Australia Calling

Australia Calling

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!!

So we’re on a countdown. I’ll be landing in Sydney in 27 days and I cannot WAIT!

I’m jealous that I’m not going to be in Oz for Australia Day so here’s how you can be there for it.

Visa

Firstly, you’ll need some sort of visa. Check out the Australian Visa website and use their handy little tool to work out which visa you’ll need.

I’m going for a year on a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) which means I can go for a year and work while I’m there. I plan on refusing to leave, I may even handcuff myself to a kangaroo so it’ll have to come back with me, who knows? It’s AU$440 which is a blooming bargain if you ask me!

Flights

Flights are going to make you want to cry, regardless of where you travel from.

I’m travelling from Birmingham, UK and my flight cost £571 with a short stopover in Dubai. I get to sit on one of those awesome double-decker planes, and chose my seat thanks to SeatGuru.com. People write reviews on the seats they had and shows you the best (and worst!) seats on almost every plane. So before you ask for automatic seat selection, check with SeatGuru and choose your own.

Insurance

Everyone says “oh I don’t need insurance, what’s going to happen?”

A lot. A lot will happen.

I’m one of those people that will walk into a desk and bruise. I broke my wrist by picking up an empty folder when I was about 17. So you could say I’m a delicate little flower. Insurance was the first thing I was thinking about (ok, maybe the second but you get my drift).

There are so many providers out there that it feels like you have to spend loads of money to get good cover. You don’t.

If you’re in the UK, have a look at Sainsbury’s which is what I chose (thanks Mum). A lot of backpackers choose World Nomads, but I don’t see what they offer that Sainsbury’s doesn’t.

Remember to get it BEFORE you fly as some insurance can be null and void if you buy it while you’re already on holiday.

Accommodation

This is something that can completely blow your mind. If you look at HostelWorld, you’ll find thousands of hostels that all claim to be the best you’ll find and solely for backpackers, but some are dodgy. If the price looks too good to be true, it probably is.

I’m lucky in that I work with someone who’s done a working holiday. She recommended Jolly Swagman and it looks awesome.

They offer things that STA want you to pay for, so duh! Yeah I’m going to save myself money. They give you an Australian sim card for your phone, give you help with opening a bank account and getting a TFN (Tax File Number) AND they do loads of group activities so you can meet people and make friends. BONUS: they pick you up from the airport too.

Now that you’ve been given the basics, what are you waiting for? Book your flight and get your visa.

Australia awaits!!

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