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1. Posted by Vicks95 (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hi there, I'm very new to this. I am travelling to Aus in December and going to work as I go and travel. I wondered if anyone had any tips for getting cheaper flights because it's so expensive around Christmas Nye time. Also I wondered how long it took for the visa to come if anyone has ordered one?
I know it is expensive to live there but I wondered if people had any tips or tricks on how to save money and do things on a budget. Any advice will be appreciated. Thank you.

2. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 2y 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Vicks95

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I know it is expensive to live there but I wondered if people had any tips or tricks on how to save money and do things on a budget. Any advice will be appreciated. Thank you.

I probably sound like an old fart telling a young woman what to do but that is because ... I am an old man telling a youngster what to do.

So - tomorrow .. make a list of every single thing you spend money on . make a note of the cost & the size .. make a note if it is a Need or Want .. how long is it going to last.

At the end of every day, look at your list & think if there was any way to have bought that item cheaper .. was it a want or a need .. could you do without it or not .. will you be needing it on your travels.
I think in this way, you will become very aware of your spending habits not only at home but also when you are away.
Make lists of things & price them using research.
Rent,
Food
Transport / bus passes etc
Entertainment
Cost of money .. ie credit / debit card fees & interest.
Miscellaneous

When you are away, look for places you can cook your own food .. . . share the cost of things with others to avoid waste . . . if you buy something for $10 & throw half a away it would have been better shared.

There are lots of cheaper ways to do things & the internet is great for giving ideas . .do lots of research & the best way to save money is to not spend it in the first place

Steve

3. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 2y 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Vicks95

.. Also I wondered how long it took for the visa to come if anyone has ordered one?
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For what it's worth .. https://www.border.gov.au/about/access-accountability/service-standards/global-visa-citizenship-processing-times it says 75% are processed in 12 days & 90% in 40 days .. not too helpful .. does it mean most take 40 days & some 12? & what about the other 10%.

This http://www.australiaworkingholidayvisas.co.uk/faq.html says it might only take 48 hours as long as the paperwork is completed properly & there are no 'other' issues.

Steve

4. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Vicks95

....I wondered if anyone had any tips for getting cheaper flights because it's so expensive around Christmas Nye time. ...

Get an idea by using any flight website like Flight Network .. also look at the websites of the airlines or, my current favourite .. Google maps . . get directions https://goo.gl/maps/m8RcHV5Zz4q & click the link at the bottom to 'see results in Google flights' .. click the little calendar & you can see fares for different days . . click 'price graph & scroll along to December & at a glance you can see the best & worst days to travel. Very cute.

Play with different scenarios .. stop off in Bangkok or Hong Kong .. return versus one way etc.

Repeat process every few days or so to get ideas.

If you see something that appeals, book it.

Once booked .. avoid the temptation to look again .. unless your fare is fully refundable.

Steve

5. Posted by Vicks95 (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Wow!! Steve thank you so much you have truly been very helpful. I am going to do that list, I never have and it makes me nervous because I know I do overspend but now is my time to learn!

Also a question about the working holiday visa, do you know if I have to do the 3 months included in that 12 months I'm there or do it afterwards after the 12 months?
Have you travelled there? Any tips or tricks?
I eat like a mouse anyway so I don't think food will be a problem it will be more of the attractions and once in a lifetime excursions I will be doing which I need to save the pennies on!

Also are hostels definitely safe? I am a woman travelling on her own so if anyone has any advice on that?

Greatly appreciated.

6. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Vicks95

Also a question about the working holiday visa, do you know if I have to do the 3 months included in that 12 months I'm there or do it afterwards after the 12 months?

Sorry, I do not understand the question. Is it to do with getting the 2nd year WHV?

Quoting Vicks95

Have you travelled there? Any tips or tricks?

I have only briefly been in Australia. The only tip I have is to look into getting the Sydney ( or any city ) Opal transport card. I love those cards, usually they save money but also great for the convenience of use.
Also, don't forget Tasmania . . I was very impressed with Tasmania [/quote]

Quoting Vicks95

Also are hostels definitely safe? I am a woman travelling on her own so if anyone has any advice on that?

