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1. Posted by Thomasvo (Budding Member 28 posts) 8y

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Hi,

I'm thinking about doing a trip starting in SE Asia. I would be starting in Hanoi going overland to Singapore over a period of 2-3 months. From there I would go to Darwin and stay in Australia for max a year with a WHV. During that time I would also want to visit New Zealand.

Now I'm not really worried about the SE Asia part (budget wise that is) since SE Asia is pretty cheap from what I've heard and read. I just don't know how much I should budget for one year AUS + a couple of weeks in NZ. Since I would go on a WHV I'm willing to work here & there but I don't really want to work 6 months or so to save money.

I've already been in Australia once and I have visited the eastcoast (Cape Trib to Sydney) and I have spent a fair amount of money during that time (mostly because I thought I wouldn't return soon :-) )
I'm not someone that will go skydiving/bungeejumping/... so I won't do the most expensive activities.

How much money do you guys think I would need for a year in Australia/NZ for food/drinks/hostels/shared appartments/activities/transportation?

By the way, you're all welcome to come along :-)

Thanks

2. Posted by alex.a. (Budding Member 19 posts) 8y

i've not been to australia yet, so can't say how much you'll need.

but if someone asked me, "how much would i need to live in scotland for a year" i'd give them the answer of "i can't tell you!"

i think your easiest way to go is...have as much as you can available to you in an accessable bank account (open an australian one if needs be and transfer some money to it, if you're going to work in oz you'll NEED and australian bank account anyway, apparently) then go from there, add some from your reserve account if you need more while you're away.

i think it'll probably be impossible for anyone to give you even a ballpark figure for the amount you'll need for a year!!

3. Posted by isnoo (Inactive 77 posts) 8y

Hi Thomasvo,

I will tell you what I have said to others with questions along this line.


  1. 1 - Make sure you have a return ticket - whether open or not.... that way you trip home is covered.


  1. 2 - As you have already done the "booze cruise" along the eastern side on your previous trip and possibly done all the "must do" things there you have an inkling of what you would like to see and do this time. This helps with planning where you fly into and where you leave to go to NZ.


  1. 3 - As you will have a working visa and intend to stay 12 months then I would suggest you have AT LEAST $5,000 Aus in a bank account for emergencies and extras you need to purchase for the times when you are travelling and not working etc.


  1. 4 - Think along the lines maybe of joining volunteer organisations eg the WWOOF organisation. These give you an opportunity to save accom and food money whilst doing something important and also learning a huge variety or extra skills etc. You will also have the opportunity to see parts of Australia most people don't!!

Have a look at the sites below- and from there you may come across many other types/areas of volunteering

http://www.wwoof.org/

http://www.volunteering.com.au/tools_and_resources/useful_links.asp#oz

http://www.govolunteer.com.au/volunteer/default.htm

Of course you do not need to volunteer - you can actually earn money by getting a variety of jobs such as bar/restaurant work, fruit picking, work in your particular area of expertise etc etc.

You can have more of a ball this time - as you have the opportunity of knowing what to expect, you can visit areas new to you OR revisit places you saw before.

My personal suggestion is that you fly into Perth from Asia and, depending on the time of year you are arriving either travel up north (during March/April to September/October) and then spend the summer (Australian) months down south.

Then you can leave from the eastern states (Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne) for the NZ section of your trip.

As the previous person said - this is a hard question to answer BUT these are some other ideas you can think about.

Whatever you do............ HAVE FUN!! (But also stay safe by keeping in contact with friends and rellies, plus hostels etc on a REGULAR basis. ALWAYS let someone know where you are heading and when you get there.)

With regards

Kathryn:)

4. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 8y

When are you going to Australia?

5. Posted by Thomasvo (Budding Member 28 posts) 8y

Thanks for the advice.

I probably won't have a return flight, since I'm planning to go from London to Hong Kong with Oasis airlines. From there I would fly to Bangkok (Airasia), and from Bangkok to Hanoi (Airasia again). I can't find any cheap flights from Hong Kong to Hanoi directly so I decided to do it that way. At the end of the SE Asia part of my trip I would be in Singpore. From there I would go with Tiger Airways to Darwin. So that's why I probably won't have a return flight. This shouldn't be a problem I suppose.

I have saved a fair amount of money, but I'm not willing to spend it all on this trip, that's why I was wondering if anyone could me how much life in Australia for 1 year would approx cost.

Anyway, I'm not even sure if I'm taking this trip or not. I would have to quit my job, find a new job when I get back,...
I really want to do this trip and if there's a time to do it, it's now, I've got no loans/house/children/girlfriend but I'm still hesitating... It sucks! :)

6. Posted by aimsuk (Full Member 112 posts) 8y

I really want to do this trip and if there's a time to do it, it's now, I've got no loans/house/children/girlfriend but I'm still hesitating... It sucks!

.......why are you hesitating???? If you dont do it, you'll forever wonder what if.

7. Posted by newsense (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

Quoting aimsuk

I really want to do this trip and if there's a time to do it, it's now, I've got no loans/house/children/girlfriend but I'm still hesitating... It sucks!

.......why are you hesitating???? If you dont do it, you'll forever wonder what if.

Even if you spend every penny to your name and some, it will be far and away the best thing you ever do! There is no question you should go!