This weeks post is a little different. I’m not sharing travel stories & tips…instead i need YOUR help. Read on to find out about my predicament.
I don’t know who i am anymore. We have just over 4 months left on our Kiwi visas and currently have no flights booked to leave the country and no plans on what’s going to happen next. When we left the UK i had planned almost every details of our trip right up to us arriving in New Zealand. I am 100% a planner. If i didn’t plan i would freak out. So am I currently freaking out? Surprisingly….no. Travelling has taught me that you can just go with the flow. You don’t have to plan every last second of your life. To borrow a phrase from the youth of today…Y.O.L.O. Life’s too short for concrete plans. Saying that, the logical part of my brain is telling me that i need to get my ass in gear and arrange my life.
So what are our options?
1- Keep everything crossed that Australia change their visa rules that let oldies like Kris in (31-35yr olds).
The immigration website has had the same notification about them being in talks about it for months now….i wish they would just tell us all either way! We would both love to visit Aussie & by having WHVs we could bring life back to our savings account to extend our travels.
2- Try & find remote jobs so we can continue our travels.
Now this idea i do like, but how feasible it is I’m not sure yet. We both have laptops & will be living with wi-fi connections wherever we end up. We also like to travel sloooow. Which means I’d much rather base myself in an apartment & live like a local for months rather than jumping from country to country every other week. I’ve looked into some sites for admin work but they either pay peanuts (and i mean peanuts!) or you have to bid for work. Surely there’s an easier way to work for a legitimate company remotely? And if i can use my travel industry knowledge even better!
The next few weeks I’ll be delving into this further. If anyone has any advise let me know in the comments or drop me an email.
3- Head back to the UK for a few months to save up some money & wait for Aussie to make their minds up about the visa situation.
This idea i don’t love. As much as I didn’t want to head back to the UK it would be nice to see family & friends again. Although where would be live? I don’t want to head back to Aberdeen & can’t see myself living in Manchester. Perhaps we could look at staying somewhere neither of us have been before, but then what if it all goes disastrously wrong? And with the job markets in the UK right now, whose to say we’d even find work? Any suggestions on where in the UK isn’t struggling right now would be appreciated!
4- The pretty much impossible option, but the one my heart would love: Stay here in New Zealand.
I have completely lost my heart to New Zealand. The country, the people, the lifestyle. Everything about this place i love! We have completely adapted to the Kiwi way of life. And for once, we both have jobs that aren’t stressing us out unnecessarily or causing us to work ourselves into the ground. Unfortunately, the visa situation is difficult when you don’t have skills that they require! Oh what i would give to see Business Travel Consultant pop up on their skills shortage list. I can but dream! (If only i trained as a scaffolder or bricklayer instead of choosing travel!)
So as you can see…it is all a bit of predicament at the moment. Do we go with our wandering hearts & try to make more travel work or do we come back to the UK & regroup our plans? Its a tough one! And the worst part is…i can’t bring myself to look into the options because i just can’t imagine leaving Wellington.
So what i need is someone to make the decision for me. What’s the right thing to do? Do i go with my head or my heart?