Why you shouldn't let the Brexit affect your decision to travel or work abroad

The Brexit, for those of you who don’t know, was declared on Thursday June 23rd after the population of Great Britain voted 51.9% to 48.1% in favour of leaving the European Union. This has caused a landslide of effects for everything in the EU, whilst the UK is in a period of turmoil but this shouldn’t let it affect your travel plans. The future of the EU’s open boarder policy is in tatters and will cause long term affects for travellers.

Although this is true, nothing in the immediate future is going to change; the UK won’t leave the EU until 2018, leaving two years of continued open border policies. So for everyone already working in the EU, you are fine to stay where you are and even to go back next year. The EU and the UK will negotiate visa policies and decide on the best course of action however this is nothing to worry about as the EU will implement a visa policy which is fair for British travellers going abroad as well as EU citizens travelling to Britain. Tourists or travellers from the rest of the world will not be affected as currently you need a separate visa to visit Britain anyway.

Seasonnaires and British workers in the EU will not be affected for the next two years, even when they implement a working visa it shouldn’t be too hard to obtain, as many European Citizens still want to work in Great Britain. Summer season companies are already gaining visas for their employees working in Turkey so it won’t be new to them and they will still employ British workers (it will just take a little more paperwork).

The only workers that it is likely to effect are those who are visiting countries and then obtaining a job but I believe the working visas will have little or no restrictions and will be easy to obtain whilst in the given country.

The only significant impact from the Brexit right now is the significant drop in the value of the pound, the pound fell today to a 30 year low (now is not a good time to buy currency). One of the main reasons for this is the fact that all the pre-published polls suggested that Britain would remain in the EU. For this reason the banks and investment bankers invested in the currency just before the first result was announced because they believed with a vote to remain in the EU the currency value would significantly increase. When the first votes started being announced they realised they had make a mistake and started selling all their pounds, this dramatically decreased the value of the pound. By Friday morning the value of the pound was rock bottom providing the perfect time for bank and investors to buy back their currency and get their money back. This resulted in the pound increasing in value once again over the duration of Friday 24th.

The currency value being at an all time low does provide the perfect opportunity for travellers and tourists to visit Britain, as a country which was significantly more expensive than the rest of Europe to visit is now affordable for the majority of the world.

So rest assured if you are planning on taking a trip to Europe as now is the best time to do so and for everyone working in the EU or thinking about going, now is the best opportunity you will get- so what are you waiting for (take a look at my blog post on a beginners guide to working abroad).

All these opinions are my own and obviously no one knows how the EU negotiations will work out with visas but I believe it won’t be a problem.

Why you shouldn’t let the Brexit affect your decisions to Travel or work abroad

Why you shouldn’t let the Brexit affect your decision to travel or work abroad

The Brexit, for those of you who don’t know, was declared on Thursday June 23rd after the population of Great Britain voted 51.9% to 48.1% in favour of leaving the European Union. This has caused a landslide of effects for everything in the EU, whilst the UK is in a period of turmoil but this shouldn’t let it affect your travel plans. The future of the EU’s open boarder policy is in tatters and will cause long term affects for travellers.

Although this is true, nothing in the immediate future is going to change; the UK won’t leave the EU until 2018, leaving two years of continued open border policies. So for everyone already working in the EU, you are fine to stay where you are and even to go back next year. The EU and the UK will negotiate visa policies and decide on the best course of action however this is nothing to worry about as the EU will implement a visa policy which is fair for British travellers going abroad as well as EU citizens travelling to Britain. Tourists or travellers from the rest of the world will not be affected as currently you need a separate visa to visit Britain anyway.

Seasonnaires and British workers in the EU will not be affected for the next two years, even when they implement a working visa it shouldn’t be too hard to obtain, as many European Citizens still want to work in Great Britain. Summer season companies are already gaining visas for their employees working in Turkey so it won’t be new to them and they will still employ British workers (it will just take a little more paperwork).

The only workers that it is likely to effect are those who are visiting countries and then obtaining a job but I believe the working visas will have little or no restrictions and will be easy to obtain whilst in the given country.

The only significant impact from the Brexit right now is the significant drop in the value of the pound, the pound fell today to a 30 year low (now is not a good time to buy currency). One of the main reasons for this is the fact that all the pre-published polls suggested that Britain would remain in the EU. For this reason the banks and investment bankers invested in the currency just before the first result was announced because they believed with a vote to remain in the EU the currency value would significantly increase. When the first votes started being announced they realised they had make a mistake and started selling all their pounds, this dramatically decreased the value of the pound. By Friday morning the value of the pound was rock bottom providing the perfect time for bank and investors to buy back their currency and get their money back. This resulted in the pound increasing in value once again over the duration of Friday 24th.

The currency value being at an all time low does provide the perfect opportunity for travellers and tourists to visit Britain, as a country which was significantly more expensive than the rest of Europe to visit is now affordable for the majority of the world.

So rest assured if you are planning on taking a trip to Europe as now is the best time to do so and for everyone working in the EU or thinking about going, now is the best opportunity you will get- so what are you waiting for (take a look at my blog post on a beginners guide to working abroad).

