Going on a year-long travel without much of a plan is simply going to make it so much more inconvenient for you. Despite the thought that you think of yourself as someone who “make it up as you go”, having a plan, or at least a semblance of plan, is how you should go about your work and holiday trip.
What do you want out of your work and holiday?
So many people went on a work and holiday quite impulsively. The ease and simplicity in getting this visa makes this visa option so easy to “fall into”. No matter where you plan to go in Australia for your year-long travel, having a semblance of plan is important. But first, think why you’re going on a work and holiday in the first place. What do you want to get out of from this one year journey? Is it to visit as many place as possible? Or do you want to stay in one area and get to know the place more intimately? Ask this to yourself so that your goals and aims are clear. This would also help you land jobs that are more suited to your travel objectives
Do your research—nope, no such a thing as too much research
Knowing ahead of time of the overall aspects of your one year life in Australia is going to save you from so much headache and inconvenience. To start off, after you’ve determined what you want to get out of your year-long Australia travel, you can try asking yourself these:
- Where do you want to go in Australia?
- What sort of jobs are available for travelers like you in that area?
- How much does accommodation cost?
- What are your options for accommodation?
- Is it realistic to do all of your travel plans with how much you earn?
To start off, have sufficient funds with you!
This prevents you from becoming desperate to get a job because you’re too broke to travel. The Australian government actually requires you to have at least 5,000 AUD when you arrive in Australia. It will set you off with enough funds until you land a job—and not just any job. But a decent job with a decent pay. And it’s always good to have your CV or resume ready. Having a CV or resume ready to hand out to employers is going to save you time and headache. Make sure to print them out. Prepare more than one CV, you’re going to need to put only relevant experiences to the relevant CVs.
Have an idea of where you’d like to go—but be flexible
With the entire year to yourself, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the Land Down Under. Over-planning can be a waste of time—especially if you have a ton of places on your list. You’re going to need to work to fund your travel. People have had experiences where they ended up staying longer in one place. And that doesn’t necessarily mean a bad thing. It can be that you’ve met some really wonderful travelers that you don’t want to leave behind so soon. Or that you’ve got quite an awesome job for a backpacker that you’re going to want to stay for a couple more months.