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30/04/2017

Australia Working Holiday Visa Guide

I got sick and tired of trawling the internet to find out information on working holiday visas in Australia, with little success.  I’ve created an all-in-one Australia working holiday visa guide, so you don’t have to waste your time searching for information.

Deciding to apply for a working holiday visa in Australia could be one of the best decisions you make in your life.  Australia is a country with countless adventures and experiences.  No two encounters are the same.  One day you’ll be spotting koalas on Magnetic Island, another you’ll be whizzing along the beach in a 4×4 on Fraser Island and that’s just the travelling side of a working holiday visa.  For the working side of your visa, you might choose to settle down in a world-renowned city like Melbourne or Sydney.  You may wish to experience rural Australia and work in a bar in the outback.  The possibilities are endless.

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23/04/2017

2 Days in Melbourne Budget Itinerary

Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia.  It can often be difficult to decide what to do with yourself when you have limited time in a world-renowned city.  Well, never fear, follow this 2 days in Melbourne budget itinerary to make the most of your short stay.

Spending two days in a city can often involve a lot of dashing around, attempting to squeeze in every attraction under the sun.  Melbourne is a hub of cultural gems, amazing food and quirky art, so it may be difficult to know how to spend your two days in the city.  Whether you’re just beginning or ending your east coast trip, Melbourne will surely be one of the highlights.

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16/04/2017

2 Days, 1 Night Great Ocean Road Budget Itinerary

The Great Ocean Road is one of the most stunning and exhilarating drives you will do in your life.  I’ve devised a ‘2 days, 1 night Great Ocean Road budget itinerary’ so you can make the most of your trip, without wasting precious time and money.

While you’re in and around Melbourne, make sure you do not miss out the Great Ocean Road.  What could be better than driving down a winding road which hugs the coastal cliffs of southern Victoria?  A road which runs for 243km, to be exact.  However, the driving isn’t the only highlight of a Great Ocean Road trip.  Along the way, you’ll experience Victoria’s best beaches, lookouts with views for days, renowned national parks, true Aussie wildlife and much more.

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09/04/2017

Claiming Back Your Tax and Superannuation When Leaving Australia

Claiming back your tax and superannuation when leaving Australia may not be the most exciting of jobs, but it can be easily done.  Follow this guide and you will avoid paying something to do something which you can easily do by yourself.

You’ve had the time of your life in Australia.  You’ve seen and done things you’d never even imagine you would get to do.  You’ve driven across a beach in a 4×4, discovered the lesser known beaches in Sydney and explored the bays across Magnetic Island. However, your time has come to an end and it’s time to leave Australia.  It’s a time everyone on their working holiday visa dreads.  I’ve not met one person who doesn’t come to Australia and fall in love with the place.

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02/04/2017

Best Cheap Eats in Melbourne

Living in Melbourne, while on a budget can be difficult when there are so many delicious foods to tuck into! I’ve devised a list of the best cheap eats in Melbourne, so you can eat great and save that cash.

When it comes to cheap eats, you can dig out some gems in Melbourne.  Living in Australia can be expensive, especially when you’re on a backpacker budget and saving for future travels.  Some people would question, why eat out if you are saving? Well, there’s a simple answer to that question.  The restaurants/takeaways in Melbourne are simply too enticing and delicious not to eat out once in a while.  When I say eat out, I don’t mean spending $100 on a three-course meal, I really mean spending around $10 on one of the best cheap eats in Melbourne.

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05/03/2017

Discovering Watsons Bay, Sydney

Looking for a budget day out in Sydney? Wanting to relax on a beach that isn’t packed with people, like the majority in the eastern suburbs? Don’t fret, here’s why you should head to Watsons Bay.

What Is Watsons Bay?

Watsons Bay is actually a suburb in eastern Sydney, located just North of Bondi.  Home to a wharf, Watsons Bay has a direct link to Circular Quay in Sydney CBD, in the form of a ferry. It’s also possible to catch the bus from areas around Sydney.  Therefore, making Watsons Bay accessible with ease by public transport.  For such a small area of a humongous city like Sydney, there’s certainly no shortage of activities in Watsons Bay.  You could easily make a full day of a trip to the area.

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26/02/2017

An Insider’s Guide to Melbourne

Why Melbourne?

You might be asking, why Melbourne? Out of all the places in Australia, why would you pick Melbourne?

Melbourne has something unique to offer.  The kind of vibe you only get in a city like this one.  A combination of features which make up this city is; the edgy street art scattered across the city, the best nightlife scene in Australia, coffee which will turn even the biggest coffee loathers, so many restaurants that you will want to eat out every night and tonnes more! Melbourne hasn’t been named the worlds most liveable city for six consecutive times for no reason, has it?

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19/02/2017

10 Best Photo Spots in Melbourne

Not by any stretch of the imagination, would I say I am the greatest photographer in the world.  I wouldn’t even go as far as saying I’m a good photographer.  Nonetheless, I love taking pictures on my travels and improving my photography as I go along.  Of course, it certainly helps to take a stunning picture, when you’re taking photographs in a city as photogenic as Melbourne.  All around the city unique and fascinating sights can be photographed.  You just have to get out there, get exploring and get taking those pictures.

Of course, it does help when you know where to look though…

Below, I’ve compiled a list of my 10 favourite photo spots in Melbourne. Enjoy!

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12/02/2017

Melbourne Markets

Melbourne does many things well and the markets come in close to the top of that list. There’s a huge array of Melbourne markets to choose from.  These markets offer an array of culinary delights to tantalise the taste buds. I will be concentrating on the food within the Melbourne markets on this post, it’s too good not to.

There’s no shortage of unbelievable food to devour in Melbourne that’s for sure and the Melbourne markets in this list are a great place to get your fill of all things delicious. The main draw of these markets is that they have tonnes of stalls you can wander around, stocking food and dishes from far and wide. Deciding upon what to eat from the huge variety of food on offer could well be a drawback though, that’s if you are as indecisive as me!

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29/01/2017

Why Choose A Working Holiday Visa In Australia?

Australia, Australia, Australia… Where to begin.  The country of towering cities lined with golden sand beaches. The huge eco-system and largest living thing on the planet, which is the great barrier reef. The world recognisable giant sandstone, vivid red rock, Uluru.  The list could go on and on.  It’s a bit of a no brainer when it comes to spending a year-long working holiday visa in Australia wouldn’t you say?

Back in 2013, when I was travelling South East Asia with Olivia, a working holiday in Australia never appealed to us.  After 6 months in Asia, our bank accounts were drained and we were on a flight from Hong Kong back to the UK. Back to the UK for what? I found myself questioning over and over again.  Back to Manchester to live in a city I didn’t want to live in, to work in a job I didn’t want to do. 

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