Is London call you?
The United Kingdom, particularly London, is the most popular working holiday destination for Commonwealth citizens and has been for many years. Literally thousands of young people head to the UK every year to make their dreams of living, working and playing there a reality. But why? Well there are a number of reasons why, but mostly because of the visas that are available to Commonwealth citizens, the availability of work and very importantly, the close proximity to Europe for travelling.
So visas. The two most popular visas are the Youth Mobility Visa (formerly known as the working holiday maker visa) and the UK Ancestry Visa. The Youth Mobility Visa allows those aged 18 to 30 years inclusive to stay in the UK to live and work while the Ancestry Visa allows those who qualify a stay of up to 5 years to live and work. Full details about the two visas, eligibility and how to apply are available from your nearest British High Commission or Consulate General.
Now work opportunities. There are those who head to London to advance their careers because they believe having worked in London will look good on their CV when they return home, and yes, it probably will for those who work in business, hospitality and teachers. However, there are many who head to the UK to try a different profession, and believe me, there is plenty to try. A popular work opportunity is to pull pints in a pub, and yes, there is virtually one on every corner. Other popular work includes being a nanny where you look after kids of different ages. A nanny job takes care of employment and accommodation in one hit as nanny positions are live-in.
The most popular reason that travellers choose London and the UK as their chosen working holiday destination is that they can use it as their base to travel to many parts of the world from. There are many well-worn paths that travellers take through Europe to include large events such as Running with the Bulls in Pamplona, drinking a stein of beer at the Munich Beerfest and for Australians and New Zealanders being in Gallipolli for ANZAC Day.
So with the visas available, the abundance of work opportunities and the potential to travel around Europe and beyond, London and the UK remain the most popular working holiday destination.
If you are considering heading to the UK on a working you will no doubt have many questions like: Where will I live? What type of accommodation is available? What work is available? What is a national insurance number and why do I need one? Should I take out travel insurance? Live Work and Play in London and the UK has been answering FAQs about working holidays in the UK since it was first published in 1995 including all those questions above. Get your copy now and get going to London.