Gail - how exciting!! Getting the visa makes it all so real doesn't it!
Lou - I agree with Gail re temping that's what I've had to do - but for 9 months! Every day you work it's like another few pounds in the pocket towards the dream so it gets you through the days
The good thing about going in September is that the flights are cheaper - if you go in July you'll end up blowing another £200 so I reckon you'd be wise to stick to the original plan.
Insurance! It's doing my head in I've scouted around a lot of forums trying to see what other ppl are getting in our position and a couple that stand out are:
But the problem is finding the right one to suit you which means reading through all the gumph as some don't cover you for manual work (like if you wanted to do the fruit picking stuff to extend your visa). On moneysavingexpert.com they warn you to be careful not to pay too much for things you never need, they advise the realistic amounts for cover of medical expenses etc. It's something I'd have to sit down and read through but ...well I have a short attention span when it comes to stuff like this!
Let me know if you have better luck than me - I'll keep you posted if I see anything else!
The other thing is: taking out cash when first in Oz from your UK account. I heard that Nationwide were doing a cash card account that didn't charge you anything to take out cash over there but apparently they've withdrawn this now which is irritating as I was going to get that! Don't know if you know of any other banks with the same option available?
P.S. I'm counting down in weeks - seems not so far away then!
Ah ok looks as though we can't escape the charges when using a card overseas. Was hoping to have something as a back up for when I was first there and not yet had a bank account / job set up withouth having a bunch of charges added on to withdrawals:
Although this looks promising:
[ Edit: Edited on 05-Mar-2010, at 09:01 by Jess47 ]
Jess all that info is great, thanks. Im going to do some serious insurance searching next week. Plus i'll do some more investigating on bank accounts, try and find a good deal. All this planning is so exciting!!
Euston we have a problem!!!!
Just found out that you cannot apply for the 2nd year visa once you have turned 31, and you must also complete the 3 months work b4 your 31 aswell ( oh shit ) that would mean if we wanted the chance to have the 2nd year visa we would have to do the 3 months work as soon as we arrived ( oh major shit!! ) xx
OMG that's really not good. There's not enough time to get the three months work in then hit sydney for xmas.....not impressed. Did not forsee this unfortunate snag. Being old sucks! I really didnt fancy having to crack on with fruit picking straight away, but i guess it would be worth it to secure the visa...gutted xx
If we was to go Sept, then you could do it for the whole of oct, nov, most of dec, have a break over the festive period, then 2 weeks at the beginning of jan, would be sufficant. Then we would have to go do the travelling, at least it is still classed as their summer at this point. Me is thinking same as you, this really sucks!!!
But if we really want this we will work around it, maybe it is worth doing the hard work first then at least you know that it is out of the way and you have the rest of the time to do whatever takes your fancy xx
That's true. Get the hard graft out of the way then chill for a while and see the sights etc. So it doesn't have to be three continuous months on the harvest trail? That's much more preferable. It will be worth it just to be able to qualify for the second year visa. Would be gutted to miss out on it. Need to gather more info on the fruit picking stuff. See what's happening where and when etc. Three months will fly by, we'll be shattered but suntanned, and able to chill for 21 months knowing it's done ha xx
It says that you have to complete 88 days, you dont have to do it all in one block, but it must be full time work.
it also says that you must apply for the visa when you are still 30 but the visa can be granted after your 31st bday.
So it may still all be ok, got to look at the positives like you say, at least we wont have to worry about it once it is all over and done with.
And maybe it may be easier to do the work when we have just arrived as we may feel a little too relaxed and chilled out after travelling for a few months, to be arsed having to go back to work xx
Yes, lets be positive. We'll be in oz so who cares ha ha. Well my 31st is mid feb so that leaves a bit of time to get the 88 days in. When's yours? End of jan? We'll be fine. Right, i'm crashing out. Been a long day and now i've fake tanned (can't wait for a real one!!) ready for a belated birthday night out tomoro i need some kip. Speak soon, have a fab weekend. Lou xx