So a strange thing happened to me and I ended up in Australia.

I don’t quite know how this happened; Australia was not on my original list of possibilities but I was suddenly, inexplicably drawn to it.

From Turkey, I made a brief stopover in London (bitterly cold) and then braved the 24-hour flight to Sydney.


For anyone who doesn’t know, Australia is expensive. My plans for survival as a location independent worker rely on my living in countries that are cheap, and Australia is certainly not that. It means I will have to be a little more inventive in order to make this work.

After I had booked the flight, I started looking up budgets for the country (probably just as well I didn’t do it before or the tiny logical bit of my brain might have prevailed and I would have picked somewhere else).


General consensus is that you require around £60 a day (that’s AUS$100 or US$75) for survival in Australia, divided equally between rent (this figure is assuming that you are happy staying in dorms; I’m paying £35 a night for my own room in somebody else’s flat in Sydney), food (food is expensive here, even more than London) and travel costs (buses, trains, planes, entrance fees etc). From what I’ve seen, I think that figure is probably not far off.

Australia is similar to UK in many ways, except the weather is warmer and the people are friendlier. Oh and they stand on the left hand side of the escalator.


All this to say, expect another change of direction for this blog as I try to navigate the streets of Australia and simultaneously earn enough to survive in this country.

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  1. looks like your plan to live in cheap countries is not working out.haha. hmm, why australia? i know, it is english speaking and warm. and u got a really cheap flight to go there. am i right, or am i right?

    • Well there are still places in the world where you can live cheaply but often they are not places you would want to live really.
      Australia certainly ticks a lot of my boxes: it’s warm, culturally very similar and there’s lots of great open countryside to explore. They also have an open visa policy, meaning I can leave and come back for up to a year. In Turkey I found just the knowledge that I would have to leave soon was making me unsettled. I have a friend here (or actually a few friends dotted around) so that was another encouragement.
      We’ll see what happens. I’ll just have to sit down and write this high-earning blockbuster novel that I keep threatening to do. Or start playing the lottery.

      • that open visa policy, does it mean u can stay there for 1 yr without having to make a visa run? can you work there? do australia have a reciprocal arrangement like that in uk where aussies can come to work in uk for 2yrs? (or have they abolished that ).

      • No you’re thinking of working holiday visa; you have to be under 30 for that.
        I can’t work in conventional sense, but working via Internet is ok. And I have to leave every 3 months but just a cheap flight to New Zealand is ok.

      • oh what a pity u cannot work there, though maybe just as well, because the only work for casual labour seems to be seasonal ones like picking fruits. and that is not much fun. and u still have to leave every 3 mths. though that is better than every month, i suppose. though u have to fly away rather than just go to a border point. better hurry up with that best seller. haha.
        i am starting the game of thrones series of books. that one has turned out to be the jackpot for george martin. hope u get to write a bestseller too.

      • Yes it is just the crap work, but if I had the option I would take it. But never mind; time to think outside the box a little

  2. Hello Sarah It was so lovely to see you in a cold London and oh how I wish I could just pack a few things and bog off and join you 🙁 I am sure you will figure it all out. Safe travels my friend xx

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