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1. Posted by jazzbrit (Full Member 98 posts) 10y

Can any one give me any advice, I'm due to go to oz in May, and I don't know what to take if how much and if I should go thru an agency like ozintro, sta travel, and seek because I am hearing mixed reviews. A lot of people have said that it would be easier to save the money and find out all relevant info once I land i.e, job, discount cards, hostels e.t.c. Help.

2. Posted by antthemanc (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

im headin to oz on the 16th of may (5 weeks) with the work and travel company but after reading similar posts on this site an gapyear.com it looks just as easy to sort it out yourself,
hostels that takr the discount cards yha/vip sell the cards anyway so thats sorted and been told hostels usually have a oticeboard for jobs an stuff

an easy way to find a hostel is to go to the tourist information in the airport we did this in amsterdamn an they sorted it out for us and told us how to get there with a free bus pass

3. Posted by jazzbrit (Full Member 98 posts) 10y

thanks antthemanc, much appreciated:)

4. Posted by jazzbrit (Full Member 98 posts) 10y

thanks antthemanc, much appreciated:)

5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

When you say "go through agencies like STA" etc. what does that actually mean in practical terms? Do you pay them a heap of money and they find jobs and accomodation for you, provide you with discount cards etc?

If this is the case, I'd lean towards doing it all myself. I'm always wary of handing over money for things I can do myself. There are agencies in the UK that do similar things for Aussies, but I did it all myself. I never trust "discount cards" (plus, how much of a discount can they be when you have to pay for them?) as you ca ninvariably get the same thing for the same price. For jobs, there are a heap of agencies over here, same as the UK, that cover every type of job/profession whether part/full time.

6. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 10y

I agree with james, at the end of the day its all about money making.

There are some good deals on things that companies provide, it would benefit you, its just a case of looking around.

I do most of it myself, just means you have to look about a bit.

7. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 10y

Hello,

STA actually charges to book accomodation on your behalf so if you can do it over the net on your own, why not?

I think whether accomodation search services are free or not would depend on the country you're visiting.

For Australia, what the STA lady here told me was that the hostel card would get you quite abit of discounts, including transport. But personally I don't have experience with this as I never had to pay for accomodation in Australia and thus don't need the card.

8. Posted by jazzbrit (Full Member 98 posts) 10y

Thanks you guys! Much apprecaited for your replies I think I'll arrange it all myself and save a few dollars for the bars and the sight seeing.:)