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Hi guys,

Just signed up, my name is Laura and im from England, where the sun doesn't shine very often!
I'm going through some changes right now and am thinking about taking the opportunity to travel around Australia and hopefulyl New Zealand as well.

I have always wanted to visit since i was a kid, but now i am finding it more appealing to pack up and jump on a plane tomorrow and never look back.
Something so magical about the thought of coming to Oz.

Just thought i would introduce myself and say hello to you all, i'd love to hear back from anyone who can give me any advice or tips on the best way to travel, the best places to go/stay, the things i MUST do etc!

I look forward to learning about Australia from you all :)

From Laura, or Law xx
 

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Hi Laura,

Australia is an easy enough place to get about, having an endless summer if you work it right as a traveller, though wecould be in for a scorcher this summer, already having 35C in Brisbane before Winter wasfinished and Spring started.

I just posted a bit of a response for another brit, so a cut and paste:

" Are you and your wife young enough to a Working Holiday Visa?, ring in the rellies for the Cats? but for sure getting out and having a look about is the way to do it, and even if to be for a shorter trip on a tourism visa, the three months eVisa is free for UK/EU pasport holders, apply online.
And travelling about can be done on the cheap a bit
Even to get here ex Stansted, have a look at Welcome to AirAsia.com, The World's Best Low-Cost Airline to KL and on to Brisbane, Melbourne or Perth and you could fly in to Brisbane and out of Perth or vice versa - 133 BP KL to UK a few weeks back!

. Regional Express :: Home backpacker flights pass and www,tigerairways.com.au are pretty cheap, all flights can be looked at on Cheap Flights, Qantas, Virgin Blue, Jetstar - Cheap Flights & Airfares - Compare Flights at Webjet - Webjet.com.au but then book direct with airlines and there are regular domestic sales.
. Rental Relocations Australia New Zealand United States Canada - Hire Now at StandByCars for some cheap driving/accommodation

Food's relatively cheap, grog likewise and even hotdockets - Vouchers, Coupons and Dockets from Shop a Docket for 241 meal deals.

The other forum sections have plenty of info about housing, work, immigration processes and for the Cats, it'll be vetinarian checks/certificates and Quarantine process involved. "

Forget the cats and you'll have the general idea.

If you're young enough for a Working Holiday Visa, there's provision to do three months seasonal style work and get asecond 12 months worth and then NZ also have their WHV system too.

Plenty of sunshine here.

If links do not come up with cut and paste, have a look at JSAshtons thread.
 

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Hi wanderer

Thanks for your info

I am 37 and my wife is 31, so if we are really going to give it a try, we have to get a move on. As I understand it, you have to go before 45? I am not sure of what visa's etc we will be requiring.

Just trying to find out about what kind of wage we can earn for our profeshions, and what kind of cost of living outlay per month we would have to shell out for a nice life style, house, car, holiday, cat food for two large cats, nothing to fancy.

cheers

Jon Aston:cool:

I'll answer you back on your thread Jon [just to avoid confusion]
Once you see it, I'll dump this post.
 
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