Adventure, Work & Party
Party in Thailand, work in Australia & tour New Zealand in one top trip!
Book now for €593
Group Size: Varies
Trip code: AWP
Duration: Up to 12 months or longer
Discover three of the world’s most popular destinations on our amazing Adventure, Work & Party trip. Kick off with our exciting 25 day adventure tour in Thailand, which includes Bangkok, elephant experiences, a hill trek and beach time on the Thai Islands. Hop across to Australia for one week of fun in Sydney plus 12 months of job support to find paid work Down Under. Top off your whistle-stop world tour with a hop-on-hop-off bus pass in New Zealand and travel for up to 12 months. It’s the only way to see the world!
- See the world in one whirlwind Adventure, Work & Party trip and experience the best bits of Thailand, Australia and New Zealand
- Meet people and make friends as well as enjoying an independent travel adventure in three of the planet’s most popular destinations
- Soak up some Asian culture on a Thai Adventure; experience Bangkok, Chiang Mai, an elephant home, party and soak up the sun on Thailand’s idyllic islands
- Enjoy a whole week of Australian group adventures in stunning Sydney, including city tours, sandboarding and beach time and then find a paid job in Australia with expert assistance and 12 months of job support – awesome!
- Discover New Zealand with a flexible bus pass, valid for 12 months, exploring the amazing North & South Islands at your own pace
Take off on this whirlwind Adventure, Work & Party trip and discover the best bits of Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. Discover three popular countries on a shoestring and earn money in Australia as you go – amazing!
Thai Adventure (25 day): Included in all packages
Enjoy 25 days of group exploration with an expert tour guide, immersed in the fascinating culture and beauty of Thailand. Uncover hidden city treasures in Bangkok, visit temples, explore National Parks, go adventure trekking, meet elephants, and laze on sun-drenched sands on idyllic islands. This experience is designed to show you all the sides of Thailand’s personality and is the ideal way to meet new people in amazing Asia.
Our travellers on this programme get access to a buddy list, so you can connect with other travellers going on the same trip and start to make friends before you go. Plus, all your accommodation and travel are included! Brilliant!
Week 1: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Elephant Project & Hill Trekking
Kick off in vibrant Bangkok. Enjoy boat tours, temple visits and banging nights out. Travel to Chiang Mai overnight where you’ll take part in a cookery course, and spend time in an amazing elephant camp, helping to feed, bathe and care for the animals. Round off with a hike through the northern foothills, including bamboo rafting and a night in a rustic retreat.
Week 2: Koh Phi Phi, Mangrove Kayak Trip, Island Boat Tour & Khao Sok National Park
Fly to the glorious South, where we’ll spend 4 nights on beautiful Phi Phi. Chillax on the beach, party under the stars, and discover the surrounding islands on an epic boat trip. Transfer to Ao Nang where you’ll join a street food crawl, kayak through mangrove forests, and cruise to the paradise islands of Hong and Poda. Then head inland to the spectacular Khao Sok National Park where you’ll stay on the lake in a float-house!
Week 3: Koh Samui, Ang Thong Marine Park, & Koh Phangan
It’s back to the beach life with 3 nights on lovely Koh Samui. Bronze your bod, splash about in the sea and go ‘out out’ in Chaweng! Spend a blissful day kayaking and snorkelling in Ang Thong Marine Park, before cruising to the legendary party island of Ko Phangan. Beach, sleep, party, repeat!
Week 4: Koh Tao & Bangkok
Soak up the sun on Koh Tao for the next few days where you might opt to enjoy some of the world class diving. We’ll take a boat trip to the best snorkelling and kayaking spots as well as the stunning island of Koh Nang Yuan, before travelling back to good old Bangkok for a last night out before the Thai leg of your adventure comes to an end.
This is our 2020 Thai Adventure itinerary. If you are looking to travel in 2019 check out our Thai Adventure 2019 itinerary
AUSTRALIA: Absolute Oz Jobs: 8 days + Independent work/travel in Australia (approx. 6-7 months)
Start living life Down Under and within the week you will have everything you need in order to find paid work in Australia! Running for a total of 8 days, with accommodation included, you’ll spend your first few days exploring Sydney before travelling to an outback base camp. Chill out at the beach, take a bushwalk, discover wildlife, take a 4x4 sand dune tour, go sand boarding, learn about Aboriginal cultures and join a bottlenose dolphin cruise. Then you’re ready to kick-start your job search in Oz!
The Absolute Oz package provides you with everything you need to work Down Under, including 12 months of job support and access to a database of job opportunities all over Australia. The programme will assist you with finding a flat should you want one, and make your CV Aussie friendly. A bar skills course is also included as part of the programme.
Perks of the Absolute Oz Programme include:
- 12 months of job offers though an online jobs network with nationwide vacancies
- CV review service
- Advice about setting up an Australian bank account
- Aussie mobile phone SIM card
- Tax File Number
- Free Wi-Fi access while in Sydney
- A 12-month mail holding service
- Shared accommodation help and advice
- Bar skills course included
- Online QLD RSA (Responsible Service Alcohol) course included in the price
There are a wide range of jobs available in Australia. Typical jobs include bar and hospitality work, office jobs, accountancy, sales and marketing, Au Pair and childcare jobs, labour and trade work, farm/ranch jobs, and nursing or healthcare. Wage rates vary depending on the type of job you have and its location. On average expect to earn between about £10-£15 per hour.
