Travel & Earn 360
Work your way around the world
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Group Size: Average 10-20
Trip code: P360
Duration: Up to 12 months or longer
Aged 18-30? Find paid work and travel abroad with our Travel & Earn 360! Earn your way around the world and enjoy time to travel on this ultimate round the world experience! The Travel & Earn 360 is gap year gold: It’s tailor-made for you and offers an incredible opportunity to get a job and earn money in two of the world’s top travel destinations: Australia and New Zealand. It also includes an amazing adventure in Thailand before you travel Down Under.
The Travel & Earn 360 is fully customisable and our expert Travel Advisors are on hand to help create your perfect, tailor-made itinerary.
- Get your own personal expert Travel Advisor to assist with any questions you may have and tailor the trip to your specifications
- Experience a fun four-week guided adventure tour roaming around Thailand and 8 days packed full of fun activities in and around Sydney and Auckland.
- Customise your trip with exciting travel add ons.
- Get 12 months of job support and access to a database of loads of paid work vacancies and opportunities in Australia and New Zealand
- Improve your skills and enhance your CV, topping up your travel funds and exploring the world
This itinerary offers a great combination of independent work, organised job programmes, Thai adventures and free travel time making the itinerary as flexible as you want it to be!
Thai Adventure (25 days)
- Week 1: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Elephant Project & Hill Trekking
Kick off in vibrant Bangkok. Enjoy boat tours, temple visits and banging nights out. Travel to Chiang Mai overnight where you’ll take part in a cookery course, and spend time in an amazing elephant camp, helping to feed, bathe and care for the animals. Round off with a hike through the northern foothills, including bamboo rafting and a night in a rustic retreat.
- Week 2: Koh Phi Phi, Mangrove Kayak Trip, Island Boat Tour & Khao Sok National Park
Fly to the glorious South, where we’ll spend 4 nights on beautiful Phi Phi. Chillax on the beach, party under the stars, and discover the surrounding islands on an epic boat trip. Transfer to Ao Nang where you’ll join a street food crawl, kayak through mangrove forests, and cruise to the paradise islands of Hong and Poda. Then head inland to the spectacular Khao Sok National Park where you’ll stay on the lake in a float-house!
- Week 3: Koh Samui, Ang Thong Marine Park, & Koh Phangan
It’s back to the beach life with 3 nights on lovely Koh Samui. Bronze your bod, splash about in the sea and go ‘out out’ in Chaweng! Spend a blissful day kayaking and snorkelling in Ang Thong Marine Park, before cruising to the legendary party island of Ko Phangan. Beach, sleep, party, repeat!
- Week 4: Koh Tao & Bangkok
Soak up the sun on Koh Tao for the next few days where you might opt to enjoy some of the world class diving. We’ll take a boat trip to the best snorkelling and kayaking spots as well as the stunning island of Koh Nang Yuan, before travelling back to good old Bangkok for a last night out before the Thai leg of your adventure comes to an end.
Absolute Oz Jobs (up to 12 months)
You kick off your Aussie adventure with an 8 day Absolute Oz job programme:
- Day 1, Sunday - Arrive in Sydney.
- Day 2, Monday - Sydney walking tour and welcome dinner.
- Day 3, Tuesday - Sydney. 9.15am orientation. Sydney Harbour boat cruise and walk to Darling Harbour.
- Day 4, Wednesday - Day 6, Friday - 2-night Beach Camp adventure. See the rainforest and wildlife, go swimming & dolphin spotting, try night-time possum spotting, go on a 4x4 tour of the sand dunes, go sandboarding, learn about Aboriginal cultures, take a bushwalk through Tomaree National Park and go on a bottlenose dolphin-spotting boat cruise.
- Day 7: Party Night. Free day to relax and plan onward travel. 7.30p.m: Enjoy entry to four city bars and clubs (plus 4 inclusive drinks!). Hop on a party bus and explore the streets in style!
- Day 8: Bondi to Coogee Beach Tour. Check out some gorgeous coastlines on a cliff-top walk (tour leaves at 10am). Intro week ends this afternoon in Sydney.
Once your week of fun is over, a day will then be arranged for you to have Aussie work preparation and then it’s time to get job hunting! At this stage you will be eligible and prepared to undertake paid work in Australia. You will also have an inclusive 12 months of job support beyond the initial 8 days. We recommend you take around 6-7 months to work, earn money and travel around Australia, although your working holiday visa allows you to stay for up to twelve months so you can extend your stay if you want.
It's best to set aside at least two months to see Australia so you don't miss out on any of the amazing sights. We offer an amazing range of exciting activities and programmes in Australia from as little as a few days to several weeks. Enjoy tours of the East Coast, the West Coast or the Red Centre and see stunning locations such as Fraser Island, Great Ocean Road and Uluru. Try thrilling activities such as sailing around the wonderful Whitsundays, learning to dive or surf or just explore all the best bits of Australia during your time Down Under. Ask our travel advisors for more amazing Aussie trips and tours and don’t miss a thing!
