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1. Posted by RebekahL (Budding Member 14 posts) 21w

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Hey guys!

I'm from the uk and I'm travelling end of the year, my flights are already booked we are travelling Southeast Asia first for two months then heading straight to Sydney.

We are going to spend a bit of money probably in Thailand, then hopefully be able to find a job as soon as we get there really. We are ensuring to work a couple of months the travel then work a few months and travel.

I'm only taking 6 grand with me that's to cover Asia and Australia, is this going to be enough :/???

Has anyone got any recommendations about if me and my partner should apartment share l? Or if they found it really tough finding work out there. It's such a massive place I'm quite scared lol!

If anyone has any information at all they can tell me that would be great!!!???

Many thanks

B :)

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 21w

At current exchange rates, if you spend about 2000 of those 6000 pounds in SE Asia (which should be entirely doable if you watch your expenses), you'll have AUD $6800 (4000 GBP) left when you enter Australia, which at an average backpacker budget of AUD $80/day (relatively frugal, but doable) would last you for nearly three months. Now, it's extremely easy to splurge while in Australia, blowing through that amount of money in 3-4 weeks, so such a budget requires watching your actual expenses - but all the same, this basically means that you should be absolutely fine. You can spend a couple of weeks upon arrival looking around and getting your bearings, and then start looking around for a job. Do be aware that Sydney is extremely expensive (most of the large cities are), so getting out sooner is better. Also be aware that things slow down tremendously in the run up to xmas, so depending on the time of the year when you're arriving, you might have to be a bit more frugal or really start looking for work straight away.

Finding a job is never certain; some people spend months looking. Definitely don't expect to just get a job right away, and also take into account that it could be up to a month before your first paycheck comes in. So leave yourself a large buffer and don't wait too long. Yet at the same time, it pays to first get a feel for some places and decide where you want to settle down and what type of work you'll be trying for.

I'd recommend first getting a job before searching for longer term accommodation. When you have a job, getting a room in a share house is a very common and economical thing to do.

3. Posted by RebekahL (Budding Member 14 posts) 18w

Thank you so much for getting back to me!
Such useful information!!

It is me and my partner going travelling so we will have double the money realistically!!

I heard Sydney is mega expensive but I would not no anywhere else to stay?! Any recommendations that's cheaper?

I'm hoping to get there straight away then find a job hopefully bar work or office work, some people say it's easy and some people it just don't work out!

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 18w

I worked in Melbourne myself (doing IT, hence big city), which is nearly as expensive. But for bar work, there should be plenty of mid-size cities along the coasts. Relatively boring cities, without many noteworthy tourist attractions, but still on the backpacker trail - and that combination is what makes them ideal for saving up money. Looking at a map, I see quite large cities like Wollongong, Newcastle, Townsville, or small ones like Mackay, Bundaberg, Coffs Harbour, etc; hop on a bus and go see a few of them for yourself, figure out what kind of vibe they have, and keep your eyes open for help wanted ads (and of course also look online for the places you go to). Worst case, you'll have seen a bit of the coast before returning to Sydney to look for work there after all. Best case, you'll find a place you quite like which you'd otherwise never have gone to, and stick around there for a few months to seriously save up money.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Jul-2016, at 15:05 by Sander ]