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Earning potential?!?

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1. Posted by Simon1983 (Budding Member 50 posts) 9y

Hi.

I am planning to visit NZ and Oz on a working holiday VISA. I will be going there after 5-7 months in South America. My plan was to save and travel SA and then come to Oz and NZ to work and travel for as long as I can in order to build up some more money to travel SE Asia/China.

Is this a viable option? Realistically could I earn enough in Oz/NZ to save and travel. I would not be looking to live like a king.

Cheers in advance.

Simon.

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

I had no problem saving in both NZ and Aus.
At the end of my trip in NZ I was broke and needed a flight home, but 7 weeks of picking apples gave me enough for a flight back home to Canada with a stopover in Hong Kong and Thailand for a month and half.
In Australia, after a few months of travelling, my girlfriend and I arrived in Sydney completely broke. We worked in a hotel bartending, cleaning rooms, and serving, and after 3 months saved enough to spend another 2 months travelling in Oz, a month in China, a month in Thailand, and 6 months in India.

So yes it is possible. The key is to be willing to work your ass off when you do work. If you just want to hang out in a town, work 40 hours a week, and drink in the evenings with friends, than you probably won't spend a cent. My attitude when I stop in a town to work is that making money is my only priority. I'm happy working 80+ hours a week with no social life for a couple months in order to be able to take a few months holiday in Asia afterwards. The hotel business in the Australian summer is a good opportunity to get alot of hours if you are willing to take them. And picking fruit out in the countryside is a great way to say money since there really isn't much else to do but work.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3711 posts) 9y

I worked in NZ for 15 months and was able to save plenty of money to travel round SE Asia for 3 months on my way home (and also managed a week in Fiji earlier on in the year). I actually found it easier to save in NZ than back here in the UK, in spite of earning more here because general living costs are cheaper. The NZ$ is fairly strong at the moment too.

4. Posted by KScott (Budding Member 27 posts) 9y

"If you just want to hang out in a town, work 40 hours a week, and drink in the evenings with friends, than you probably won't spend a cent."

where is this magical and magnificent town that serves free beer???