If you’ve been with me since the beginning you’ll know that the first stretch of travelling I did in Australia was the trip from Sydney to Cairns along the Australian East Coast. It’s a hugely popular backpacker route so if you’re a solo traveller staying in hostels you’ll meet lots of people along the way in the same boat – and probably keep running into them as your trip progresses. You’ll get used to answering the question “Are you going up or down?” Add it to the list of those introductory questions you answer every few days that you’re sick of hearing. However if you meet someone travelling in the opposite direction to you make sure you pick each others brains for recommendations, or more importantly what to avoid, when it comes to tours, places and accommodation.
Yes you read that right. I’m spending a couple of weeks on a Victorian farm. Victoria referring to the state and not a replica of the era so if you’re here for that you’re about the be disappointed. There are no period costumes here right now (come back in a couple of weeks for Ballarat?) In an attempt to experience more of the “real Australia” whatever that really is I’m spending a couple of weeks on a farm in the middle of nowhere WWOOFing.
If you’re heading to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa the chances are that you will need to work at some point during the year to fund your travels. The good news is that there are a lot of temporary or short-term jobs which lend themselves well to the transient lifestyle of a backpacker as well as opportunities where you won’t get paid but you can save money on basic necessities like food and accommodation.
Here are some of the most common jobs people do on a WHV and how you can go about getting them.
If you’ve been following my blog you’ll know that I’m currently in that in-between stage of travel. While I’m enjoying living life as a local in Melbourne I’m also working and trying to save money for the next stage of my trip in a couple of months time. With that in mind I recently devised a balance sheet to work out how long I would need to work to sufficiently fund myself until my return to the UK in late August. I thought it’d probably be helpful to share this as part of my The World of Working Holidays series because if you’re thinking of coming to Australia for a substantial period of time you’re going to want to know how much it’s going to cost you. Here’s the lowdown on basic living expenses…