• Posted:Friday, July 24, 2009
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Backpackers combining work and travel

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Backpackers  combining work and travel
Backpacker travel around the world is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences you can have. Take the time to do it right and you can see all sorts of places that regular tourists just don't get the chance to visit. Of course, it can be an expensive venture - which is why staying in hostels is such a good idea.

However, those who are planning a gap year trip may find that they need to do some work along the way in order to stay afloat and in my opinion this can only add to the experience. Not only do you get to meet interesting new people on your travels, but you get the chance to work up-close with them and see what life is really like in your chosen destination.

For long-term trips there are plenty of places worth exploring - you may opt for a trek across Europe or a drive across the US, a visit to east Asia and a few months in Africa.

But one of the all-time greats for such an adventure is undoubtedly Australia, with its fascinating mix of cities, beaches and outback territory. Travelex recently added the country's currency to its pre-paid card for travellers and Tourism Australia is now highlighting all that it has to offer backpackers, particularly those who are planning to seek employment while on their travels.

And it's not a bad deal either - a survey by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship found that the typical Briton with a working holiday visa is earning AU$19.40 (£9.63) per hour.

Commenting on the opportunity to take a 12-month trip, Tourism Australia's Rodney Harrex remarked: "It provides young people with the opportunity to supplement their travels with incidental work, meaning they gain life experiences and confidence while having an amazing holiday experience. And if gappers fall in love with the country and want to extend their visas, they can."

Sam Buckley
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