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1. Posted by Pokute (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

hey there!
Im planning a trip to Sydney and maybe Byron Bay for about seven months next year. Im not planning to travel around, just settle down at maybe these two places, find work, chill out and learn some surfing. The thing is that I'm from Sweden, so Im wondering if anyone knows if it's possible for me to leave Australia after these months with some money in my pocket? I mean, since Im swedish, can I get work that actually pays off ( I guess bar and restaurant jobs is what I would get) or am I just wasting my time if I want to gain some money? (Im planning a trip to south america after, that's why I need money.) Would be really grateful for some answers :D
Sofia

2. Posted by Yeah (Budding Member 67 posts) 8y

I dont think i've ever heard of anyone leaving Australia with more money than they had when they came, but i guess it depends on your priorities. If you work five days a week and not party too much and spend too much money, it should be possible. But i guess what you're able to save up will only barely cover the flight ticket.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 8y

Yeah, as a rule, backpacker jobs do not earn you a lot of money. They're good for stretching your money to last longer, but for most people, that's all they are.
That's not to say some people don't manage to save up a lot, as they do; but it usually involves either working two jobs (60+ hours a week), or having a skill which is very much in demand, and being really good at it (I managed to break even on my trip due to finding many web development projects, but being that lucky is really rather rare).
It's almost always easier to save up money at home than while abroad.

Also, Sydney is pretty much the most expensive place to live in Australia. Unless you've found work which earns you more than you're spending, I'd get out as soon as you have seen the sights.

4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

So you want to chill out, learn to surf, and save some money.

If you do manage to save some money, simply leave it in your bank account and access it from whatever country you may be in.

5. Posted by Pokute (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

So noone think it's possile for me to get some cash abroad? That was not the answer I wanted ;)
But seriously, I mean, ofcourse it's expensive living in sydney and all, but is it really that hard to get a job that gives you more money than you spend living there? Im going to split a flat with at least one mate, maybe more people, Im going to work like I do here at home, but still have a nice life and be able to party. And yeah, the ticket cost me some money, but that's ok. Since Im going to stay at only two places and not travel around, I don't think it sound so impossible... Or do you still think it's a stupid idea?

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 8y

The thing is, you're much less likely to get a well paying job there than you're at home. You're a backpacker; you're only allowed to work for the same company for a maximum of six months, and while you're guaranteed to be gone after that, there's also the risk for the company that you'll decide to take off much sooner - as you don't have any ties binding you to the place, and are known to be a traveller. People who're local thus have a vast advantage for pretty much any kind of job where the employer wants to have a long-term relationship with the employee; (e.g. almost any job worth doing). Added to this is the thing where wages in Australia are quite a bit lower than in Europe (due to the lower cost of living and currency exchange factor), which makes saving up always go more swiftly in Europe.
Again, it certainly is possible to do this. It's just that most people discover that they won't manage to save up too much money while there. (But in the end, you're the only one who can determine and influence if this will be the case for you, too. Maybe you'll be the exception to the rule. (I know I was.))

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 10, 2007, at 10:25 AM by Sander ]

7. Posted by Pokute (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Quoting Sander

The thing is, you're much less likely to get a well paying job there than you're at home. You're a backpacker; you're only allowed to work for the same company for a maximum of six months, and while you're guaranteed to be gone after that, there's also the risk for the company that you'll decide to take off much sooner - as you don't have any ties binding you to the place, and are known to be a traveller. People who're local thus have a vast advantage for pretty much any kind of job where the employer wants to have a long-term relationship with the employee; (e.g. almost any job worth doing). Added to this is the thing where wages in Australia are quite a bit lower than in Europe (due to the lower cost of living and currency exchange factor), which makes saving up always go more swiftly in Europe.
Again, it certainly is possible to do this. It's just that most people discover that they won't manage to save up too much money while there. (But in the end, you're the only one who can determine and influence if this will be the case for you, too. Maybe you'll be the exception to the rule. (I know I was.))

Yeah I guess you are right :) But at the same time, maybe it's worth a try just for the great experience. At least I don't think I would loose money, just time. And I got a lot of time :) So you were an exception of it? Tell me more...
But thank you for your reply, I really need some different views of my idea :)