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First Time Traveller! Couple of Questions..

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific First Time Traveller! Couple of Questions..

1. Posted by cd2 (Budding Member 19 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


Am hoping to book up RTW flights in a few weeks! YAY!

After guestimating time in each place I want to go, am left with 5 months to do the East Coast Oz.. do you think this is enough time?

Also, how much money would u take?

I am doing a lot of Asia, Bali, NZ, Fiji, Oz.. Estimated £5,500 for the whole thing plus working in Oz? Any tips/ideas will be appreciated!

2. Posted by ozman (Full Member 118 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


Have you got your working holiday visa yet? This is granted automatically if you are under 31. You will need to prove that you have a certain amount of money in the bank.

3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Personally I try and bank on about £1k per month (not working), but I'm not exactly mr super budget traveller.

Your money will stretch far enough if you spend more time in asia and less in NZ/OZ (without working)!

5 months east coast is loads of time (again depending on how much time you want to spend working).

4. Posted by penna (Full Member 110 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

without working for 5 months your money probably wont cut it. i live in australia but my boyfriends is swiss and i meet and greet many of his friends who are passing through. if u travel in a van, sleep outside and cook your own food you will be sweet, however if u plan to take long distance buses/flights, stay in back packers hostels,eat in cafe/restaurants and go shopping then you will need far more for the tirp - i know many people spend over $20 000 aus in 6 months in australia. asia is really cheap, except for bali which is a tourist ghetto full of drunk australians, so if you work for a month or two in aus it should replenish your funds enough to get you through

5. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

The working holiday visa isn't granted "automatically" and its rare that you have to prove you have funds in the bank; possibly only if you come on a one-way ticket. The govt assumes you have a better than average chance of getting a job so they're not too concerned. There's always heaps of fruit picking work along the way if you get low on dollars. Work on the assumption that accommodation is a minimum of $25 per-day; food $15 per-day, and sundries of $15 per-day plus booze.I That's $55 per-day so a minimum of $385 per-week or $1540 per-month. Add a bus ticket for the east coast at around $270 with a discout card. The add activities like sailing or Fraser Island. You'd get little change out of $2,500 per-month which is about 1000 quid. Asia would be half this cost.

Hope this helps.