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Are you under 30 and British? If not, don't stop reading yet because you can at least be super jealous of those who are. Qantas has planned a ridiculously sweet with STA travel agencies: the Ten Pound Pom promotion, offering tickets from London to major Aussie cities for just £10 ($16).
It sounds too good to be true, but it's for real, and is a nod back in history to a scheme from just after World War II when the Australian government needed immigrants and let British would-be-Aussies pay just ten pounds for their passage from Britain to Oz. This time around it's limited to just 150 tickets for under 30s, with a valid Working Holiday Visa.
STA and Qantas are expecting people to camp out for the tickets, which go on sale at selected STA travel agents across Britain on August 5. They are also offering discount fares for those who miss out on the ten pound fare, starting from £679 ($1,100), which is nice of them but doesn't sound anywhere near as good as ten pounds.
Cities have MySpace pages now? Who knew? Turns out that Sydney has got its own MySpace haunt because they want to persuade young Americans to head Down Under to boost the Aussie economy rather than helping out their own. Well, that's just our interpretation.
Now that US citizens aged 18 to 30 can get a working holiday visa for Australia, Sydney reckons it's got the goods to attract people: Surf and sand, plenty of jobs, good nightlife and decent places to study if you're so inclined.
Sydney--at least its MySpace version--doesn't have too many friends yet, and it has even fewer comments on its forum questions. But don't let that be an indication of whether this city is actually friend-worthy. Just because we think Melbourne's better doesn't mean you can't add Sydney as a friend: Melbourne isn't even cool enough to have a MySpace page yet.
While some backpackers work in bars to fund their extended vacations, there's an increasingly popular way to make a fast buck in Britain, but sorry gals: This one's exclusively for the guys.
Our hot job tip is donating sperm. Apparently since the laws changed and children conceived from donated sperm can look up Daddy once they turn 18, locals have gone off the idea. Backpackers figure they won't be so easy to find in 18 years' time.
One third of sperm donors in Britain are now from abroad, including Australians, South Africans and Colombians. These sperm-donating travelers won't get rich overnight but $750 for delivering 20, well, loads, is a much better deal than working late nights serving drunks at the pub.
If you're a Trader Joe or can easily spend a whole day in Whole Foods, listen up. This summer you could be organic farm hopping and learning how to work the land in Italy, Argentina, Chile or New Zealand.
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms or WWOOF is the name, and sustainable living is the game. Anyone with €25 ($39) and an interest in learning about ecologically sound lifestyles can join the movement. Once you're a member, you'll be sent a directory of farming hosts around the world who you can contact directly to customize your farm stay. In return for your hard labor, which ranges from 3-10 hours a day, you'll be fed and provided with "clean, dry accommodations."
We got our paws on a WWOOF directory and were astonished at the sheer number of possibilities available. Some of the best we found were harvesting wine at a Tuscan vineyard, planting scented gardens for the blind in New Zealand and producing organic rice and sake in a rural Japanese village. On the flip side, we also noticed quite a few opportunities to "help with daily chores" and "sleep in a tent." That's the key takeaway: Research thoroughly!
So your chances of escaping your cubicle for Europe this summer are plummeting faster than the dollar-euro exchange rate. If getting paid in dollars isn't cutting it anymore, maybe it's time for a working holiday.
As luck may have it, the ACLE Teach in Italy Program is happy to throw you some euros. On top of a weekly paycheck, they'll ship you around the country this summer.
But what's the catch?
If you're under 30, and either a US or an Australian citizen, you might be buzzed to know that these two countries have just agreed on a working holiday visa program. That means, for example, that young Americans can head Down Under for up to twelve months and have the right to live, work and even study a bit, and Australians get to do the same in the States.
The Aussie tradition of working holidays is already strong, with a big proportion of young people heading to countries like the UK, Canada, Japan and Germany where working holiday visas have been in place for years. What's that mean for the US? A wave of Aussies coming to work in hotels and restaurants near you. Just make sure when you return the favor you venture out beyond Sydney Harbour.