Too Old for a Working Holiday Visa? Travel Opportunities For All Ages

The other day I wrote a guide to all of the countries in the world that offer working holiday visas for Canadians, which has since become our most popular post of all time. These visas allow you to live in the country for up to a year (sometimes two) and work in any type of job you choose – they are the ultimate long term travel opportunities. Working Holiday Visas are the ideal opportunity if you want to immerse yourself in another country for a while, earn a bit of money to fund your travels and get to know the local culture.

However, there is only one problem with working holiday visas – they have an age limit.

Most working holiday visas have an age cut off at age 30 or 35. This is because they are designed for young people who want to simply work in odd jobs such as bartending, hotel cleaning, fruit picking, retail or other entry level positions on the short term in order to simply fund their travels. Some might find jobs that develop their career, but the focus of the working holiday visa is primarily for travel. They are only for youth, so if you are older than the age limit you will not be eligible to apply.

But why should young people have all the fun?

When I published that post, many people sent me comments and messages along the lines of, “I’m over the age of 35, but I want to go work abroad and travel for a while. Are there any options available for me?” It made me realise that there are many people who want to travel and see the world, but don’t fit into the youth working holiday age bracket.

Although you are too old for a working holiday visa, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t any opportunities for long term travel and working abroad available for you. On the contrary, if you are eager to see the world there are so many ways to make it happen, no matter what your age.

Wanderlust can strike at any age
Wanderlust can strike at any age

I personally believe that wanderlust isn’t age-specific and that any age is a good age to travel. I hope to make travelling a part of my life at any age and never stop exploring. 18-30 year olds are not the only ones who can have a Gap Year, anyone can pick up and travel for a month, 6 months, a year or more at any time in their life, if that is what feels right for them.

So with that in mind, here is a massive list of travel/work/volunteer abroad options that are available to all ages. These are not all working abroad programs, but they are all ways to travel for as long as possible for as cheaply as possible. I will offer an overview of each program and supply you with some helpful links, so that you can do more research into the opportunity you are interested in. Of course, if you have any questions about travel and working abroad, feel free to ask me in the comments.

Without further ado, here’s the list:

Long Term Travel Opportunities For Any Age


Would you be willing to get your hands dirty on a farm, if it meant that you got free accommodation, food and a chance to see your chosen destination from a perspective that not many tourists get to experience? WWOOF stands for Willing Workers On Organic Farms (or World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) and it is program where you can volunteer on a farm in exchange for your room and board.

You will usually be expected to work around 4-6 hours per day, but the arrangement and the particular tasks will depend on the specific arrangement you have made with your host family. You will live in their home and eat meals with them, offering a great opportunity to find out what daily life is like in your destination. Unless you go on trips in to the city, buy souvenirs or have other expenses, a WWOOFing adventure should cost you nothing except for your flight, making a great option for long term travel on a small budget.

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This is Tulip, I used to milk her every morning when I was WWOOFing in New Zealand

There are over 100 countries to choose from in the program, from New Zealand to Argentina to France and Scotland. Providing you are fit and well enough to work for 4-6 hours per day – there is no upper age limit for WWOOFing. Many farmers welcome the maturity older WWOOFers bring, especially if you have some farming experience.

Helpful Links:

The WWOOF International Website

8 Tips for First Time WWOOFers

How to Travel and Work Around the World with WWOOF

Teaching English

English is becoming the global language and being able to speak it gives people around the world a huge advantage when it comes to career and business opportunities. This is why there is a huge demand for English teachers in many countries all around the globe.

Unlike a Working Holiday Visa, Teaching English is a working abroad opportunity that allows you to earn money while living abroad at any age.  The wage of an English teacher will vary depending on the school you work for and the country you are in, but it will always be enough to live on in your country of choosing.

Some English teaching positions simply require a Bachelor’s degree, while others will request TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) training and certification. Even if you have no teaching experience at all, the fact that you are a native English speaker means that you will still likely be able to find a job.

There are many English teaching jobs out there, from South America to Europe to Asia, and there will certainly be one in the country you dream of living abroad in. Many people think of teaching English abroad as something that 20-something’s do, but there are no age limits to this job. In fact, your experience, wisdom and maturity can sometimes give you in advantage, especially in some cultures where elders are automatically respected.

Helpful Links:

How to Get a Job Teaching English Abroad

The Best Countries for Older Travellers to Teach English

Inspiring ESL Teachers Over 30 

Crew on a Boat

Did you know that you can find work on a sailboat or yacht and trade your labour for passage across the sea? Working as a crew on a boat can be a great way to travel to gorgeous and remote corners of the world and have the kind of far flung adventures that you have always dreamed about. Imagine feeling the salt spray in your hair and the sun on your face as you cruise into an unknown port.  It’s an amazing way to see the world and gives you a chance to have unforgettable travel experiences.

