could anyone give me some help about the cost of travelling please? i am going with a friend we are starting in thailand-bangkok, hong kong, china-beiging, australia, new zealand, figi, hawaii, and 4 states in america. we know the cost of a flights, but are interested to know the cost of living while we are out there, e.g hostels, food. we are planning to go april 2008 for around 10 months. we would like to work in australia, is it easy to get jobs out there? are main attractions everywhere expensive? and are there any attractions people suggest we go to? we would be grateful for any help
[ Edit: Edited on Apr 21, 2007, at 6:48 AM by aimee2727 ]
Costs are very hard to judge, because what I like and what you like may be two different things and the same would apply for everyone else who will read your post. An estimation of costs (assuming you aren't s severe over-eater and you always stay in hostels where possible) would be $20-25US a day in asia except maybe Beijing depending on what you do. In Australia/NZ $50US a day would be good, but depending on where you go and what you do that budget could be too little or it may be plenty enough. For example a trip to the Bungle Bungles in Western Australia costs roughly the same amount per day as one of those very expensive cruises to Antarctica, but if you spend a couple of days just getting the tram about Melbourne you could get by way less than $50US per day. I haven't been to Fiji so unsure of the budget there and America well that can vary greatly from state to state and what you do, but $50US a day should get you by but the more you have, the better your trip will be. If you were to go to see the Grand Canyon, then those tours can cost a lot so that'd add to your daily budget.
Entry in to the attractions in Asia are usually very cheap to reasonably priced. If you go to Vietnam, full day island hopping tours at Nha Trang plus a night in a low budget hotel, still costs less than you'd pay to go up the Empire State Building if you go to New York. Attractions in Australia/NZ and America cost a small fortune most the time. I'm unsure about what they are like in Fiji.
As for how easy it is to get jobs in Australia, well it depends when you are in Australia, what type of work you are going to be looking for, where you are looking for work at, if you have a working visa or are trying to find illegal work etc. If you look for work in Queensland ie Brisbane or Surfers Paradise, you should have little problems in finding something, because everytime I have been there almost every shop window has a help wanted sign up, because a lot of locals are too lazy to work when the weather is so nice and numerous nice beaches are there.
In New Zealand if you go to Queenstown particularly if you go to do any of the fun activities, well you will pay a lot of money, so the budget of $50US a day would blow way out. In Asia on some days you could get by on $15US a day but others may be $30US so if you averaged it at $25US a day you'd most likely be allowing yourself a fair bit of spare cash if you were not spending money just because you can. In Australia Western Australia is a very nice place to visit that a lot of overseas people tend to miss off probably because of the advertising they see on Sydney. You should try and go to Western Australia if you have a few months in Australia and do a bit of a tour up the coast and some inside a bit. If you miss Western Australia out, you are missing out the best bit of Australia.
One main thing in China that you should not miss out on doing is the Jinshaling-Simatai walk along the Great Wall of China. The hostel I was staying at in Beijing ran tours there and they dropped you off at the Jinshaling part and you walked the 18km to the Simatai section. If you do that, be sure to buy some food and plenty of drink the day before you go, because when I went we left before any shops were open to get anything to eat or drink and there is no place to buy any for almost the entire 18km.
Have a great trip.
thank you for your help, your estimations for costs each day have really helped us.
do you suggest any hostels that are good to stay in at these countries we have chosen to go to. as we are two girls travelling for the first time we want to feel safe.
we are unsure of where we are going in australia at the moment. what are the places you suggest?
in america we have decided to go to LA and then travel on greyhound buses to san diego, vegas, san francisco and return back to LA where we will then fly to orlando florida get a greyhound bus to miami back to orlando and then fly up to New York. from new york we may be going to Canada to stay with a friend and then return back to london.