Are you planning a Gap Year working and travelling abroad? New Zealand is one of the friendliest countries in the world and it is perfect for young first time backpackers.
Taking a gap year abroad can help give you the much needed experience and life lessons that will help you succeed .Travelling the world also teaches you about yourself in a way that you cannot while at home, and it lets you push yourself beyond your comfort zone and learn what you are capable of. Working abroad makes long term travel affordable, and also expands your CV and gives you a great chance to become more than a tourist and get to know what it is like to live like a local abroad.
There are many different countries to explore, and working abroad opportunities to be had. However, for the first time traveller New Zealand is one of the best. It is ideally suited for working holidays, and could not be easier and more accessible to get around.
Here are the top five reasons why travelling and working in New Zealand makes an awesome gap year:
- The Visa Application Process is Easy.
Whether you are Canadian, British, European, or American, working holiday visas for New Zealand will be quite easy to obtain. After filling out a few forms and providing the required information, your visa will arrive in the mail in a few weeks to a month. It will enable you to work anywhere in the country for 12 months from the date your flights arrive in the New Zealand. Let the adventure begin!
- You Are Never Far From A Hostel or a Friendly Host.
If you are looking for a place to stay on your travels, New Zealand has hundreds of high quality hostels where you can stay in comfort for a really cheap price. In a hostel, you will usually share a large room with anywhere from 4-12 other travellers, with shared bathroom and shower facilities, a lounge, possibly a TV room and a kitchen. Hostels are so much fun, and they are a great place to hang out with other cool and adventurous young people who are having their own New Zealand adventures.
Also, New Zealanders are a laid back, happy and fun loving bunch that will be more than welcoming to you once you become part of their community. They will get to know you, offer their hospitality, and be excited to show you their totally awesome country.
- There Are Plenty of Temporary Jobs.
Would you like to help out on a farm, pick fruit in the sunshine, serve drinks in a bar, fundraise for a charity, work in a hostel, or lead tour groups? New Zealand has plenty of jobs that are perfect for young backpackers, and you will have no trouble getting one or several during your working holiday. These work experiences are fun, casual, and are easy to move on from when you want to explore more of the country.
- You Are Surrounded By Other Adventurous Young People.
The Land of the Long White Cloud is so much fun, because it is filled with intrepid travellers like yourself! Everywhere you go you will meet alive, engaged, and passionate people who are on their own journey, and talking to them will inspire you and your own goals.
- It’s Absolutely Gorgeous.
From the bubbling geothermic cauldrons of Rotorua, to the balmy beaches of the North Island, the impressive snow-capped peaks of the South Island, and everything in between, there is no doubt that New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. And with ten times more sheep than people, you are guarantee that most of this beauty is left unspoilt for your viewing pleasure. Hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, surfing, swimming, and white water rafting are just a few of the nature activities you could be enjoying in the amazing New Zealand wilderness on your Gap year.
If you are planning a year abroad, why not spend it working in beautiful and friendly New Zealand?
Jim Deann is a traveller who enjoys writing and also helps write articles for companies such as Etihad who offer flights to Australia and surrounding areas.
This post was submitted by Jim Deann.