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"For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.


Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."

~Steve Jobs

WorkTravelStudy.org is a website developed for young & independent people who want to make the most of their twenties by travelling, working and studying in a cost-effective manner regardless of compromising resources, education and nationality.


It's developed from a South African's perspective.


INFOGRAPHIC for dummies

Putting aside your circumstances such as cashflow, nationality and education:

 What Do You Want From Life Right Now? 


 To Make 

Extra Cash 


If you need to save while studying to start your travelling abroad or just in general, here are some tried and tested methods for your twenties. 




Your Career


Want to study something worthwhile on budget but don't know where to start? Here's some advice, from bursaries to online options. I've included help to find the right career in terms of future prospects and tips to start off (such as how to avoid deadend 

internships/ offers).





I've covered the main working-travel opportunities that South Africans do abroad. These include summer jobs, ski-seasons, yachting, teaching English and au pairing among others. 

Check out: Europe, USA, Asia/Oceania, Latin America


Who the

hell knows, options are limited...

Don't know where to start? Here are two great personality/ career quizzes to find your happy place. Don't know how to afford travelling? Time for a little budget soul-searching.


 a little bit about me 

Hello fellow 20-something!

This section is just a little bit about me and why I created this site. 



We’ll start with the boring stuff but I promise to make it short and sweet. I’m a South African UCT business graduate/ current micro-masters student trying to figure out how to utilise my personality, education and interests (travel evidently being one of them) simultaneously to curve out a career path that's ACTUALLY fulfilling.


I consider myself quite the strategic planner and I love a bit of research. So let me share with you a few facts that blew my mind a little and lead me to building this website:

  1. 80% of employed people are dissatisfied with their occupations (Business Insider).

  2. The average person spends 90 000 hours of their life at work (Business Insider).

  3. Millennials average 4 drastic job changes within their first decade out of university (CNN).


So here's the thing, clearly most people don't know what they are doing -the facts speak for themselves. We're all (80%) running around a little like headless chickens hoping to find a way to get the most utility out of each day with limited resources and society putting the fear of God in us to step out of our comfort zones (because, you know, the tried and tested method of striving for riches and affirmation from thousands of would-be-now-if-it-weren't-for-social-media strangers is OBVIOUSLY the route to happiness). When you look at it this way it seems like common sense not to waste that much of your youth doing what you don’t feel satisfied with, right? At least not while you still don't have too many responsibilities. So how do you do it?


Over the past 2 to 3 years, I’ve covered what feels like everything a graduate could normally explore. I’ve looked into graduate programs (here, abroad and online), I’ve taken up a graduate job opportunity directly, done internships ( -even been naively exploited) and travelled quite a bit of the world. I’ve learnt a number of lessons along the way and always wondered why there’s no guide for the transition from student to ‘proper’ adult, particularly for South Africans. Well, this is mine, hopefully it can help you figure out your own.


Feel free to comment and share your own advice and experiences. I created this space purely to be a helpful platform of reference.



Founder of WorkTravelStudy.org



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