Australia is a perfect place for backpackers to combine work and travel. There is a huge range of jobs for foreign travellers, the wages are decent, and once you've saved up a chunk, you can go off and explore the country!
The family I live with as an au pair have noticed me scribbling away and after our break over the Christmas holidays they bought me back a journal from Paris. Small acts of kindness go a long way, and this was a very touching start to my next chapter.
Sometimes I raise my eyebrows and giggle nervously when I think that I came all the way to the other side of the world to wipe kid's bums and shout at a class of students cartwheeling or rolling across the room to stop doing "N'IMPORTE QUOI."
Looks like everyone stands to be a winner - young people from across the UK want international skills, employers want to hire them and a short investment in time overseas can pay back for an entire life-time. But it isn't happening. Why?
I've visited some of the world's most romantic cities this year - not to brag, but both Paris and Venice I'll have you know - and I've had my fair share of romances abroad. How can you do the same, I hear you ask?
It might seem like a pipedream, but with recent reports showing that the UK has some of the worst employment rates for under-30s in Europe, jumping ship is fast becoming a savvy option. In light of worsening summers and economic uncertainty, moving into that tropical beach-front apartment is no longer just a dream to save for retirement.
Do I have to say anymore to recommend taking part in a Camp America Programme? No matter what your age, background or experience, camp can be life changing and the best fun you'll ever have. It has you doing things you never imagined with people you never knew existed.
So I applied to Camp America and got accepted to Round Lake Camp, Pennsylvania. I think possibly the best decision I ever made right there. It was an affordable way to go and see some of the world, I worked for two months and my visa gave me an extra few months to travel afterwards.
Freedom of movement is one of the EU's fundamental rights; however professional mobility is being held back by the lack of simple and clear rules governing the recognition of qualifications.