Travel & Earn 360

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Duration: Up to 12 months or longer

Trip code: P360

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 4-week adventure in Thailand before you travel Down Under. 

Choose from 3 fantastic Travel & Earn packages:

Option 1: Thai Adventure + Absolute Oz Jobs

Option 2: Thai Adventure + Absolute Oz Jobs + Absolute NZ Jobs

Option 3: Thai Adventure + Absolute Oz Jobs + Sydney to Cairns Travel Pass + Absolute NZ Jobs + Kiwi Discovery Pass

The Travel & Earn 360 is fully customisable and our expert Travel Advisors are on hand to help create your perfect, tailor-made itinerary. Flights are not included but our expert flights team can help you get your flexible round the world ticket. The Travel & Earn 360 offers a full year of fun-packed adventure! 

 

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
  • 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
  • Add in brilliant, flexible bus passes in both Australia and New Zealand for the ultimate way to work and travel Down Under!
Further trip information

Choose from 3 fantastic Travel & Earn packages:

Option 1: Thai Adventure + Absolute Oz Jobs

Option 2: Thai Adventure + Absolute Oz Jobs + Absolute NZ Jobs

Option 3: Thai Adventure + Absolute Oz Jobs + Sydney to Cairns Travel Pass + Absolute NZ Jobs + Kiwi Discovery Pass

This itinerary is designed to outline our typical Travel & Earn 360 trips, which offer a great combination of independent work, organised job programmes, Thai adventures and free travel time, plus the added extra of some awesome bus passes if you so wish, making the itinerary as flexible as you want it to be!

THAILAND

Thai Adventure (4 weeks)

  • Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok.
  • Day 2: Start your 4 week Thai Adventure by exploring buzzing Bangkok.
  • Day 3: Overnight bus/train to Chiang Mai.
  • Day 4: Free time in Chiang Mai and Thai cookery class.
  • Day 5: Full day Elephant Home experience.
  • Day 6 & 7: 2-day adventure trek in the Thai hills. 
  • Day 8: Free day in Chiang Mai.
  • Day 9: Guided tour of Chiang Mai's temples and famous Night Bazaar.
  • Day 10: Return to Bangkok.
  • Day 11: Free day in Bangkok. Overnight bus/train journey to Koh Samui.
  • Day 12: Arrive on Koh Samui. Evening volunteer orientation session.
  • Day 13: Volunteer at a dam-building project on the island of Koh Samui.
  • Day 14: Chill out on the beaches of Koh Samui
  • Day 15: Visit Beautiful Angthong National Marine Park.
  • Day 16-20: Chill out on the idyllic island of Koh Tao. Option to learn to dive.
  • Day 21-25: Have fun and party on the gorgeous Thai island of Koh Phangan - live it up in paradise!
  • Day 26-28: Transfer to Koh Phi Phi for more party and beach vibes.
  • Day 29: Thai Adventure ends on Koh Phi Phi.

About the Parties

We try to plan our trips to coincide with a Full, Black or Half Moon Party on Koh Phangan. The Full Moon Party is what Koh Phangan is most famous for. Anywhere from 10,000 – 30,000 people gather to sing, dance and party the night away! A wide variety of music is played all night long and the infamous Thai Buckets are in plentiful supply! Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Black Moon Party is an incredible outdoor party on Baan Tai Beach. The luxurious sands are filled with intoxicating trance music from Thai and International residents, and guest DJs. Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Half Moon Party is the coolest alternative music event on Koh Phangan. World-class DJs play epic sets and the intimate forest setting fosters a magical atmosphere. Entry costs approx. £20-25.

If you want to incorporate some more independent travel time in Thailand, you can. Please discuss time frames with your travel advisor who will help create your itinerary according to your ideal plans. If you stay longer than 30 days in Thailand you will need to get a 60-day tourist visa in place before you travel

Your next planned programme in Australia begins on a Sunday, so you may want to spend a few extra nights in Bangkok after the Thai Adventure ends, or arrive early in Australia and give yourself time to explore Sydney.  Our travel advisors can help you get plans in place for the few days between programmes.

New Thai Adventure Itinerary

If you are travelling from 15th March 2018 onwards, you will follow an exciting new Thai Adventure itinerary.