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Boats at Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada

It helps if you have sailing experience, but it is not absolutely necessary. Many boats are willing to take on inexperienced sailors and train them along the way. The key is to make sure that you have something of value to offer to the voyage, even if it’s just your willingness to work hard and do everything asked of you.

Helpful Links:, which stands for Offshore Passage Opportunities, is a good place to look for jobs. There is a membership fee to look for jobs, but the site is well respected and offers lots of exciting boat trips.

Workaway is a super cool website which connects volunteers with amazing projects around the world and there are often positions on different types of boats.

The Nautilus Explorer, a diving yacht which is based in Richmond, BC, is hiring for a number of positions.

To get a more in depth concept of the working-on-a-boat lifestyle, read this great article on Transitions Abroad, Around the World by Sailboat by Andy Schell.

Help Exchange

On this online network, you can find opportunities to volunteer in exchange for food and accommodation all over the world. It’s similar to WWOOFing, but the jobs are not just on farms. You might be helping to build a school or working at a community centre – or even taking care of children.

This is another way to travel long term on a very small budget, as your biggest expenses are covered. It’s also a great way to interact with the locals and give back to the local community.

Helpful Links:

Help Exchange 

Unique Travel With HelpX

HelpX – Pros, Cons and Tips

Working Abroad in the EU

Although you might be out of the age range for a Working Holiday Visa, if you want to work in Europe there are still possibilities. You can work abroad in Europe with an EU Work Permit, which is slightly more complicated to obtain than a working holiday visa, but not impossible. You will need to have a job offer in advance so that your company can sponsor you.

Vienna, Austria - If you are over 35 it is more complicated, but not impossible to work in Europe
Vienna, Austria – If you are over 35 it is more complicated, but not impossible to work in Europe

It might be a little bit of a pain to obtain the EU work permit, but if you really want to work in the EU it is worth doing. Remember, the work permit will be bound to the company that hires you and will not be valid for a job elsewhere.

(Of course, if you are from the UK you are super lucky and can go work in Europe whenever you want!)

Helpful Links:

How to Get an EU Work Permit

How to Find Paying Work While Travelling in Europe

Information About Non-EU-Nationals Working in the EU

House Swapping

This option is where being a little bit older might actually come to your advantage. If you are in your 20s, you might not necessarily own a property, whereas when you are in your 30s, 40s or 50s there is a better chance that you do. This means that you can take advantage of house-swapping.

If you have a house, why not swap it for one somewhere else? – photo credit: Locator via photopin cc

Imagine this scenario – you are a family or a couple with a house in Vancouver, Canada and you fantasise about taking wine tours in Provence. Across the world in Southern France, there is a French family who have always dreamed of seeing the beautiful green wilds of British Columbia. You contact each other, via one of the many established house swap website, and you simply switch homes for a while. You both get to save a huge amount of money on accommodation, explore each other’s locations and enjoy the comforts of staying in a home.

Helpful Links:

Top Ten Tips from Very Experienced Home Exchangers

House Swapping Tips from Rick Steves

Home Exchange How To 

House Sitting

Another great way to travel for the long term while saving a lot of money on accommodation is to take advantage of the many house sitting opportunities out there. Many home owners will leave their house for several weeks or months of the year while they go on holiday or go travelling and they will need someone trustworthy and reliable to take care of their plants and pets and to keep their home secure.

There are many house sitting websites that will connect you with home owners who need you to take care of their property for them while you are away. This can be anything from a farmhouse in Scotland to a villa in Arizona to or a home on the beach in Thailand. You will not only be getting free accommodation, but you will also be able to enjoy all of the comforts of home during your stay – as well as perhaps the company of a friendly dog or a cat.

Helpful Links:

How to Become a House Sitter and Never Pay for Accommodation

The Globetrotter Girls – Guide to House Sitting

Tips for Landing the Perfect House Sitting Gig

Working on a Cruise Ship

Cruise ships are enormous floating cities, with restaurants, casinos, art galleries, beauty salons, spas, children’s play areas, theatres, swimming pools and so much more. This means that every one of those massive cruise ships will need dozens or perhaps hundreds of employees to keep it running. If you have previous experience in a number of areas, including hospitality, lifeguarding, cooking, entertainment, childcare, management, hairdressing, maintenance or retail, you will likely be able to apply your skills to a job on a cruise ship. The general contract of employment is at least 3-6 months, but there is the possibility to stay on longer.