Safe yes but nothing is 100% .. you have to be careful no matter where you are. I am sure there are many more good experiences than bad in hostels. Being 'sensible' about alcohol is the best thing.

I bet you will have a great time .. be very careful of the sun & get a hat & sunscreen to use as soon as you get there.

Don't forget to use TP to Blog your experience

Steve

7. Posted by bfeder (Budding Member 9 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Wow.....hmm during Christmas season? I can't think of any way of getting cheaper flight...sorry that's cuz it's holiday big big holiday..

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5469 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting hasbeen

Quoting Vicks95

Also a question about the working holiday visa, do you know if I have to do the 3 months included in that 12 months I'm there or do it afterwards after the 12 months?

Sorry, I do not understand the question. Is it to do with getting the 2nd year WHV?

That's the only logical explanation from my point of view, yeah. And yeah, Vicks95, you will not be allowed to stay after the 12 months are over, and definitely not to do additional work., so if you want to be eligible for a second year WHV, then the three months of regional work have to happen during the original 12 months validity of your first WHV.

9. Posted by Forever_Roaming (Budding Member 19 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hi Vicks,

I lived, worked and traveled in Australia for 2 years on a working holiday visa - I did exactly what you're about to do - Arrive in Dec, infact I landed on the 23rd of Dec.

I've been backpacking the world since 2010, and normally when looking for the cheapest flights you just have to play around on the internet.

What I do, is compare flights on Skyscanner and Kayak, then whatever comes cheapest I look at the direct Airlines wbsite to see if its cheaper, also search for budget flights and compare around.

I found a flight my flight via Korean air, it was 100 British pounds cheaper than what was shown on Skyscanner, I think the flight cost me just under 500 British pounds.

Also as I was going on a working holiday visa I only bought a 1 way ticket, (Border control is fine with that as long as you can prove you have enough funds to buy a return ticket - IE seperate credit card to your iniital funds )

In terms of the Visa, I got a reply back within an hour, most UK and Ireland residents get a quick response. A few of my friends from Europe theirs took nearly 2 weeks to come back, and friends from USA and Canada got theirs in a week.

When applying for your visa, don't use visa agencies, they will charge you more and take longer to respond - I applied for mine through the official Government site - link to working holiday visa is here www.border.gov.au

In terms of saving money and tips - Well your right Aus is expensive. However it will feel more expensive in the beginning as you'll be comparing it to prices back home...Once you start working there it all makes sense. It's all relative...It is expensive, cost of living is high but you get paid a lot more than you would back home. I partied a lot, I traveled a lot and I was able to save enough to head straight over to New Zealand on a working holiday visa there too.

So for the 2nd year - During your first 12 months you have to do 3 months or 90 days continuously some farm or rural work - Once you've done that, you will be granted a 2nd year stay - When you start the rural work, you hand your boss a form you get for rural work, at the end of it, they sign it and confirm you have done your time and you send it off and you get an acceptance Email back and your 2nd year is in the system.

If you want to stay beyond the 2nd year, the only options are to be sponsored by a company ( A lot of red tape - fall in love with a Aussie (more red tape) or go onto a student visa (Very expensive)

Where are you planning on starting in Aus? Are you looking to stay for just the 1 or 2 years? Any idea on what you would like to do out there?

And also I saw the first reply that you had, stating you should right down every single thing you want to do and make a list of all expenditures ....You don't need to do that ( I've managed to travel the world for 6 years continuously without doing that)

If there is anything you want to know or need help with let me know..More than happy to help :D

10. Posted by Scottyy (Budding Member 25 posts) 2y 1 Star this if you like it!

Av9901 I agree with everything you say mate. I done New Zealand first for the silage and harvest season then I went home to help out on the farm and do our 130 acres of hay and do silage contracting for my relation :)
Any ways I don't like to plan very much when I went to New Zealand I just made sure I have a job to go to and for someone to pick me up from the airport :) other than that I just went with flow met some good guys on the farm next door then just started talking to people in the pub :)
Best thing I done was got a car so I could just go off driving :)

When I travel I like to go light. I'm a one bag type of guy .... Only ever take what you can carry on your back so you don't have to depend on anyone. :)