All these opinions are my own and obviously no one knows how the EU negotiations will work out with visas but I believe it won’t be a problem.

Why you shouldn’t let the Brexit affect your decisions to Travel or work abroad

Gap Years, why everyone should take one

Gap Years are controversial decisions made by young adults who don’t know what they want to do for the rest of their lives yet. This is the idea most people get when they think of Gap Years or hear someone talk about taking a Gap Year. I somewhat agree and disagree with this statement, I agree that Gap Years can be used by individuals who haven’t decided what employment they want to venture into yet but I also believe Gap Years are so much more than that.

The first 15/16/17 years of a young person’s life are predominantly spent in education where they are constantly learning- what’s right and wrong, what life is meant to be, what they enjoy doing, their aspirations and dreams and most importantly they learn about themselves. Then suddenly out of nowhere that stability disappears-one day you have a daily structure, homework and revision then bam, the next day you are thrown into the real world with no daily structure, nothing you should be dong and no one to keep pushing you on like teachers do.

For many young adults this is a very daunting time, whether it’s after graduating high school, college or university the feeling is mostly the same. First of all there is an ‘I am free’ moment, the celebration of completing and achieving your goals, the realisation there is nothing  you should be doing and the end of a chapter of your life.

Then comes the ‘ahhh what should I do next’ moment, the struggle to identify what job you would be happy doing for the rest of your life. Then there’s the actual applying to jobs, getting rejected from jobs, the panic, the unknown and having no idea what to do next. Let’s be real, at 16, 19 or even 21 the majority of people don’t know what they want to do for the next 50 years so they take university courses in subjects they enjoy instead of looking to the future and undertake jobs which they hate because they think they need to just get a job (so take the first company who hires them). Your 20s are/should be the years for you to have fun, make mistakes, have no commitments, do whatever you please, be happy, have fun, party too hard, spend too much and meet new people.

Thats where Gap Years come in, whether they are between college and university or after university or instead of university, it doesn’t matter. Gap Years are perfect times for young adults to do all the things they are supposed to whilst visiting a new country, meeting new people and even discovering themselves.  Gap Years come in many forms, some people choose to have a stay at home Gap Year and get a temporary job or work experience just get out into the employment world, earn some money and gain experience, whilst others choose to travel. They travel to discover new places and to work whilst seeing new places- doing things such as snow ski seasons, summer seasons,being part of a yacht crew, ESL Teaching, cruise ship jobs or summer camp jobs. Any of these Gap Year ideas are great, I personally believe a travelling Gap Year is the best choice to take.

Travelling changes people, travelling lets you discover yourself, maybe a career path, opens your eyes to opportunities, lets you live maybe a little crazy sometimes and allows you to be who you want to be. You aren’t defined by your 15 or so years in education, in fact whilst travelling no one cares if you dropped out of school aged 15 or never went to college.

If you aren’t fully convinced yet here’s my story:I spent, like you, the majority of my first 16 years in education, I graduated High School then went onto college and straight onto university. I’m not saying I regret any of the choices I made, I equally learnt a lot, had a lot of fun and had some great experiences, but like many of you I graduated University with no clue what I wanted to do with my life. I enjoyed the business course I did and learnt a lot but it was so open that my choices were endless. I felt stuck, like what do I do next, where do I go from here, just what do I do. I have been a passionate water skier since the age of 11 and had qualified as a coach, which I used to work in a summer camp during my summers at university and straight after graduating, but I never thought of it as a career, it was a passion and something I just did for fun. At the moment when I was stuck thinking what to do next and just a bit lost in life, I received an email from a company who were looking for a water ski instructor in Greece. Then it hit me- that sounded like a fun job! I replied to the email and got the job, within 4 days I was on a plane to Greece and I have never looked back. Since that first job in Greece I have worked in a snow ski resort in France, worked in Greece again for 6 months and water skied in America for 9 months. All these different experiences have each had their challenges and ups and downs but they have all truly shaped me- I would never be where I am today if not for all the work and travel experiences I have had, the people I have met, things I have learnt and the knowledge I have gained. I am 100% not the person I graduated University as.

Travelling is inspiring, it allows you to see more, learn more, take risks, have fun and become a new version of you. I hate to say it but I believe I have learnt more travelling than throughout my education. I’m not saying drop out of school, I’m saying get an education to whatever level you wish then have fun. It’s super easy to follow society and work straight out of university (which is also fine) but if it’s a job which you aren’t willing to do for little or no money forget about it. Don’t waste your life being unhappy or miserable.

In this blog I have created some articles which will give you some Gap Year inspiration and help you on your Gap Year search; Beginners guide to gaining a job abroad, how to land your dream seasonnaire job, how to land your dream summer camp job, why everyone should travel and many more. Start your Gap Year by taking a tour from Life Before Work, click this link for your chance to win a tour and discount codes to start your adventure.

