Ok so ive got this plan.......basically I want to go to japan in January for around 8 weeks in then on to Australia for a year on a working visa but Ive no idea what im going to be looking at cost wise. Ive got a friend that is going to be in Japan working with Nova so I have a place to stay for free there but i obviously want to travel around and see as much as is possible, urban and rural. im also gonna need to have money for when I arrive in Australia. Has anyone done this or does anyone know what i will be looking at money wise? Im currently working in Seattle and will either be flying from here or Vancouver....any tips on some good places for flights? Any advice would be really appreciated. Cheers!
Japan isn't a cheap place. Though if you have somewhere to stay at least part of the time, it will be significantly more affordable. And you can save a lot of money by choosing your meals carefully.
Get a 7/14 day rail pass if you want to check out the countryside. You will NEED to get this before hand - they aren't available once you're in the country.
Do you already have a visa arranged to work in Australia?
Hey thanks for the reply, I don't have a working visa sorted out yet.....whats the time frame for getting one like? Is it a fairly fast process? also what would be the best way to go about getting one? i know i can get one through bunac but ive been told you can get them through STA Travel for about 20 quid.
You can get you WHV straight through the government website www.immi.gov.au - mine took about a day to come through - cost was 180 Aus dollars (I think). If your not going till after July then your probably best waiting till after the first of July to get it due to the changes that are happening - being able to work for 6 months for same employer now - theres a thread on here somewhere about it. Hope that helps. Rach
You can get you WHV straight through the government website www.immi.gov.au
Not if you're a US citizen you can't. I believe it is very limited the amount of places you can get your visa. Basically, you need some sort of sponsor - be that Bunac, AIFS (the one STA uses), etc.. I doubt that getting it through STA is as cheap as you say, but it would be worth checking out. There's details on their website.
The visa is also only for 4 months, rather than the up to 2 years a regular WHV has. Though it does have options to return again several times afterwards, which the WHV doesn't.
From the Bunac site:
Applications are accepted year-round until the program is full.
Your only real risk is that the program is already full for the year. For that reason, it is best to apply as soon as possible.
I'll be happy to stand corrected on any of this information though, as this is just my understanding of it and I'm by no means an expert on the matter.
Sorry thought USA was included on the WHV scheme - ignore my info
8 weeks in Japan will really eat into your cash. If you're only checking out one city/area, you should be ok... but if you want to travel around your cash will run out fast. Australia is far easier on the cash, but you'll need cash to set up. To give you an idea, when i'm travelling in Japan (not including flights and accommodation), I spend about ¥8000 a day including travel, lunch, dinner and souvenirs. It can be a lot cheaper if your on a budget, you just have to be careful with your cash.
Ive got a US passport and a British one so im going to get a WHV using my UK one. Are the visa's for one year or two years and when you say that the program is already full do you mean for 2007? im not going to be going for another 8 months. thanks.
Well, if you have British citizenship things should be a LOT easier.
Those never seem to run out from what I can tell.