Hello everyone! First off, this board is extremely informative so I appreciate your response.
My girlfriend and I are planning a trip to Australia for May to August (summer vacation). We're planning on a working holiday, but I'm not sure how realistic our plan is. I've done a lot of research and I'm in the middle of preparing a document to summarize this.
We both still live with our respective parents so "convincing" them will be an essential milestone in the plan. In order to do that, we have to communicate an idea of stability. What we would LIKE to have is to rent one apartment in one city for the entire tenure of the trip. I'd love to backpack but it doesn't seem realistic to tell our parents we'll be "around" Australia somewhere!
I've seen reasonable 1-bedroom apartments for <$100/week. I decided that Melbourne was a good choice because it's significantly cheaper than Sydney. We would likely stay in a hostel for the first week until we secure a place, although we'd get an idea of the listings just before we leave Canada. We would sign with an agency to get some sort of retail or office work preferably (I've heard agencies recommended often, but sometimes they're ridiculed as ineffective).
The idea of living in one apartment without traveling around for three months seems unusual compared to the other posters.
- have you done this before?
- how much do the associated costs (heating/electricity) come to with renting?
- can you give a better idea of monthly costs for living (my estimates are around $300 to over $600)