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uk working holiday - i want one!

So you've decided a UK working Holiday is for you?

“Experience, travel - these are as education in themselves”

Well done on making one of the biggest decisions of your life. The people you will meet and the places you will go whilst on your UK working holiday, really will change the course of your future. On a working holiday you will learn about things you never knew existed whilst discovering more about yourself than you ever thought was possible.

Ready to get started? Jump below to find out what you need

There are many reasons why thousands of people just like you choose to take up the challenge of working and living in the UK. Whatever reasons motivate you are yours alone. Now for a small percentage of you this journey is not what you should be doing right now. Some people for what ever reason just can’t handle the differences in culture, distance, friends, money, working environment… and end up back in their home country within a couple of weeks.

Now not to be sexist here, but the majority of people who fall in to this category are female. I'm not going to question why that is, it’s just what happens. Of course the number of ‘quick returnees’ is low, but I have always been able to tell within a couple of days if a FOB (fresh off the boat) is gonna make it or not.


winding road uk

“The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.”

Henry David Thoreau



One simple way to eliminate yourself from this category is to ask ‘why am I doing this?’  I can't tell you the answer of course but if the answer involves anyone else other than YOU – then you may want to rethink a little. This is your adventure.

Once you have made the decision you'll be feeling quite powerful and excited. As you may have guessed there is quite a bit to organise before you start booking flights.

Firstly you'll need the Basic 3

Youth Mobility Visa (formerly known as UK Working Holiday Visa)

Without them, you’re going nowhere…

With them all you really need to start you UK working holiday is a plane ticket to the UK – but you’re here for information right? So what do you want to know?

"Only he that has travelled the road knows where the holes are deep"
Chinese Proverb