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1. Posted by bethdassoulas (Budding Member 54 posts) 3y

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Hi everyone

I'm travelling to Australia on a WHV in November and currently trying to find travel insurance which is proving to be pretty hard and expensive!

I've never bought insurance before - my parents have always done it and since then I've had travel insurance though my work!

Any help would be much appreciated :)

Beth x

2. Posted by EJG86 (Budding Member 21 posts) 3y


I am just researching the same thing, I'm doing the same thing but hoping to leave late Sept/Oct (flights to be booked).

I spoke to a Kiwi friend of mine and she said that he British boyfriend booked his travel insurance just for the flight and then purchased a medi card or something which has got me thinking about whether I need travel insurance of the regular nature?

I also found whilst researching that there is difficulty in buying insurance when I don't have a return date - something I don't think I want to commit to if I am going to change plans (2nd year or shorten etc).

What have you found?

Eleanor x

3. Posted by bethdassoulas (Budding Member 54 posts) 3y

Where are you planning to visit? On a WHV?

I think you still need travel insurance but will definitely look into Medicare; I think we get it because of the NHS?

Yeah! When I've been looking I've put 1 year and then will just add more on as the year is up?

Have you tried the sites like confused and money supermarket?

Also, are you getting a credit card? I've never had one but might have to get one for emergencies? Ideas?

Beth x

4. Posted by EJG86 (Budding Member 21 posts) 3y


Planning on booking my flight tomorrow and aiming for end Sept/beg. of Oct... Getting a little panicked now, had my WHV for a while and need to get gone! What about you?

Yes, she said something about the NHS - I met her in the UK and she said she was covered by NHS some how as she was from NZ.

I only looked into a couple of insurance places so may I need to look into it further, have you bought yours already?

I don't have a credit card and wouldn't even know where to start!! I don't think I will get one - temptation too high!

Eleanor x

5. Posted by bethdassoulas (Budding Member 54 posts) 3y

How exciting!! :) where is your flight to? How much money are you hoping to have saved if you don't mind me asking?

Ok, will have to look into it for sure!

No I haven't yet.. I've still got so much to do and only 12 weeks to go!!

I agree.. I really don't want one and can't make a decision as to whether its for the best or not..

Who are you flying with etc?

Beth x

6. Posted by EJG86 (Budding Member 21 posts) 3y


Everyone says how expensive it is and then there is the requirement to have a certain amount of money upon entry so bearing this in mind, I have saved quite a bit - though I am hoping to find work and be able to just use my savings to travel if I can earn enough to live off.

Flights wise, I am waiting on a friend to let me know if they are travelling out or not - though we aren't travelling together once in Oz, just nice to have some company! So I have looked at the different companies to fly with and Air India seems really cheap - maybe too cheap? Has anyone you know flown with them?

I handed in my notice last week and am looking about 6 weeks til I go... Scared!

Eleanor x

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8. Posted by Bonnieislucky (Budding Member 2 posts) 3y


I'm flying to Sydney on a WHV next week and brought my travel insurance today from essential travel... I paid £143 for the esstential backpackers insurance for a year. I called them they said you can extend this (if I decide to stay on, travel somewhere else) if you notify them a month in advance before the insurance expires.

I will also be getting a medicard card when I arrive.

Hope this helps this was the best company I found, the rest were super expensive.

Laura x

9. Posted by bethdassoulas (Budding Member 54 posts) 3y

Laura you are amazing!

Thanks so much I will have to look into it.

How much money do you have to take with you? I'm worried that I won't have enough!

How long are you planning on being there? Bet you can't wait.. it's so soon!

Beth x

10. Posted by Bonnieislucky (Budding Member 2 posts) 3y

No worries :) I was looking for a cheapish policy for ages.

I have enough to last me around 6 months hopefully...then will need to get a job.

I plan on being in Oz for around a year but go to New Zealand, Indonesia etc whilst there. Yep very soon getting nervous now!.

Where do you fly to?

Laura x

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