Absolute NZ Jobs (up to 12 months)
Before you begin your job search you’ll enjoy one week focused on fun, settling in and making new friends, which includes amazing guided activities & sightseeing in Auckland and the Bay of Islands area. Once your first week of fun is over you can kick-start your job search with the expert advice and assistance of our Auckland jobs team.
- Day 1, Sunday: Arrive in Auckland.
- Day 2, Monday: Job orientation and presentation in Auckland. Tax registration assistance. Pizza dinner.
- Day 3, Tuesday: Bank account set up. Guided Auckland city tour. BBQ dinner dinner and pub crawl.
- Day 4, Wednesday: Depart 7.30am for Paihia, Bay of Islands. Afternoon activities.
- Day 5, Thursday: Visit Maori village for cultural performance. Russel visit. Hot tub and movie night.
- Day 6, Friday: Cape Reinga day tour (7am start) plus dune surfing, sandboarding and pub night.
- Day 7, Saturday: Return to Auckland (at approx 6pm).
Please note that accommodation for the night of day 7 is not included but you can book this either before you travel or during your first few days in Auckland. You’re now ready to begin your job hunt!
Let the job search begin!
Once your first week of fun is over, you will get 12 months of personal job support from our team in Auckland, including job consultations, a local 24 hour emergency hotline, and unlimited access to an exclusive online jobs database, so you can begin looking for the perfect paid job!
After the end of the Absolute NZ Jobs programme you will be eligible to undertake paid work across New Zealand. From this point of the trip onwards, you will have independent time in order to work and travel around New Zealand. We recommend you take around 4-5 months to do this, although your visa allows for up to twelve months stay so you can take longer here and less time in Australia if you wish, it's entirely up to you! Why not add in the New Zealand Discovery Pass and make the most of working and travelling all across New Zealand?
The end of this period of independent work and travel in New Zealand marks the end of the Travel & Earn 360, but don’t get downhearted; plan in even more round the world adventures elsewhere or just head home to tell your friends and family all about your unforgettable adventures!
Please note programmes and itineraries on this trip are all subject to change and availability.
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The start date for your Travel & Earn 360 will be the start date for the Thai Adventure part of the programme. Other arrival locations and dates will vary depending on your individual 360 programme. Your travel advisor will help plan your individual itinerary, and you can either opt to book all your fixed start dates for each stage of your 360 journey in advance, or you can opt to leave each programme's start date open-ended to allow for individual travel time.
You will need to arrange your initial flight to arrive into Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok, Thailand to begin the first leg of your Travel & Earn 360 on your Thai Adventure tour. The Thai Adventure start dates run at least once a month.
It is advisable that other flights should be also be arranged before you travel, ensuring you have flights in place from Bangkok – Sydney – (Auckland) – UK. Please ask your Travel Advisor for further information.
Tourist and Working Holiday Visas are your responsibility to obtain. You will need to have Working Holiday Visas for both Australia and New Zealand allowing you to work and travel as you please for up to 12 months each (available for 18-30 year olds). You will also need a Tourist Visa for Thailand and any other countries you may wish to include in your itinerary.
Most of the time during your Travel & Earn 360 trip you will need to arrange your own independent accommodation. If you’re picking up work as you go, you can easily stay in local hostels. If you prefer to be more grounded for a while you may want to find yourself a flat or shared accommodation rather than continually stay in hostels, as it is normally a much cheaper option.
During your Absolute Oz work preparations you will be given all the help and assistance you'll need in order to find a flat in Australia. Meals and accommodation are not included during any independent travel time.
If you're worried you'll end up spending all your wages on rent rather than saving up some funds and travelling around, don't be! Once you find work you'll easily be earning enough to cover your stay and living costs, and should have plenty left over to save up or spend on having a great time! Our travel advisors can help with any of your accommodation queries.
Accommodation & Meals Thailand
Accommodation is included for the full duration of the tour – 24 nights are included. Most nights will be spent in amazing backpacker hostels. Rooms are a combination of single-sex and mixed-sex dorms. We’ve hand-picked an incredible selection of hostel accommodation, perfect for young travellers looking for an upscale look, and a sociable atmosphere. Rooms are dorm-style with a Thai-chic feel and all your creature comforts taken care of.
Accommodation at the elephant project is in simple huts in the grounds, so you’ll be sleeping right next to the elephants! Rooms are simple, but clean and comfortable with dorm-style beds and mosquito nets. On the overnight trek we’ll be staying in a rustic retreat and in Khao Sok National Park, we’ve got something really special lined up with a night in a ‘float-house’ – a Thai bungalow built on a raft! The facilities may be basic, but the setting is out of this world.
Please note: In some of the hotels along the way, you may be asked to pay a security deposit of £15 - £20. This is standard practice across Thailand. This is fully refundable on departure, as long as there’s no damage to your room.
Australia – Absolute Oz
Accommodation for the eight nights Absolute Oz programme is included. In Sydney, you’ll be staying in a city central hostel and in shared accommodation during your stay at our beach camp. In your hostel in Sydney, you’ll enjoy modern facilities in shared dorm accommodation with up to 10 people.
