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I recently was talking with my friend Hollie who travelled Australia a couple of years ago. She had some great tips for staying on budget in Australia, and some things to know before you travel to Australia.
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A lot of people make mistake when they travel to Australia and that is why I decided to share her tips with you, to save you the frustrations that others go through.
Think before you book
One thing Hollie wish she had done was think about her route before she booked her flights. Think about planning or at least having a good idea of a route as one of the things to know before going to Australia. She was travelling The Gold Coast of Australia, a popular backpacker route. Unfortunately she booked her flights to land in, and leave from Melbourne. If she could do it all over again she said she would prefer to land in Brisbane and work her way down to fly home from Melbourne. Her flight choices meant she had to travel up, then back down The Gold Coast, cutting time and doubling travel costs as she went.
Hollie also managed to pay a lot more than she would have if she had searched more airlines. Her and her friend flew back the same day from Australia on different flights by different airlines – Hollie paying hundreds more for hers.
Do not use a travel agent
One of the main ways people book their travel to Australia is with an agent. This is also one of the reasons people end up paying more for their flights as the travel agents need to make commissions. I have nothing against travel agents but I just have learnt through personal experience that you are going to pay a lot more by using one.
I have learnt different tricks and methods to finding the best prices for flights, and manage to bag really great deals every time. Check out how I managed to get 5 days all-inclusive to Ibiza for under £107pp. Taking some of your own time, and putting in a little effort can really save you a bunch of money.
Tip read: How to find cheap flights
Know what kind of jobs you can, and cannot get
Australia is a whole different ball game compared to the UK. In the UK we can get a job in a cafe, or bar without and prior experience, never-mind needing a licence. In Australia baristas and coffee places require their staff to get a licence. For example to work in a bar, you need a barista licence. Basically you need to learn what to do and pass a test. This makes getting a job in Australia a lot harder than back home.
You also can only work for a total of 6 months, and need to be able to fund the other 6 from savings or profits from working. Make sure you budget for this or you could see yourself home earlier than planned.
You could always turn to someone who is an expert on the situation and read something like ‘How to arrive and thrive in Australia.‘
Do you have any more tips or things to know before you travel to Australia? I’d love to know.