Travel noob: Should I use a travel agent to help organise my work holiday?
Replies: 22 - Last Post: Oct 30, 2012 7:19 PM Last Post By: Cosmicool
Oct 14, 2012 11:36 AM
15@RayCCroc: I meant that I'd take my own smart phone but swap my UK sim card for an Oz one. Of course I'm not gonna be using my UK number abroad and paying extortionate fees on it! :P
@daycat: I haven't decided yet whether I should take a laptop with me or not yet. I suppose if I take my laptop, then maybe I won't really need a smartphone with internet on? Or with I take my smartphone with internet, maybe I won't need the laptop as much? But then again maybe I will if I'm needing to make certain documents that I can't do on a smartphone. I don't know how often I'd have access to internet cafes and such during my time in Oz, especially when I go to more rural areas.
Oh, and my current mobile network is Virgin, and I didn't realise they also had it in Oz too! Do you think I could get any special offers for going from Virgin UK to Virgin Oz?
Oct 14, 2012 11:58 AM
Oct 16, 2012 1:05 PM
Oct 16, 2012 5:29 PM
18I have a mobile phone that says the phone is locked to the Optus network.
I have another mobile phone, thats shows on the screen Virgin, but the sim inside is an Optus one.
So I don't know how these things work.
Maybe the phone I mentioned in point 1, might be able to take another carrier's SIM, but don't have any other carrier than Optus so can't try the trick of changing SIMs to see if it wokrs.
Oct 16, 2012 5:33 PM
19What happens if the laptop goes walkies?
I mean, its large and people know what it is.
Smartphone is smaller, and can easily be put into a buttoned down pocket, and no ones the wiser.
BUT, Aust is pretty safe, things of course do happen here, but I feel safer here in Aust than in my birth country of Malaysia/or (eg) Thailand (!) safer than other parts of the world, so just maybe, bringing the laptop is an ok idea. But would be sad if it did go walkies. Not saying it will, but might.
Ok, enough of my (as some would put it), bulls***.
Oct 18, 2012 8:13 AM
20I was discussing this with someone on another forum. She said that in hostels other travellers tend to be fairly trustworthy, and she didn't worry much about her laptop and clothes, but the main thing she worried about getting stolen was her food.
I think if I was going to take a computer, I'd take a netbook as that's smaller and would be easier to take around. I would like a computer with me to be able to sort my photos, edit my photos, edit my CV, other admin - just things that would be difficult or even impossible to do on a smartphone. I would try to be careful with it and always keep it either with me or locked in a locker.
Oct 18, 2012 9:28 AM
21Well, OzIntro and Ultimate Oz definitely have a lot of good reviews, and I'm feeling very tempted to go with one of them for at least the organised group tours, as I'm not very good at making friends myself, lol, so this could help me as a base. I know it's probably more money than doing it yourself, but it's probably less chance of fuss and worry so maybe it'd be worth it? I dunno, I'm finding it hard to decide. I'll keep researching my options and coming to a decision soon enough. Thanks for your helpful replies :)
Edited by: Cosmicool
Oct 30, 2012 7:19 PM
22I can't decide whether I should buy a return plane ticket to London or not, since I have no idea how long I'd want to stay in Australia. I could get there and hate it and want to return within weeks (but hopefully not!). Or I could love it and want to stay a lot longer, whether that's 6, 12 or 24 months, I just don't know yet. I'd just rather be able to go with the flow. I think my ticket will be Multi-city anyway because I plan to fly to Seoul first and stay there for a few days, then continue on to Sydney. Also, after I'm done in Australia I might even then decide to travel to other countries afterwards.
I will speak to a travel agent, but I'm just curious as to what you'd do if you were me?
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