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1. Posted by Walkele (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

I am completely new to this all but have massive aspirations to travel. I plan to leave London and go: Thailand (surronding areas) Aus, NZ, Fiji and the US, flying home from Canada.

I was wondering if people would be able to share some of their experiences or advice on everything from money, sights to see, wtc.

I plan on going for 12 to 18 months, hopefully working in the states doing some teaching.

A few questions I would love answering are:

US working visa........easy or difficult to obtain?
Any specfic destinations as a MUST?
How much money would you advise? I plan on having a good time, but not completely ruining my liver as a 22year old.

Places that are cheap/expensive...literally willing to listen to any one who is willing to help.

Many thanks.

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

For questions regardings visas, you'll need to include your citizenship somewhere - neither your post nor your profile specifies this. You suggest you live in London, but don't mention your citizenship.

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4. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Walkele

US working visa........easy or difficult to obtain?

Unless you are a movie star, sports star or are a student, getting any visa that is not tourist related for the US is generally difficult to obtain unless you are a Canadian citizen.

Destinations as musts would depend on what sorts of things you are interested in. In my personal view New York is a must see place for any first time visitor to the US and if you are over on the West Coast a visit to Las Vegas, Grand Canyon and the other canyons around the region is a pretty worth while trip.

I haven't been to many places in Canada, but Banff, Lake Louise (and around that area) are really nice places. I haven't been, but Churchill is meant to be the Polar Bear Capital of the world so that would be worth a visit if you are on the east coast. Niagara Falls is worth a day trip, but not much more.

In Fiji you should definitely try and get yourself on a tour that takes you to a local village. I recently went to Fiji and although the tour seemed a bit pricey, the experiences you have are ones you will remember for the rest of your life and have you come away feeling very touched by the friendly hospitality of the people. You should try and stay at a bit more upmarket property on a night that the fire walkers/dancers are on show. That was also a highlight of Fiji, but from what I can gather only one small village of people do this and they go between various 3.5 - 5 star hotels/resorts on different nights of the week. To get to those hotels it usually takes a good couple of hours by bus from the airport. Some really nice hotels are a lot closer to the airport on Denarau Island, but most of the ones in that area are 4.5 - 5 stars so in all probability it will be out of your price range for more than a night. Do splurge for at least one night on the Coral Coast in one of the better quality hotels. This will be a nice change from what you will most likely be putting up with the rest of your trip. For mid range accommodation, the Hideaway resort looked really good for a small break. The rooms did not have a television in them but the property was really nice.

For New Zealand, I haven't seen many places, but Rotorua is a must see as is a lot of areas on the South Island especially Queenstown if you are an adrenalin junkie and have some money to spend.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 19, 2008, at 6:13 AM by aharrold45 ]