What Kind of Job as a Backpacker When You’re Traveling to Australia?

Considering your very own work experiences that may be relevant—While you’re not here expecting work related to your career, taking into consideration your past experiences is something worth doing. Sure, you may not have had an experience fruit picking in a farm, but what about other work? If you’ve been a shop assistant, a customer service officer, or any work that involves receiving guests or customers, you may be able to include that. With that kind of experience, you can try applying as a bar person, waitress or waiters during your job in Australia. And if you’re on a 462 visa, such a hospitality job will let you apply for a second year visa extension as well.

The most popular one: regional work 

Regional work still remains one of the fields that always needed a helping hand. These jobs are very popular among backpackers. One of the reasons is that a lot of these regional or “rural work” is a requirement towards attaining that much-desired second year work and holiday visa. Regional work itself can be divided into several types of work. Those works include: 

Fruit picking and general crop maintenance work 

Among regional work, this type of job has been one of the most popular choices. Farmers would always need a helping hand depending on the seasons, and a high turnover rate is something that is expected. However, always be wary of this type of job. Because of the popularity, so many farmers have known to take advantage of backpackers. Horror stories from being underpaid to horrible working environment have been told so many times. Make sure to check the farm and the company first. If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is. Bring enough money with you so you don’t get desperate to settle for just about anything. 

Working at an animal cultivation place 

This is another option or alternative for rural work if you’re looking for the second year visa. It’s a good option if you’d like to avoid fruit picking altogether. The types of job include work of maintaining animals for the purpose of selling said animals or what they produce and the work of manufacturing animal produce such as dairy from the raw materials. 

Working hospitality jobs 

Hospitality jobs include anything from being a barista to a front office at a resort or a hotel. Again, if your goal is to obtain a second year visa, then there are other details that you must note. For instance, you need to be in the Northern Australia and certain specified post codes for you to be eligible. 

Working the good old office jobs 

While known for being hard to come by, some people have managed to land an office job. This type of job is so much more stable and most of the time, it pays better. Whether you’re an office temp or you’re landing a more professional role, these types of job is definitely worth looking into if a more stable job is what you’re looking for. 

Working as a Traveler on a Work Holiday Visa in Australia

Aside from being one of the most popular destinations for backpackers from all over the world, Australia is also famous for its fantastic minimum wage. As of now, the Australian national minimum wage is 18.93 AUD per hour, or 719.20 AUD per week. Compared to so many developed countries out there, this is pretty awesome. That’s why many people rave on about the Australian minimum wage. With that said, finding work in the land down under is not as easy as you might think when you make that impulsivity-fueled decision of going on a work and holiday in Oz perhaps way too soon. What are the things you should consider?

The types of jobs available will highly depend on where you stay 

This is something that is pretty obvious and for this purpose, you need to have at least a rough plan on how you’re going to spend your time in Australia. What do you want to do? What areas would you like to visit? You don’t have to have them down exactly in order at the start. Simply write down what you have in mind as a form of brainstorming. Then you can work it out from there. 

Taking a consideration getting a second year visa

If you’re eligible, getting a second year work and holiday visa may be in one of your to-do lists. It’s a huge thing for your travel plan that you need to get it fulfilled. So your types of job that you’d need to apply to should meet the criteria of the specified work.

First off, you need to be aware whether you’re on a visa subclass 417 or subclass 462. If you’re from the UK, Ireland, or Japan, for example, then you’ll be on a 417 visa. If you’re from the United States, Vietnam, or Indonesia, among other listed countries, then you’re on a 462 subclass. This division is important to note because what can count as a specified work for a requirement for a second year visa for each subclass is different. 

Planning your work and travel in the land down under 

Without any plan, your work and holiday opportunity would be more difficult to navigate. Do your planning based on the brainstorming process you’ve done beforehand. If you’re planning on getting that second year visa, then it may be best for you to start your year-long holiday traveling to the areas that meet the visa requirement. Then plan on applying for jobs around that trip. That way, you can tick off one major thing you’ve planned on doing from the start anyway. 

There is no need to plan every single detail of the month on what you’re planning to do during your whole year. The best way to plan, for many people, is having the large picture of what they’re going to do. From that idea, you can work out the details. Whether you’re planning on exploring the outbacks or jumping from city center to city center, having some sort of a plan is going to help you big time in the long run. 

Best Source of Entertainment for Travelling

One of the reasons why people like traveling is to experience new things or to escape from hectic life for a while. Traveling is exciting that you can even feel it before your departure to your destination. However, there are many chances for you to get bored throughout the journey especially if your destination is abroad. Dealing with long haul flight has already hard as it is. No wonder that boredom can even make it worse. It is also easy to feel during when waiting in lines at the airport. That’s why you need to bring your own source of entertainment for traveling so anytime you feel bored and exhausted, you have something to entertain you and keep your mood in check as to not ruin the trip you’ve been wanting for a long time.

Entertainment source for your travel needs

So here are some sources of entertainment you can bring from home to make your long trip more bearable:

  • Books are a friendly companion no matter where you go. You can always bring it and put it in your carry-on so anytime you have time to read, you just pull it out. Books are best for entertainment because they can make you forget about all your personal problems at the moment. They can make you loosen up and get distracted. Thus, bringing your favorite book to your travel destination is a great idea. You don’t have to bring many of them. Just bring one or two books you intend to finish throughout your trip. With books, you don’t have to worry about waiting for delay flight or long line.

