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Staying on in London/Working holiday!!

4 Jan 2014 hannahc asked


Hey guys! I'm planning on getting a working visa and staying on in the UK after my contiki tour :) i'm doing the European Escapade 8th June! I'm wondering if any other travellers are doing the same thing or are thinking about it, also any advice from people who have already done this would be great! I'm going solo and plan to keep travelling over there so would be great to meet some new people :)

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  • 5 Jan 2014 chrismata said


    hey hannah, I’m heading over to the UK on July 12 from perth solo as well to do a top deck tour however a friend of mine has just come back from living in the UK for several months, one thing i would recommend is applying for your english tax file number equivalent as soon as you get over before going on your tour, as it will take a couple weeks minimum for it to be processed, and you can’t start working without it, I think its called a TIF but don’t quote me on it. also if you plan to keep travelling get your euro-rail pass before you head over, cause you can’t get it once your over there and train tickets will end up costing you a fortune.

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  • 18 Jan 2014 Sonja P said

    Sonja P

    Hi Hannah, I’m doing the same as you. I can get a 2 year working visa. I’ve paid a company called BritBound to do all the work for me – some might think negatively of that or it’s a waste of money, but for me it’s just easier plus it’s a support network in a way. They apply for my visa on my behalf, I get an oyster card (travel card), UK Sim, $10 credit on my sim, they sort out my bank account, I get a national insurance number, a 1 week gym membership, entry to ministry of sound, they help me with my CV and assist where they can with getting me a job, among other things.

    I have just been scouring the internet a lot for tips about traveling for two years, and I’m feeling pretty confident that things will work out. I plan to backpack after my contiki (it ends on 20 July) and pick up work along the way.

    Good luck! Not long to go now. I have a lot to organise. It’s a bit different packing for two years rather than a month long contiki…

  • 23 Jan 2014 cherie said


    Make sure the first thing you sort out is your national insurance number. I used global travel co and their way if helping with my NIN was to give me a number to call to get forms set out it took about 5 weeks

    Lloyds bank only need an address and passsport to open a bank.

    It’s east to do after a tour, I got here directly after a 6week stint in the US

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  • 8 Feb 2014 Monique said


    Im doing the European Adventurer in July and planning on staying in London after for at least a year! so excited! (:

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  • 11 Feb 2014 hannahc said


    Thanks for all your advice guys! Big help especially with the insurance number, will be great to keep in touch and see what our plans are along the way!

  • 12 Feb 2014 Tegs said


    Hey Hannah I’m doing a contiki tour in June and then planning to stay on in London working and travelling around. Would be great to keep in touch and maybe cross each others paths once we are over there :)

  • 16 Feb 2014 juzzy61 said


    I’m planning to stay in london after a contiki tour I’m a bit nervous will u guys find jobs before u leave australia?

    and where would u be staying? like a share house?

    I’m just trying 2 plan everything before i book anything haha

  • 17 Feb 2014 Leslie said


    how long after the tour are you planning on staying in the UK Hannahc? I am going on a tour at the end of the year first, busy doing my articles and need to complete that. but then I also want to stay in London and try and get a work there and keep on travelling.

  • 23 Feb 2014 Alesha<3 said


    Hey, I am also planning on doing this! By the end of my travels will be more the middle of July before I get back to London! This is only a recent decision but, scary but exciting! Would be keen to talk to anyone doing the same :)

  • 23 Feb 2014 Sonja P said

    Sonja P

    Ahhh Alesha how exciting! I’ll be back in London on the 20th of July after the European Whirl with no set plans yet! Which tour are you doing?

  • 24 Feb 2014 Alesha<3 said


    European Horizon! Haven’t booked yet but I think 1/06 then going down and doing Greek island hoping and a few little side trips before heading back to London :)

  • 2 Mar 2014 hannahc said


    Sounds like a few of us have got the same kind of plan! I’ll be back in London around the middle of July and will then be looking for some type of work/accommodation! I never check this enough though so feel free to add me on facebook would love to keep in contact and hopefully meet up somewhere along the way! :)

  • 3 Mar 2014 Georgia said


    Hi Hannah, I’m travelling in Europe throughout June, and will be back in London around the 12th of July.
    I am also a solo traveller that will be looking for work and accommodation as I want to stay on and work.
    It would be great to meet up with you!! Add me on facebook

  • 3 Mar 2014 hannahc said


    Hey Georgia! That’s about the date that I get back aswell :) I just tried to add you but I can’t haha, would like to keep in touch and hopefully meet over there!

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