Im in the process of trying to decide whether to take a career break (from a job im not enjoying)and travel Oz for a year! My main concern is the fact that I am 30 and that im going to be loads older than everyone else?! Is this really going to be the case?! Ill be looking to start off in Sydney - how easy is it to find accomodation in a flat/house share once im there? Im going to be looking to work too - any realistic ideas as to the sort of work i am likely to be able to get?
Thats probably enough questions for now(but only a fraction of the questions whizzing round my head!!)
Any advice/comments would be great!!
I'm 34 and i'm off to oz on my own in september and i've been thru the same dilemma as you...am i too old... i suppose your as old as you feel but if you don't do it now you never will .you can always find an excuse not to go and once your over 30 you'll have more trouble getting a working holiday visa so do it.....i have'nt met anyone whose done it and regretted it.
I think you should do it. Its the best thing ever to go away for a while. Its quite easy to get work out there and there are lots of opportunities in Sydney especially. Lots of office work and stuff but it depends what you want to do.
Once you start working you'll probably have work mates that are more or less in your age group and I met lots of people that were around 30 years of age or in their late 20s.
Accomodation is easy to find. On george street in the dymmocks building the 7th floor, which is all for travellers, they have a wall full of adverts by people looking for flatmates. Look in newpapers too. You just call people and check some places out. Its not that expensive either. There are some really nice places out there too.
When I took partner + 2 kids around the world, we were older than you.
OK, we didn't see much nightlife, but it was there if we wanted it. I don't think the Aussies regard age as a barrier, as long as you've a sense of humour and a 'no worries' attitude!
I initially planned to leave work and travel for 6 months but once I had calmed down I decided just to get away for a month and am going at the end of the year. I'm 44 and going on my own so can't see 30 being a problem. Good Luck
On george street in the dymmocks building the 7th floor, which is all for travellers, they have a wall full of adverts by people looking for flatmates.
This person is referring to Travellers Contact Point, they also have job listings (plus representatives from agencies are sometimes there) and offer a mail holding/forwarding service as well as having an in-house travel agency. The Dymocks Building on George Street is located ½ block north of the Queen Victoria Building (but on the other side of the road)
I used them on my working holiday in Australia a few years back, they have a fair amount of info. Youth Hostels in Sydney quite often have notice boards on which there are job and accommodation adverts, particularly the ones that gear themselves towards working holidaymakers.
Travellers Contact Point also have a number of smaller offices in other Australian cities.
[ Edit: Edited at Jun 20, 2006 1:25 PM by mojorob ]
Oh, come on, you're not old at all!!! You will meet locals and travellers in the full range of ages, from 17 or younger up to 70 or older. Don't worry about that, I think it's wonderful that you are going.
Thanks for all your words of encouragement guys! Just what I needed! The visas applications been accepted so now just need to get the career break sorted and pack my bags!!