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1. Posted by chris1 (Budding Member 42 posts) 10y

chris1 has indicated that this thread is about Australia

Thinking of going to OZ on a working holiday visa end of the year/start of next year, Hopefully will be going away for about a year and going to work when I get to Oz.

Think I will have about £4000 pounds saved up by the time I want to go, but was really hoping to go away with about £6000.

I was seriously thinking about taking out a bank loan, just for extra funds.

Has anyone done this ? what are your thoughts on this idea ? do you think I should just stay in Cold/Boring Scotland until I have enough money to go.

2. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 10y

Hi Chris,

4000 quid is around $9,000 Oz dollars. Have a look at this budget guide; it may help http://www.studyworkandtravel.com/html/templates/budgetguide.htm.

If you are working occasionally or even full time then that is plenty of money. Spending $80 a day for 12 weeks would only chew into about 6k. Point is you could work in cold boring Scotland or work in warm-shitloads-of-fun Australia. If you arive in Sydney early in the new year it is very warm, and is heading towards the end of our Summer holidays so businesses are starting up again, which means the employment market is picking up. If you arrived late in the year (December) you'll be in the thick of party season New Years etc. Have some fun, spend your hard-earned cash, then look for work after having a break for a few weeks (on the beach!).

Hope this helps

3. Posted by chris1 (Budding Member 42 posts) 10y

Yeah that does help, thanks a lot.

When you put it like that I don't really know what I am worrying about and if I do run out of money I could always ask my parents !! ha ha !!

4. Posted by Ausboy (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

Hey there Chris!

OK straight up my advice is to get your ass over here ASAP! Seriously if you're gonna be working while you're here you have no worries about money. If you have 4000 quid thats MORE than enough for a start. It's amazing how little you CAN live on if you have to.. I did it in canada and really there's nothing like being the typical stingy backpacker lying caffeine drunk in the train station.

But really, THat will be fine. you can get work started up almost immediately wit a bit of luck, and you may as well live here and have fun in the time it takes for you to get work.. compared to back home.

And definately Dont get a loan. there's only one thing worse after travelling than having to come home... and that's arriving to a 1000+ quid debt lying waiting for you table that you forgot about while you were galivanting around Australia.

Come on down under and you'll have a blast. No worries mate!

Cheers..
Ausboy