I will be backpacking my first trip this october and plan to spend 6 months in the Oceanic region, most specifically
Australia, and New Zeland, and also a stop over in Fiji and maybe other south asian locations.
I've started researching visas, transportation and accomodations. However I would like to hear from people with experience in that region, or just backpacking experience for budgeting and general pitfalls/advice.
Budgeting is obviously a big issue, since I've never been there I can only estimate lodging and travel prices rather roughly. If you have been to those regions I would appreicate to know how much I should expect to pay to stay a month in australia and another in new zeland or more. So if you've been there can you please let me konw what your timeframe and budget were roughly.
I have some idea of things I want to do but any other activities and attractions would also be great.
Did any of you have any safety issues travelling to certain areas, any areas I should be avoiding?
I plan on doing the trip independently, I will be travelling with one more person and we want to keep our iteniary rather open to spontaneous adventures.
Thanks in advance for your advice
I keep hearing about how expensive it is in Australia, perhaps check latest lonely planet for price guide. There are great hostel booking sites, some that have no fees so you can at least book your arrival nights accommodation in each destination.
As australia is so vast, concentrate on one area that matches your interests, or you will spend all your time on the move, eg Sydney-Brisbane. Depends on your interests. Blur Mountains (2 hours west sydney is a must).
Just keep trawling the internet, you may pick up some great deals. Good luck.
Australia is safer then most continents around the world. It is a large continent and it depends on what sort of activity or interests you have.
The East coast is the most popular ie: Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns. You may like to consider flying into Cairns and travel south to Sydney and possibly to Melbourne depending on your time frame. You can fly, train or coach to most places.
I would also suggest you go to this site www.couchsurfing.com which has over 600,000 members worldwide and is for travelers and hosts - you will find it most helpful and very appropriate for what you plan to do.
Do you have shares in the couchsurfing? 3 posts (actually 4), all about this website.
No Utrecht I do not have shares or any beneficial interest.
I only joined myself 2 weeks ago. I have done extensive travelling in the past, but have had more help and assistance from the members on this web site then from any other avenue. The membership is free and is most appropriate link for anyone travelling particularly for people on a budget or interested in actually meeting people in other Countries.
I made 3 posts because they were relevant to the Thread and I thought fellow travellers may be interested, so go check it out for yourself.