AUSTRALIA BABY! (Hopefully)

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    Apr 14, 2012 7:51 PM GMT
    I made it through college and landed me a good job. The pay is decent but I'm swamped by student loan debt. While I am responsible most of the time, an opportunity presented itself that is probably too good to be true.

    A client/friend of mine wants me to go to Australia with him in March of 2013 for 9 days. I would normally dismiss it with a ''thanks but there's not a snowballs chance in hell of me saving enough money to buy a plane ticket much less the hotel or anything else in time.'' However, he has hundreds of thousands of air miles and he has offered to cover my plane ticket. With an offer like that, I'm gonna make it work come hell or high water.

    My question: I make good money but my rent and bills come first. I have a high profile job that won't allow me to work a second---mainly due to the times at which I work. How is the best way to curb costs and save money? I'm not sure how much I'll need but I assume for hotel and spend money I would need at least $1500. Has anybody been there? Can anybody offer advice on cutting costs on the trip? Thanks in advance!

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    Apr 14, 2012 7:54 PM GMT
    Dont go out to eat.
    Dont buy useless things.
    Walk more (or bike) save gas.
    Take your lunch to work, dont go somewhere to eat.
    Get rid of memberships that are going to be useless to you over in Australia
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    Apr 14, 2012 9:11 PM GMT
    Don't forget to bring a big flame thrower with you also..

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    Apr 14, 2012 9:40 PM GMT
    Trim your bills, i.e., cut back on cable/satellite, remove any phone services you don't really need, turn off energy sapping equipment, etc.
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    Apr 14, 2012 10:55 PM GMT
    Fuck, I've got arachnophobia, too....makes the sissy come out in me. hahaha
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    Apr 14, 2012 10:57 PM GMT
    I live in Australia, I never think twice about all the deadly spiders, animals etc.

    It's not bad, you don't notice them!

    lol on the photos!
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    Apr 14, 2012 10:59 PM GMT
    xrichx saidDon't forget to bring a big flame thrower with you also..

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    Oh come on, not all 200 are deadly................ course theres the snakes, and the crocodiles,,.... and the dropbears lol

    If you wanna do it on the cheap mate try the backpack lodges or the local Motels/Hotels instead of the 5stars in the inner city that you need to seel your first born to for a reservation.

    I guess it depends on which city you're goin to (and for how long)
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    Apr 14, 2012 11:20 PM GMT
    Sydney for 9 days...but 2 of those days is just getting there. It's a 24 hour flight from Houston to Sydney.
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    Apr 14, 2012 11:30 PM GMT
    Claystation saidDont go out to eat.
    Dont buy useless things.
    Walk more (or bike) save gas.
    Take your lunch to work, dont go somewhere to eat.
    Get rid of memberships that are going to be useless to you over in Australia


    Good advice because with the Australian dollar being so strong and the cost of living much higher here than America; God you guys get it cheap. You will Find Australia expensive as I find the cost of living in America very cheap.
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    Apr 14, 2012 11:34 PM GMT
    xrichx saidDon't forget to bring a big flame thrower with you also..

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    OMG my garagde has Red Back Spiders living behind anything that has not moved in some time; yet they give me no trouble and I give them none either; fear is only a state of mind.
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    Apr 14, 2012 11:34 PM GMT
    DudeInNOVA saidTrim your bills, i.e., cut back on cable/satellite, remove any phone services you don't really need, turn off energy sapping equipment, etc.


    Oops! It is late and I momentarily read this as, 'Trim your balls'. Oh well, you might as well do that too.
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    Apr 14, 2012 11:44 PM GMT
    As TBA said, the cost of living here is much higher so be prepared that things will be considerably more $$ than in the US. Just bear this in mInd when planning your trip so you don't get a shock when you arrive icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 15, 2012 12:13 AM GMT
    Don't forget to do this when you are over here:

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    Apr 15, 2012 12:17 AM GMT

    Be really focussed on saving because Australia is expensive!

    Also - don't tip.

    There's no tipping in Australia ..
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    Apr 15, 2012 12:19 AM GMT
    tanlejos said
    Be really focussed on saving because Australia is expensive!

    Also - don't tip.

    There's no tipping in Australia ..


    Yes you don't need to ! Only if you really really want to, and then they might even be forced to share it. So you're not doing yourself or the waiter any favours.
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    Apr 15, 2012 12:43 AM GMT
    dreamchaser9 said
    tanlejos said
    Be really focussed on saving because Australia is expensive!

    Also - don't tip.

    There's no tipping in Australia ..


    Yes you don't need to ! Only if you really really want to, and then they might even be forced to share it. So you're not doing yourself or the waiter any favours.


    I am sure tipping is still very much appreciated by the waiting staff.

