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Posted on Mar 12, 2010 in Working Holiday Visa |

Hit The Road, Jack!

Who said travelling is for the youngsters? Seniors now, more than ever,  have reasons to reach their dream destinations, and more importantly have lots of advantages as being older. So, why not hit the road? Nothing can stop the adventure-seeking folks– after all, age is just a number for them and cannot be an excuse to live in monotony and boredom. Interesting enough, the number of these folks is growing despite the economic downturn–“59 per cent of 55 to 64 year old will not let the current economic downturn hinder their plans to see more of the world,” a recent survey showed. They are also likely to wander around Europe, Australia and New Zealand as top destinations. Another survey from last October indicated that people over 65 don’t dream back on their past, but rather envy the young about their lifestyles: “Seventy per cent wished they had had more sex, 57 per cent would have liked to have travelled more, and 45 per cent wished they had quit their jobs and changed profession,” per For travelling, however, it is never too late, thus there is no need to envy the youngsters. Here’s why: Senior years are a great time to travel because age brings respect, which is particularly important for older women who want to travel alone. As a senior solo female, you will be far less disturbed by unwanted male attention. You will get the sympathy of local women too, which comes handy at times. Older travellers are more financially stable too, thus they have a high impact on the tourism industry. Those, who have difficulties funding their travel, however, can enjoy a variety of discounts and privileges. “Even if your college days are a distant memory, it’s possible to travel on a student discount over spring break this year,” says “Student travel agencies are beginning to actively court non students and older travelers, extending their low prices to the not-so-youthful set. Though it has quietly offered discounts to non students for years, STA Travel began actively promoting “flights for everyone” on its home page late...

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Posted on Mar 11, 2010 in Working Holiday Visa |

Backpackers Flooding NZ and Australia

Although the travel industry in Europe, North and South America, Middle East  and Asia Pacific is scoring fewer tourist visits recently due to the recession, Australia and New Zealand are blooming in the backpacking sector. Last year, the global travel decreased by four percent, according to the Tourism Research Australia International Visitor Survey. At the same time, the number of backpackers going to Australia increased by two percent, their expenses–by 10 percent, and the total number of visitors in the country, over 15 years of age, was up to 5.17 million. Per, “Australia has done what it always does well – held up when the chips are down,” Matt Hingerty, managing director at the Australian Tourism Export Council, said. He added that such results bring optimism and enthusiasm amongst the members of the tourism council. New Zealand is not falling behind the Australia’s promising outcome in the tourism field, and specifically the backpacking. The reason is backpackers acquire less funds to travel compared to regular tourists. Thus, many traveller enthusiasts go on a trip as backpackers, find temporary jobs while in New Zealand or Australia, and still enjoy the adventure. “Today’s backpackers were tomorrow’s high-spending tourist families,” Hingerty said. In a previous post we gave our readers a rough idea of how much they could earn in different parts of Australia. Official figures for November 2009 are now available on . blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Mar 11, 2010 in Working Holiday Visa |

Female Backpackers Travelling Alone

As a female wishing to go on a trip abroad alone, lots of concerns pop up and discourage even the bravest sometimes. It’s the safety factor everyone has in mind. Is it really safe for a lonely female backpacker to travel in a foreign country, and will she enjoy the trip as much? At the end, isn’t it better to just pay loads of money for an organized tour? According to an article at, “solo female travellers attract far many more kindnesses, invitations and favors than solo male travellers or groups.” Although it could be true, however, solo females attract negative attention as well, and become an easy target for kidnappers, pickpockets, drug-dealers, etc. Truth is, safety is never guaranteed and it mainly depends on your behavior and look, as well as how well-informed you are. If you can’t find friends to come with you, however, there are several tips that will definitely minimize the risk and will ensure more relaxed and fun experience. Research well the desired destination, and learn about some of the main characteristics of the country and its nation through travel guides and the Internet. It is vital to know the region before you go there as “In many countries, clothes and comportment are perceived as mirrors of your moral values,” says Also, travelling alone is not the best time to wear expensive accessories, jewelry and brand clothes:” The wealthier you appear, the more likely you are to be targeted by thieves,” adds Here, one can check some of the safest countries in the world to visit, some of which are New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Sweden. Being adventurous does not always mean “going with the flow.” Book a place to stay ahead of time, and choose carefully the location of the accommodation–call the reception desk; check online forums, blogs, opinions, etc. about the place. According to, “It is also worthwhile to avoid the cheapest areas (they are cheaper precisely because they are more dangerous).”  In addition, you are less likely to get in trouble in well-lighted and busy areas....

