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1. Posted by Gartland88 (Budding Member 13 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Hi all

Firstly let me apologise that my first contribution to this site is a frantic plead for advice! I promise I'll provide better content in future!!

Myself and my partner are due to leave London for New York at the end of October. We'll be travelling across the United States until the beginning of December, at which point I'll be heading across to Australia to begin my working holiday visa (my partner will join me two weeks later, after a brief visit to Japan).

We've been working like crazy but we've been hit with expense after unplanned expense along the way, causing our estimated total savings to land a little over £3,000 each.
My budget for the US is £1,500, leaving me with £1,500 left to start out in Australia with. My flight lands in Sydney and my top priority will be to secure work asap.

I've no outbound flight and no travel insurance (at this point I just can't afford it - I realise how foolish this may be but hope to maybe buy travel insurance later in Australia, once i've secured income).

I'm in real need of some advice with regards to securing a working hostel and of course work asap after landing... I'll be aiming for someplace in Melbourne, Victoria, however around Sydney works too. I've also read about hostels requiring a deposit.. Is this common? If so how much?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.. At the moment I'm working 7 days a week and can't stop worrying over my finances, and all the possible things that could go wrong.

Thank you for your much needed help!

With regards,

Steve

2. Posted by Stefmuts (Budding Member 125 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Have you tried google? 'work australia jobs' comes up with lost of options

3. Posted by Gartland88 (Budding Member 13 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your useful input, your enlightened suggestion surely never passed my mind until now - thank you!

Of course a simple google will give info on work, but it also gives an absolute ton of contradictory info, including stories of people who've had to go weeks without securing work, or that working hostels might require a deposit, or that there are a ton of scammers out there.. Etc.

So I was simply asking for some hard info on the subject of securing work asap, and maybe some tips on how to avoid any common mistakes, etc.

4. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1253 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Travel insurance I've had has always required that the trip hasn't already started.

Can you get family to loan you some money?

5. Posted by Gartland88 (Budding Member 13 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Hi Andy

That was my understanding too, however I've looked into it and it seems some companies offer/specialise in insurance for those already traveling. Its probably more expensive but at least it wouldn't take another chunk off of my dwindling savings before ive even secured work.

I might have to suck it up and ask for some help to cover my insurance, at least until I can pay it back

6. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 437 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

Please, please, please get travel health insurance for at least the US part of your trip.

Accidents and illnesses can happen to anyone, anytime. Any slip or trip can cause a broken ankle or wrist, a bout of tonsillitis can require antibiotics, vehicles crash.........

Unless you have existing health problems travel health insurance shouldn't cost a lot...but any treatment in the US will cost a lot. If, god forbid, you are seriously injured and/or need repatriation the costs can financially break you...and/or your family.

Please get it sorted as a matter of urgency. There are lots of insurance providers. Try the Post Office for a start......

https://www.postoffice.co.uk/travel-insurance

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Oct-2018, at 00:23 by leics2 ]

7. Posted by Peter (Admin 6574 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I agree with Leics. You can’t afford NOT to get insurance for the US. Find savings elsewhere.

8. Posted by Peter (Admin 6574 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Regarding hostels and deposits.. if you want to secure a room you’ll typically have to pay a deposit. How much will all depend on which hostel you’re booking in to.

You haven’t said what kind of work you’re trying to get or are capable of doing. If you’re willing to do anything I don’t think you’ll have a hard time finding something.

And at least the Australian dollar is going in the right direction for you at the moment 🙂

9. Posted by Gartland88 (Budding Member 13 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

Please, please, please get travel health insurance for at least the US part of your trip.

Accidents and illnesses can happen to anyone, anytime. Any slip or trip can cause a broken ankle or wrist, a bout of tonsillitis can require antibiotics, vehicles crash.........

Unless you have existing health problems travel health insurance shouldn't cost a lot...but any treatment in the US will cost a lot. If, god forbid, you are seriously injured and/or need repatriation the costs can financially break you...and/or your family.

Please get it sorted as a matter of urgency. There are lots of insurance providers. Try the Post Office for a start......

https://www.postoffice.co.uk/travel-insurance

Thanks for your advice; I know you're speaking sense.. I'll see what I can do! With Australia I'll at least be applying for Medicare shortly after I land, whereas in the US I have nothing to fall back on in an emergency.

10. Posted by Gartland88 (Budding Member 13 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Peter

Regarding hostels and deposits.. if you want to secure a room you’ll typically have to pay a deposit. How much will all depend on which hostel you’re booking in to.

You haven’t said what kind of work you’re trying to get or are capable of doing. If you’re willing to do anything I don’t think you’ll have a hard time finding something.

And at least the Australian dollar is going in the right direction for you at the moment 🙂

Sorry you're right I didn't state anything! I'm not fussy but ideally looking for farm/laboring work (unskilled). I'll take bar work, retail etc.. anything is good! I've seen that Working Hostels can offer as little as $150 per week for accommodation - Do you know if that's an accurate bench mark to aim for?

Thanks