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Australia - August 31st!

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific Australia - August 31st!

1. Posted by Itsryanzc (Budding Member, 10 posts) 15 Jun '14 15:55

Hey guys, I made a thread on here a while ago but... thought I'd make another.

I'm flying to Sydney on August 31st (From manchester) with 2 friends. I'M SO EXCITED! I'm going to take around.... £4000/£4500 so $7200/$8100 - is this a decent amount? We plan to stay in Sydney for a week and find our feet, set up our bank accounts, phones etc (What else would we need to do in the first week???)

We then plan to look for work, if we find it... great, if not we do plan to move on to Melbourne/Brisbane for work, save for a while (1-3 months) and then travel the east coast hopefully ending up in Cairns.

I try to think positive but I do think "What if I can't find work???" and I eat through my savings and have to go home! I hope everything turns out ok for me. Is it difficult to find waiting on/retail work in Sydney?

Any advice would be appreciated, and travel buddies would be great too! Anyone heading out around this time comment back and I will give you my Facebook link!

Thanks!
Ryan

2. Posted by KellieBarnes (Admin, 623 posts) 15 Jun '14 20:13

Hi Ryan,

I think the amount you have saved sounds decent but I would also suggest getting out of Sydney as quickly as possible – that place is expensive! Even if you just head out to a suburb or satellite city nearby, you may end up making significant savings.

The only other thing I can think of at the moment is to also get a Tax File Number. Details on the ATO website.

I can't comment on the Sydney job market but I do suggest looking for work as early as possible. All up it took my partner almost two months to find a job in Melbourne, though he didn't look very hard for the first 3-4 weeks

3. Posted by Itsryanzc (Budding Member, 10 posts) 17 Jun '14 13:25

Yeah I've heard Sydney is really expensive. If I could find work there straight away it'd be great....

Two months? dammnnn, that's a long time. What type of work was he looking for?

4. Posted by Itsryanzc (Budding Member, 10 posts) 17 Jun '14 13:31

Also, if anyone could help me... I dont feel very prepared and I'm trying to create a "to do" list.

Anyone that has travelled, what would you suggest? I don't feel very prepared at all!!

5. Posted by KellieBarnes (Admin, 623 posts) 17 Jun '14 19:20

Hospitality management but again the initial month was a bit like 'holiday mode' still.

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