Welcome to London!
So, you’re heading to London for a year or two, fully intending to immerse yourself in the culture and life of the big city, earning some cash to fund your time away from home.
This is probably going to be one of the most memorable and exciting things you’ll ever do with your life, so you’ll want to make sure you do it right, and to the max!
Passport and visa
This is the most important thing you need for your plans. Australians can apply for a working holiday visa in the UK, and you’ll find plenty of information on the embassy website about up to date requirements. Generally however you need a valid Australian passport, you should have character references and meet good health requirements, be aged between 18-30 when you apply, have a return ticket, or be able to show that you can buy one, and you may be asked to show you have funds to cover you for at least some of your time away, before you begin to earn.
Identify your ideal job
You could try and secure a job before you get there, and there are good quality companies that will help you do that, although do some research before you decide on one, as there are some questionable companies out there too, praying on those who are trying to find good advice. Perhaps you simply want bar work or waitressing to fund your city break, or maybe you want to teach, be an au pair, help with major sporting events and cultural events in the city – the options are endless but do make sure you have at least any idea to avoid wasting time.
Where are you going to stay?
Somewhere to stay in London isn’t the easiest thing to find without paying a fortune, so it’s a good idea to put a few feelers out before you leave to head over to the UK. If you can share with a fellow traveller then you’ll save a lot of money, so this is always a good option to think about, and some gap year or career break companies will help put you in touch with other people heading over at the same time as you. This is a great way to make new friends.
Don’t fall into normal life
If you’re working, it’s easy to fall into a routine of every day hum-drum, and you might find you forget why you’re there in the first place. Make sure you get out and about, plan places you want to go and make sure you see them, buy tickets for big events that you’ve always wanted to go to, and make sure you talk to as many people as possible.
England is bigger than London!
This is one of the major pitfalls that anyone heading over to London fall into – yes, London is huge and it’s amazing, but England, and indeed the rest of Britain is beautiful, cultural, and full of places to visit too. On your days off, make sure you get out of the city. Europe is on your doorstep too, make sure you see it!
Above all else, enjoy your time in this vibrant city, full of history and modern wonders to captivate every visitor.