The thought of packing up is one many a Brit has considered in their twenties. It's this exact thought that kick-started my travels abroad. I set out on my trip to Australis on a working holiday visa. A visa that allows you to stay in the country for up to one year and work within certain sectors. Completing 88 days of work within these specific sectors will then allow you to apply for your second-year visa.
Arriving in Melbourne on the 9th March 2020, this time, my trip around Australia was put on hold due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, but it hasn't seen the last of me yet.
Before I made my way back to England, I embarked on a two-week road trip from Melbourne to Brisbane in a campervan, which kick-started my love for the east coast
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
When to travel to Australia is very much dependent on where you want to go and what you want to do. Due to its size, it works across 3 different time zones with varying weather conditions between North and South.
Australian summertime is the months from September to April. New South Wales
One thing to keep in mind when travelling SEA, is the monsoon season. This varies from country to country and between north and south, so try and plan your trips around where the rain isn't hitting. Baring all this in mind, if your travelling on a budget, directly after the monsoon season is when you'll find the cheapest deals, as naturally, travellers tend to travel in the dry season.
The region boasts of some the worlds best beaches, lush jungles, hidden temples, epic tracks and bustling markets. So no matter what the weather, there is always something to do!
WHAT TO EXPECT
People have been travelling SEA since the 1960s, 1970s and is very well known amongst the backpacker's scene.
Starting in Bangkok, Thailand, most travellers make their way north before visiting Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and the back to the Thai Islands to party before heading down through Malaysia to Singapore.
If you're new to travelling, SEA is a great place to start as its easy to navigate, cheap and relatively safe.