Not only will working on a cruise ship allow you free transport to endless beautiful ports all over the world, you will also save a lot of your wages because your accommodation and food on board will be provided. Also, you won’t need to worry about visas because the cruise ship company that has hired you will apply for any necessary ones in advance.

Helpful Links:

The Cruise Ship Recruitment Process

The Types of Jobs Available on Cruise Ships

Couch Surfing

If you are an outgoing person looking for a cheap and fun way to travel the world and make new friends, you will love Couchsurfing. This website has almost a million members around the world and it is a hospitality network where generous hosts offer up their homes for free to travellers.

Couchsurfing is a wonderful phenomenon, the kind of thing that really restores your faith in humanity. You will get a chance to stay somewhere for free and your host will often be happy to show you around and let you know what it is like to be a local in that destination. No money is exchanged at all, but good Couchsurfing etiquette says that you might want to bring a gift, a bottle of wine or offer to do the dishes or buy them a meal to thank them for letting you stay.

You won’t always be sleeping on people’s couches either. Many people have spare rooms or comfortable futons that they offer out to their guests. One of our couch surfing hosts gave us the entire upstairs suite to their big and beautiful house, complete with bathroom and sitting area. The arrangements totally depend on who your house is and what room they have to spare, but since you arrange your stay you only have to stay somewhere you feel comfortable. The website also has a very reliable safety system, with a review feature so that you can see the comments of your host’s previous guests.

If you are looking to travel long term on a small budget, this option allows you to eliminate one of your largest costs – accommodation, while also giving you a great local perspective.

Helpful Links:

How to Couchsurf – Best Practices 

 Couchsurfing for Grownups – A guide for older couchsurfers

Volunteer Abroad

Perhaps you would like to have a travel experience with a deeper meaning that has an impact on the lives of others? Volunteering abroad can be a truly life-changing experience and can be a great way to use your skills and experience to benefit a developing community. Perhaps you can help a village in Africa build a well so that they can have clean water, or take care of children in an orphanage in India. Whatever you do, your contribution will make a difference and the memories that you make there will be unforgettable.

photo credit: supercake via photopin cc
photo credit: supercake via photopin cc


Many volunteer experiences are not free, as they will charge a fee to cover your room and board while you are staying in the community. However, there are many which have low fees.

Helpful Links:

Low Cost Volunteer Opportunities 

Voluntary Services Overseas

Gaps for Grumpies – Volunteer Opportunities Abroad for Over 40s

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The Appalachian Trail is one of the most stunningly beautiful parts of the Eastern USA, running over 2100 miles through 14 different states. Travellers come from all over to hike it, but you could explore this legendary wilderness for free.

Me at McAfee’s Knob, where the trail comes through Virginia

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is looking for volunteers to help with maintaining and building parts of the trail. For your work you will receive food and basic accommodation. They will also provide your tools and safety equipment, all you have to do is show up. What could be a better reason to strap on your hiking boots and go for it?

Helpful Links:

Appalachian Trail Website

Appalachian Trail Travel Guide

S.W.E.A.T Crew – a blog written by trail volunteers

These are just a few of the many opportunities out there for anyone of any age who wants to travel abroad. Sure, you could go on a two week package holiday to a beach somewhere and have a nice relaxing time, but if you really want to think outside the box, shift your perspective and have an adventure that changes your life – look into one of these opportunities.

No matter what age you are, you are never too old to try something new, challenge yourself, see the world and make new friends. Why let the 20 something’s have all the fun?

Let us know about your travel plans in the comments below!

Kelly Dunning

A Canadian freelance writer with a love of art, culture, literature and adventure, Kelly loves exploring foreign lands and expressing her experiences through the power of the written word.

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      1. Hi Kelly,

        really well thought out article!
        Do you know any way that I can get a job in the EU? I come every summer for 3-4 months and I do not like to sit around.


      2. Hi Kelly,

        I’m from Malaysia.I would like to work abroad with EU.Will there be any opportunity for me?Looking forward for your good reply.

    1. I would like to host a friend of mine who lives in New Zealand I’m in Canada I have Foster childern and in great need for repair/cook bit can’t pay much is there away to dothat

  1. This is such a great post I completely and wholeheartedly agree that age is in no way a barrier to travelling, taking a gap year, snap year, career break or anything else you want to do! Travel is there for everyone and I have seen a lot more diversity on the backpacker trail over the last decade, with professionals in their 30s and 40s and even gap year grannies joining the more traditional early twenties backpacker crowd!

