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1. Posted by audioriot (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Hi

Me and my girlfriend are planning a trip for a year to three countries we have always wanted to travel and really discover. The planned time in each country is

India-1 month
Australia-6 months
America- 5 months

We plan to work for some time in australia and could also stay with family for couple of weeks and would also probably work in america. does anybody have general idea on how much money would be needed for this, exclusive of flights. Obviously this subject is dependent on many factors although we are not planning on staying in hotels. More camping when possible and safe and also cheap hostels. Also, rather than paying for package trips we would prefer to go "off the beaten track" and discover it for ourselves.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thankyou

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 7y

Quoting audioriot

We plan to work for some time in australia and could also stay with family for couple of weeks and would also probably work in america. does anybody have general idea on how much money would be needed for this, exclusive of flights. Obviously this subject is dependent on many factors although we are not planning on staying in hotels. More camping when possible and safe and also cheap hostels. Also, rather than paying for package trips we would prefer to go "off the beaten track" and discover it for ourselves.

You don't say where you're from, but assuming Europe, you can pretty much forget about working in the USA (or about staying for more than three months); work visas are extremely hard to come by (effectively you'd need to be sponsored by a company beforehand), and US immigration gives off the very distinct vibe that they'd rather not have people coming into the country at all. The visa waiver program allows you to stay for three months only, and not a day more (or risk being thrown in jail). Since you're arriving by air, you can't even break up the time period by scooting over the border into Canada and starting anew, either. :/

For Australia I'm assuming you'll be going on a working holiday visa (if not, look into it; it's the easiest way to be able to stay in the country for more than three months and be allowed to work). Average budget for a single person in Australia, staying at cheap hostels, buying supermarket food to cook their own meals and travelling on to a next destination by public transport once a week averages about AUD $60/day (€30). You can go cheaper than that (especially with two people you can share some costs and bring that down to maybe AUD $50/day/person (€25)), but a lot of people end up partying and doing various activities and see that average shoot up to $80-$100/day (€40-€50), so initially I definitely wouldn't budget below $60/day.
Of course, if you're staying for 6 months, you might at some point rent an apartment while you're working which can cut a lot of costs, or you could together buy an old car, and if you're lucky and can sell it on for roughly the same amount, that could cut a lot of the costs for transport (which is a significant cost, given the distances involved in Australia).
Work-wise, most people find that working is a good way to stretch money, but it's hard to really save up unless you happen to have an in-demand skill. Basically, travellers get all the least desirable jobs. The best you can probably hope for is office work. Count on saving up maybe $1000-$1500 per person per month, although this varies wildly and depends completely on yourselves.

I have no idea about average daily costs in India, but they should be low.

Average daily costs in the USA can vary wildly. Transport is problematic; there's greyhound busses and trains to get around, but you'd almost always want to rent a car - the entire country just isn't set up for conveniently getting around by public transport, and there's lots of places where you basically couldn't get to without your own car. :(
Going with a cheap rental car, I probably would budget around USD $60-$75 (€43-€53) per person per day, although I'm much less certain about that estimate than about the Australian one.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 28, 2008, at 5:43 AM by Sander ]

3. Posted by audioriot (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

thanks for the information sander, was realy helpful. we are from the uk and going by what you say i think we are going to cut our time in america and maybe travel in another country like thailand which is obviously much cheaper. The idea of working in australia is to reduce the amount of savings needed to stay there for 6 months. i wouldnt expect to save anything but merely support ourselves for the time i was over there.

does anybody have any ideas about india? any information would be helpful

thanks

4. Posted by stag (Budding Member 31 posts) 7y

Hi audioriot, sander is correct in what he/she says about working in America, of course, assuming you are talking about the US.

I too hope to be traveling to Australia to work this year - in about 4 months time, and will be getting the Working Holiday Visa Sander also mentioned, that will be the best visa for you if your planning on staying more than 3 months.

Camping is not a good idea, and really not that practical as most work is found in cities, so camping is really a problem, i will be renting a property if i fond perminant work, if not then just staying in cheap hostels close to your place of work if just as effective, although you may have to hotel jump and alot of them have a maximum stay.

I personaly am agaist 'package' trips, if you fall in love with a certain country, or you need to get out before or after your set flight date, you can't really change it, plus if your working, you dont know how long you will be there for.

Go off the beaten track, on your own back and explore! because the chances are, your only going to be able to do this once in your lifetime.

If your traveling to Australia in the next 8 months, let me know ;)

Hope that helps!

Stag

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