Despite low cost airline tickets and flights becoming more abundant, travelling is still an expensive experience. A lot of people are now looking into the possibility of working whilst they travel, but how is the best way to do this?Teaching English has been one of the most popular options for University students, but if you’re catching flights to somewhere like Australia, this goes straight out of the window. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t work and travel, there are other ways.
Australia is known for its infallible sun and beautiful climate. To have the opportunity to work on the land in this country can’t be turned down. You have two main choices if you’re looking to work in this medium.
Firstly, you can find work fruit picking. This job, which used to be given to slaves and peasants, has developed some romances about it. Groups of students often spend their whole days shirtless in the tree tops, trading stories and feasting on the lush fruit of this country. You will meet a whole host of like minded people doing this job, and you’ll also be able to dip in and out of the job. You’re often paid by the day or even by the hour itself, without anything tying you to sticking around. This can be great if you don’t have a plan to stick to.
Secondly, you can work the famous cattle. Working on a cattle station requires good physical shape and the right ‘give it a go’ attitude. In general, you can expect manual labour like herding, stable work, repairs, maintenance etc. Essentially, you’re there to keep the cattle station running, everybody does a bit of everything. This is an absolutely fantastic way to learn new skills and meet the local people who live off the land. The most important prerequisite for this role is the ability to get along with a variety of people. The teams on cattle stations are huge, and everybody needs to get along in order for it to function properly. If you’re a people person and you need money, you’d be hard pressed to find a more rewarding job whilst travelling Australia.
Cheap airline tickets often fly you into the bigger cities, namely Sydney, which has a booming tourism industry. Hospitality staff are always in short supply in this relatively under populated country, so you can expect to find an easy job behind a bar or serving food. Not only is it fairly straight forward to get into these roles, they’re also fantastic ways to immerse yourself within the culture of the nation. Serving the local people provides an easy way to make friends and find out about places that you wouldn’t normally, stumbling along the mainstream tourist path. If you’re not old enough to serve alcohol, or you have no experience in waiting tables, there are always kitchen hand or pot-wash jobs going. Whilst a little less glamorous, you’ll be spending a lot of time with the famously brash and easy-going Australian chefs.
Australia is a country open to young and enthusiastic workers. Travellers can expect to receive help along every stage of their journey, provided that they’re willing to give a little time and effort in return.