Travelling the world can be a daunting process. You’re far away from your family and loved ones, and you have to start making big decisions on your own. It’s also incredibly rewarding, enabling you to meet new people, experience new cultures and see beautiful countries you’ve never been to before.
Melbourne in Australia is a very popular place for backpackers, and a place where many will stay for a year or two. If this is something you want to do, check out our top tips for your long term stay in Melbourne.
Get the right visa
Before you book your one-way ticket to Melbourne, you’ll need to get a visa and understand its limitations. As a traveller who wants to work, you’ll want a Working Holiday Visa. This visa allows you to stay in Australia for up to a year, and work as well. You need to be aware though, you can only work in one place for up to 6 months.
If you want to apply for your second year visa, then you need to do 88 days of regional farm work. Make sure to do your research, find a reputable farm to do your work on, and clock up those hours.
Stay in a hostel
When you first arrive, your best option is to stay in a hostel for easy group accommodation in Melbourne. By doing this, you’ll meet other backpackers and meet new friends. It will mean you won’t be totally alone and can go out exploring with people who might already know a bit more about the city and can show you the sights. Once you’ve found some friends and settled in, you can look to move into a house share or find your own place.
Look for a job before you arrive
Finding a job can be difficult, especially if you want to continue on in a career that you already have back home. Rather than waiting until you arrive, sending out your CV to potential employers can reap the rewards. You might be able to get a job set up before you even arrive, or at the very least got some feedback from employers who might be interested. It can be difficult to find somewhere when you can only be employed in one place for 6 months, but you might be lucky and find somewhere that needs a temporary employee to fill in.
Join Facebook groups
Joining backpacker groups on Facebook can prove invaluable. Not only will you meet like-minded people who are in the same boat as you, but they’re a great place to ask for advice or find out what’s going on. Chances are there will be someone in the group who is having the same problems as you, who’ll be able to help you get sorted and settled.