Your trip will include a Bangkok bicycle tour, a Chiang Mai cookery class, an elephant experience, a 2-day hill trek, Krabi beach time, a Koh Phi Phi island boat trip and party time on Koh Phangan. You’ll also enjoy 4 days of volunteer experiences and adventure excursions on Koh Samui and 5 days of beach bliss on Koh Tao. The trip ends on Koh Tao on day 29.

You’ll also enjoy two included internal flights which will cut down the time you spend on the road and increase the time you spend exploring and relaxing!

For more information, please see the updated Thai Adventure information here.

AUSTRALIA

8-day Absolute Oz Jobs (included in options 1, 2 & 3)

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!

Sydney to Cairns Travel Pass: Valid for 6 months (included in Option 3 only)

You can choose to complete your chosen route in a minimum time (13 days) and treat it as a tour-style trip, or you can add in flexibility and freedom and hop off at any of the stops along the route and enjoy independent work and travel time. The travel pass is valid for a total of 6 months from the date of departure, for one-way travel only. We recommend you allow at least 4-6 weeks to make the most of the East Coast, especially if you wish to add in other experiences, such as a fun tour on Fraser Island or sailing in the Whitsundays. Trips depart at least 3 times a week from each starting location. Local guides will travel with you on each scheduled stage of the journey, but if you hop off in any of the locations you will enjoy independent travel time.

The full East Coast route from Sydney to Cairns runs as shown below. Destinations in bold are overnight stops or locations of the compulsory, unique overnight experiences:

Sydney - Hunter Valley - Barrington Tops Farm - Port Macquarie (Koala Hospital) - Surf Camp - Remote River Camp Byron Bay - Gold Coast - Noosa/Rainbow Beach - Cooroy - Gympie - Bundaberg - Miriam Vale (for 1770) - Country Campout - Rockhampton - Airlie Beach - Magnetic Island Indigenous Camp - Cairns

The stages of the bus pass route run as follows:

Sydney - Barrington Tops: Including wine tasting at a Hunter Valley vineyard. Unique overnight stay (local payment of AUD60) includes accommodation and meals, a visit to Barrington Tops National Park, catching your own fish for dinner, wildlife spotting.

Barrington Tops – Surf Camp: Visit to a Koala hospital, plus overnight stay at surf camp (extra local payment) and an inclusive surf lesson.

Surf Camp – River Camp: Unique overnight stay. Kayak in to remote river camp in Solitary Islands Marine Park and fish and camp (extra cost of AUD60 including accommodation, meals and activities). In the cooler winter months, you will stay in a cozy country pub. 

River Camp – Byron Bay: Visit the legendary lighthouse, Australia's most Easterly point then visit the surf and arts town of Byron Bay for some free time.

Byron Bay – Brisbane – Noosa – Rainbow Beach: Explore the headlands at Danger Point and Snapper Rocks, before driving along the Gold Coast into Brisbane, ending up in the smart beach resort of Noosa. You can hop off here for the night, or head on to Rainbow Beach, gateway to famous Fraser Island. If you fancy some Fraser Island adventures check out our fantastic Fraser Island & Rainbow Beach programme!

Rainbow Beach - Noosa – Country Campout: Unique overnight stay at remote cattle station with guided tour and optional activities such as horse riding (extra cost of AUD75 including accommodation, meals & activities). 

Country Campout – Overnight Train – Airlie Beach: Travel by overnight train and bus to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the wonderful Whitsunday Islands and learn about the Great Barrier Reef.

Airlie Beach – Magnetic Island: Ferry to magical Magnetic Island, visit to sealife cultivation centre and free time to relax.

Magnetic Island – Indigenous Camp: Unique optional overnight stay at a local Indigenous Camp in the amazing rainforest of Tully Gorge National Park. Prepare traditional food and set up a campfire and camp oven for dinner, enjoy an unforgettable walk to ‘Misty Falls’, then ride inner tubes down the river, all with an Aboriginal guide. After dark you will go on an amazing ‘spotlighting’ walk in the rainforest and tell dreamtime stories around the campfire. Extra cost of AUD120 including accommodation, meals & activities. Alternatively, you can stay in a hotel in Tully at hostel rates.

Indigenous Camp – Cairns: Learn how to build a traditional ‘Mija’ hut, then take a train from Tully to Cairns.

You have up to a maximum of 5 months to complete the section of the trip between Sydney and Noosa, and a further 1 month to complete the section done mostly by train travel, between Noosa and Cairns. Timetables and booking can be accessed by using the unique app or on the website.

Transport is in a combination of private 24-seat mini coaches, local buses, trains (including one overnight train journey) and a ferry ride to Magnetic Island. Trains are modern and comfortable and the guides travel with you if you travel on a set departure day (6 days a week). You can however choose to travel unguided on the train on other days if you want to be flexible. All inclusive transfers and activities are only accessible when travelling with a guide.

NEW ZEALAND

Absolute NZ Jobs (included in options 2 & 3)

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.

Week 1: Fun, Culture and Adventure in Auckland and the Bay of Islands

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! As part of the package you get…

  • Kiwi bank account
  • Tax File Number
  • A New Zealand SIM card
  • Visa information
  • Unlimited internet access at our Auckland office!
  • Access to incredible offers
  • Mail holding and forwarding
  • Luggage storage for a maximum of 4 weeks 

Please note that in order to find paid work in New Zealand you must be aged between 18-30 in order to be eligible for the New Zealand Working Holiday Visa.

The rest of your New Zealand itinerary is up to you, and will depend on the jobs you do and how many hours you want to work. There will be plenty of time for travel and you will have a full twelve months of job support from our job support team as part of the package so any time you need a job advice top-up they’ll be there to help out!

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?

Kiwi Discovery Pass: Valid for 12 months (included in option 3 only)

Valid for 12 months, your bus pass allows you to spend up to a year exploring New Zealand, or if you prefer you can complete the entire tour route in a minimum of 28 days (although we recommend you allow around 38 days to make the most of your travel pass experience). 

Please note: Following the earthquake on New Zealand’s South Island on the 14th November 2016, there have been a few minor changes to the Kiwi Discovery Pass route until further notice. Days 25-27 will now run as follows:

Day 25: Mt Cook – Christchurch. Discover tranquil Hagley Park and the spectacular Botanic Gardens in the vibrant city of Christchurch.

Day 26: Christchurch – Picton. Head across the Southern Alps and drive past Nelson Lakes National Park on the way to Picton. Unwind here this evening

Day 27: Picton to Wellington. Leave Picton behind and head across the water to the North Island. Here the original itinerary resumes. These changes have been made with the safety of our customers in mind, and to support the recovery of those areas affected by the earthquake. Please contact us for more information.

You don't have to start in Auckland! You can start and end at any stop along the route!

You should arrange your arrival into Auckland the day before the tour begins, as there is an early start in the morning!

Day 1: Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands. Your flexible, hop-on-hop-off tour begins today at 7am in the lively city of Auckland. Your destination is the relaxing seaside town of Paihia, known as the ‘gateway to the Bay of Islands’. Visit Parry Kauri Forest Park.

Day 2: Paihia to Cape Reinga and Back. Stop off at Te Paki Stream to try some inclusive dune surfing and sandboarding, before arriving at Cape Reinga. Please note: Today is a round day trip from Paihia and you cannot hop off the bus today. 

Day 3: Paihia to Auckland. Today is a free day to relax and enjoy Paihia at your leisure. Join a boat cruise, sign up to swim with dolphins, laze on the beach or hike to the famous Harura Falls. In the afternoon, the bus will take you back to the bright lights of Auckland. 

Day 4: Auckland to Hahei. Travel south to the stunning Coromandel Peninsula and settle into your beachfront accommodation. Head over to Hot Water Beach to dig and relax in your own personal hot water pool! (weather & tide dependent)

Day 5: Hahei. Free day to relax and soak up the beautiful surroundings and awesome optional activities of Hahei.

Day 6: Hahei to Raglan. Visit the amazing Bridal Veil Falls en route to Raglan. Chill out in this cool surfer town.

Day 7: Raglan (via Waitomo) to Rotorua. Visit Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms. Optional activities include visiting The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton set.

