6 Things To Keep In Mind Before Starting Your Gap Year In Australia

6 Things To Keep In Mind Before Starting Your Gap Year In Australia

If you’re currently perusing this message, it’s likely that you’ve already secured your 7-day Sydney package with Sydney Gap Year – a fantastic decision! 😉 This signifies that we’ll take care of all the tedious administrative tasks for you, such as setting up your bank account, obtaining a tax file number, and providing you with a SIM card. Our goal is to handle the mundane aspects so that you can fully immerse yourself in the exciting parts of your journey. Hooray!

Rest assured, we’re here to assist you with anything you may require, not only during the Sydney Gap Year week but throughout your entire stay in Australia! However, it’s always wise to be well-prepared. Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of six essential considerations to contemplate before embarking on your working holiday visa adventure in Australia:

Plan your year

Embracing the spontaneity of travel is truly exhilarating as you never know who you’ll meet or what incredible opportunities may come your way! However, having a rough plan in place can ensure that you make the most of your time in Australia while also saving some hard-earned money. When it comes to booking trips and tours, securing a travel package prior to your arrival in Australia will grant you access to the best deals. For instance, if you’ve always dreamt of skydiving and exploring the famous East Coast, it’s advisable to opt for an East Coast package that includes travel, accommodation, and tours. This way, you can enjoy the flexibility of booking as you go while taking advantage of pre-paid benefits. Check out the Australia East Coast packages available online for more details.

Here’s a word of advice: Roughly planning your trip in advance can help you avoid a common pitfall—exhausting all your funds within the first two weeks, primarily by indulging in the vibrant Sydney backpacker bar scene. We wouldn’t want you to find yourself in that predicament again! 😉

During your first week with us at the Sydney/Melbourne Gap Year program, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a travel and work information session. This session will provide you with invaluable travel ideas, and our friendly travel team will be available to address any queries you may have. Feel free to reach out to us if you need assistance with planning or simply want to have a chat!

Finding work in Australia

The good news is that Australia offers a plethora of fantastic job opportunities for backpackers. From fruit picking and farm work to roles in bars, restaurants, cafes, offices, and even construction, there are plenty of options to choose from. With a well-crafted resume, a thoughtfully written cover letter, and a positive attitude, your chances of quickly finding employment in Australia are quite promising. Phew!

If you’re eager to start working as soon as you arrive, it’s a smart idea to begin working on your CV beforehand. By doing so, you can focus on enjoying your time, relaxing at the beach, meeting new people, and settling into the vibrant Sydney lifestyle upon your arrival. Store your CV on a USB drive or email it to yourself, ensuring easy access and the ability to make edits once you’re in Sydney. As part of the Sydney/Melbourne Gap Year package, you’ll receive a 12-month membership to our online jobs database. Additionally, our legendary local support team will be available to offer assistance and guidance throughout your job search in Australia. It’s also advisable to check with your previous employer if they are willing to provide a positive reference while you’re in Australia and if they are open to receiving emails or phone calls from potential Australian employers. If not, they might be willing to write a letter of recommendation for you instead.

Suitcase or Backpack?

Undecided about whether to bring a backpack or a suitcase for your gap year? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! It often comes down to personal preference, but there are some factors worth considering before making your choice. Think about the type of travel you’ll be doing once you arrive. Are you planning to stay in one place for an extended period or will you be constantly on the move? Remember that whatever luggage you bring, you’ll be responsible for carrying or dragging it throughout your trip. Ladies, it’s advisable to leave as much of your wardrobe at home as possible! 😉 Regardless of the type of luggage you choose, the key is to travel light! If you’ll be traveling through Asia before reaching Australia, be sure to check out our packing tips for Asia blog.

Keep in touch

Staying connected is important, so let’s talk about keeping in touch. Which news would you like first, the good or the bad? Well, the bad news is that using the internet at an internet cafe in Sydney can cost around $3 per hour. But fear not, because we have good news! With Sydney Gap Year, you’ll enjoy FREEEEE WiFi access at our Sydney Gap Year HQ throughout your trip. Simply bring your tablet or laptop to the shop during office hours, and we’ll hook you up! If you haven’t already, set up a Skype account for free communication with friends and family back home. It’s also worth unlocking your phone to accept an Australian SIM card before arriving in Sydney. Unlocking your phone in your home country is usually cheaper (unlocking in Sydney costs approximately $100-$150). Many phone top-up options include internet access, so make sure to download Viber, WhatsApp, and FaceTime (for iPhone users) to stay connected with your loved ones!

Money, money, money

Rest assured, we’ll have your bank account set up and ready to use when you arrive, so there’s no need to worry! However, we highly recommend transferring your money into your Aussie bank account before your arrival. By doing so, you can use your funds immediately and avoid incurring international bank charges when using your card abroad. If possible, it’s best to transfer your money in one go to avoid multiple transaction fees imposed by your bank. Keep in mind that international transfers typically take between 3-5 days to complete. If you happen to leave it until the last minute, make sure to bring enough cash to sustain you until the transfer is processed. Additionally, it’s a good idea to inform your bank about your travel plans. This way, if you need to use your card from your home country, the bank won’t flag it as a suspicious transaction and potentially block the payment, saving you from having to borrow money from your new friends!

Which documents will I need for my year down under?

When traveling to Australia, you won’t need to bring a lot of documents with you. Apart from the obvious essentials like your passport and driver’s license, modern technology makes it convenient to carry digital copies of your important documents. It’s advisable to bring copies of your passport, driver’s license, along with your flight details, tickets, and travel insurance. Additionally, scan any other relevant documents, such as your health card, and email them to yourself for easy access if needed.

It’s worth noting that you won’t require your counterpart driver’s license or birth certificate, so you can leave them with someone back home. However, if you plan to apply for Medicare, the Australian health service, you’ll need a copy of your passport and a printout of your visa. To be extra prepared, it’s recommended to bring extra copies of these documents.

Looking forward to seeing you all in then near future!

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