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1. Posted by daxilic (Budding Member 2 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

I’m going travelling solo for a year soon and doing the classic Australia and Asia backpackers route. I’m starting with Australia then doing Asia later on cause I don’t have time before my visa deadline expires. My rough plan is travel around Australia, maybe head over to New Zealand for some time then go to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore areas. Then come back to Australia to do some work before the visa ends. I’m already 31 (seriously cutting it fine!) so I won’t be eligible to extend the visa for a second year but I’m an experienced graphic designer and hoping to get a job doing that for a while.

I’ve done a lot of research but it’s mainly articles and blogs and It would be good to get some personal opinions too, I have a few questions:

1. Do you have any advice on which route to take through Australia? – I’ll probably be starting at Sydney.

2. For long term accommodation is hostels the best option or getting a house share? I know in London it’s common for backpackers to stay in house shares for a few days or weeks, occupying someone else’s room while it’s vacant.

3. Round the world plane tickets vs booking your own flights – is it worth it?

4. The backpack – I’m looking at 70-80L Osprey bags and something with a laptop pocket – Is this too big and a ball ache to carry around?

2. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1131 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

If you do make it to NZ (and this may be the same for Australia too), trying to find shared accommodation will most likely work out much cheaper than a hostel - if you can get it. Try Seek (both Australia and NZ) for jobs or Trade Me in NZ.

Personally, I think there are enough cheap carriers around now for a RTW ticket to be uneconomical. From Kuala Lumpur, Air Asia flies to and from both Australia and New Zealand and connects most of SE Asia - great prices! And you can be more flexible this way.

If you're happy carrying a 70-80 litre pack around, fine (and you might need something that size if you're carrying both leisure and business clothes) but a 35-40L pack would be suitable for carry-on baggage, making your disembarking time much quicker. It's quite easy to do some laundry on the hoof as a backpacker but probably not so easy as a worker.

Enjoy your trip! :):):):)

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1286 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

I think you have it right that a 70litre pack would be a pain. Try it in a shop, load it up with their gear and walk or stand around for ten minutes and see what you think. If it's uncomfortable after ten minutes you'll hate it after a year.

Personally I think sticking to carry-on size is worth the sacrifice of having more stuff.

4. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 501 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

Quoting daxilic

I’m an experienced graphic designer and hoping to get a job doing that for a while.

3. Round the world plane tickets vs booking your own flights – is it worth it?

4. The backpack – I’m looking at 70-80L Osprey bags and something with a laptop pocket – Is this too big and a ball ache to carry around?

Is graphic design one of the permitted occupations, or will you need to get a specific agreement?

I'd book my own flights as the RTW tickets tend to have quite tight limits etc (or maybe they've changed in recent years...)

Pack as light as possible.
70+L is a lot to have to carry/manage (no chance of carrying it into a small cubicle in a 'stomach' emergency so you'll have to find someone else to keep an eye on it).

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5293 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

Is graphic design one of the permitted occupations, or will you need to get a specific agreement?

There is no such thing as "permitted occupations"; you can work in effectively any occupation on a WHV.
If you're thinking of occupations that allow you to apply for a second year WHV, then no, it isn't - but daxilic already mentioned they're not going to be eligible for one anyway, due to age restrictions.

6. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 501 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Sander

If you're thinking of occupations that allow you to apply for a second year WHV, then no, it isn't

Yes, I was confusing those 2.

7. Posted by Bad Bear Travel (Budding Member 7 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Hey there,

First of all can I start with saying I'm jealous, you're going to have such an amazing trip. If you're starting in Sydney you have a lot of options depending on what direction or destinations you really have your heart set on. The East Coast is incredibly accessible from Sydney via a Greyhound Bus and will take you right round the country if you please. Do you mean you plan on leaving Aus before your first year is up and then returning after your trip round NZ and Asia?

For long term accommodation it depends on what you plan on doing/ how much money you have. I personally did work for accommodation in a few hostels which is usually easy to get. They were all dorm cleaning jobs which means you're finished for midday and can therefore have a job in the afternoon and evening. House shares are easy to come across everywhere on gumtree and similar sites.

I think the other guys covered the other points.

Good luck! Get in touch

8. Posted by daxilic (Budding Member 2 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Hello sorry for the extremely late response! Thank you so much for the replies so far its very helpful :)

Regarding flights I'll do it myself - only booking one flight to Australia then I'll go from there, I'll sort out SEA nearer the time. For a bag I got an Osprey Farpoint 70 which includes a detatchable backpack, seems perfect for what I need and has positive reviews. For accommodation I guess it makes sense for hostels while moving around then houseshare for any time working.

For the route I think I'll do New South Wales first but I can't decide where to start from - Melbourne in the south and work my way up towards Cairns or Darwin or vice versa. I want to stay with warm weather and avoid any cold. Also is Perth worth seeing? It looks very isolated, and what about Tasmania while in the south?

Is it best to just turn up in Australia and be spontaneous or plan transport and hostels in each city in advance? I assume only a few days to a week in each city will be enough time.

Last question out of interest - injections for SEA (Hepatitis B, Rabies, Malaria, Japanese Encephalitis), they are very expensive and would eat into my budget, are they worth getting?

9. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1286 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Take all the inoculations on offer - many local people in the places you're going can't afford them, we're very lucky to have the option at all so really they're a bargain.

I don't know that there are jabs for rabies and malaria. I thought rabies it's a series of painful injections after you contract it. Antimalarials are normally tablets to take for a period before or while you're in the risk area. Look up nhs fit for travel website to see which areas are a risk.

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