Facilities at the hostel include –
- A 24-hour reception
- A backpacker bar – a major hub for Sydney’s backpacker nightlife, and the perfect place to get to know your new dorm and group mates
- A bar restaurant, which serves some tasty but cheap tucker
- A café, serving breakfast and boasting a delicious menu, open until 17:00
- A TV room/ lounge where guests can chill out in spacious cinematic-style rooms
- An industrial sized kitchen, complete with storage areas and refrigerators
- A travel & information desk, with all the essential information and advice on the best places visit, eat and drink during your stay. You will also be able to book a range of tours here
- Phone booths on every floor
- Security lockers
- Laundry facilities
- Internet & WiFi
- A postal service
Some meals are included as a part of this trip. These fall on the following days:
Monday – Welcome dinner and a drink
Tuesday - Lunch
Wednesday – Dinner (group pizza)
Thursday – Breakfast, lunch and a BBQ dinner
Friday – Breakfast
Saturday – Entry to four bars – a drink in each bar!
Where meals are not included you’ll be responsible for hunting down your own tucker. With catering facilities at the hostel and an abundance of local cuisine in city restaurants you should have no trouble filling up after a hard day of Aussie exploration!
What do I do about accommodation after the first 8 days?
After the first 8 days of accommodation some people decide to extend their stay in a hostel or they decide to rent an apartment. The most popular option is to rent an apartment. Our team in Sydney can assist you with this. The advantage of renting is that it is the cheaper option and you get your own private room. Our customers often end up renting a place with the friends they meet in their first week on the programme. You can expect to pay £100-£150 per week. The minimum contract is normally 3 months but some agencies will ask you to commit to six months. The jobs team will be able to help you with this, and during the first week you get an accommodation tour, where you are shown around suitable flats that are available to rent and our team will help you get signed up if you need it.
Alternatively you can extend your stay in a hostel. This is a great option for those that want to travel around quite a lot. Hostels offer cheaper rates for those that want a long term stay, for example for one month or more. It is really easy to book accommodation in hostels. You can often walk in and get a room that day but we recommend that you make a reservation the night before. Depending on where you stay in Australia, you can expect to pay around £140-£175 per week.
Please note that when you are working in Australia, you will earn enough to cover your living expenses like rent, food and bills. If you would like anymore information, please contact us for more details.
New Zealand - Absolute NZ Jobs
6 nights’ of dorm-share accommodation in 4-star hostels is included on this trip. This includes 3 nights in a centrally-located hostel in the lively city of Auckland. Facilities at this hostel include:
- Large fully equipped kitchen
- Dining room
- Spacious and relaxing lounge area with Sky TV and a pool table
- Luggage storage
- DVD's and board games for hire
- A stereo and book exchange
- Onsite travel and accommodation booking service
- 24 hour staff
At busy times of year it is possible you may stay in a different 4-star hostel in Auckland with similar facilities.
You will spend your final 3 nights based in a hostel in Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Facilities at this hostel include:
- Swimming pool
- Spa pool
- Free use of kayaks
- Free use of bikes & tennis facilities
- Terrace & courtyard with BBQ
- Luggage storage
- Internet room with FREE wi-fi!
- Dvds & board games
6 breakfasts and 3 dinners are also included on this trip. Other meals are at your own cost, but with loads of great restaurants on your doorstep and even facilities to cook your own meals on offer at the hostel in Auckland, you can eat cheaply and easily while in New Zealand.
Long term accommodation options in NZ
Our jobs team in New Zealand can give you great advice and assistance in finding long term accommodation for your time in New Zealand. Most travellers who head out to New Zealand end up either sharing an apartment with other Working Holiday travellers or extend their stay in a hostel. The advantage of renting is that it works out cheaply, especially if you share, and you get your own private room. Our customers often end up renting a place with the friends they meet in their first week on the programme. Alternatively you can extend your stay in a hostel. This is a great option for those that want to travel around quite a lot. Hostels offer cheaper rates for those that want a long term stay, for example for one month or more. It is really easy to book accommodation in hostels; you can often walk in and get a room that day but we recommend that you make a reservation the night before.
Your wages will cover any living expenses such as rent, food and bills. If you would like any more information about costs and accommodation please contact us for more details.
The minimum age to join our trips is 18. Please note to be eligible for the Working Holiday Visa’s in both Australia and New Zealand, Immigration Laws state you must be aged between 18-30. You can apply for this online or we can assist you. If you do not meet these age requirements, you can still participate in the trip by entering Australia and New Zealand on Tourist Visas, however this will decrease the time you are able to stay for and you will be unable to undertake paid work. Please contact us for further details.
Tourist and Working Holiday Visa’s are your responsibility to obtain, though our Travel Advisors are readily available to help. You will need to have Working Holiday Visa’s for both Australia and New Zealand allowing you to work and travel as you please for up to 12 months each.
In Thailand, the allowed duration of your trip varies depending upon how you plan to arrive into Thailand. Without a visa, British nationals arriving by air can remain in the country for a maximum of 30 days. If you wish to extend your trip for more than 30 days then you will need to apply for a 60 day tourist visa before you depart the UK.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.