Embarking on an overseas adventure to work and gain some fresh insights into life in a new country is surely one of the most exciting and fulfilling experiences anyone can have.
If you are considering this as an option you undoubtedly have much to look forward to, but what preparations do you have to make first?
Arranging a visa is likely to be one of the most important parts of planning a working trip abroad, as it is this document that gives you permission to spend a sustained period of time in your chosen destination.
Britons interested in working in countries in the European Economic Area (EEA), including Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain and several others, do not require a visa or a work permit.
However, visas are necessary in some of the most popular working holiday destinations, such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US, where restrictions vary in stringency.
Australia offers a working holiday visa for people between the ages of 18 and 30, which allows the holder to stay for as long as 12 months, working with employers for up to six months at a time.
A similar scheme is available in New Zealand, with the option of staying for up to 23 months, and both programmes are aimed at young people looking for short-term employment to cover the cost of a long holiday.
Separate rules and requirements apply for foreigners whose primary purpose for relocating is to work full-time. Australia, for instance, offers visas for people who have been sponsored by an employer or who have specialist skills that are in demand.
If you are interested in a working trip to North America, there are visas available to adults aged 18 to 35 under the International Experience Canada programme. Canada also offers federal skilled worker visas subject to eligibility requirements including an offer of employment or enrolment in a PhD programme.
The US enforces notoriously strict visa regulations, with no working holiday provisions and a rule stating that foreigners must have a confirmed job offer before applying for a visa.
Once your visa arrangements are underway and your trip seems one step closer to becoming a reality, it is important to consider financial matters.
One move that could prove beneficial for anyone planning a sustained stretch of overseas work is setting up an international bank account, which enables the holder to access their money whenever they want.
Several British high street banks provide such accounts through their offshore divisions, offering customers the amenities they would ordinarily expect from their home current account, such as overdrafts and debit cards. However, it is worth keeping in mind that international accounts could charge monthly fees of up to £15 if the holder fails to keep a high minimum balance.
If you are expecting to be working abroad for a long period of time, you might have to consider methods of making international payments to cover costs at home such as bills, childcare or school fees.
Money transfer services from dedicated providers offer benefits including competitive exchange rates and same-day global transactions. You can find more information here.
There are several other factors worth taking into account when planning a working trip abroad, such as healthcare and insurance. The European Health Insurance Card offers basic medical care in EEA countries, but elsewhere the likelihood is you will have to pay for treatment, meaning it could be helpful to research costs and insurance options in advance.
Britons planning a move overseas are expected to inform HM Revenue & Customs, as there may still be a requirement to pay tax, depending on specific situations.
It is also worth finding out more about the tax system in the country you will be moving to and how regulations are likely to affect you.