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1. Posted by bex-leanne (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,

We're off on our travels and hoping to leave mid April. We have enough money to get to Australia and set up for a bit. We plan to work there for six months and then New Zeland for up to two months. Then we want to travel for as long as possibe. We are prepared to live cheap and work whenever possible but don't know the best way to go about it!
How easy it to get work when travelling? Which is the best way to get flights e.g RTW or individually? Any other infomation anyone can give us about travelling on a budget and the best places to stay will be much appreciated!!!

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

If you really want to stretch your money to the max, flying as little as possible and going when and where you get the best deals (=off-season on popular connections) is your best option. Unless we're talking truly gigantic (=intercontinental) distances, land travel is always your cheaper option, except in Australia/Pacific, northern America and Western Europe. Plus, it allows you to take in the culture and landscape at your leisure, smt which cannot be said of flying...

As to work, that depends on your background. Being british, you should be able to find smt in Oz; other people can tell better than I can. Asia from what I've heard is difficult, unless you have a marketable skill like tourist industry experience. Europe should be no problem legally, but short-term contracts for simple jobs are relatively difficult to come by (in western Europe; wouldn't know about east). In south America, finding anything at all is extremely difficult (and teaching English no longer is a viable option since that market is completely flooded), unless you speak spanish really well and have some specific skills to offer.

3. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Australia/NZ is such a popular destination for Brits wanting a bit of a working holiday, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding work :) you could do a bit of the harvest trail (fruit picking/vineyard work) around Aussie, or theres always all sorts of part-time/casual positions advertised in backpackers hostels in the big cities. Check out to see the sorts of work going in the city or state you're interested in. You'll also be getting to Aussie in time for the ski season and could look for job on the fields in Victoria if you're into the snow. As I understand it UK residents only get one Aussie working visa in their whole maybe you'dlike to consider working in Aussie for the full year of the visa. This would also be good for your future travel funds! South East Asia is a great budget friendly part of the world to explore - you can go far and see plenty on limited funds. Use land travel as often as possible, as suggested above. Besides, its much more fun to drive through a new country than to fly over it ;)

4. Posted by SunnyCali7 (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

i think its the hardest thing to do to travel on a budget becuz usually u end up spending ur money pretty quick unless ur good at managing money

5. Posted by hobo1985 (Inactive 52 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

try staying at people places for free in exchange for helpnig them out if they every come to your neck of the woods, these sites i have found quite useful:

6. Posted by bex-leanne (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thank you to everyone who replied, it's been really helpfull!!!
Does any one have any idea on what we could realisticly save after expensess for a year working in Australia if we were to be conservative with our funds?
I know its a hard question to answer but if anyones been in a similar situation, what was your experience??
Thanks again for helping us out!!!!

7. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

If you plan to stay in one place while working in Australia, finding a flat-share will cut your costs down lots. Instead of paying $150/wk just on accommodation, like you would in a backpackers, in a flat you could spend that much on rent, food and travel to work. is a good place for flat listings, also try Most jobs pay around $16/hr for backpackers (although this can vary, its lower for fruit picking, and higher for call centre-type work), so maybe if you work with that figure for estimating how much you can save :). Remember, you're in a new country and will want to do and see all you can, so you will end up spending more than you mean to!! But if you work a decent amount of hours in a week and keep that goal of SEA in mind, I'm sure you'll save enough ;)