Its super easy to do the tax back, though you may have to be in a major city to do it more easily, Im not completely sure, but I did mine in Melbourne right before I flew out.
You are only supposed to be able to get the cash after you leave the country, they'll direct depoz to your Oz account.. which you will need for work, and is no problem to get from any bank wit ha passport.
If you convey to them that for some reason (like needing to buy a ticket onwards) you need the money ASAP, they can have it rushed through in days... mine took about 3 weeks unrushed.
You will have to write the date of your "departure" onto the tax form, though I doubt if they are tracking wether you leave before they send you your cash.
Bottom line is though, if you want the money before you leave you have to lie on your tax form... I won't say that this is a great idea, or guarentee anything for you, but it worked for me. If you can wait for it, wait for it, no worries!
As far as campsites go, they're all over the place, I stayed in super nice ones in national parks, and super sketchy ones in some cities and everything in between, including randomly setting up on the beach in secluded places.
Some places said you needed to pay and you didnt, or you could get away for free for a night or 2. I found more often than not you didnt have to pay to camp, and if you got caught, play foreign
The national parks are amazing places to camp, provided you have a car or someway of getting to them.
In general, I found it very easy to find camping, even in cities, just check on the net or in a travel guide book.
Camping tip in OZ: running out of water sucks big time!! Always have enough water with you and never count on a campsite having water.
we did our america tour with a company called trek america- check them out, they do lots of different tours depending on what areas of the us you want to see. im from england, are you? are you planning to do a tour over there?
I would stay in oz for longer, unless you have a limit for the whole of your travel time
Its just that staying for 3 1/2 months including say working for 2 months to get some money together would leave you 6 weeks to see oz but i think 6 weeks would be enough for the east coast only, if you could stay in oz for 6 months, 3 months working and 3 months travelling that would give you qood chance to see more of oz
Hey guys, your trip sounds fab - although I think the budget does sound a little tight - but that doesn't make it insane, or impossible!
I think the best advice I can give is to be flexible with your plan.
Ok, so you you have your wish list of countries to visit and time to spend there but I would say if you get somewhere you love, thailand or Oz or whereever and you decide you want to spend longer than your allocated time guestimate, stay longer.
I personally think it is better to spend longer somewhere, if there are things you still want to see or do, and really enjoy it properly than to whirlwind tour around eveywhere to tick places off your list. So, for example I would say be open to say for example - using the 6 weeks you have planned for the USA to spend more time in Oz or Bolivia or whereever you fall in love with etc and if you then run out of money and/or time and can't do the USA stint as well....well no problem because I think if you like visiting other countries you will do more than this trip and you can plan another trip to the USA. This is just an example, I suppose I am saying be flexible with the idea that the itinerary may change and you will enjoy your time more. I think it better to get home and say you had a great time in 2 of the 4 destinations you decided to visit than an ok time in all destinations with the feeling that you missed out. Equally if you get to thailand and it's not really what you expect and you think a month too long (I doubt it ! but just to give an example of what I'm trying to say!.....) then leave sooner .....
When you travel things can change your plans - the bus you planned to get is cancelled, you meet someone who suggests a destination you've never heard of, someone else offers you work somewhere so you stay longer etc etc......so be flexible.
Also, I'm not sure if it was mentioned before but I dunno if Oz does Wwoofing too....I've not done it yet but a friend of mine is doing it around Europe - it's a way of working on a farm in exchange for accommodation and food.... I think they may have this sort of thing in Oz -...possibly fruit picking for accommodation instead of farming..... something to look into perhaps. Also, in Oz the best way to travel down the east coast is by bus. You can buy a ticket which allows you to get on and off at whichever destinations you want, you just have to book yourself onto a particular route the day or two beforehand (you may even be able to just turn up, can't quite remmeber but obviously more risk of a full bus that way). When you arrive go into a tourist info place and they'll give you all the details about the buses down the east coast. Also, take night buses where you can (make sure you have a jumper in the bag you take on board with you coz the air con can be cold at night!) ...it means you don't have the expense of a hostal for that night and you don't waste daytime on a bus
From my experience thailand is cheap, Oz is cheap re hostels but you'll find plenty of other things to spend money on!, USA is expensive - especially with the weak pound.
Most of all HAVE FUN!!! and be flexible
Good luck. Fiona x
Yeah, despite spendng to too logn in USA or Asia your budget is fine if your not scuba diving
£1100.00 for 80 nights for everything including £250 diving in Thailand the highest quality diving areas (way up the coast near Burma).
Just returned from 4 full days in Belgium at 6 cities including all beers, food, transport, chocolate, rooms and museums for £210.
Hey! Go for it... it'll be a wild adventure. I'm heading out at the end of October for a year on my own and I can't wait! I'm not sure yet how much cash I'll have but I definitely plan to find some work in Oz as I'll be there for 6 months out of the year.
Good luck with it all and have an amazing time!
No you are not insane. Your budget of 2500 pound is not bad but life in the U.S. can be a bit expensive and spoil the budget for the rest of the other places. But anyway, go ahead and you can even do couch surfing if traveling under budget, good luck
Thanks for all your advice,
Thailand (overland Singapore) - 1 month (600 pounds)
My friend just pointed out to me that I put the budget for Thailand in wrong. Our budget is actually 300 pounds not 600.
What do you think?
Yes of course your insane, but hey welcome to the asylum!.
As well as Couchsurfing dot com which I can highly recommend also look into helpx dot net They are similar to Woofers but a bit more laid back. Some are just people that like travelers and want a bit of help around the house in exchange for a bed and dinner.
When I was in Cairns Aus i met a tiny Taiwanese girl that was driving one of the huge banana trucks on the farm. She loved the job, even though she admitted the first day she nearly ran everyone over on the farm, but she was making $27 an hour doing it!
300 pounds for Thailand is pushing your luck a bit. any good with ping pong balls?
Dodger - that helpx looks interesting. It definitely would let us have more spending money between volunteering.
Thanks for all your posts guys and girls. Keep them coming I have posted on other threads and created some myself.