How Do Backpackers Earn Income While Traveling?

Backpackers at work on a baby-leaf salad field
Gippsland, VIC, Australia.

 

Photojournalist Gabriele Duchi  is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography.  These images are from his project ‘Working Holiday Visa‘. To see Gabriele’s projects click on any image.

 

Lorenzo (30, Italy) and Gaia (31, Italy/USA) at work on a farm in Maffra. During the 12 months they are allowed in the country, most of the young travelers work to fund their stay. Working in rural areas and specific fields, such as agriculture and construction, for at least 88 days grants a further 12 months permit to stay in Australia.

Lorenzo (30, Italy) and Gaia (31, Italy/USA) at work on a farm in Maffra. During the 12 months they are allowed in the country, most of the young travelers work to fund their stay. Working in rural areas and specific fields, such as agriculture and construction, for at least 88 days grants a further 12 months permit to stay in Australia.

 

Enrico (32, Italy) in his workshop. Enrico arrived in Australia in 2012 with a Working Holiday Visa, he found a job in a farm in Victoria where he still works now, in fact, he has been supported by the business to apply for a temporary work visa under the skilled visa program. Thanks to his experience as a general fitter is now looking forward to become a permanent resident in Australia. Stratford

Enrico (32, Italy) in his workshop. Enrico arrived in Australia in 2012 with a Working Holiday Visa, he found a job in a farm in Victoria where he still works now, in fact, he has been supported by the business to apply for a temporary work visa under the skilled visa program. Thanks to his experience as a general fitter is now looking forward to become a permanent resident in Australia.
Stratford

 

A worker prepares the trailers for the harvest. Boisdale

A worker prepares the trailers for the harvest.
Boisdale, Australia

 

A Working Holiday Visa is a residence permit allowing travelers to undertake employment in the country issuing the visa to supplement their travel funds. The country which receives the greatest number of working holiday visa applications in the world is Australia, which issued 240,000 permits in 2015 alone, followed by New Zealand. Each day young people from 31 partner countries fly to the vast dry continent ‘down under’. A land that was, and continues to be the dream of countless generations, synonymous with adventure, challenge, novelty, change and opportunity. Way outside of their normal comfort zones, on a daily diet of hardship and joy far from the mundane routine of their homelands, these young travelers experience a unique and occasionally arduous way of life.

Laboring on a farm or barbecuing with friends, they discover themselves as they contemplate the immensity of this distant land.

 

A typical neighborhood in Auckland. It is common for backpackers to save up money in Australia and spend them travelling to New Zealand. New Zealand itself is part of the Working Holiday Visa Program.

A typical neighborhood in Auckland. It is common for backpackers to save up money in Australia and spend them travelling to New Zealand. New Zealand itself is part of the Working Holiday Visa Program.

 

Sophie (21, Germany) and Fee (23, Germany) relax at the hostel after work. Sale, Australia

Sophie (21, Germany) and Fee (23, Germany) relax at the hostel after work.
Sale, Australia

 

Hostel room Auckland, New Zealand

Hostel room
Auckland, New Zealand

 

Malin (25,Sweden) on a break from farming. Malin has spent two years travelling and working throughout Australia. Stratford, VIC

Malin (25,Sweden) on a break from farming. Malin has spent two years travelling and working throughout Australia.
Stratford, VIC

 

The entrance of a house shared by backpackers. Most of the backpackers on a Working Holiday Visa shares houses and accommodations in general, it helps to save money and it encourages social meetings. Auckland. New Zealand

The entrance of a house shared by backpackers. Most of the backpackers on a Working Holiday Visa shares houses and accommodations in general, it helps to save money and it encourages social meetings.
Auckland, New Zealand

 

Gaia (31, Italy/Usa) in her room. Sydney, Australia

Gaia (31, Italy/USA) in her room.
Sydney, Australia

 

Sylvia (32,Taiwan) on a mountain trekking. Sylvia arrived in Australia in 2009, she is now a permanent resident. Mount Worrowing

Sylvia (32,Taiwan) on a mountain trekking. Sylvia arrived in Australia in 2009, she is now a permanent resident.
Mount Worrowing

 

Matteo (29, Italy) fixing his van. Matteo has spent a full year working and travelling across the country in his van. Victoria, Australia

Matteo (29, Italy) fixing his van. Matteo has spent a full
year working and travelling across the country in his van.
Victoria, Australia

 

View of a typical Australian Cottage. Maffra

View of a typical Australian Cottage.
Maffra

 

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More images from ‘Working Holiday Visa’

By Gabriele Duchi

 


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