Top Tips for Preparing to Travel & Live in Australia

Hey Everyone,

This is my second post for  ‘Travel Thursdays’.  You can check out last weeks post here. This week I’m going to provide you with some tips and advice on preparing for your move overseas. Most of my advice will help with moving anywhere but as I’ve moved to Australia it will mostly apply to Australia.

I’ve moved here twice and have made probably all the mistakes that could be made so I’ve put together a list of things that probably would have helped me had I known.  Preparing to move overseas can be a daunting experience so this will definitely help you if your moving away.

Deciding on a Visa

The first thing you will need to do is decide which visa you want to travel on. It’s best to do your research which can easily be done online. Every country will have different immigration and visa rules so it’s best to pop onto that country’s immigration website and see what suits you and what you qualify for.

If you are moving to Australia I recommend that you first travel on a Working Holiday Visa. Reason being is that it will give you an insight into what working and living in Australia is really like before investing a large sum of money into a temporary resident visa or permanent resident visas. The only reason I would not recommend this is if a company offers to sponsor you while you are at home. This will mean they are paying the cost of the visa and organising and assisting you with your application.

If you are looking for a sponsorship visa (457 visa) then I recommend travelling here first rather than looking at home in Ireland. It can be hard to confirm and secure things like this from another country. Plus, if you don’t like the job/company you don’t want to be tied down to it for the duration of your stay.

Once you’ve decided on your visa you will need to check how long they take to get. If it’s a working holiday visa it can take up to 28 days so you want to give your application enough time to avoid stress waiting for it coming through.

How  Much Money you will need:

When you’re deciding on a time to go you will need to take into account the amount of money you will need to save and the timeframe you can save it by. I recommend making sure you have no less than $5000. This will be enough to set you up with an apartment as a bond, which is your deposit, is usually six weeks rent which can work out to be up to $1500.

When you first get here you will find it really expensive and it will take you time to get used to the currency. Once you start working you will get used to it and become comfortable knowing what is expensive and what is not.

Booking Flights:

The next thing I recommend is that you think of a month you would like to leave and search for flights online. If you’re open to flight times and you will be sure to find a good deal. Flights to Australia will be more expensive from December to February as this will be the hottest times of the year so it’s good to keep that in mind when you’re planning. I only recommend booking through an agent if you are getting a really good deal. Keep in mind that if you book a return flight you can change it but usually it has to be before 12 months of your initial departure date. So many people end up having to let a flight go to waste because of this condition.

References for Work & Housing:

You will need written work references to find a job because it will be difficult for any potential employer to make a phone call considering the time difference. Organise this in advance to save time rushing before you go.

You will also need references to rent most places in Australia. I recommend also organising this in advance to avoid unnecessary stress before you leave


It goes without saying that you will need to sort out your finances in advance as there may be paperwork involved and you may need to visit the bank in person depending on what you need to do. You’ll need to decide if you want to keep your bank account open, keep in mind the fees you will need to pay.

If you do decide to keep your account open then I recommend allowing someone you trust, possibly a parent, have access to your account so that they can lodge or withdraw money you may need. You’ll need to fill out a form and they’ll need to sign it.

Make sure that your internet banking is set up and that you can use your account overseas. Some cards will have daily limits which can cause issues if you are not prepared.

More Information to Gather:

I recommend getting copies of the below. Save these documents to a memory stick and keep hard copies as a back up. I also advise printing copies and giving them to someone at home just in case something goes wrong and you need them to help you.

  • Travel Insurance Policy & Information
  • Passport
  • Tickets or any other travel information
  • Any certificates or qualifications
  • CV & References
  • Landlord References

If you’re travelling with friends make sure you swap contact numbers with parents etc. in case of an emergency.

Things that Can Wait Until Arrival:

Bank account in the country your going to-unless otherwise stated as a requirement for your visa then wait until you arrive. Some visa packages on the market offer a bank account however it’s really simple to do when you get to Australia.

Sim card-Again, visa packages include these. They usually are good for international calls but for day to day usage they are usually with more expensive companies. My advice is to just buy one when you arrive and save your money.


I hope my advice and tips help you. If you have any questions or would like advice on something in particular comment below or send me a Facebook message or email.

Louise xxx

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