Haha! I guess it is natural to be nervous when you are heading over to the other side of the world, if you weren't then there would probably be something wrong!
There are cheaper places to eat and drink in the centre of the City and if you work out what days to go you can get some good deals, for instance the cheapest drinks I have found are at Century Bar in the centre of Sydney $3 for a schooner all day everyday, and there are a couple of other places that do $5 drinks at certain times - Scruffy Murphys and the Porterhouse are two I know of. Maloneys does a $2.95 buffet on a Tuesday evenings with a backpacker card, and every Tuesday as well you can get any large Domino's pizza for $6!
It also worth keeping your eye on these sites spreets.com.au and www.scoopon.com.au as they have some good deals.
As for looking for work, if you are persistent enough and sign up with a few agencies then you will find something. I put my name down with about five and was lucky enough to get the very first job I went for. So if any of you guys want details of the best recruitment consultants (from my experience anyway) then I can pass some names and numbers on to you.
My cousin has also mentioned goon...tastes like paint stripper but is cheap and does the job!! i think im going to try laying off the booze for a while whilst im out there anyway...save a few bob!!
ive still for 72 days left. eurgh. 70 of these i am working. AGES. plus ive got a birthday in between so that will hopefully keep me occupied for a while...
Also Steve, my friend mentioned a couple of agencies (she is out there at the mo) but if you could name a few that would be great.
I think I have about 35 days of work left, yeeeeehaaaa! Then three weeks to spend time with friends and family before I go/planning/packing etc! it's getting closer :-) x
This may sound a bit odd and I may be thinking rather far in advance...but it's just cropped up and I wasn't sure who to ask.
When I get to Australia I'm going to have quite a bit of money in the bank account as they ask for that. I will then set up an Australian bank account when I get over there. But, what is the best way of getting money out of my UK account and transferring it over to the Australian bank account?
My current debit card is known as a "card from hell" as the bank charges a high interest on it and charge to withdraw overseas.
Has anyone done this before or can anyone reccomend any good banks that provide a debit card that isn't a "card from hell"!
Also, I have a stop-over flight in South Korea. Do I need to get my vaccs for this?
With regards to the bank account i would set it up here before you go. u can do it all online and then you just have to go to the bank when you arrive show ur passport and they will have it all sorted out for you.
Also if you is planning on taking quite a bit of money it may be worth checking with some companies that specialise in moving money overseas as the normal banks here, i am with hsbc charge loads just to move it from account to another.
On the matter of the vaccs for korea i would suggest you put vaccinations for south korea into google and follow what the guidelines state on there, i would also reccommend you speak to your doctor as some vaccs need to be taken 4-6 plus weeks before travel so that they have time to work.
Hope this is some help to you
Thanks for the info. I have tried to look at international money transfers through my bank but it doesn't come up with anything so I might just pop in on Saturday and ask them some questions regarding it. I also think I might set up another bank account with Nationwide as they seem to be good with overseas withdrawels and then withdraw some but not all of my money out and put it in the Oz bank account, that way I always have something to fall back on I suppose.
Also, OzIntro are setting my bank account up and I'm not sure whether they do it before you go or when you get there, so unfortunately I can't set it up from home...which would probably have been the best option! Never mind!
Thanks for you advice on the vaccs. I had a quick look on google and it says that I need various different ones so I will speak to my Doc soon about it. I have a few moles that I want them to look at anyway and ask them some advice on so I will do that all at the same time.
Nationwide are the best bank to go with for international withdrawals as you don't get charged a fee.
As for transferring money over to an Oz bank, when I looked into this I was going to get charged a fee of about 20 for doing it.
A friend of mine who lives out here said he transferred money from his UK bank to his UK paypal account, then set up an Oz paypal account and transferred his money from his UK paypal account into his Oz paypal account and then transferred it from his Oz paypal account into his Oz bank account!
He told me the process took a little while, as he had to wait for the money to clear at each stage, but that he paid no bank fees, etc.