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Posted on Apr 27, 2009 in Australia Working Holiday, Migration News, Working Holiday Visa |

Get your visa and flight as soon as possible

The recession has a negative effect on many aspect of our lives, but this is the natural way of the economy to bring order to itself after years of frivolous spending by the common consumer. It is always darkest before the dawn, that good old idiom says, but that isn’t necessarily true if you act on time. In recent news an article covered the fact that a lot of backpackers from the UK and Germany are rushing down to Australia in 2009. If you are amongst those people willing to spend the next year in Australia, then there isn’t a better time to get your Australian visa and book your flight. Obtaining a visa might take you between 2 days and two weeks, depending on the approach you chose to obtain one. You can do it by yourself, however if you need it in a hurry it is better to go through an agent, since it will cut most of the hassle and you application will be processed faster. Currently you can book a ticket from London to Sydney on British Airways’s site for as low as 518GBP. This will be the price you pay if you book now for any date of the period ~01/05 – 15/06/2009. This will soon change, however you have the great opportunity to book a cheap in the next few days. Airlines will not be able to sell low cost tickers for much longer so this summer is you chance to book a low cost flight from and to Australia. It is a great time for working holiday makers from Australia to travel to the United Kingdom and for UK backpackers to jump over to Australia. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Apr 24, 2009 in Australia Working Holiday, Videos, Working Holiday Visa |

Backpacker Boom in Australia

More and more people head off to Australia. Young individuals, left with no alternative, head Down Under to spend the next 12 months in search for adventure and temporary job placements. The rising number of people travelling on the Australian working holiday visa will definitely have a positive effect on Australia’s economy. Despite the rising number of working holiday makers from Germany and the UK, the tourism industry will suffer a drawback, but less devastating than predictions from last year. If you are considering a working holiday in Australia and like what you see in the video above, why not give it a shot? Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Apr 21, 2009 in Living Abroad, UK Working Holiday, Videos |

UK Points Based System Explained

Before the new system was introduced there were more than 80 routes for a non-EU national to enter the UK. The present, much more simpler framework consists of 5 tiers, which help people find the right path to the UK. Tier 1 is for highly skilled individuals willing to practice what they do best in the UK Tier 2 is for skilled workers (nurses, teachers, engineers, etc.) who already have a job offer to work in the UK Tier 3 is for a very limited number of low skilled workers needed to fill temporary labour shortages for a specific project Tier 4 is for students, continuing their education in the United Kingdom Tier 5 is for Youth Mobility and temporary workers (people who are allowed to work in the Uk for a limited time) For each tier there is a point target that the applicants need to meet. Points are awarded according to an objective and transparent criteria, allowing applicants to assess themselves. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Mar 26, 2009 in Australia Working Holiday, Work & Holiday |

Australia Working Holiday vs. Work & Holiday

More than 12% of the temporary visitors in Australia use one of these visas to spend an extended holiday Down Under. There are some major differences between the Australian work & holiday visa (Subclass 462) and the Australian working holiday visa (Subclass 417) that you should know about: The Australian working holiday visa is for people from Belgium, Canada, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and United Kingdom. The Australian Work and Holiday is for people from Chile, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and the USA. The Work and Holiday visa is for tertiary educated people – continuing their studies after high school. The Work and Holiday visa travelers can not apply for a second visa, which is an option with the Australia work and holiday visa. If you require assistance with an Australia working holiday or work and holiday visa, you can always contact us. 24/7 status report on your visa is provided as well. Visa FirstMore...

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