Which Path Is The Right Path?

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).

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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.

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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.

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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?

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50 Replies to “Which Path Is The Right Path?”

  1. I empathize with your situation as an over-planner. I am as well. But one of my travel goals this year is to be less obsessive about itinerary planning. Wish me luck. And good luck to you as well– here’s hoping that you’ll get your Australian visa.

    1. Fingers crossed!

  2. Hope you get the visa, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. I would go with option 2, “Try & find remote jobs so we can continue our travels” try to make a little money online and continue to travel. We too prefer to slow travel, and really don’t like to move around every couple of weeks. You can always go back to NZ later.
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    1. Yeah…I’m not hopeful in the slightest about the visa rules changing by June/July! It’s as though immigration put that on their website to taunt us! 🙁

  3. Hopefully you’ll find a way to either stay in New Zealand or get visas for Australia. If not, you should look into spending some time in Southeast Asia. You’re so close, and it’s possible to lively cheaply there if you are smart with your choices.

    1. I was looking at apartments in Thailand over the weekend and couldn’t believe how cheap some of them were! I think i perhaps overestimated how much money we’d need for Asia.

  4. Can’t believe you didn’t list España as an option! 😉

    1. WELL…that has now actually become a possibility…I mentioned to Kris that we could head back to the UK for a visit before travelling to Europe instead? Then working our way fro Europe to Asia perhaps?

  5. Can’t believe you didn’t list España as an option! 😉

  6. That is definitely a predicament to be in.. I had a similar one when I was living in Spain and my visa ran out. I ended up just having to return home, but hopefully that won’t be your case! I know this is a long shot, but you could consider mixing it up and getting jobs teaching English somewhere in Asia? Otherwise I guess you will just have to hope for online work 🙂

    1. That could actually be something we could look into, thanks for the tip!

  7. It’s really good to be flexible at times when you travel. That way you have room for mishaps, miscommunications and unexpected festivals happening while you’re in a destination. Just my travel tip for the day 🙂

    1. And what a great tip it is 🙂

  8. We love New Zealand too. So much so that we moved her 14 years ago on a residency visa. Now we are citizens. I am not sure how long you have been here, but I believe you can extend your visitor to at least six, possibly nine months. (I haven’t had to look into this for a while). Also, what about a manual job. My friend came here on a working visa and got a job picking Kiwifruit. It allowed her stay for a year.
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    1. We’re already here on WHVs and have jobs but unfortunately we cannot extend the visas we are on.

  9. Megan Jerrard says: Reply

    Honestly, I would probably plan to head back to the UK and save until Australia makes up their mind. As an Australian who married a man from the USA, we’ve dealt with immigration, and crazy visa delays, and it’s impossible to make plans on the hope that they’ll change the current rules. Not to sound discouraging because I would love you both to come and visit our country, but if there’s one thing I’ve learnt from the immigration department it’s that things ALWAYS take longer than the website indicates. That said you could look to find remote jobs and travel around Australia on the tourist visa for 90 days, or however long the tourist visa lasts for 🙂

    1. It’s good to hear about someone who has faced Aussie immigration…they don’t appear to do anything in a hurry!

  10. New Zealand is one of my dream destinations with one of the best landscapes. No wonder that you guys dont want to leave.
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    1. I know…it’s just incredible here!

  11. This is a hard place to be!! There may be another option besides going home where the job market is not so favorable. Find a country to stay in for 3 – 6 months where you can pursue being a digital nomad or find other compensation – but a place very cheap to live. Does it exist? That said there’s nothing like going home, seeing family and friends and they might help you get work towards saving money to return again. Good luck.’

    1. Thanks Elaine! 🙂

  12. Tough decisions, that seem to be more difficult as they aren’t in your control! I empathise with you, as we would love to move overseas and it was so hard coming home after being away for 9 months! We would love to move to Spain, but visas are difficult there too 🙁 I hope you get the Aussie visa and can enjoy that before your next step. In saying that, there’s nothing wrong with going back to your base and refuelling for your next adventure. At least you might have better luck than finding work in Australia!
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    1. Spain wouldn’t be a problem for us at the moment as we are still in the EU…although who knows what will happen if Brexit goes ahead!

