Half a year in rural Sweden is one of many programmes arranged each year by AgriVenture, an organisation that offers young travellers, aged 18 to 30, the chance to travel and work on a farm, in agriculture, horticulture or home management in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA and Japan.
Ten years ago Jonny Blair left Bangor, Northern Ireland, to travel the world. Since then he has worked in bars, boats, offices, farms, theatres, shops and schools, as well as online, in his efforts to remain on the road.
Working in Australia or New Zealand on a Tourist Visa usually involves keeping one step ahead of the increasingly active men and women from the immigration department. One way to avoid all that trouble and of keeping a big black stain off of your passport (if caught) is to work for your keep.
Travelling is undoubtedly fun – providing a heady mix of new cultures and new experiences. However, the pressures of constantly moving from place to place can take its toll – both mentally and financially.