Being on a Working Holiday Visa in Australia can be an amazing thing. But there can also be challenges and problems that you have to face. These include running out of money, not being able to find work, getting home sick etc. You can either give up and fly home or be adaptable, flexible and willing to learn new skills. Read on to find out 6 reasons how life in Australia will change you forever – written by Ross who is an adventurous backpacker from UK.

#1 Life in Australia means New priorities


Australia has no shortage of activities for backpackers to do. Sadly the country is very expensive, so you will not be able to do everything. You learn to become more disciplined with money and have to work out what your priorities are. I loved spending time in the pub back home having 1 pint or 12. During my time in Australia, alcohol was not my priority. I wanted to see the country rather than seeing the inside of a pub.

#2 New work environments

Back home I have just tended to work in offices. I was unable to find any office work in Australia other than a charity fundraising job which was not for me. Do not be surprised if you hear backpackers say that they are ‘willing to do any work other than sales. I ended up working in a pub. Changing your work environment gives you the opportunity to acquire new skills and allows you to reflect on the direction you want your career to go. I found my office job back home very dull, working in the pub made me realise that in the future I need to work in people-oriented environments.

#3 Develop New Interests


Going travelling also allows you to discover new hobbies and interests. A spontaneous trip to the Grampians in Victoria completely changed the direction of my trip. I was no longer interested in the cities. I now just wanted to see the National Parks. Over the last 12 months, I have managed to see plenty of wanderlust scenery in Australia and the neighbouring countries (New Zealand and Indonesia). In a space of a month, I went from walking in a desert to hiking a glacier.

#4 Get independent

You are going to become more confident and chatty. When you are sharing rooms and dinner tables, you simply cannot blank out the rest of the world. At first, I was desperate to do everything as part of a group, 14 months later I will happily climb mountains and wander around new cities on my own.

#5 Have some New inspirations


While travelling in Australia you will meet people from all around the world. You will hear countless backpackers discussing stories about travelling in South East Asia and New Zealand. You will connect with these people and forget about the naysayers back home who are telling you to ‘get a real job’ and ‘join the real world’. These other backpackers will inspire you to think in a big bold way.

#6 New lasting Changes

Before Australia, I had done short trips around India and Europe. With these trips, I had, booked my return flights before leaving the UK and had made a detailed itinerary. I had commitments to come back to and after the two trips, I quickly settled back into my old routine and habits.
I quickly forgot about the poverty in India. I quickly went back to complaining about first world problems.
When I went to Australia I quit my job. I had no commitments to come back too. I told my friends and family they may see me in 3 months or it may be 3 years. This vague open ended form of travel will have a lasting impact on you. You have the time to reflect on what you truly want out of life. You are able to assess whether your home is where you want to spend the rest of your life.

About the author:

Ross is a young guy who left university with a smile on his face. 11 months working in an office wiped the smile off his face and left him desiring an adventure. When travelling he gets most excited when visiting national parks. He also enjoys trying the wonderful and strange food this planet has to offer.

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Updated on the 01/12/2019. Initially published on the 20/09/2018.

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  1. I am on a working holiday visa here in Australia and while I’ve just arrived, I’m already missing home and struggling to find the meaning of actually being here. With difficulties in accom and job search, I kind of forgot the enthusiasm that brought me here. But after reading your post, I felt more at ease and decide to take a step at a time, enjoy the moment and really embrace what this experience will offer. so, thank you Ross!


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