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travelling alone to Australia, age 34.

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1. Posted by Stellash (Budding Member 2 posts) 34w

Hi everyone,

I'm looking to go to Australia around April time. I'm a nurse, age 34 from Scotland. I don't classify for the whv unfortunately. Anyone else in the same position?
Feel a little older than most on here 😝. But Definitely ready for something new.
If anyone got any advice that could help would be much appreciated. Or if anyone going around the same time. Get in touch.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 34w

FWIW: You do still qualify for a WHV-equivalent for New Zealand, the IEP Work Exchange Visa through Bunac. It's a bit more expensive, but effectively the same thing, and lasts up to age 35 (inclusive). (Only available to UK residents, so I'm totally jealous; New Zealand is quite comparable in culture and atmosphere, but with added absolutely gorgeous scenery - as much as I love Australia, New Zealand is way beyond it.)

Last time I travelled through Australia I was 33, and yeah, you do start to feel the gap a bit compared to the majority of 18-24 year olds. But there's plenty of late 20s WHVers, and a very diverse set of 30-70 year olds which you'll bump into along the road, so I never felt like I was standing out all that much. Picking hostels becomes more important (YHA tends to have a most varied age mix, although that can differ a lot between individual hostels).

Other than that: giving general advice "wide open" is very hard, and you don't tend to get many useful reactions when asking for it. It helps to tell a bit about what you already know, what you're uncertain about, and/or what your interests are. I can easily ramble about Australia for hours, but I do need a starting point... :)

Still, one general tip: Don't feel like you have to be seeing and doing things every day. Long term travel is different from vacationing. You need to find a sustainable rhythm for yourself which you can keep up indefinitely. Build in plenty of rest and research time, where it's okay to just hang out on the couch of the hostel and read your lonely planet for what you'll be doing the week after, and meanwhile get to assimilate all the experiences from the previous days.

[ Edit: Edited on 31-Jan-2016, at 02:36 by Sander ]

3. Posted by Stellash (Budding Member 2 posts) 34w

Hi Sander, thanx so much for responding to my add.
The information you have given has been helpful.
By doing this trip I'm hoping to make it more permanent. Hoping to secure employment and stay (apply for migration). I'm ready to make the move. As I have never been before I would consider moving to any areas of Australia. I have contacted migration agents and I've been quoted approx £9000 to make this happen.
I don't have this kind of money. So having to look at other options.

New Zealand working holiday visa, sounds good.
I had a look on the website link that u supplied. To be fair I would go to either of them. Seems to be more job opportunities in Australia though. I'm a cosmetic nurse here in the UK, which is not your general nursing. Appears to be more jobs in Aus.

It is so confusing, mind boggling actually. I've never done anything like this before, especially on my own!!!
Sometimes you just know when it's time to make a change, this I feel is my time. I'm ready for the challenge though!! Lol

Thanks :)

4. Posted by hob1234 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 34w

Hi Stellash,

I am also travelling to Australia, (Sydney) alone, arriving end of April 2016. I am 30 years old so just managed to get the WHV. I'm a teacher but open to applying for different kinds of work once I arrive. Looking to settle in Sydney first for a while before doing getting my head around travelling rest of Oz.

Looking to get in touch with people with similar plans, that may be arriving in Sydney at a similar time :)

5. Posted by Roxyp (Budding Member 68 posts) 31w

Hi Stellash I'm also travelling to Australia (Melbourne first) March 2016- I'm 27 and will be on my 2nd year WHV. Only planning on using 6 months of it though as I have applied for my PGCE back in England in September.

Would be good to be in touch with people if you'll be in Melbourne around April/ early May at all 😊 Roxy x

6. Posted by miek1980 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 31w

hi, I'm 36 and ready to move to another place. I have my own bussines (bar) in holland and i am trying to sell it very soon. And go travelling and trying not to come back to holland. I will start in thailand and travel to malaysian, indonesie and australie. Any help or advice will be welcome. We are never to old to start new things!!