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Working Holidays

Working holidays are an awesome way to travel the world while still earning money. Living and working in a country for an extended time offers a unique perspective on a place that you simply wouldn’t get from a short holiday.

With the experience of six working holidays (in four different countries) between us, we have plenty of tips and advice to share to help you start your working holiday sooner and more successfully!

I can also share advice about turning a working holiday into something more permanent. I’ve been living in Canada for eight years and counting now, after I applied for permanent residency and eventually Canadian citizenship. It’s like a never ending working holiday!

Gemma standing on rock looking out to views below of forest and lakes with scattered clouds
Views on the Sunshine Coast Trail, BC, Canada

Working holidays in Canada

I’m a little biased, but I believe that Canada is a perfect choice for a working holiday. A huge country with outstanding natural beauty and world class cities, Canada can offer a multitude of experiences on a working holiday. Whether you want to live in the mountains or work a professional job in a busy city, Canada has it all.

The easiest way to try out living in Canada is with the International Experience Canada (IEC) program. Citizens of participating countries have the chance to live and work in Canada for up to 24 months.

Application guides

Moving to Canada

Travel insurance

Life in Canada

Filing taxes

Staying in Canada after a working holiday

Working holidays in New Zealand

My first working holiday experience was in New Zealand at the tender age of 18. This small but perfectly formed country provided me with the perfect introduction to independent travel.

As with Canada, citizens of participating countries can live and work in New Zealand for up to 24 months via the working holiday program.

The New Zealand working holiday application process is a lot faster and easier than the Canadian equivalent. Indeed, you can apply on a Tuesday and be approved by the weekend!

Here’s some articles to get you started: