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Group Size: Average 10-20

Trip code: P360

Duration: Up to 12 months or longer

Group guided tour of Thailand
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Aged 18-35? 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. 

Trip Highlights

  • 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 or Queenstown.
  • 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
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What's included

Thai Adventure

  • 24-nights’ accommodation
  • Some meals (see accommodation & meal section)
  • WhatsApp buddy list before you travel
  • Airport transfer on arrival
  • A local Thai guide
  • Bangkok city boat tour
  • In-country transport (inc. internal flight)
  • Cookery class in Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Mai night market tour
  • Ethical elephant experience
  • Trekking in the northern foothills
  • Bamboo rafting
  • Koh Phi Phi viewpoint visit
  • Phi Phi boat trip with snorkelling and kayaking
  • Maya Bay entrance fee
  • Ao Nang street food crawl
  • Railay Beach Day Trip
  • Bor Thor mangrove forests kayak trip
  • Khao Sok night market
  • Khao Sok entrance fee
  • Khao Sok long-tail boat trip
  • Khao Sok floating bungalows
  • Ang Thong National Marine Park visit
  • Koh Samui beach clean
  • Koh Tao Snorkel Boat Trip
  • Bang Krachao bicycle tour

Absolute Oz Jobs

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunchs & 2 dinners
  • 12 months job support with tax file number, sim card, bank account and medicare assistance
  • Airport transfer
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Sydney city tour & harbour cruise
  • Beach camp experience & dolphin cruise
  • 4x4 sand dune tour & sandboarding

Absolute NZ Jobs

  • 8 night’s accommodation
  • 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 2 dinners (North Island)
  • 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner (South Island)
  • On trip transport
  • Access to jobs database
  • Unlimited job support with bank account, sim card, tax number registration
  • Job orientation and CV building skills
  • Auckland or Queenstown city orientation (depending on season of arrival into NZ)
  • North Island Itinerary only (October to March) - Waiheke Island day trip, Waitomo Glow-Worm Caves, Hobbiton film set tour, Kerosene Creek visit, Wai-O-Tapu thermal pools, Kuirau geothermal park, Maori cultural experience, Lake Taupo sailing, Huka Falls
  • South Island Itinerary only (April to September) - Canyon jet boating, Milford Sound Cruise, Lord of the Rings tour, Wanaka kayaking to Ruby Island, Mt John Hike, Mount Cook National Park, hot springs star gazing experience

We also provide...

  • A personal Gap 360 Travel Advisor who will help plan your perfect trip
  • Assistance arranging flights and travel insurance
  • 24 hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Most meals and some accommodation
  • Working Holiday/Tourist Visa’s
  • Optional activities or excursions
Further trip information

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)

Kick off your amazing trip around Asia in vibrant Bangkok, where you’ll enjoy boat tours, temple visits and banging nights out. Next up it’s Chiang Mai where you’ll visit an ethical elephant project, hike through the northern foothills, go bamboo rafting, learn how to cook authentic Thai food, and spend a night in a rustic retreat. Then fly to the South, where we’ll chill on beautiful Phi Phi for a few days, before transferring to the lively beach town of Ao Nang. We’ll take a kayaking expedition through mangrove forests before a trip inland to the spectacular Khao Sok National Park, where you’ll stay on the lake in a float-house! Then it’s back to the islands for 3 nights on Koh Samui, including a blissful day kayaking and snorkelling in Ang Thong Marine Park, before we head to the legendary party island of Koh Phangan. Beach, sleep, party, repeat! Our last island destination is lovely little Koh Tao where we’ll spend 3 days sunning ourselves and visiting the best snorkelling and kayaking spots, before travelling back to good old Bangkok for a last night out.

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.

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 K'gari, 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 or Queenstown depending on what you choose. Once your first 9 days of fun is over you can kick-start your job search with the expert advice and assistance of our Auckland jobs team.

North Island Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival into Auckland and settle in
Day 2 - City tour, work seminar and jobs database information, beach time at Waiheke Island
Day 3 - Waitomo glow-worm caves, Hobbiton visit and Rotorua
Day 4 - Hot Springs, Kerosene Creek and Wai-O-Tapu geothermal visit
Day 5 - Rotorua thermal pools and Maori cultural experience
Day 6 - Taupo and sunset sailing on Lake Taupo
Day 7 - Huka Falls and natural hot pools
Day 8 - Travel back to Auckland and work planning session
Day 9 - Trip end

South Island Itinerary 

Day 1 - Arrival into Queenstown and settle in
Day 2 - City tour, work seminar and jobs database information and jetboating experience
Day 3 - Milford Sound and Te Anau
Day 4 - Lord of the Rings filiming locations and Wanaka
Day 5 - Visit the Wanaka Tree and Mount Iron Hike viewpoint
Day 6 - Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook National Park hike
Day 7 - Free day around Lake Tekapo
Day 8 - Travel back to Queenstown and work planning session
Day 9 - Trip end

Let the job search begin!

Once your first 9 days of fun is over, you will get 12 months of personal job support from our team, including job consultations and unlimited access to an exclusive online jobs app, so you can begin looking for the perfect paid job! No matter which seasonal itinerary you do, you will be assisted in finding jobs all over New Zealand!

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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Arrival information

We have a fantastic flight team who can help you book all the flights needed to get between your individual programmes, as these are not included in the cost of the programme. Contact a travel advisor who can provide you with a quote for the flight prices.

If you do the programmes in the order suggested then your flight route will be:  Home to Bangkok - Bangkok to Sydney - Sydney to Auckland/Queenstown - Auckland/Queenstown to Home. Please see below for full details of the arrival and departure. 

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 or Queenstown– 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 18-35 year olds). You will also need a Tourist Visa for Thailand and any other countries you may wish to include in your itinerary.

Accommodation & meals

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.

Some meals are included as a part of this trip (5 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 7 dinners).

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 (3 dinners, 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches). 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

8 nights’ of dorm-share accommodation in hostels is included on this trip. Rooms are mixed sex and are 4-6 people per room.

If you are travelling on the Absolute NZ Jobs (North Island) option, you will have 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners included.

If you choose the Absolute NZ Jobs - South Island option, you have 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner included.

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 hostels, 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 extending 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 9 days on the programme. Alternatively you can extend your stay in a hostel. This is a great option for those who want to travel around quite a lot. Hostels offer cheaper rates for those who 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.

Minimum age & eligibility

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 18-35. 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.

Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for the most up to date visa information.

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