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1. Posted by bpz1985 (Budding Member, 7 posts) 25 Mar '13 15:26

Hi guys,

Just looking for advice and feedback really as I've come to a point in my life where I've just got a half decent job but all of a sudden I want to go travelling - I think it's me telling myself that if I don't do it now, at 27, then I won't at all. I'm looking to go to Australia, plus maybe a few places on the way back - NZ, Fiji, USA? - I really don't know. I may be alone, or I may ask friends, but you've got to be careful which!

Anyway, if anyone's got any advice in terms of good links/resources, places to book with, how much things cost etc., or if they are thinking of doing similar things, then that would be greatly appreciated.

2. Posted by Jen-F (Budding Member, 43 posts) 25 Mar '13 16:19

Hey Ben

I'm in the same situation.. finally got a career going and now decided to go travelling but if I don't do it now I'll only regret it!! I'm planning on going to SE Asia in November then Australia in January. How long are you planning on going for? I started looking at sta travel for ideas and good old google!! There is quite a few threads on here about the cost which you can find but in Australia I've read you need at least £1000 per month. Are you planning on working in Australia? And when are you going?!

Jen x

3. Posted by bpz1985 (Budding Member, 7 posts) 26 Mar '13 16:06

Cheers for the reply Jen. I've done the same with STA and Google! I've no concrete plans as it is a relatively new idea! It's just something that I feel I wonder a lot about so why not just do it?! Even if it is only for 6 months! I've seen that £1000 mark which is probably a little more than I thought but I'd like to do a bit of work out there perhaps - to help sustain myself a little! I've set myself a target of January so it's all about seeing how much I could save per month at the minute. Are you going on your own?

4. Posted by Jen-F (Budding Member, 43 posts) 26 Mar '13 16:19

Yeah just do it!! :-)
I've met a few people on here and gapyear.com so flying out with them! Yeah i didn't expect it to be £1000 per month either! But I'm working while I'm there so that should keep me going!!
Are you quitting your job or will they allow you to take a career break?

5. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member, 314 posts) 27 Mar '13 03:16

Definitely go for it. I went travelling for the first time at the age of 30 in 2009 and was away for 18 months. It was the best 18 months of my life and I definitely want to go away again.

I would say £1,000 a month minimum in Australia and that will be living as simply and frugally as possibly and not having many big nights out and rarely eating out. South-East Asia is of course much cheaper, and was for me a much more rewarding and enjoyable place to travel.

New Zealand is lovely and I enjoyed it much more than Australia to travel so make sure you go there too. It is also slightly cheaper.

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7. Posted by bpz1985 (Budding Member, 7 posts) 2 Apr '13 13:23

Cheers, guys! I best get saving then, eh?! I think I might be perhaps going with a friend now too but not 100% sure and we might go our separate ways depending where we want to go. Appreciate your advice though and I'm well up for it!

8. Posted by bpz1985 (Budding Member, 7 posts) 2 Apr '13 13:24

Oh, and how easy is it to find work while you're out there?