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1. Posted by yme25 (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Hi Guys

Finally my wife & I have decided to take a holiday for a year......a working holiday to UK. We want to see everything and everywhere in Europe, including South Africa and India. We would be leaving for UK sometime early Jan 2008. It would appreciated for tips on travel itineries, accomodation, best times to travel , top pubs,finding jobs, visa's to apply, and transportation.

Thanks.

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

If you are planning a "working holiday" and also plan on seeing all of Europe, India and South Africa, I'm sorry to dissapoint you, but you wont be doing much work! India alone is huge and if you can stay sain there would require 6 months or more of constant travel to get close to seeing it well. I haven't been to South Africa but heard it's a lovely place and requires a long time if you are to see it well. I think you will do yourself a lot bigger favour by instead of trying to go to 49 countries (47 in Europe), try and see the ones that appeal to you the most skipping minor ones you may not have even heard of before and ones that simply do not look interesting. What you are talking about is trying to break a world record by seeing one country every 7 1/2 days of your trip whilst working!

Best time of year for my liking is definitely in the European Summer when the weather in UK can sometimes get reasonable, but then compared to Australian weather even the hottest days in the UK summer are pretty mild. Best time in India is definitely not June-August where the weather can get deadly hot especially in the north (I was there last June in 50C weather). Someone else could tell you the best months for India but avoid going there between those months.

As an Australian citizen you will need to apply for a visa to India, if you go to Russia (which you should) you'll also need to apply for a visa there but be warned it is a painful experience getting the visa but is a rewarding one when you finally get to go to the country. You'll obviously need the working holiday visa for UK and for the most part I think you should be right as far as other visas go unless you go to some of those Eastern European countries like Belarus (as painful as Russia and very expensive). Last year Ukraine had the same visa regulations as Russia when it came to Australian passport holders, but for other major countries like UK, USA and Canada they didn't require a visa for short stays, so maybe that may change for Australians by the time you're in Europe. Not sure about the other less travelled to places in Eastern Europe like Serbia, Slavakia, Macedonia etc. If you go to Turkey you will require a visa but I'm pretty sure that it can be purchased on arrival for Australian passport holders.

Have a great trip.

3. Posted by mohit_sa (Full Member 59 posts) 9y

I would say, the best months for visiting India are definitely not May till August. May-June are very hot (dont know if that'd be a problem for someone from Australia) and July-Aug are quite wet, due to the monsoons. Rest of the time is pretty OK throughout the country. The best time and the official tourist season, though, is from October till March.

4. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Quoting yme25

We want to see everything and everywhere in Europe, including South Africa and India.

Just a note to make the planning easier - South Africa and India aren't generally considered to be part of Europe . . .

I would agree with Harold, you're plans seem to spread you a bit too thin - can you narrow it down any?

5. Posted by yme25 (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Quoting mikeyBoab

Quoting yme25

We want to see everything and everywhere in Europe, including South Africa and India.

Just a note to make the planning easier - South Africa and India aren't generally considered to be part of Europe . . .

I would agree with Harold, you're plans seem to spread you a bit too thin - can you narrow it down any?

Well guys, what we are planning is to Start at Europe. Since we have one year, we were thinking to see as much as Europe first, then towards the end make a trip to Africa and India.

At the moment I am not that worried about Africa and India. It would be appreciated if someone had a itinery for Europe to share.

Thanks heaps guys.:)

6. Posted by yme25 (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Quoting aharrold45

If you are planning a "working holiday" and also plan on seeing all of Europe, India and South Africa, I'm sorry to dissapoint you, but you wont be doing much work! India alone is huge and if you can stay sain there would require 6 months or more of constant travel to get close to seeing it well. I haven't been to South Africa but heard it's a lovely place and requires a long time if you are to see it well. I think you will do yourself a lot bigger favour by instead of trying to go to 49 countries (47 in Europe), try and see the ones that appeal to you the most skipping minor ones you may not have even heard of before and ones that simply do not look interesting. What you are talking about is trying to break a world record by seeing one country every 7 1/2 days of your trip whilst working!

Best time of year for my liking is definitely in the European Summer when the weather in UK can sometimes get reasonable, but then compared to Australian weather even the hottest days in the UK summer are pretty mild. Best time in India is definitely not June-August where the weather can get deadly hot especially in the north (I was there last June in 50C weather). Someone else could tell you the best months for India but avoid going there between those months.

As an Australian citizen you will need to apply for a visa to India, if you go to Russia (which you should) you'll also need to apply for a visa there but be warned it is a painful experience getting the visa but is a rewarding one when you finally get to go to the country. You'll obviously need the working holiday visa for UK and for the most part I think you should be right as far as other visas go unless you go to some of those Eastern European countries like Belarus (as painful as Russia and very expensive). Last year Ukraine had the same visa regulations as Russia when it came to Australian passport holders, but for other major countries like UK, USA and Canada they didn't require a visa for short stays, so maybe that may change for Australians by the time you're in Europe. Not sure about the other less travelled to places in Eastern Europe like Serbia, Slavakia, Macedonia etc. If you go to Turkey you will require a visa but I'm pretty sure that it can be purchased on arrival for Australian passport holders.

Have a great trip.

Thanks Harrold

Yours tips have sure put us to perspective. We are more concentrating on Europe then Africa and India. Well keep you posted as we go.

Thanks Heaps.:)

7. Posted by yme25 (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Quoting mohit_sa

I would say, the best months for visiting India are definitely not May till August. May-June are very hot (dont know if that'd be a problem for someone from Australia) and July-Aug are quite wet, due to the monsoons. Rest of the time is pretty OK throughout the country. The best time and the official tourist season, though, is from October till March.

Thanks for your tip. Would you be able to name some beautiful Hill Stations in India.

:)