After the Absolute Oz introductory week, we suggest taking around 6-7 months to work and travel independently throughout Australia. This can always be extended (although remember that your visa limits you to 12 months in total for your trip) or shortened to suit your preferences.
NEW ZEALAND: Kiwi Discovery Pass (minimum 30 days)
Snap up this open-dated, hop-on-hop-off bus pass valid for 12 months of unlimited travel in New Zealand. You can complete the tour route in as little as 30 days (although we recommend at least 38 days to make the most of your time) and you can hop on and off wherever you want along the route.
See the best of New Zealand's North and South Islands, visit unique locations and stay in exclusive stopovers, experience local culture and try amazing activities en route. Enjoy highlights including the Bay of Islands, Wellington, Rotorua, Queenstown, Tongariro NP, Lake Taupo, the Franz Josef Glacier and Lord of the Rings country.
Whether you are looking for culture, relaxation and sensational scenery in unspoilt New Zealand, or you want to turn up the dial with some action and adventure, this flexible bus pass has it all!
This bus pass is open-dated to allow you full flexibility! We will issue you with the pass, and you'll need to select your start date and book your travel around New Zealand. Dates may vary as bus timetables change at certain times of the year. Once your booking is confirmed you will be given full instructions on how to book your seats on the buses on different days.
Please note all activities, itineraries and routes are subject to change.
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You will need to arrange your flights to arrive in to Bangkok on day one. Our friendly team will be waiting for you with a 'Gap 360' sign. They will take you to your hotel where you will be introduced to the rest of your group. Please note that airport transfers are only available between 6am and 10pm. If you arrive outside of these times, you will need to take a taxi to your hotel. This is really easy to arrange.
You can fly from Bangkok to Sydney, Australia, to arrive in time for the Monday start of the Absolute Oz paid work programme (Sunday arrival recommended). You will be booked on a shuttle bus from Sydney airport to arrive near your hostel.
You should plan your own transport to arrive in Auckland, NZ for the start of your bus tour. As day 1 begins with an early 7am bus departure, you will need to plan your arrival in to Auckland for the previous day before the tour starts, and arrange accommodation at your own cost. You will need to let us know where you are staying in advance so we know where to pick you up from for the start of the tour. We can help advise you about accommodation in Auckland, just ask one of our travel advisors for more information. The tour route ends back in Auckland.
Thailand: Thai Adventure
All of your accommodation is included in the Thai Adventure. You will be staying in amazing modern backpacker hostels. Meals are not included, except lunch during your day at the Elephant Home and meals on the Hill Trek. This means you will need to bring a little extra money to cover your costs. It's very cheap to eat out in Thailand, and tends to be a fun and sociable occasion. With a wide choice of shops, restaurants, bars, and enticing street vendor food available you can expect to pay about £3-5 for an average meal.
Australia: Absolute Oz
7 nights’ accommodation is included for the duration of the Absolute Oz, this will be a combination of nights in shared dorm rooms in a popular city central hostel for nights 1, 2, 5, 6, and 7, and on a beach base camp on nights 3 and 4. In your hostel in Sydney, you’ll enjoy modern facilities in shared dorm accommodation with up to 10 people where you’ll make loads of new friends! Some meals and some free drinks are also included as a part of this trip.
After the first 7 days of accommodation in Australia the most popular option is to rent an apartment. Renting is cheaper and you could share with friends you meet in your first week. 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. Alternatively you can extend your stay in a hostel, a great option for those that want to travel around. Hostels offer cheaper rates for those that want a long term stay. Depending on where you stay in Australia, you can expect to pay around £140-£175 per week.
New Zealand: Kiwi Discovery Pass
Accommodation and meals are not included as part of this hop-on-hop-off Kiwi Discovery Pass. Each stop-off on the bus route offers unique accommodation options, which we offer our travellers at a reasonable cost, with a typical night costing about NZD25-30 for a dorm room and NZD60-80 for a twin or double room. We reserve accommodation in all our overnight stops so you’ll be guaranteed one night’s accommodation in each overnight stop. If you wish to take advantage of this offer, tell your guide/driver and they will book it for you and you pay as you go.
Most of the recommended accommodation en route offers self-catering facilities, and the tour stops off at supermarkets so you can stock up on supplies. Group meal options are sometimes offered and the Maori cultural experience includes meals. Vegetarian options are readily available.
The minimum age to join this Adventure, Work & Party programme is 18.
Without a visa, British nationals arriving by air can remain in the country for a maximum of 30 days, though if you arrive across a land border this may be different. If you wish to extend your trip for more than 30 days, you need to apply for a 60 day tourist visa before you travel. Please check with the Thai embassy for more details.
Due to Working Holiday Visa age restrictions, trips which involve working in Australia are only available to 18-30 year olds, and you’ll need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa. This can be done online through the Australian Immigration website, or we can help to do this for you. Please contact us for further details.
UK citizens don’t need a visa for New Zealand and can stay in the country for up to six months. If you are planning on working at all during your time in New Zealand, you will need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa (available to 18-30 year olds) and can do this by visiting the New Zealand Immigration website.
From 1st October 2019, visitors who are transitting through or entering New Zealand as tourists will need to hold an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) before travelling to New Zealand. Tourists will also need to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) alongside the ETA. People entering New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa do not require an ETA.