    I do hate the way those working holiday visas have age and time limits though, it seems so ridiculous. So I love the way you have put this list together to let people know that there is more than one way to skin a cat!

    1. I am a Malaysian and I am 45 years old. I totally agree with you that holiday working visa in all countries has age limit. I think this policy underminds the credibility on someone who is still able to explore and enjoy life. Many of my age or more are more settle and would be a responsible traveller who could benefits whichever country we could go to, I would say proudly. Maybe it could be given a thought.

    2. I am 45 year old . Can I apply for working holiday visa .if can I apply for it so please show me requirements of documents.and I am japanes.

  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing a unique, yet so important, travel-related subject blogged about. Sharing this on Twitter and Facebook because it is such a great guide!

  3. Great list! I knew about a lot of these and plan on utilizing them well when I start traveling full time later this year. I didn’t know about the Appalachian Trail though–hiking that all the way through is a HUGE dream of mine–so I’m going to look into that.

  4. What a fabulous post! I, myself, travel and work wherever I can. It brought me from tour guide & travel agent in Turkey to English & Swim teacher in Uganda. Now I´m in Argentina making my money through advising people about travel in Argentina and cycling around Buenos Aires telling beautiful and not so beautiful stories about Argentina´s past.

    It´s wonderful to work in other countries and to have different jobs. I didn´t like everything I have done but at least I know I´ll never do that again =) Oh and I must say that for none of my work abroad experiences I had a work/holiday visa. I just have a holiday visa and leave the country in time to return the next day 😉

    Anyway I´m definitely going to check whether I can manage one of the jobs you have listed =) Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi,

      Thanks Kelly for the post
      I am 52 years female and would like to work my summer break June and July at a resort abroad.
      I have an Villa located in Borneo for house swapping. I appreciate your reply.

      Thank you

  5. Very helpful article, Kelly – and thanks for looking out for those of us over that magical age of 35. One more dismal February weekend like this – and I just might start looking for a job.

    I hope you don’t mind but I’d also love to share this advice with my readers on my own blog at

  6. THANK YOU! I had my kids EARLY (20 and 23) so I didn’t get to travel the world responsability free in my early days. BUT – they will be graduating and moving out of the house when I am relatively young (in approximately 7 years) and I plan on living frugrally and travelling/working abroad as much as possible when they do as I’ll only be 41! Hopefully many of these same opportunities still exist by then and there are even more!

    1. You could also consider earning a degree or taking university or language courses abroad as well.

      No age limit to study internationally which is great!!! I plan on doing this or if I get a graduate school degree here in the US I will definitely study abroad within my degree pursuit

    2. Girl!!! I moved to Japan at 39. With no job. 41 years old is still far too young. Moving to Tokyo in a couple of weeks. SO I had to leave my job again. Going to the big city without a house or a job. And this is years later. I’m 45 now. Also thinking in joining an MA.
      Never too late. My grandmother taught me that in life in nothing written. She is almost 100 years old. Imagine if you live your live till that age. You’ll still have 60 years to go before passing.

  7. At 36 I participated in the Bunac USA Work Abroad Program In London. I worked at a law firm for 6 months.

    I had to take 3 courses at a community college to qualify in “student status” the school year before I left.
    With Bunac they want you be a a current student.

    Now the Bunac program has changed in which you need to find an internship. It can be paid or non paid though and I believe the age requirement is 18 and up now.

  8. Hello Kelly,

    Great post. Do you know programs that people living in Africa can participate in. Most of the information is for people from the West. I am 41 living in Africa and would love to travel the world on a low budget.

  9. Hi
    I’m starting to plan early for my year travelling starting in January 2017!
    I’m so pleased that I found this blog as my plan had been to get a working visa so I could work in part-time jobs to fund my stay – I had no idea that there was an age limit on working visas. I will be 47 when I start travelling and I now have some great options to look into.
    Many thanks 🙂

  10. Thanks Kelly, this is a nice post. I would like a working visa to an European country. Am still under 30 and from Africa. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks

  11. Thanks Kelly for the post, am really moved by it. I would like a working visa to any European country or US, am from Africa and still under 30. I believe you and hoping to hear from you soon thanks.

  12. hi there
    thank you for sharing your info. my husband and i would love to work abroad but find it very difficult to get assistance.
    this morning i was told by an agency that i am too old (i am only 47). my word, i’m still a youngster.

    i have spent so many hours and money on line trying to get info and assistance. will try the sites you recommended.
    there are agencies willing to assist but there charges are between R25 000 and R50 0000 which is horiffic but besides that,can you trust them and it can take up to a year before they can help you find a job.
    we are from south africa

    1. Hi Marinda. I’m also in South Africa and would love to go travel and explore and like you say, its just impossible for us South Africans as its way to expenisive for us to just hop on a flight or go study! They make it impossible for us to go study overseas as we pay triple the amounts. I love the US and would love to get back and go to Vancouver, but every time I walk into a solid brick wall and nobody in the world want to assist. Soon as you mention South Africa, its like a disease to them, as they aren’t willing to help with a work visa.

