So you want to take a year out and go and work in Australia, but you’re not really sure where to begin?
Well first things first is read read read, go and read every blog you can find, watch every YouTube video you can find and make sure this is something you really want to do! Which i am sure it is, otherwise you wouldn’t be here! But just make sure as it is quite a big step to take.
Get your visa – this is really easy to do. Check my post out HERE on how to do that.
Book your flights – there are so many flight companies you can go with and the one you choose is up to you. But if you are flexible on dates then you can get a much cheaper flight especially if you have been collecting air miles.
Book your hostel - book the first week or couple of weeks in your hostel, you will be happy you have booked a week or so for you to settle in in advance. The last thing you want to be doing when jet lagged is walking around trying to find somewhere to stay. Especially if you go in peak season and lots of places are full up. I will write reviews on every hostel I stay in so be sure to check out my review pages. Generally any YHA hostel will be a good start, they have high safety ratings and you can usually get discounted rates when you become a member on all of their hostels worldwide
Transfers – what you will also want to check is if your hostel offers you a transfer from the airport. Some do and some don’t. so be sure to check this out before you go and book if needed.
Make a plan – don’t plan every second of your trip because you wont end up sticking to it and it will be a waste of time, but it’s a good idea to have an idea of where you want to go and what you want to see / do while you are out there.
Get travel insurance – there are so many options you can go for here, just make sure you take a proper look at them all as it can be very confusing, get quotes and do your research on the company too.
get organised - Make a list of everything you want and need to do before you set off. If you’re anything like me then you will make list after list after list and keep crossing things off and making more lists. But it is good to have one hard copy of everything important you need to do to begin with. And just see how exciting it is as you cross each item off that list.
work work work - Decide what kind of work you want to do while out in Australia – if you want to do any bar work then you need to complete a course to so regardless of if you have worked in a bar before. Click HERE to read more about this.
CV - Get your CV up to Aussie standards – click HERE for help on how to do that
Get an idea of what you want to take with you; I know I am so going to over pack!! You can read what I am packing here and then I will do an updated version of what I actually need within about a month of being out there.
Save save save, save as much as you can before you go. You need $5000 available to you to enter the country, this can be in cash, in a bank account or have that much available to you on a credit card, doesn’t matter how you have the money! Just as long as you have it. But I would try and save as much as you possibly can as you can’t be sure when you are going to get work out there so every penny counts.
Budget budget budget – It’s pretty impossible to budget when you’re not in the country especially when you don’t know what is going to happen but try your best and stick to the rule of around $2000 a month. I will keep monthly updates on spending to help people out with planning budgets etc.
Unlock your phone – this one is pretty simple, there are plenty of places around that you can take your phone in to get unlocked. My provider was O2 and if you are on contract with them you could get your phone unlocked for free by filling out a form on their website, so search your provider’s website first to see if they also offer this deal.
Open up an Aussie bank account – now there are loads of banks to choose from, I have gone with common wealth, it was really simple. You just apply online and you can pick it up from a branch. If it asks you for an address just give the address of the first hostel you are going to go to. And then pick the branch closest to that hostel for you to collect your card from. As I mentioned before there are many for you to choose from but if you would like to go with the common wealth bank then please click HERE.
Get a sim card – there are many different companies to go for in Australia but the one that comes most recommended (if your anywhere near the outback it seems to be the only one that can get signal is Telstra you may have also got your visa through a company like I did in which case they may be able to send you a sim card before you leave the country so you can start using your Aussie sim card as soon as you get over there. I did this and I got a Vodafone sim card.