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Want to Get Away from Trump? Easily Live in Australia or New Zealand

By Drew Mentock | October 12th, 2016 | 2 Comments
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The 2016 United States presidential election is a mess. Both popular candidates are historically dislikable. Hillary Clinton is viewed as a dishonest criminal, while Donald Trump represents the worst America has to offer.

Millennials are disappointed in their options for president, especially since Bernie Sanders dropped out. For the past year social media has blown up with Millennials stating that they are going to leave the country post-election–especially if Trump wins.

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Based on the most recent debates and the growing mistreatment of refugees, it is safe to assume that stricter immigration regulations may be on their way. So it’s understandable why these statements are met with an eye roll.

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However, Millennials can easily receive a year long visa for certain countries.

Money Nomad has discussed the countries to avoid if Trump becomes president, but what about the countries to go to?

Last year, I lived in New Zealand. I did this thanks to a document commonly unknown to Americans, the Working Holiday Visa. This visa allowed me to travel the country for one year without being tied to a job. I worked and traveled as I pleased.

Working Holiday Visas are available for Australia as well. Both countries are available as a safe haven for those looking to flee the country in fear of a Trump presidency or a viable option for digital nomads looking to see the world.

There are a few other countries that will grant Americans a type of working holiday visa, but they have requirements that make it difficult for non-students to get them.

Both New Zealand and Australia also state that you must arrive with $5,000. However, I have never heard of either country actually regulating this. Nevertheless, it is still a good idea to have as much saved a possible before you enter a foreign country.

As similar as these countries may seem, remember that New Zealand and Australia have a lot of differences (just ask Flight of the Conchords). It is important to discern which country is right for you. Or, you can just live in both.

New Zealand

Picture I took while Traveling New Zealand.
New Zealand // Photo: Andrew Mentock

I spent the majority of 2015 living in New Zealand. Often referenced as “middle-Earth,” the country is much more than the dream destination for  a Lord of the Ring fanatic.

Almost every type of landscape and ecosystem can be found in New Zealand: rolling green hills, white and black sand beaches, mountains that stretch as far as the eye can see, and rain forests.

The wage you receive in New Zealand is livable, but compared to Australia’s it is much lower. However, you will be able to more-than-manage, and jobs are pretty easy to come by. 

Apply here for a Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand.

Once you arrive in New Zealand there is some documentation you will have take of before you can look for work. This video from Psycho Traveler does a great job of describing what these are and how to get them.

Once you have your phone number, bank account, and IRD number you will need to figure out where to live. Below are a few of my favorite places.

Australia

Picture I took while exploring the Blue Mountains in Austraila
Blue Mountains in Australia // Photo: Andrew Mentock

People often dream of visiting Australia, but why not live there? As I mentioned earlier, wages in Australia are considerably higher than those in New Zealand, and let’s not forget about the beautiful beaches.

If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, Australia’s agriculture industry will provide financially lucrative employment. The work is easy to find because most Australians refuse to do the work, so the farmers are looking to employe backpackers.

The threat of deadly animals isn’t a valid reason to avoid living in Australia. Until recently, no Millennial had died from a spider bite.

It is also important to have a good understanding of where you to find work before arriving in Australia.

When traveling, not only is it important to know how to find work and accommodation. What’s also important is to know what cities or towns to live in. Below are three of the best places I visited while traveling in New Zealand.

Queenstown

Queenstown is the most beautiful place on Earth. Often heralded as the “adventure capital of the world,” it is also a haven for backpackers looking to temporarily settle down.

The nightlife, hiking, and extreme activities available in Queenstown are amazing.

Jobs here are easy to find as long as you arrive at the beginning of Summer or ski season,  which is when most businesses are looking to hire.

Accommodation here is expensive, and people are notorious for sleeping in garages, their vans, and other odd places. I personally lived in an a flat that consisted of eight bedrooms, four bedrooms, and thirty two backpackers.

However, as crazy as my living situation sounds, I actually really enjoyed it.

Mount Maunganui

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Mount Maunganui // Photo: Christopher Strassler

Also referred to as “the Mount,” Mount Maunganui is one of the North Island’s most popular backpacker destination. In addition to a beautiful mountain, this

beach town occupies a peninsula, meaning it is surrounded by beaches on both sides.

The Mount has all of the usual backpackers jobs, as well as fishing docks, which can be a high paying option for anyone looking for frequent work.

You will still find some people living in garages, but the Mount is quieter and less crowded than Queenstown. But there is still a lot to do, especially if your an avid surfer or interested in taking lessons.

If you’re lucky, you can also see a penguin.

Auckland

aucklandAuckland // Photo: Harrison GulliverThere are several hostels located in downtown Auckland, right on Queens Street. This is the hub for backpackers in Auckland. Several of my friends lived in these hostels, while cleaning for accommodation and working at nearby bars.

Auckland is the ideal place if you choose to move to New Zealand, but still want to enjoy life in a big city. With nearly 1.5 million people, Auckland is nearly five times bigger than the country’s next largest city.

Located near Waiheke Island and the Bay of Islands, Auckland also provides access to some wonderful beaches and wineries, which provide several interesting jobs that you won’t find near most major cities.

The coolest feature about living in Auckland is that you can practically explore a different volcano every week.

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