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.