Australia Calling – 4 Things You Need Before Jetting Off

Australia Calling – 4 Things You Need Before Jetting Off

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!!

I cannot believe I’m saying this, but we’re officially on a countdown. I’ll be landing in Sydney in 27 days and I cannot WAIT!

When I was planning this, I didn’t even think to see if other bloggers had done it, so I struggled on my own. If you plan on doing a Working Holiday in Sydney, here are a few tips and tricks (with links!) to help make it easier.

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? With the WHV, you can complete 3 months of Regional Work to extend your stay for another 12 months. Regional Work tends to be on a farm (think picking potatoes) but there are other ways of clocking up the hours.

It’s AU$440 (about £250) 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 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 the best seat thanks to SeatGuru.com. For those of you who don’t know, Seat Guru allows people to 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.

It’ll be tempting to go for a cheap flight with a cheap airline, but you get what you pay for. I recommend Etihad or Emirates – they’re just better and you pay for quality.

Don’t forget that it’s a super long flight so why not check out my tips on keeping yourself entertained on a long haul flight.

Insurance

Everyone says “oh I don’t need insurance, what’s the worst that could happen?”

A lot. A lot could happen, especially if you want to do the cool things like skydiving or swimming in the Great Barrier Reef.

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 thought 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, but some are dodgy. If the price looks too good to be true, it probably is.

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

They offer things that STA want you to pay for, so I’m obviously going to save myself money by doing it myself. They give you an Australian sim card for your phone, can help you 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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