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Working holiday visa personal experiences/advice please


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Tags: working holiday visa, new zealand, backpacking, travel, advice, finances
  • Added on: September 28th, 2014
I applied without knowing that you couldn't postpone the time you have to activate the visa, so I need to make sure that I'm ready to go within the year.

1) I'm aware of the recommended funds, which I have, but I'd like to know how much you actually spent on your trip. I have about $7000 dollars right now, and will hopefully leave with $10000 or more by next year - is that feasible to bankroll a working visa?

2) On that note, I definitely don't want to go broke while I'm in the country. What are some things I should know about getting a good job (besides being able to only work in one place for six months)? What should I do to make my working experience worthwhile? I'm aware that on this visa, holiday comes first and work is supposed to come second, but considering that I want to go on this visa before it expires, I'm arriving in the country with limited funds and I don't want to go broke while I'm in the country, or not have enough to support myself so that I have to move in with my parents when I get back.

3) What important things should I know about getting a car, acquiring housing, and setting up a bank account? What should I have taken care of before I arrive in the country?

4) Any personal experiences or other general advice you could share would be extremely helpful and appreciated. Thank you so much!

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