All about – Working Holidays in the UK

For many students, a working holiday abroad during Summer holidays, or taking a longer working holiday as part of a gap year, are a right of passage – a really important part of growing up and becoming independent.

What we forget sometimes is tat the UK itself is also a popular destination for working holidays for the young, with bar work, working in house as a nanny, temping in offices, teaching and construction work amongst the most popular of the many professions which overseas students partake in. These allow young people to contribute to the society they are living in by working and paying taxes.

The Old Working holiday Visa is now called the Youth Mobility Scheme and is operational between the United Kingdom and many different countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and Taiwan. It allows youngsters between the ages of 17 to 30 a 24 month Visa, for 12 of those months they are allowed to partake in paid employment. Many find this a great way to fund their gap year or further travel, whilst gaining valuable experience as they live and work in the UK.

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There is currently a wealth of information about working holidays in the United Kingdom on the Lebara website. They have a great article that is totally dedicated to all the information you need on Working holidays in the United Kingdom. (Click HERE to read the article in full.) You can find out about the full list of nations that participate in the Youth Mobility Scheme, as well as opportunities to work with organisations and establishments like the National Trust, or Conservation Programmes.

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If you are considering a working holiday in the UK this summer, or think this is something you might consider anytime in the future, you will find all of your questions answered on the Lebara website.


Six great ways to accessorise this Summer

I love summer. Who doesn’t? But I have to admit that I hate the rat race. There is so much to do and not enough time to do it before the sun comes, and the worst thing that can happen is to not be ready. When it comes to hitting the beach in a bikini I´d need to hit a gym months in advance. The thought of all those perfectly toned girls sitting next to me is enough to make me shiver (as I reach for another ice cream though…). But, getting ready for the summer doesn’t have to be difficult, especially when you´re letting your clothes do the talking! In fact, I followed these accessory tips this year and couldn’t have been happier.


Statement Earrings

There is no better way to stand out from the crowd than with bold earrings. They are hard to get right because they can look tacky if you don’t pick the perfect ones. But, if you do they can transform your look in a very subtle way. When summer hits, go with jewels that are light and transparent for the best effect. Statement earrings are risky, but they are well worth it so give them a chance.

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Edie rocked a statement earring

Embellished Sandals

 I love my shoes, but when summer turns up, it’s like I have to forget about them for the season. That is unless you pick sandals and flats that are bold. They don’t have to be crazy different, so embellished sandals with a quirky design are a fantastic option.

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 Nothing grabs attention like a tattoo. They are instantly recognisable and make people think, mainly because a lot of people want one but don’t have the guts. Here’s a little tip: you don’t need the guts either. Temporary tattoos are a great alternative for people who have always wanted one, but who don’t want to mark their body permanently in the process. They look legitimate so no one will ever know the difference, but after a couple of months it will start to fade away.

 Rings And Watches

 There is no better look than a subtle watch and ring combination. If you do it correctly, it is a style that is perfect for the summer. Go for real silver or gold rings and watches, and the more metal, the better. Silver tends to be the best option because it is a lot easier to combine with your style, plus fake gold looks tacky. Wear them t-shirts or casual dresses for the best look.

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DIY Vests

 Get a dress or a t-shirt that you don’t wear anymore and attack it with the scissors. Stylish vests are hard to come by, so a DIY vest is a fantastic alternative. You can have the style that you have always wanted, plus it doesn’t cost you any extra. Even better, it´s lots of fun!

 Long Necklaces

 Long necklaces complement your style perfectly. They look great with simple t-shirts and tank tops, plus they don’t touch your skin that is a must for summer accessories.

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You never have to worry about looking bad during the summer again with these tips. You will never have looked better!


Festival Fever – No Thanks!

When it comes to festivals, it is safe to say I am now firmly on the side of 6 out of 10 magazine and their stance in the article ´Why festivals aren´t for me´.

Now, I am the first to admit that Kate Moss and her crew of super cool friends still look amazing glamping in their Winnebago´s, complete with their own toilet and home comforts. And yes, the music is still super exhilarating in its brilliance. I am so looking forward to the Goddess that is Florence Welch headlining this Friday night. But I will be just as happy to watch it on the TV in my Menorcan hotel (blessed with all BBC channels) rather than actually experiencing it at Glastonbury.

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Why? Well there´s the British Weather for a start. If I wanted to bathe waist high in mud, I would make sure it had some theraputic or beauty properties first – maybe in a Turkish mudbath? British festivals are well known for mud, rain and storms, it just seems the mention of the word ´festival´ seems to turn the best British Summer into Monsoon season!

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And then there´s the toilet situation. The 6 out of  10 article hits the nail firmly on the head when it says ¨…It is insane how much of my festival hate is urinary based´. There are the portaloos filled so high you literally rise when you sit down on them. The obligatory peeing in a bottle, and then throwing it (if it´s cold it´s beer, if it´s warm it´s pee…) is a sad but true fact when you have found yourself a good space and don´t want to lose it. Why would we pay good money to put ourselves through a urine soaking?

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Then there´s injuries. Pryers Solicitors have produced a great infographic of festival injuries that you can also view on the 6 out of 10 page. Falling whilst crowd surfing, being hit by flying objects, slips, trips, falls and all manner of crushes just add to the absolute ´fun´of festivals.

When you put it all together, maybe it is best to enjoy it all from the comfort of your armchair, with a clean toilet just a step away…