    In fact, that is meant to be the original purpose of tipping - not to supplement a below poverty line wage, but to reward and encourage good, above and beyond level of service.
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    Apr 15, 2012 12:45 AM GMT
    tanlejos said
    Be really focussed on saving because Australia is expensive!

    Also - don't tip.

    There's no tipping in Australia ..


    True we are not expected to tip here as you are in America; but our service people get paid better too. But thats not to say tipping does not go on. As a general rule I just about always tip when I dine out, if the service is bad, then we withhold the tip. guarantee you we get great service when dinning out, because we do tip.
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    Apr 15, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
    From someone who has worked for several years in the Australian hospitality industry tips are always appreciated but when being paid $19 ($19.76USD) an hour I don't rely on or expect tips at all. As mentioned before, most places i've worked have had all the tips pooled and split so even if I did get tipped I didn't really benefit from it too much as it was shared with everyone.

    When my boyfriend and I flew down to Sydney for a long weekend last year we were there for 4 nights, stayed with friends the whole time so didn't need to worry about accommodation, we bought a transport pass so we could save on transport and avoid taxis and we didn't actually end up going out to any clubs as we spent most of our time catching up with friends. We spent about $900 in Sydney.That was eating out at least twice a day (sometimes a meal at a nice restaurant sometimes just a sandwich at a cafe), we went to a few bars, didn't really do any shopping or go to any paid entry tourist locations. That's awesome that your flights are going to be taken care of but what's the deal with accomodation? That's going to be the most expensive part for you, probably followed by going out, alcohol is comparatively really expensive in Oz. March I'm going to guess it's for Mardis Gras? Even if you have to do it on the uber cheap it's still going to be awesome icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 15, 2012 1:24 AM GMT

    This is Australia, not America.

    True Blue Aussie - you of all people!

    Tipping corrodes the bargaining power of the workers. It creates an avenue for business owners to argue that they don't need to pay solid wages because people will tip.

    Then you end up with an American/Canadian situation where workers seem to have no recourse against low wages and if it's a slow night, you don't make anything.

    Thankfully, we have the mechanisms that allow workers who are not being paid adequately to challenge their wage level through our Industrial Relations courts.

    Every time you tip you chip away at this.


    Please don't tip icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 15, 2012 1:40 AM GMT
    Yeah don't tip, it is not very common or even almost non-existant in Australia.
    One advice is don't go to Melbourne because shopping there is hectic! I love shopping there.

    Sydney is always expensive so maybe cut down on eating out. Eat out some days just for the sake of the experience if you like but don't go crazy.

    Take public transport, walk or bike it because petrol is expensive (but I presume it's the same world-wide almost) the only thing to watch out for, especially in Sydney, is that public transport is hardly ever on time.
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    Apr 15, 2012 2:03 AM GMT
    hou2jax saidCan anybody offer advice on cutting costs on the trip? Thanks in advance!

    Cheaper accomodations:
    couchsurfing.org ?
    airbnb.com ?
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    Apr 15, 2012 4:29 AM GMT
    tanlejos said
    This is Australia, not America.

    True Blue Aussie - you of all people!

    Tipping corrodes the bargaining power of the workers. It creates an avenue for business owners to argue that they don't need to pay solid wages because people will tip.

    Then you end up with an American/Canadian situation where workers seem to have no recourse against low wages and if it's a slow night, you don't make anything.

    Thankfully, we have the mechanisms that allow workers who are not being paid adequately to challenge their wage level through our Industrial Relations courts.

    Every time you tip you chip away at this.


    Please don't tip icon_smile.gif


    here here tips are pooled in just about any establishment so rarely go to the person you meant it too. Of course tips are accepted who wouldnt want extra cash? But really it does undermine the whole system. particularly over here in the West where work is in such abundance wages for any retail or hospitality job average at about $25 -$35 an hour, the person serving you is likely to earn more than you.

    On the spider issue, I noticed while living overseas that Australians seem to be one of the only groups who ever bang their shoes before putting them on, do this any spider who crawled in over night will fall out.
    Drop bears i cant help you with, they are everywhere.....
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    Apr 15, 2012 6:08 AM GMT
    March will be coming into Autumn so there won't be too many spiders but in saying that this year has been pretty hot, it's only been getting cooler this week. I did kill the biggest spider I've ever encountered in the garage last month, her arse was the size of a golf ball.
    You'll be staying in a hotel so I doubt you'll see that many insects.

    If you're going to eat out, eat at Subway or local Chinese/Vietnamese/Korean restaurants. Small tacky self decorated restaurants can end up having the best food. Public transports pretty expensive now. I only tip when I don't want to carry loose change, don't bother.
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    Apr 15, 2012 6:55 AM GMT
    I live in Australia, don't tip. End of story.
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    Apr 15, 2012 7:08 AM GMT
    offshore saidDon't forget to do this when you are over here:

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    haha so funny