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1. Posted by Allysa81 (Budding Member 35 posts) 5y

Hello :)

Thankyou for reading my post.

I am 30 at the moment but will be 31 by the time i go to Australia (applying for work visa whilst 30 so I can still go whilst 31)
Its something that i really really want to do although slightly scared as i'm really close to my mum and it means leaving my cats, who i adore, home with my brother who i live with, also will miss friends.

I'm going to Australia the end August 2012, i'm so worried, i'm hoping to be able to sav £5000 by then so i can rent a shared house or something for 6 months and probably live and work in Perth for 6 months then travel around australia, possibly New Zealad for a bit then on my way home do another Contiki tour of North America and Canada.

I've applied for a career break form work for a year, questions is....am i crazy to do this? I'm very much a homey, safe, comfortable type girl but in recent years have this yearning to see and experiance more of the world? I'm going to America the end of this month August 2011 for nearly 3 weeks on a Contiki tour of the south and east coast of North America, this will be my second tour i've been on.

Have i got wanderlust.

I'd really really appreciate any advise form anyone :)

Sorry if this doesn't make sence this just came straight out of my head

2. Posted by DavidAtk (Budding Member 16 posts) 5y

Hey!
You've already answered the question yourself! *Yearning* is a word used when you know deep down that ya want to do something!
Step into my shoes and you'll see the same dilemma. I've wanted (i.e. 'yearned') to travel to Oz for the past 10 years and never done it. I had a back operation in January and all though I will never be 100% fit, I'm hopefully fit enough to say sod it and do what the hell I like!
So I'm leaving in just over 2 weeks to see Oz and give it a whirl. Whats the worst that could happen? Ah, yeah, my back could cease obliging to help but fingers crossed that won't happen! Any thing else? Well, I may not like it (doubtful) and if so I'll just come back to England!
By the way I turned 30 last week but I have reached the decision that I want to have a laugh and check out a place I've read so many things about. It is that simple.
Its your call! But I've made mine!
David

3. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 330 posts) 5y

You say you are very much a homey, safe, comfortable girl, but then say you have a yearning to see and experience more of the world!! Maybe you aren't the homey person you think you are!!

Go for it! I lived and worked in Oz for six months in 2009/10 and also did around four months travelling, and I was 30. Only regret I had was I didn't do it earlier as then I would got my working visa for New Zealand (which I much preferred to Oz) and done the same there.

Oh and I will look after your cats

4. Posted by Allysa81 (Budding Member 35 posts) 5y

Yes you are right, it's a big decision that i've made my mind up but really would like people's feed back. It's true what you said about the worst thing that can happen, that's what i have been thinking too :)

I'm still trying to work out whether it's better to travel around austalia first then work or vice versa, decisions, decisions?

What will you be doing out there? Whats your plans?

I hope your back holds out too, i'm sure it will, just take it easy, seems australia is quite a laid back place, least Perth is form what i hear...

:)

5. Posted by Allysa81 (Budding Member 35 posts) 5y

@steve79

You can be that way but still want to see places :) i've always thought about it but being 30 now time is running out for me to get a visa :) I just don't do regrets and this will be one if i don't do it.

Thankyou for the offer to look after my cats but there will be very well, it'll be me that wont be when i go, which is silly because my brother loves them, it's me being very very silly!

Thankyou for your advice, i am going :) Just really love to have some advice like places to go, is it better to travel around australia first then go to Perth to work or vice versa, i'm not good at decisions sometimes

Glad you had a blast out there, is there no way to get a working visa for NZ? :)

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 5y

Quoting Steve79

I lived and worked in Oz for six months in 2009/10 and also did around four months travelling, and I was 30. Only regret I had was I didn't do it earlier as then I would got my working visa for New Zealand (which I much preferred to Oz) and done the same there.

As a UK citizen, you can actually still go to New Zealand. Bunac has a WHV-equivalent for New Zealand which runs until age 35. It's admittedly quite a bit more expensive than a regular WHV, but it's perfect for those who've turned 31 already. (I'm always really jealous of you UK people for having this option.) :)

Quoting Allysa81

I'm going to Australia the end August 2012, i'm so worried, i'm hoping to be able to sav £5000 by then so i can rent a shared house or something for 6 months and probably live and work in Perth for 6 months then travel around australia, possibly New Zealad for a bit then on my way home do another Contiki tour of North America and Canada.

