How Students Can Spend the Summer in Australia
Visiting Australia is a trip of a lifetime and an opportunity to gain experience with international travel and a vastly different eco-logical and sociological climate. Historically there has not been a big demand for travel for students to Australia given the price of the airfare as a limiting factor. It was not accessible for everyone. Give way however to a new economy and competitive environment for your <a href="http://www.flightnetwork.com/" rel="dofollow">airline tickets and tourism</a> literally fighting for your travel dollars. Travelling to Australia for the summer is possible on a limited student budget, if you know where to look to make your vacation more affordable.
A Working Vacation
Australia is a continent that is rapidly growing in terms of industry and job opportunities. A great way to make your trip more affordable and to gain some valuable work experience or co-operative business credit for College students is to apply for a Working Vacation Visa. Australia welcomes the skill set of visiting international students, and makes it easy to book a one to three month stay. For new graduates of a College program, there are also Temporary Graduate Visa’s that allow you to gain meaningful experience in your field, particularly for technology related jobs. Visit the Government of Australia website and student visa area for more information.
One of the great advantages of sourcing a summer work opportunity is that the employer may opt to reimburse or compensate you in part by paying for a portion of your ticket and travel expenses. If you are in a high demand field, there are many employers willing to take on the talent of an international intern. Apply early and connect with businesses, and make your travel expense part of your internship proposition.
Since few people are willing to take a direct flight that involves more than twenty-two hours on a plane, booking a connecting flight is your best bet. Finding an affordable fare is a challenge but not impossible if you book early enough. Consider multiple connections for the best value, or choose an itinerary that is not particularly convenient. Compromise on departure and arrival times and consider flying at off hours for further discounts.
Depending on the time of year, you can get some great accommodation deals by staying in College or University residences or hostels. Hotels can get very expensive. Consider a website such as Apartment Exchange which allows you to temporarily use someone’s apartment for your stay.