I'm new to this site.
I'm about to embark on a 12 month working holiday in Australia, Melbourne to be precise. I have my Visa and I'm hoping to fly out at the beginning of December.
This is my first piece of "major" travel and I'm quite nervous but in a very good way Very Happy
I've been to a few countries in Europe but never anywhere exotic and I think that at 24 before settling on a carreer path I should be having a little adventure so I'm off.
Basically I have a few questions:
1) I applied for a visa last week and got email confirmation that it was granted etc. When I enter Australia is there anything else that I need to bring other than a copy of the visa document? and passport obviously.
2) What kind of travel insurance should I be looking to get?
3) I figure it may take me about 2-3 weeks to find a place to live with other people, what cheap accomodation could you reccommend in the meantime? I want something safe, but I'm not adverse to a hostel. I have approximately A$500 budget for this.
4) Following on from 3, I need somewhere safe and secure to leave a few things such as a laptop camera and some documents. What would people reccommend for this?
5) I'd like to meet a lot of people and thats one of the reasons I'm throwing myself into this little adventrue. What do people reckon is the best way to meet people in a similar situation as myself? I'm in the process of rounding up friends of friends details etc.
6) finally, has anyone got any advice for someone going by themselves to explore the big wide world?
Well Adrian I studied abroad a few years ago in Melbourne and then went back the following year to continue traveling around OZ.
Answers to some of your questions:
1) As far as what you need to bring, when I went I just needed a copy of the visa and the passport. I would check with your embassy in Australia to verify before you leave.
2) Again I would talk to the embassy about this. Australia has federal insurance and falls under differnt catagories. Check with them. If not just standard travel insurance is fine. I went to the doctor once while there and I just filled out some paper work. I did not need to show anything special.
3) I would recommend staying in a hostel while you are searching. Look into staying at a reputable hostel and should enjoy it. Find one with a kitchen so you can cook most of your meals and save some money. For both a hostel and a place to live I would look in the suburbs such as Clayton, Malverne, Caufield, Armadale. If you have a little more money then definately check South Yarra.
4)Most hostels will have some form of lock box. If you are still worried than talk to the hostel owner and they may be able to help you with a more secure location to store your belongings.
5)Best way to meet people it talk on this website and to meet people at hostels, which is the easiest.
6)Best advice, be open minded, talk to eveyone, avoid political conversations, travel everywhere you can with the budget have, stay in hostels and enjoy.
Hope this helps. If you need any more information on traveling around OZ or NZ please feel free to contact me. Brent
Thanks for your help brent most appreciated.
Will look into everything you mentioned