I've applied for a career break form work for a year, questions is....am i crazy to do this?

If you're crazy, then so are the thousands of other people doing similar things, and having an absolutely wonderful time. :) Yes, you're giving up a lot of certainty and security and taking a risk - there's a small but very real chance that after a month or two on the road, you'll discover that long-term independent travel really isn't for you - but what use is living life if you never take a risk?
I was 24 when I went travelling - fresh out of university - so circumstances weren't really the same for me, but I can tell that travelling changed my life, and only in positive ways. There's such a host of experiences you can barely even begin to imagine; sights to blow your mind away, whether it's coming over a mountain pass on a long hike with the sun at your back and seeing the landscape stretch out endlessly before you, dazzling in golden colors, or walking along the harbour in Sydney and feeling your heart swell with delight as you hear the distinct cry of a cockatoo, flapping along majestically right above you. You'll deal with unexpected situations over and over again, gaining experience and growing self-confidence.

is it better to travel around australia first then go to Perth to work or vice versa, i'm not good at decisions sometimes

I'd recommend doing travelling first. Make certain to look for work well before you run out of money - it might not be as easy to find something decent as you'd like - but for me one of the most important aspects of travelling is finding a rhythm of self-sufficiency when all you have is a big backpack and virtually no privacy. I learned to be at home with a cup of tea and a book in any hostel lounge, to be able to center myself there and recover. I learned to not push myself so hard all the time, but to consciously take days off while travelling, to just mull over the sights and experiences of the previous week. Maybe such particular things won't be necessary for you, but surely there'll be adjustments you'll need to make in your travel style to successfully transition from "vacation"-mode to a more sustainable "travel" mode. And once you have that, it'll be much easier to benefit from it when settling down for a stretch of work. (Plus the other way 'round, you run the risk of getting too comfortable and never really leaving to be on the road for real.)

Also, by travelling first, you get to explore places where you might want to work and see how you really like them. Personally I was rather disappointed with Perth, and would never want to settle there for a long stretch of time, which I really hadn't expected before seeing the place firsthand.

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Aug-2011, at 09:36 by Sander ]

7. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 330 posts) 5y

I would probably work first. Australia is a very expensive country, I was spending £1000 a month, and that was living as cheaply as possible - ie, never eating out, very rarely going out drinking and staying in hostels, etc. My first stop in Oz was Perth and when I found out a pint of beer was going to cost me about £6.50 I was very shocked!

At least if you work and then travel you know how much money you have left and how long it will last, whereas if you travel first you don't know how long it may take you to get a job.

Alas at 32 I am now too for a New Zealand working visa, shame as it is a amazing country.

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 5y

Quoting Steve79

Alas at 32 I am now too for a New Zealand working visa, shame as it is a amazing country.

*points to the information contradicting that in Post6* (Just in case you missed it, since we both posted at the exact same minute.) :)

9. Posted by DavidAtk (Budding Member 16 posts) 5y

Hey!
My plans are simple really. I land in Sydney to check it out for a week and then fly to Cairns. As my back won't be able to take hours on end in a bus I'm going to buy a car and go for 'a long relaxed drive' back down the east coast, then onto Melbourne and Adelaide.
Thats about as much as I have planned. I'll have to work for a month or two during this journey but will pick up any work I can. I have to try to intelligently mix being free and independent with remembering about my health restrictions!
I also want to check out the West coast - Perth to Broome and also the Margaret River region (bottom sw corner). Also bits of the far east and NZ too but I'm taking it one step at a time. I'm also tempted at going back to college out there to study music production too - options options options!!!!!
Don't get me wrong, my health should not be an issue. 2 major operations and lots of recovery time have limited that risk! I see these problems I've had as a great thing - it kicked me up the arse to go and do something I've always wanted to do!
I honestly don't see how you or I could loose! Go, check it out and either then continue to have the time of your life or return home with the peace of mind that 'that box is ticked'.

Good luck!
David

10. Posted by Allysa81 (Budding Member 35 posts) 5y

Thankyou guys for your tips, i can't wait to go, just wiating to hear if my request for a career break will be excepted.

All of your plans sound really exciting! The very best luck.

I hope you get New Zealand!

Allysa