Luckily, unlike Canada where it's nearly impossible to fly anywhere without spending a small fortune, Australia has cheap options for backpackers. Obviously, you need to be savvy and know the ins and outs of the websites, so here are a few tips I've gathered from living and trip planning down under.
There are a number of human financial gurus working to help you become wealthy, and their advice is based on years if not decades of knowledge and experience. However, there are a number of microbial economic geniuses who have centuries of expertise developing "economic" success. Germs seem to have knowledge to keep economies solid.
The excitement of finishing my Bachelor of Journalism was short-lived. I saw a few options: go back to university, work like crazy for the rest of my life, or go travelling. Much to nobody's surprise, I chose the latter. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your gap year without worrying too much about the future.
Going against North American restaurant norms, an Australian sushi restaurant has banned tipping. The restaurant compensates by paying their staff higher wages and making the menu slightly more expensive, as is done in Japan. As a Canadian working as a server in Australia, there are many reasons this policy should be adopted worldwide.
We would wager citizens of every country think health care could be improved. However, we would also bet a plane ticket to someone's favourite summer getaway that Canadians will find countries with universal health care, such as Australia, Japan, or favourite tourist destinations in Europe, have far better health care than we do. That's because their citizens and their governments have no hang-ups about the three boogeymen of upfront fees, "private" insurance, and private delivery. They are also nations with progressive, sensible health care practices that could help improve Canada's health care system.
When the World Tourism Organization revealed statistics this month that showed China was the new No. 1 in travel, the implications became clear. Chinese travellers primarily visit neighbouring Asian countries like Singapore and Japan. When they do take long-haul flights, their preferred destination is Australia. It is that country that could potentially help Canada attract more Chinese tourists.
Canada is finally moving toward a smart, two-step immigration policy -- like Australia and others have -- that will recruit talent through a targeting policy of foreign student education. Most foreign students in Canada get their degrees and never come back. Most Australians apply to remain and the majority stay.
Conventional wisdom is that this is the market at work. This is not the market at work. This is manipulation of a government system of open-ended mortgage insurance that is poorly supervised. What is going on here is a deluge of hot money from abroad that is creating an artificial, and potentially dangerous real estate bubble.