Day 8: Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua. Maori guided tour, activities, meals and stay at Lake Aniwhenua (optional: extra cost of NZD89). Optional activities include: traditional fishing, eeling, weaving lessons, cooking classes and kayaking (cost NZD10-20).

Day 9: Lake Aniwhenua (via Taupo) to Whakahoro. See the stunning Huka Falls then visit Lake Taupo. Optional skydiving (approx NZD250). Rural country farm visit and overnight stay. 

Day 10: Whakahoro. Explore the countryside around the rural country farm. Optional activities include a 4x4 tour, a horse trek or kayaking.

Day 11: Whakahoro to Raetihi. Explore the Tongariro National Park. Option to do legendary 1-day Tongariro Crossing Alpine Walk (extra cost). Stay overnight at a historic Nurses’ Home in Raetihi.

Day 12: Raetihi to Wellington. Travel to Wellington. Free time to explore New Zealand’s capital city.

Day 13: Wellington to Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). 8am ferry to South Island (extra cost of approx. NZD55). Visit to Marlborough wine-making region (optional wine tasting). Final destination of the day is Marahau, on the edge of Abel Tasman National Park. 

Day 14: Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). Explore Abel Tasman National Park. Optional activities on offer include sailing, kayaking, skydiving, stand up paddleboarding or hang gliding. All optional activities are at an extra cost.

Day 15: Marahau to Westport. Leave a legacy behind you as you plant your very own tree! Stop at Cape Foulwind to see the amazing fur seal colony. Your final destination of the day is the historic coal mining town of Westport. 

Day 16: Westport to Franz Josef. See the unusual Punakaiki Pancake Rocks with their impressive blowholes. Stop off at the mining town of Greymouth and Hokitika en route to Franz Josef.

Day 17: Franz Josef. Free day to explore the area around the fantastic Franz Josef Glacier. Join a guided bush hike, or enjoy a heli-hop and tour of the unique icy area, including entry to hot pools (extra cost of NZD250).

Day 18: Franz Josef to Wanaka. See Lake Matheson, travel through Haast Pass and Makarora, see Lake Hawea then end up in Wanaka in the late afternoon. 

Day 19-20: Wanaka to Queenstown. Early walk up Mount Iron or skydive (skydive extra cost). On to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world! Spend 2 unforgettable nights here.

Day 21: Queenstown to Gunn’s Camp. Start early for a scenic drive past Lake Wakatipu, before arriving in magical Milford Sound. Opt to do a Milford Sound boat cruise (extra cost) before travelling on to Gunn’s Camp. 

Day 22: Gunn’s Camp to Invercargill/Stewart Island. Take a leisurely stroll through beautiful beech forests on a Viewing Gantry walk. Travel South to Invercargill. Hop across to Stewart Island (ferry at own cost) or stay in Invercargill overnight instead.

Day 23: Invercargill/Stewart Island to Queenstown. If you stayed on Stewart Island, enjoy a free morning before travelling back to the mainland (ferry at own cost). If you chose to stay in Invercargill overnight, you’ll head out on a tour sea-lion, penguin and dolphin spotting. Travel back to Queenstown. 

Day 24: Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook. Arrive at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki/ Mt Cook in the early afternoon. Take a short walk, join a 4WD tour or visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

Day 25: Mount Cook to Rangitata. Visit Lake Tekapo, where you can try optional activities such as ice-skating, snow tubing or swimming at hot springs (winter months only). In Geraldine you can try white water rafting! Spend the night on an original sheep station in Rangitata. 

Day 26: Rangitata (via Christchurch) to Kaikoura. Set off early across the Canterbury Plains to the city of Christchurch and then on to Kaikoura. Spot seals, soak up the spectacular views, swim with dolphins or go whale-spotting (seasonal). 

Day 27: Kaikoura (via Picton) to Wellington. Travel along the wild coast, stopping at a seal colony en route to Picton. You can choose to stop off here, or catch a ferry (extra cost of NZD51-75) across the Cook Strait to Wellington. 

Day 28: Wellington to Auckland. Leaving at 6.40am, you’ll zip back to your starting point in Auckland today, arriving in the late afternoon. Here your epic hop-on-hop-off adventures come to an end! 

Don’t forget, you can hop on and off along the route for up to a year!

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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