  • Movies are also great entertainment when you feel bored during your journey to your travel destination. You can bring your own USB and fill it with your favorite movies. Or, you can just stream them through your mobile or laptop (if you bring any). All you need is internet data so you can connect and stream your favorite movies whenever you feel like dying from boredom. Remember that you can also enjoy this type of entertainment during your flight. Choose movies you like the best and enjoy watching. You will arrive at your destination feeling delighted with no trace of boredom.
  • Games are also great source of entertainment for long trip. There are many of them you can play from your mobile. You can play online or offline games to kill time. You don’t have to be ashamed to play games whenever you are stuck in long line or delay flight, or long haul flight. Games are not only for kids but adults as well. Choose games that can make you feel excited but not thinking too hard because you may get stressed over it if you lose the game and ruin the mood of the trip.

There are many others sources of entertainment you can also bring or enjoy during your long haul trip such as music, puzzle, riddle, etc. choose type of entertainment that can make you stay motivated to go through the trip.

Where to Stay in Oz When You’re on a Long-Term Visa: Part 2

While in part one at the previous post have discussed where to start when you’re looking for an accommodation in Australia, here we would talk about some of the most popular options people on a long-term visa have actually used. This long-term visa includes those of Work and Holiday that’s popular among backpackers. Whether you plan to stay for a year or more in Australia on your long-term visa, where can you find some solid options for accommodation?

Gumtree: for finding everything under the sun

The Gumtree website is not just a place to offer flats, advertise share houses, and things related to accommodation alike. Gumtree is a place for literally everything. You can find used bikes, secondhand wifi routers, and whatever else you can think about. Many work and holidaymakers find their accommodations through this website. Gumtree is also a popular website to post jobs and also advertise yourself as a job-seeker.

Use your social media’s potentials 

People advertising their space as well as people who are looking for them are all using social media to get the word out. It’s one of the easiest and the quickest ways to let the world know that you’re offering or looking.

Join relevant facebook group for your upcoming stay 

Groups are usually for each area. If you’re planning on staying in Melbourne, then join relevant groups for it. If you’re staying in Darwin, look for groups with the relevant keywords. People of the groups sometimes share content from facebook pages that advertise house space in general, so be on the lookout for those as well. 

Pro-tip: browse for these groups and join them even when you have yet to arrive in Australia. From the posts of these groups, you’ll get to know the exact range of prices that people offer, and so much more information you wouldn’t have known unless you’re included within the community. You’ll get to see pictures, read descriptions, and be more knowledgeable in searching for accommodations. Having a sense of familiarity in this—as one of the most basic things you need to survive when traveling—would give you a better piece of mind. 

A dedicated website for sharing houses: Flatmates

If you’ve decided that a share accommodation is for you (whether it’s a private room in a share house or a shared one bedroom apartment), then you can go to a dedicated website to specifically look for this type of accommodation. 

The website flatmates.com.au is one of the most popular websites people go to when it comes to the whole apartment and house sharing. The websites is a place for both those who are looking and offering their space. 

Pro-tip: get to know your flatmates and your space before you commit 

Spend some time talking to the people whose living space you’re interested in. Getting along with the people you’re living with is not just important, but necessary. 

Lookout for flyers as well. This may be an old-fashioned way to advertise virtually anything, but some still do it. Take a picture of the contact number you find on the flyer. Call and arrange for a meeting. You may find something worth looking into. 

How to Find Accommodations for Long-Term Visa in Oz: Part 1

While hostels are a popular way to stay in Oz at an affordable rate, it often isn’t an ideal way to live in for longer stays. Hostels in Oz are quite famous for having lower quality and standards compared to hostels in Southeast Asia and even Asia in general. However, that does not mean that it’s impossible to get a good place with an affordable rate. It just means you have to be more diligent to dig more.

City of Sydney panorama showing the Harbour Bridge and Opera House

Consider where you’re going to go first in Oz

Determining where you’d like to go first in a long-term visa is often not an easy task at all. Australia is a large country spanning the whole continent. it’s easy to get confused and somewhat lost because of the sheer size of options that awaits you. 

A year-long visa like the work and holiday visa should be able to afford you with plenty of chances to explore the whole continent, if you so wished. And for many people, they love to stay in a place and get to know the area intimately—living like a true local. But what of things like accommodation? Where do you suppose you’d like to stay? 

Starting out at a hostel is OK

While many travelers find it less than ideal to stay at a hostel for a prolonged time, staying at a hostel can be an acceptable way to start off your accommodation. While you will lack privacy during the entirety of your stay at a hostel, it can be the easiest way for you to meet people in the first few days or weeks of your stay in Oz. Websites you can try to browse through is HostelWorld, Booking, etc. 

Dig through the Aribnb options 

Staying at a house with a local is something that can yield a better and often more rewarding experience compared to staying at a hostel. You’ll get to meet a local, and you may even get to make some meaningful connections while you’re there. The only downside to Airbnb is that extending your stay won’t be possible. Unless the dates of your planned extension haven’t been booked, of course. 

An affordable Airbnb is a great option in place of booking a hostel. It affords you with a more private place and often, more comfort. Good airbnb spaces that are affordable for backpackers are often not located exactly in the city centers. As they’re owned by the average locals like you, they’re often located at the residential area or neighborhood. But it’s definitely not difficult to find places that are still very much in the city—just a quieter part of it (which is so much better in many cases)—and those that are only a couple of train rides or stations away from places like a CBD. A lot of travelers have found Airbnb to be a pretty solid option for even longer stays ranging from 1 to 3 months of days booked. 

While we’ve sorted out the matter of starting out when you’ve just arrived in Australia on your long term visa, on the next post, let’s talk about more options. Sites that would be covered would be those popular sites like Gumtree and Flatmates.