  13. Without a plan: you run the risk of drifting along with circumstances, dependent entirely on external sources. With a plan, you have your life in your own control, lead yourself where you want.. Make a choice and pick one of these.

    1. I wish it was as simple as making a a choice, not all of these are within our control right now!

  14. I honestly think that this is a decision for you and Kris alone so I can’t really be of any help: I wouldn’t want anybody else to decide for me, but that’s who I am!
    Remote jobs anyway can be a great resource, I’m a remote worker and it gives you a lot more flexibility!
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    1. I think remote work could be the way to go…how did you find your remote job?

  15. Such hard choices. I’m an Aussie and I would say – even if they do decide to change the law, it would probably take some time to implement as we don’t do anything like that fast around here. Good luck choosing! I hope you get to stay in NZ somehow – it’s the same as Australia but with better accents 😉
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    1. I’m learning that…this visa change has been on the card for months now and still no updates!

      I do love NZ but I’ve heard Aussie has the better weather! 🙂

  16. If you asking my opinion, I think that most of your options do not really contradict each other. You may search for remote job (just make sure they do not require a really long-term commitment) and continue to push for both NZ and AU visas – hope some of these options would work!

    Good luck anyway! Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

    1. Thanks Elena!

  17. Try and follow your heart – yes sometimes it can be super hard because of all the background noise. If your wish is to stay in NZ, then do so, but make a step by step plan and find a job or enroll in university (student visas are easier to obtain)
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    1. Thanks for the advice Viki!

  18. I’m not good with giving advices but all I can say is to be optimistic that the universe will conspire to give you what you need to make that decision. 🙂
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    1. I like that 🙂 What will be, will be!

  19. Good luck on the visa and job hunt. It’s great when you can continue doing the things you love, but as travel has taught you it will work out in the end!
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    1. Thanks Corinne!

  20. I hope you guys make the right choice for you. I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for visas, instead I think I’d try option 2 and try to get some extra income working remotely. Social media management? That’s just my personal opinion though and I don’t know you well enough to say what would definitely suit! Don’t come back to the UK though it’s bloody cold and miserable still 😉

    1. Oh no! 🙁 Has Spring not sprung yet?!

  21. I would say be flexible. Mix it up. I think you did actually provide one of the best solutions in your comment. “We could head back to the UK for a visit before travelling to Europe instead? Then working our way from Europe to Asia perhaps?” I think that is one of the best options. You could see family and then probably head to Spain and other European countries for a bit, then Asia, which is relatively cheap and you could probably get a job. Also, don’t forget you have a website, concentrate on making it a money earner.
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    1. I like this take on things…And we could always stop off in Asia on route back to the UK to add another country to the mix?

      1. Definitely! Hope you get it worked out. 🙂
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  22. Lots of interesting choices. I didn’t realize getting Visas could be such a bother. Staying in New Zealand was my pick. I haven’t been there but I hear its the most gorgeous place in the world.
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    1. It really is incredible here! That’s why it’s so hard to leave!

  23. Easy answer. Go with your heart. Did not understand all about your Kiwi situation: will you be forced to leave after a certain time? Can’t you just do a 2-3 weeks trip to Australia and then go back to Wellington? Good luck anyway!
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    1. We are on WHV’s so have to leave in July 🙁

  24. Follow your heart. It’s tough so tough choices but follow your heart. I hear more stories of regret from people who didn’t follow there heart. I’ve been hearing so much about New Zealand lately, it’s totally on my to go to list.
    Come to Canada ?

    1. I would LOVE to come to Canada…but again…husbands 33 & the WHV is only until your 30! Maybe i need to find a younger husband…haha!

  25. I know your predicament well– although not for this same country I can only get 90 days out of every 180 in the Schengen so it makes staying long a bit difficult. Best of luck with whichever path you choose!
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    1. Thanks Nathan!

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