Hi, I need some help. I am planning to either venture into Canada or Australia come June, but the choice isn't the problem, the problem is that I am going alone. My first time and I don't know what to do first!
I know I get to the Airport, then what? - I arrive, find a hostel and then look for a job. Is this the general plan?
Or do I look for an apartment and where?
I know it sounds stupid to be so lost already but I have to get out of Ireland for longer than 2 weeks some time.
Also is it very east to find others to get along with and make friends easily in hostels?
Can I live in a hostel throughout my stay and hold down a full time job?
Is there any users who would give me greater direction in what to do through e-mail.
My heart is straying toward Canada at the moment.
You can do it any way you like, but I suspect the common pattern is to stay in a hostel while looking for work, and then if this work is sufficiently long-term, find an appartment that is located more conveniently to get to that work, and saves you a lot more of the money you'll be making so that you can use that for travelling.
A lot of hostels only allow stays of up to one or two weeks (especially during high season), although there's also plenty which cater specifically to backpackers who want to stay for up to several months. This latter often seems very attractive (hostels generally have a great atmosphere), but if you're there primarily to get to know the country - rather than your fellow travellers - I'd definitely recommend going for an appartment instead.
I suspect finding work in June will be easier in Australia than in Canada (where summer vacation will be starting, and you'll be competing against local students, with less work available to start with), but that's just a hunch. You might also see it as an opportunity to start your time in Canada with travelling while the weather's still good, getting to know different places so that come September you'll know where you want to go and work (hint: start looking and following up on leads by late July/early August). 'course, that requires a sizable sum of money upfront, but having that will be a good idea anyway. And I might be completely mistaken about it being harder to find work at that time of year...
Im going to be a first time backpacker but from all the information i have picked up and found, if it is also your first time, I'd strongly recommend looking up a hostel you'd like to stay in for at least your first couple of nights. There are so many books and so much on the internet, and indeed on here, which will help you with your travels. As for finding a job i have read in some places that it can be very hard and competitve, yet other places say its easy for travellers to get jobs especially in bars! I don't know exactly what you are looking for but there are plenty of companies which offer "work and travel" programmes. These help you find a job sort our visa's accomodation etc etc.
Iv only researched Australia because that is where im going to be going. It may differ for Canada but personally i would still recommend having some form of accomodation sorted for the first couple of nights. Being in a place that far away from home and with jet lag is bound to take its toll especially when your alone!