      1. Hi Guys,

        I am also from South Africa, 32 years old. I am also trying all avenues to enable me to take a sabbatical for 6 months, but so far no luck.

        I thought it would be amazing to travel through Canada, but with the current state of the Rand it would be too expensive. So the alternative is to make money in Canada in order to travel. Unfortunately all websites and programs developed for this purpose is from 18 – 30.

        Does anyone know of alternative ways for South Africans specifically?


          1. I am feeling so helpless.Have been struggling for years now to get a visa.the same story about the age. Im 49.please keep me informed of any developments.

  13. Dear friends ,

    I am an indian 47 yrs old working in Govt organisation i wish to go to canada as a volunteer through woofing. Pls let me know if it possible and what exactly does it cost. Do they isue visas to 47 yrs person easily or questions alot as experienced with lot of visa officers. Pls drop few words. Thanks in advance

  14. Pse can you help me find out how I can get my son a holiday job in USA, he is going over on holiday and really wants to work whilst he is there so he has some extra spending money, he is hoping to leave in a few weeks

  15. Hello, I am over 40 American no kids, not married. I recently completed a degree in international relations and want to get a masters in a related field. I want to go abroad for graduate school. I have lived in the UK and attended University in Canada so I have some international expereience.

    My question is where do I leave my things (I have enough for a small storage unit). I will need time to complete the degree and I would love to work in Europe after graduation be it a co-op internship, or job.

    This could take me 2-3 years total.

    Has anyone ever left the country for 3 years and had things in storage the whole time?

    If I got a long term job overseas how would you ship it?


    1. To answer this question you have to do a few calculations –

      – how much would it cost to keep your items in a storage facility for 3 years?
      – would this amount be more or less than what it would cost to sell your items and buy new ones when you come back – or buy new items when you get a long term job overseas?

      1. Well I am trying not to buy any more furniture than I really need. I live in a studio apt.

        I figure storage would be about $2,500 to $3,000 for the 3 years. It will be worth it when I come back to the US and have things to put in a new place of residence.

        I am thinking positive.

  16. I am from canada and this is what I want to do. I want to use to traverse the US. Driving a motorhome pulling a trailer. Picking our destinations by where we want to travel. Wanting to stay in the US for 12 months. Do you know of how I would go about this. I have looked on the US immigration website, but I didn’t find any info for what I would like to do. I have also tried calling for the last two days with no luck.

  17. i want to working holiday even for 3 months or 6 months ..can i do it in australia or in Canada even housekeeping in hotels or in fruit picking..if not which country accepts my age for working holiday..

  18. That’s really heartbreak as I am a woman of 47 living in Hong Kong. Just finished raising up the children and want to explore more by myself. But it is no chance for me to enjoy the working holiday as I am not a English native speaker. It is really not fair and I am sure that most women of our age still had a great working enthusiasm comparing with the youngsters.

  19. Hi I am 50 years of age worked in service attended, personal home carer and assistant in nursing. What
    are the chances of getting part time work as I travel the world.

  20. Hey so I am one year past the age restriction for australia alliance abroad which totally trumped my dreams of experiencing the only country I wanted to go see. Is there any resources or links for employers in australia that do not have this age restriction? Is it possible to get a job out there without having this age restriction?

  21. Dear Keller
    I`m looking for any volunteer job abroad, from house sitting to cleaning doesn’t matter,. Please advise on how to apply..

  22. 40 plus and a registered nurse. Would like to work in New Zealand. The laws on work visas need to be changed to adapt to a global economy.

  23. Im a nurse but i wish to other countries, its my dream. But i am 54 years old already and still wishing hoping to live and work abroad. I prefer not to work as full time worker but just enjoying the beauty and want to experience how it is to be in other country. The reason of not going somewhere is money for applying and travel because here is just enough for family s needs or even lacking. and secondly because of english exam requirement that i did not get the required band score. But then Its my great wish still to see and work other places . I may accept any teaching and caring jobs filing food preparation or even in the farm as long as not too heavy for my capacity. I hope and pray my wish come true. Can you please help me?

