Author: Cassandra Whelihan
Your toes are playing peek-a-boo through the crystal white sand transparent against the blue sea. The warm breeze kisses your skin delicately as the sun sinks further into the sky. A palette of colors streak and blend in a mosaic as if created by the godsâ€¦ heaven? Not quite, this describes Australia.
â€œAustralia has a very good economy right now and you can go and make a lot of money working in the seasonal tourism position, hotels or any seasonal position like we have here in Colorado,â€ said Dustin Kovac, a senior biology major. â€œThey also have a harvest season where theyâ€™re looking for work and they pay the clients per hour plus overtime.â€
Planning to travel for half a year, Kovac and his girlfriend Maeve McGranahan have begun planning the ins-and-outs of their expedition.
â€œThe plane ticket is going to be the main cost so it kind of depends on whatâ€™s up with that,â€ said McGranahan, a junior HDFS and philosophy double major. â€œHopefully we can find somewhere to make some money after that to kind of compensate. But Iâ€™m kind of planning on tailoring the trip to how much money is available.â€
Saving $20 a week, the couple estimates the plane tickets to cost between $2,000 to $3,000. Upon arrival in Australia, they plan to make money along the way and plan some adventures during their off time.
â€œWe would probably be housed where we were working and then we would be on the road when we were traveling,” Kovac said. “I think ideally we would spend some time backpacking in New Zealand and island-hopping in Fiji.â€
Kovac and McGranahan have some friends that are in Australia so they have being asking them for more information. In addition, the internet is a good resource for planning a post graduate odyssey.
Sites such as www.helpx.net and www.workaway.info are informative, affordable and safe. These resources offer online listings of farms, ranches, hostels and home-stays that invite volunteer helpers to stay short term for food and room in exchange for a few hours of help per day.
The reasons for traveling are bountiful. Responsibilities are minimal and cultures are waiting to be discovered.
â€œI was planning on studying abroad, but then it just seems like it made more sense to travel if I had somebody to travel with,â€ McGranahan said. â€œI wouldnâ€™t have to be worried about being kidnapped as much and I wouldnâ€™t have to do school while I was traveling.â€
According to Kovac, â€œItâ€™s just a place Iâ€™ve always wanted to go. Itâ€™s ideally a good spot to go right now because the economy is doing so well, it wouldnâ€™t be hard to find work.â€