Hello! I've been very much thinking about a working holiday since lockdown began and was wondering if people had any resources/ideas for getting a like an initial plan? Obviously Backpacking Bananas Youtube has been a huge help and inspiration for this but I've never done solo travel before so if there are any more handy tips or anything then I'd love to know!
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Yep I would agree with everyone else! I wouldn't plan too much as it will all change when you get there anyway! Watch lots of videos, blogs etc and find some places you *must* visit, put them all onto google maps and then just show up and have a great time. That way you won't miss out on the highlights and you'll find lots of hidden gems with your new travel buddies. I would just book a hostel for a week or two and figure out what to see in that city - then see what happens, maybe you'll start a job or you'll join someone on a month long road trip - the best part about having a whole year is the freedom so embrace the unknown and enjoy your trip!
I just did this last year and had no idea where to start! Honestly, I watched a lot of Backpacking Bananas videos, WheresMollie and Unjaded Jade to help give me a sense of the places I knew I wanted to go (and an idea of what was in each place). I also booked onto an Intro Travel tour which couldnt have been more helpful, and it also meant I got to do stuff I'd never normally do and meet a group of people straightaway. Once I'd done that and had a rough idea of what I wanted to see and experience, I spoke to one of the guys at the travel desk who gave me an outline of Australia and wrote little notes on what was in each place. Before arriving in Australia, I didn't have a plan at all - just some rough ideas and I was pleasantly suprised as I travelled :)
hi there, i spoke about this subject with the all known 'nomadic matt'. He responded to my mail with this answer: 'Once you get there, you'll meet people and encounter new opportunities and all your plans will go out the window. Aside from maybe planning your first 2-3 weeks (if you wanted to travel before settling somewhere/looking for work), I would just plan the rest out when you arrive. It's impossible to know when (or where) you'll find farm opportunities so I would just go with an open schedule and decide when you get there. That way, you can get a feel for the country, talk to people here who can give you on-the-ground advice, and then make a much better-informed decision.' I also agree with @Rian Hendy . (binge watch yt vids of travel vloggers but also seek out travel bloggers) and most important of all, enjoy every second of it!
Hey, I am at the stage of planning/saving now but I found cant talk from experiences but what has help me is:
- Watching a lot of youtube videos, Such as Backingbananas Aus series, Where's Molly (Also just do insta live about WHV Aus, it's on her Insta), Psycho Traveller. I'm pretty certain I've watched every single video possible.
- Do google searches for blogs / Tips. There's plenty out there.
- Use google maps/maps.me to star locations you want to see or to make note of recommendations. Like hostels, activities etc etc.
From what I have read/heard the most important thing is not over plan.
Only book a week in your starting place, and go with it. You don't want to leave someplace early just cos you prebooked, You may meet others out there you want to travel with.
If you are a nervous type like me, Watch Backingpacking Bananas video's on the Welcome to Melbourne tour. I am 100% doing it.
Hope this helps