  24. It’s still not that simple. I came to Australia on a working holiday visa 3 months ago (I am 28) and my boyfriend (36) came to visit just recently. He had never bothered wanting to come over here long term as he was just happy for holidays. After his visit and our time together we looked into him coming to work and travel here too as neither of us wanted him to go back. Then it became clear it would not be possible. We are both radiographers and that is what I work as here and it is what he would want to do. He is currently a locum in the UK to be able to have control over flexibility for studying for a masters and for long holidays visiting me. He would need to be a locum here too for the same reasons. He also has a house in the UK to pay for and everything that comes with it so would not be able to just come to Australia under the options above. The only option was getting sponsored which would mean long term commitment here (maybe having to remain here after I go back home – if I do), less wage and no flexibility for travel. So, for now, it is back to the countdown until his next visit at christmas! 🙁

  25. Im really interested in some of the options you mention above! Im 32 years old and I’ve been an exchange student in the US!!! I would love to know more about house sitting, all the information you can give me! I love animals, I love to clean and organize so there should not be a problem!

  26. Fantastic, comprehensive post!! I’ve tried quite a few of these but there were a few I hadn’t considered that look great (working on a cruise ship, Appalachian Trail volunteers) – thanks for the great information!

  27. I am a 37 year old single mother of a 7 year old and a 9 year old. I feel like I have not travelled enough and would like to do it and take my children with me. I would be keen to hear about great places to work where it would be affordable on one income with one adult and 2 children, where I could work during the daytime, and where I could enroll my kids in the local school, where some sort of child care after school would be possible, or if I could just work school hours. I would be keen to hear from any single parents who have done this, I hope I am not dreaming and that it is possible. I am considering teaching English in Japan for a year. Any comments or ideas would be welcome.

  28. Hello… I really don’t know what I read above is all happening. But let me put it this way. If its real, then its really very good to hear more than this. Please accept my wishes and even for future information for those who want to just see the world. Thanks. Now let me request You for the information. I am 59 and want to start travel around beyond India into Europe and other places and see the options to settle in a safe, cheap and best place….I welcome you to my Inbox. ramana

  29. This is such great easy to understand information. I was looking to start planning in 2015 but starting feeling down as work options are so limited once your over 31 in most countries. Your post and all the comments have picked me back up… Thank you thank you!! Anyone looking to start a new adventure mid to end year would love to hear from you. I’m leaving from Australia.

  30. hi Kelly, i find all interesting in all the places and works you have featured of… but i don’t know are the Filipinos qualified for these? for instance Working Abroad in the EU, if its difficult to apply for this, I preferred house sitting, i believed i still can handle this job even I’m 49 years old already. Can you help me what will be the first step in applying for this kind of travel and working visa for my age? thanks to you anyway

  31. Hello.

    I wondered if you could help me please? My partner and I want to travel Australia for a year – I’m from the UK and 27, she’s from the US and is 31 (soon to be 32). Do you have any suggestions as how we can go about it?


    1. Hi Samii,,

      Have you looked into the Australian Working Holiday visa? (
      The age limit is 30, so you could apply for it but your partner couldn’t. She would have to go on a visitor visa or perhaps see if she qualifies for another type of working visa. She could also visit Australia for three months on a visitor visa (no working allowed).


  32. Hi Kelly
    Thank you for this, are there specific ones to Canada, specifically Vancouver? I had had the 2 year visa and now over 30 and really want to get back over

    You have given me hope as until now I thought it was a lost cause

    Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated



  33. Thank you so much for sharing ! I recently volunteered for two weeks in Nepal in two orphanages. It was wonderful and I also raised funds for the orphanages. However those in the IVHQ group were most all in their twenties. I am high energy and loved the younger group , but being in my 40’s wished for some balance.
    I’m looking this time to do some volunteer work but also explore a bit this time. Open to various destinations. I live in the US.
    Thanks so very much for any thoughts !
    Warmly ,

  34. Nice work Kelly, but can you help me Choose a program here, I want to travel and also work and get paid. I’m at Nigerian female, 26yrs of age, a graduate of accounting, my choice countries are Australia, Canada an the US. Especially the first two. Please help me. Hope to hear from you

  35. Hi Kelly,

    To emphasis what Tammie said, I am 34 and have spent a lot of time enquiring and orgainising Workaway placements for Canada, only to then find out that you have to be under 30 to apply for the IEC (International Experience Canada) visa which you now need even to volunteer… This is so sad as I was really hoping to go and do this for up to a year, and it feels very unfair. But then, the law is the law I guess.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?

    For examples, with the less ‘official’ volunteering placements, i.e. with a retired couple in their house for example, does this still count?

