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$10,500 enough?

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1. Posted by wayne5393 (Budding Member 17 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Im travelling to Thailand on boxing day for a month then on to Australia with my WHV for the rest of the year, im hoping to spend no more than a grand in Thailand, i will have around 6,000 GBP which is around $10,500. will i have enough to be comfortable for the year?? I already have my return ticket home. I am hoping to find work aswell so that i get my second year if i want to stay on. Plus i am travelling with my girlfriend who will have around the same amount as me.

Any help and advice will be much appreciated.

Thanks, Wayne

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5174 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

$10,500 at the 'average' rate of AUD $60/day (covering weekly transport, supermarket food and decent quality hostel accommodation) would last just under 6 months. Since you'll be able to share some costs by being together, I suspect the $21,000 shared between the two of you should last you about 8 months. If you live really frugally, you could stretch that another month or two; if you go out partying frequently and do many activities, it'll be gone much more swiftly. Since there's two of you, buying a car to take care of your transport will probably be a really good investment that'll help with stretching money.

So, be prepared for needing to work for a couple of months during the year. Also, consider asking each hostel you're staying at if they need cleaners; usually 2-3 hours of work a day will give you your accommodation for free, and so that's a great way to stretch your money while still having most of each day to see the places you're visiting.

This amount of money is quite a bit more than most people who head to Australia take with them, though, so in general I think you'll be in a really comfortable position. Just keep a good eye on your expenses, and be certain not to wait till the last moment with starting to look for work.

3. Posted by wayne5393 (Budding Member 17 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Thanks very much for the advice

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