planned for 5ish months
- Flown to Indo/NZ/Thailand for a couple of weeks
- Applied for 12 month WHV visa while out of Oz
- Flown back to Oz and begun my new visa
- Started looking for work whilst still having a slight amount of backup dollar
That may seem a slightly crazy plan, but it would’ve worked!
Flights from oz to Indo and Thailand are really cheap – it’s like the Australian version of a holiday in Europe – and WHV’s are generally granted pretty pronto.
In fact the above plan would’ve added nearly 50% extra to my Australian adventure.
Sure I would’ve paid extra for flights, and had to shell out for 2 visas – but that would be a tactical loss which I would’ve recovered in the possible extra 6 months of work I could’ve done.
So before you book your visas and flights have a long hard think about other possible ways – don’t just pick the simplest option.
Be a savvy traveller and maximise your time abroad.