What people don't say about traveling: Leaving, risks and rewards

Traveling is becoming an increasingly popular lifestyle choice for young people with new travel blogs created daily, Instagram updates as well as countless Pinterest photos showing how amazing the world is and what an incredible lifestyle travel bloggers or remote workers have. All this is true but what you rarely see is what it actually takes for people to leave their comfort zones and sometimes even their whole lives for a lifestyle filled with uncertainty, risks, new cultures and the unknown.

The idea of traveling is amazing for some people, seeing amazing places, experiencing new cultures, meeting new people and living a remote work lifestyle. For others the idea of traveling is too risky, too lonely, too uncertain or creates the image of an uncomfortable lifestyle. Everyone is different, there are people who aspire to travel for the traveling lifestyle then there are people who actually take the risk and go. These two types of people are very different. Everyone has the desire to travel whether it’s for a holiday or for a long period of time- who wouldn’t like to wake up every Monday morning and think what an amazing place I’m living in. For many the desire is interrupted by reality, having to work, only getting 20 days of holiday a year, family commitments or just being scared of change or leaving everything behind. These are the ‘wanderlusters’ longing to be somewhere they are not but being too afraid to actually get there. You can sit on Instagram or Pinterest everyday and like thousands of photos but actually uploading one of those photos is completely different.

I get it, every time I am sitting in an airport about to embark on another adventure, I freak out, what am I doing here? Why am I putting myself through this? What’s going to happen? Did I make the wrong choice? This happens every time and I think it’s completely normal, I have travelled to a large number of different places doing different things and no matter where I am going I still get that same ‘airport feeling’. I have learnt to talk myself out of this feeling and ask myself this question ‘would I regret not giving it a chance?’. If the answer is yes then I have made the right decision, my heart’s true desire is to be sitting in this spot in this moment, taking this risk, having this adventure. Even when booking flights I ask myself the same question- is this something I want to do? Is it worth putting myself through the stress (because travelling is stressful for everyone)? But what if the risk pays off? How do you know if you don’t try.

People who give up their lives to see the world are a rare breed, the majority of people will never move out of their comfort zone let alone across the otherside of the world.

This being said, you don’t have to give up your life to travel, you can travel in a large number of ways; there are so many jobs now which require travelling for periods of time.

Travelling has a huge number of benefits for everyone, you may discover something you didn’t know about yourself, learn something new, meet new people, discover new cultures or even prove society wrong about a country. Travelling can come in many different forms: Making the most out of your holidays, taking long weekend breaks, finding a job which requires you to move abroad or taking a gap year. However you choose to do it, I urge everyone to travel in some way, you won’t regret it.

 

 

What people don’t say about traveling: Leaving, risks and rewards

Traveling is becoming an increasingly popular lifestyle choice for young people with new travel blogs created daily, Instagram updates as well as countless Pinterest photos showing how amazing the world is and what an incredible lifestyle travel bloggers or remote workers have. All this is true but what you rarely see is what it actually takes for people to leave their comfort zones and sometimes even their whole lives for a lifestyle filled with uncertainty, risks, new cultures and the unknown.

The idea of traveling is amazing for some people, seeing amazing places, experiencing new cultures, meeting new people and living a remote work lifestyle. For others the idea of traveling is too risky, too lonely, too uncertain or creates the image of an uncomfortable lifestyle. Everyone is different, there are people who aspire to travel for the traveling lifestyle then there are people who actually take the risk and go. These two types of people are very different. Everyone has the desire to travel whether it’s for a holiday or for a long period of time- who wouldn’t like to wake up every Monday morning and think what an amazing place I’m living in. For many the desire is interrupted by reality, having to work, only getting 20 days of holiday a year, family commitments or just being scared of change or leaving everything behind. These are the ‘wanderlusters’ longing to be somewhere they are not but being too afraid to actually get there. You can sit on Instagram or Pinterest everyday and like thousands of photos but actually uploading one of those photos is completely different.

I get it, every time I am sitting in an airport about to embark on another adventure, I freak out, what am I doing here? Why am I putting myself through this? What’s going to happen? Did I make the wrong choice? This happens every time and I think it’s completely normal, I have travelled to a large number of different places doing different things and no matter where I am going I still get that same ‘airport feeling’. I have learnt to talk myself out of this feeling and ask myself this question ‘would I regret not giving it a chance?’. If the answer is yes then I have made the right decision, my heart’s true desire is to be sitting in this spot in this moment, taking this risk, having this adventure. Even when booking flights I ask myself the same question- is this something I want to do? Is it worth putting myself through the stress (because travelling is stressful for everyone)? But what if the risk pays off? How do you know if you don’t try.

People who give up their lives to see the world are a rare breed, the majority of people will never move out of their comfort zone let alone across the otherside of the world.

This being said, you don’t have to give up your life to travel, you can travel in a large number of ways; there are so many jobs now which require travelling for periods of time.

Travelling has a huge number of benefits for everyone, you may discover something you didn’t know about yourself, learn something new, meet new people, discover new cultures or even prove society wrong about a country. Travelling can come in many different forms: Making the most out of your holidays, taking long weekend breaks, finding a job which requires you to move abroad or taking a gap year. However you choose to do it, I urge everyone to travel in some way, you won’t regret it.