I've been dreaming of travelling around Australia for years and i'm finally tempted to do it. Was hoping to get some advice / expertise from some of you.
How much do people generally take with them? I would love to go there and stay for a year. I think i'd rather go around May/June time so that means either leaving in a few months or a year and few months. I know it makes more sense to wait to save and plan properly but i've got my self excited and slightly scared i'll change my mind if i wait.
At the moment i have just under £4,000 in my savings account which sounds like a decent amount but when i start to realise the costs of flying, insurance, gear i noticed most of that will disappear before i even go. That's why i'm wondering how much cash people tend to take with them so i know how much more i'd need to save which could decide when i do leave. Also how much do people tend to spend a day out there?
I've also been looking at Ultimate Oz and liked the sound of that. Thought it could be a good / fun way of beginning my Oz adventure. But when i started looking into the services they provide i realised you can quite easily sort that out yourself and for cheaper. But then it does mean meeting new people so does that make it worth it? If anyone has used it i'd appreciate your opinion!
And any other advice / comments people have would also be appreciated
x Claire x
How long are you planning on going for? and are you planning on going on a working holiday visa or are you just traveling without working?
I have read many posts from different people all over the web saying to budget about $300 a week so just under/around £200.
There are a lot of people that will argue for and against ultimateoz etc I personally wouldn't spend the money on it as all of what they do you can do for cheaper and the only thing you are really paying the extra money for is being introduced to other travelers without having to initially go and strike up conversations yourself lol. But then a lot of people would like to spend the money to have a bit more security for when they get there. But advise I have been given and am taking is just booking myself into a hostel and meet people there, as far as I have been told the vast majority of people will be in the same boat as you anyway traveling alone and wanting to meet new people, so I say just go for it
You don't need to do ultimate oz or ozintro to meet people, I have booked into a hostel and will meet people whilst I'm there. I've also set up a facebook group to make it easier to find travel mates
Hope this helps
Money does go quickly in Australia however I have also met quite a few people who got into the country with $50 (30 pounds) but it depends if customs stop you and ask how much money your bringing in because on WHV you need $5000 (just over 3000pounds)
Regarding introduction packages i did one and to be honest i didnt think it was worth the money but if i got the chance again i would of booked it all over as it was the security that ticked my box.
anyway hope this helps
Thanks for all your input guys
Josh, i'm hoping to stay out there for as long as i can. I wanna have some money to travel around the country for the first few months and then settle down somewhere and get a job. So really i shouldn't need too much money, it's more for the first few months and back up in case i cant find a job too quickly.
Chelle, i think that's why i'm having trouble saying no to it completely. It'a a security blanket that i will be able to meet at least a couple of people!
Thanks for the link Carlos, something like that could come in handy!