Work in Australia then Travel the World

Work in Australia then Travel the World

You’re graduating college soon, you’d like to travel the world but you’re not sure where to start. Teaching English is a popular option with unlimited employment opportunities if you’re a native English speaker. Just head over to Dave’s ESL Job List and you’ll get a feel for all of the jobs available. However, being a teacher isn’t for everyone. As the new guy you’ll be teaching kids, you’ll spend a dozen hours learning grammar and standing in front of a large group of people isn’t for everyone.

That being said, I’ve met plenty of people who love it and do it for years! I suppose it all depends on your temperament. If you’re outgoing and gregarious, it’s a natural fit. If your talents lay in other areas, worry not. There’s another awesome opportunity waiting for you. Do farm work in Australia!

Getting Your Hands Dirty

Working in Australia is a great way to start travelling the world. As soon as you get off the plane you’ll be immersed in a new culture. A culture that’s not terribly different America, but still exciting. While you’re there you’ll meet lots of other international travelers and I’m sure your weekends will be anything but dull. Most importantly, you’ll make good money!

I was surprised to learn that the minimum wage in Australia is $16.88 an hour. In the United States, in New York State at least, minimum wage is currently $9.70 an hour. That’s enough to survive but not quite enough for a down payment on a 7 Series.

With the high wage there is a catch though. In order to get an Australian visa you will be compelled to do farm work. Picking fruit, tending to the orchard, sorting vegetables, that kind of thing. It’s tough, hot work but the upside is big. A French guy I met in Malaysia said that once in a while he would make as much as several hundred dollars in a single shift. In time he was able to save enough money to travel for six months.

However, his journey included some time in Europe. If you took that same money and stayed in Asia, you could easily leave for an entire year. Beaches, seafood restaurants and so many dollar beers that you’d be ready to join Alcoholics Anonymous.

So the short and sweet of it is this. If you want to travel the world, you don’t have much money and you don’t want to teach English, working in Australia is the way to go. The work is difficult but from first hand experience I can promise you, teaching disobedient 9 year olds is no walk in the park either. If you’d like to learn more about doing farm work in Australia a simple Google search will tell you everything you need to know. Jobaroo also has a great guide on the subject. I’m looking forward to seeing you out there!

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