    Many thanks to anyone – and Kelly – for any help with this.

  36. Hey kelly

    I m 32 year old and planning to go to Australia to work. I have place to stay. I want to am I eligible to work their, I mean what type of visa I need. I m Canadian citizen.


  37. Hi Kelly, I’m a 51 year old New Zealand citizen. Can you suggest any websites for me to look at so I can get a better idea of what I would need to do so I could work for 3mths and then travel for 3mths in Italy or somewhere close to Italy. With accommodation too if possible.
    Kind regards.

    1. Hi Belinda…did you find any more info on travelling for over ,50s? I’m a 55 to single kiwi woman and am keen to work and travel around Europe and Spain for a couple of years…. thanks Shelley

  38. Australian Working Holiday Visa rules are about to change. Visa cost goes down. Taxes go down. Age limit goes up to 35yr. Employer limitation changes from max 6 months to 12 months if you work in different locations.

    Here are three websites as a reference:

    And a government one:

    Goodluck with your applications!! Cheers, Axel

  39. hai kelly,
    i am 45 y male indian.interested to work in hotels. i have 10 y of experience in working in hotels in small cities. what type of work i may expect in any foreign country.

  40. Hi Kelly
    I’m hoping you can help on advice
    I am looking at volounteering in Canada through a site called workaway which you exchange simple work for food and place to sleep.
    I have been trying to enquire about whether I need work visa however after looking I am having problems because I am 39yrs old and there seems to be a cut off age.
    Do you know what I need and how I can go about it?


  41. Hi Kelly
    I’m a 51year old female, experience as person care assistant , have worked in hospitality and cafes. Wish to work and travel overseas. Can you advise me on where to start and look. As single so need to work along the way.

  42. Hi Kelly,

    I am a 30 year old UK citizen thinking about moving to Canada, the only problem is, come February I will be 31. Therefor a Canadian ‘Working Holiday’ visa would no longer be an option for me. Please can you advise if there is anything else I could do to work/live in Canada?

    Thanks you.

  43. Hello Kelly,

    Thanks a lot for your information. This is very helpful for everyone who would like to travel. I have a quick questions, hope you can help.

    I live in NZ and I have got a NZ Passport. I am 35 years old and would like to work in UK or US. I dont have a job offer though, am i still eligible for Work Holiday program to these countries. My wife would like to travel with me too. She is 33 years old. Appreciate your reply.


  44. Hello there,

    My name is Umesh Rule. I am an Indian 35th of yrs having management degree and looking forward for the kind of opportunities I could see on your link

    Please provide me information on how I can get in touch fir further procedure.


    Umesh Rule

  45. Hi, April 19,2017
    I am 60 years old female and would like to work my summer break June and July at a resort beach abroad. I appreciate your reply.
    Thank you

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  48. Hello,
    My name is Inomiddin, and I’m from Uzbekistan. I’m also very interested to tarvel.
    If there is any apportunity I would be glad to valunteer on any Australian, Tasmaninan farms.
    hope to get your reply…

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  51. Hi Kelly,

    Really good opportunities,thanks for the summary.

    I have one question, I am from Hungary, live and work in UK /since 2008/ ,I speak English fluently and I am a Special needs teacher.
    I would like to teach English abroad,but I am not native English speaker,please let me know if is it still a chance to find a teaching job abroad?

    Thank you.

    Have a lovely day!

    Kind Regards: Ildiko Csetfalvi

  52. Hi Ma’am
    I m live in Pakistan and want to go london my age is 32 so how can I apply for for work visas like boat crew etc?
    plz tel me if you can help me


  53. Hi Kelly,
    Is it true that if I was born in the UK but have Australian Citizenship that I could work in the UK and Europe if I decided to go back there? any assistance would be great, thanks. Deb

  54. Hi Kelly – Is there some way around the visa thing to travel and do a workaway (help out in exchange for room & board)? I may have missed something in your blog but I’m sure if we are over the youth travel visa age and want to travel and volunteer outside our native country (I’m Canadian and want to go help in Europe) we still need a visa. Did you address this?

  55. Husband and I would like to live and work in Scotland. His Ancestral home. Mine is England. We both have criminal records and He is 58 and I’m 53
    What can and cant we do?
    What do we NEED to do.

  56. Hi kelly… i feel inspired on all your write-ups about travelling and excited to travel too around the world, especially in Europe area and want to try working in other country. i am now 45 years old, im interested in housesitting. Do offer that in Philippines?

  57. This is a great read, thanks Kelly, I’m a 42 year old female from South Africa, my kids are grown-up and i would love to travel to London , Australia or Asia, this blog has given me more hope that o can do this, any help would be appreciated.

