If you’re thinking of booking a UK Working Holiday there are a few tips that will help you make the most of your trip.
How to make the most of UK Working Holidays
If you want a quick and simple way to earn a living while traveling in the UK, then a working holiday is a fantastic idea, the only catch is that you have to be from a partner or approved country that has a temporary work visa agreement with the UK. Working holidays are becoming extremely popular the world over, and we have a few ideas as to why working while vacationing in the UK could be well worth your time, especially if you claim tax back on any work you’ve undertaken within your home country before travelling – this little bit of extra money could really help make your experience a memorable one.
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Book a Working Holiday Intro Experience
If you’re between the ages of 18-30 then you may want to book a Working Holiday through one of our travel partners like the Working Holiday Club or Britbound.
UK Working Holiday companies are a great option for people who want to meet like-minded travellers and find accommodation and work straight away.
For more information click on the below links or read more of our Working Holiday Guides on our travel blog page.
Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme (UK Working Holiday Visa)
The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme is the official name for the UK Working Holiday. In brief, it means that you need to qualify to be able to come to the UK for a Working Holiday.
Here’s what our friends at Britbound have to say “So basically if you want to work or study in the UK and are from a country that requires you obtain a visa first then you must first pass a points-based assessment. The points-based system followed the Australian approach and has five tiers, each of which is divided into separate categories for different types of applications, work, study etc. There are presently 5 different tiers.”
For more information on UK Working Holidays read the below article
UK Working Holiday Travel Guide
When you think of the UK, you may well think of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and red buses – but there’s so much more to see and do! The UK is actually ranked in the top 10 countries in the world for the best beaches and on top of this, Wales, North England, and Scotland are all home to some of the most stunning mountain ranges in the world. Restricting yourself to capital cities really doesn’t give you the best idea of what the country has to offer but the cities are great for making a base where you can then travel from cost-effectively to the rest of the country or even Europe. As well as vibrant cities of culture up and down the country, Britain is famed for its historic buildings, untouched towns and villages of old, and its remarkable history. It’s well worth soaking up the sites while you have the chance, so break free from the city once in a while – or look for a position in a sleepier part of the country!
If the UK has plenty of work opportunities for you but you’d like to see more of the continent, there are plenty of opportunities for you to fly out to Britain’s European neighbours, with affordable flight and sea links across to mainland Europe or over to the Republic of Ireland. If you’d like to explore France for a day or two, why not take a ride on the Channel Tunnel?
Learn English as Fluently as Possible
If English is not your first language and you would like to learn more about speaking and writing, the UK has a huge system of adult education and night class facilities designed for international students and non-fluent speakers to get to grips with what can be a very tricky language to learn! The UK also prides itself upon its Open University, providers of part-online, part-classroom teaching and training at very affordable rates. There are also some great apps and audiobooks that you can download from Audible that can help you learn the basics or at least enough to get you by while you’re on your Working Holiday. Keep in mind that most people in the UK do not speak other languages so if you want to get a job, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re able to communicate clearly.
Take on Temporary Work
There will be no shortage of temporary or casual work available for you regardless of where you start in the UK. From waiting tables to customer service, from gardening to maintenance – if you’re looking for short-term, flexible work to allow you as much time as possible to enjoy your vacation, why not take a look around locally upon arrival? The main point here is to have an open mind and be prepared to take on work that you may not usually do.
Broaden Your Education
One of the main things the UK prides itself on is its school institutions and its world-famous education system, with Cambridge and Oxford Universities being classed as some of the best worldwide. With a rich history and intense interest in learning and development, the UK is a great country purely to read in – with public libraries, night courses and short-term schemes available for you to broaden your mind as well as your knowledge!
Claim a UK Tax Refund After Your Working Holiday in The UK
If you work in the UK during your working holiday and pay tax either through your employer on the PAYE tax scheme or you can file a self-assessment tax return as a self-employed person, you may be eligible for a UK Tax Refund. You can calculate your UK tax refund using our online calculator, or you can fill in our no refund, no fee PAYE tax application form and our team of expat tax accountants will calculate your refund for you.