EYES ON THE SEASONS
Another way to get a short-term work visa abroad is to seek out seasonal work. Whether you’re fruit-picking in New Zealand or providing casual labour during snow season in Japan, a seasonal job affords you room and board, a visa, and sometimes a supplementary income. Ski resorts always need instructors; cruise ships always need bartenders. Seasonal work attracts a social scene of its own, and can be a perfect source of ideas for your next destination and gig. “There is only one way to do South America, and it has to be for at least three months, because it’s a long way to fly,” says PC, a news producer. “I chose to quit my job and travel properly. I had money saved, but along the way – between Mexico City and Buenos Aires – I did some part-time work in wineries. It doesn’t pay much, but there’s company, and plenty of wine. You meet other travellers this way, and they all have great travel tips for your next stop. When I returned, I landed a job pretty quickly ’cause the industry was growing.”
And one more bonus regarding seasonal work: As the seasons change, you’ll find yourself on different continents throughout the year!