  58. What about the walk ?

    Also I want to move and build a tiny sustainable home. My thoughts were Mexico. Because of past experiences. Can you provide any advice?

  59. Hi this is Muthu 44 yrs young from S.India.Iam helful for for my family and others,can u find m a job in any european countries. Now iam learning French,and completed A1 grade.

  60. Hi this is Muthu from S.India,I’m 44 years young can u find me a job in any European Countries. I’m helpful to both my family and others. Nowadays I’m learning French ,finished my A1 level and doing A2 level

  61. I m Meenakshi India Chennai. Am I able to work with my husband in any suitable work you have told. My age 37 .husband 36.for 1 MTH or 6 MTHS.

  62. Hi Kelly I am interested to visit abroad. But can’t due to financial problems. Can I able to work there and earn and visit the place . If ok how and whom I have to contact

  63. Hi Kelly
    I was wondering whether you have any tips on folks who are beyond the travel and work visa age (i.e. I am 46 years old).
    I have looked at the travelling extension tips you mention above – like HouseSitting, Language Teaching, Boat Crew and so on – however what I would like to do is to work as a skiing teacher (I have international Licenses/Diplomas as Skiing Instructor) and hence the options you mention are not what I look for.
    Do you have any ideas whether I have any chance at all to work in countries such as Canada / USA / NZ / Japan while beyond the work & travel visa age?

  64. Hi Kelly,

    I am from India and and I am 42 years of age and have some queries with regards to travel opportunities abroad and have great experience earnings etc during stay.

    What all countries offer abroad travel options like…Woofing , English teaching, Boat crew and House Sitting etc.

    What is the procedure to apply for the same.
    What all are the requirements.
    How much time does it take.
    Does it require any money / fees etc.
    Do you / your company provide any help support ?

    I would be glad to receive response on my above mentioned queries…

    Thanks and regards,
    Ashish Kant

  65. I am working full time as a tourism information officer and cultural tour guide. However I sing part time and that is m greatest passion. I want to know if there is vacancies for working as an entertainer and hostess?

  66. hello Kelly…

    We are married couple mix Nationality. I’m from Bali Indonesia and My Husband from Albania . Now We live Albania .
    We want so much can find job offer and sponsor Us about visa work .We need to find job as couple in same position . Our age is 39 and 40 years old and we don’t want late to work because we love work and want out from Our Country we stay now . Please help Us.

    Thank you so much and have nice day and God Bless you all.

    Ami & Tommy

  67. i have been in japan long 13 years. i have experience hi-tech programming certificate from japan. but unluckily i have no work right now. i am suffuring for work. i am now about 48 years older.

  68. Hi Kelly,
    I almost reach 30 as well I’m a Malaysian.
    I wish to work abroad for a year but I have financial problem.
    Is there any tip I can apply job at abroad?
    Wish to hear from Kelly soon
    Thank you

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  70. Hi . My name is Kennedy. Turned 50 in June this year. I have numerous years of experience in the Fast moving consumer goods industry. I am looking at doing teaching or working overseas. Can also assist and take care of old people and cooking. Is there any positions I can apply for?

  71. Such a great article! Thank you Kelly! Wish I explored more work & travelling opportinities in my 20s yet it seemed that doing that as a Russian citizen would not be easy because we need visas for almost every country. Now I am in my early 40s and have a Canadian passportive however it is quite expensive to travel from Vancouver, BC to different countries. Hopefully with the help of your links will find some option, choosing between Europe and Argentina or Costa Rica (Latin America) for a trip for a few months. It seemed a bit of a juggle though to deal with my belongings and wish my landlord allowed to sublet my rented apartment.

  72. Thanks for the valuable information i’m 51 and I have 26 years of work experience now shifting to England and my origin from south Wales would I get opportunities in the custom thanks for the information

  73. Hi Kelly.
    May I check the subscription fee is a one-time payment? If I am into Thailand site, I pay the fee, will I pay again if I am looking at another country site. Because WWOOF listed individual site to enter.
    Many thanks

  74. Hi.kelly
    I am from sri lanka. My age is 52 years. can i applied for a work visa in Belgium i am a technician. doing welding and fabricating


  75. Hi Kelly, i am exciting when saw your article. I am interested to go working holiday in Australia but the not qualified because of the age. May i know your plans and advise for that? Look forward to your feedback. Thank you!

  76. Hi Kelly, i am exciting when saw your article. I am interested to go working holiday in Australia but not qualified because of the age. May i know your plans and advise for that? Look forward to your feedback. Thank you!

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