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Posted on Oct 1, 2010 in Uncategorized, Work & Holiday, Working Holiday Visa |

Working Holiday in Cyprus

Now you have the opportunity to explore Cyprus – a land of Roman ruins, medieval frescoed churches, castles, Mediterranean cuisine, and lots of fun. Visa First recently started offering assistance to Australians for Working Holiday visas for Cyprus, Australians can work while experiencing the life and culture of Cyprus – a place much different from their home country. Cyprus is an island located in the Eastern Mediterranean, south of Turkey and west of Syria and Lebanon. Nicosia is the capital. Its population is about 800,000 people, which makes it the third biggest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily and Sardinia. Cyprus is a presidential republic with Greek and Turkish for official languages. As a member of the European Union, it adopted the euro in 2008. The economy is very well-developed and the Gross Domestic Product is just above the average of the European Union. Cyprus is ranked the 40th most popular destination in the world with over 2 million tourist arrivals annually. As such, backpackers can get seasonal jobs to support their stay. It’s best to arrive during the tourist season as this way you can easily find jobs in the restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels, etc. The busiest tourist resorts are Ayia Napa and Proteras, so you have greater chances to find a job quickly if you go there. Fruit picking is also a job backpackers often find through asking around. English is widely spoken, so you shouldn’t have trouble with the locals. Getting around the island should not be a problem either, as buses and taxis are always available. You can rent a car– Cypriots drive on the left side of the road just like in Australia. As far as things to see in Cyprus, the list is quite long. Check out for specific attractions and activities. So, if you are ready to see how the Mediterranean is different from the Pacific, see the requirements for a Working Holiday visa in Cyprus, and start planning. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on May 21, 2010 in Uncategorized |

English Slang

UK Slang   BANGERS–Sausages. A very common meal is BANGERS and MASH (sausages and mashed potatoes). The sausages are called BANGERS because they will burst if you do not pierce them while they are cooking BOBBY–Policeman in the UK. The term came from Robert Peel, the “inventor” of the policeman BROLLY–Umbrella CORKING–Excellent; splendid.Often used sarcastically ELEVENSES–Morning coffee (TEA) break LOLLY– Popsicle NIPPER–A young boy, a kid SACK–To fire from a job SPEND A PENNY–To go to the toilet. From the days when public conveniences required a penny to be put in the slot to enter WELLIES–WELLINGTONS. Rubber boots. The Duke of Wellington invented rubber boots UNDERGROUND–(With a capital letter) the London subway system. Also called The Tube ‘OFF YOUR TROLLEY’ – Mad RUDDY–Similar to bloody. “That ruddy Boss!”   Australian Slang   ALF–Stupid person AMBER FLUID—Beer AWARD WAGE–Minimum pay rate BARBIE–(barbecue) Like a cook out Spanish origin, ‘barbacoa, from Arawak language BELT UP!–Shut up! BOOZE BUS— Police vehicle used for catching drunk drivers CAARN!–Traditional rallying cry at football games (contraction of “Come on!”) DAG–A funny person, nerd, goof RECKON!–You bet! Absolutely! RHINO–Money (real money, not the cockies’ ‘shinplasters’!) ROOTED—Tired SHARK BUSCUIT–Somebody new to surfing TRUE BLUE–Dinkum, patriotic YANK TANK–An American car     New Zealand Slang   BLOKE–man BONK–sexual intercourse BUGGERED—exhausted CHOOK–slang for chicken CUPPA–a cup of tea or coffee DUNNY–toilet FACE–a steep and generally featureless hillside with no significant spurs or creeks JANDALS–flip-flops, i.e. kind of footwear KARAKAI—prayer KIP–to sleep, especially a nap KNACKERED–exhausted LOO–toilet MILO–a hot chocolate drink PISSED–drunk PAVLOVA–kind of dessert         Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on May 21, 2010 in Travel, Uncategorized |

Perky Facts about Australia and New Zealand

In Oz:   People drive on the left side of the road. Speed limit in towns and cities is 50 to 60 km/h, and 100km/h on the highways unless signs specify otherwise. In USA you are likely to hit a deer on the highway; in Aussie–watch out for kangaroos. Australian tourist information is available everywhere. The voltage is 220 volts, so make sure you get the correct plugs for your electric appliances. Aussie servers, drivers, and other service staff don’t expect to be tipped, so you are not obliged to do so, although if you are happy with the service, leaving change will make someone happy. Weather is not perfect everywhere and all the time. It does get from freezing cold to red hot depending on the area and time of year. For example, it’s hot in the North and West, and cold in Tasmania. January 26 is a national holiday. Salt water crocodiles could be found in any river or beach, so beware. There is usually a sign indicating if such creatures are inhabiting the area you plan to swim, so look around and talk with locals. Watch out your feet as 8 out of the 10 most dangerous snakes live in Oz. Instead of running or trying to kill it, however, just stay still until it goes away. The Tasmanian devil—the largest surviving carnivorous marsupial in Aussie–can be found only in Tasmania. It has black fur, pungent odour and is very loud when is stressed. Since 1941 it is an officially protected animal. Kangaroo is the national symbol of Oz. It is a marsupial and a macropod meaning “large foot.” Australia is said to be one of the best countries to be travelled by car despite its huge size (it’s the 6th largest country in the world).   In NZ: The best time to visit New Zealand is during the warmer months. Summer is from November through April. The most attractive months are February, March and April. The further you go south, the colder it gets. Don’t drink water from lakes, rivers, etc. because it contains the...

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Posted on Apr 7, 2010 in Uncategorized |


The online classifieds and community site has  gained  massive popularity among the travelling folks. According to our survey, 22 per cent of people found accommodations through Gumtree. Gumtree is the biggest Web site in UK for local community classifieds, and is mostly used in the UK, Ireland, Poland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The site advertises more than 25,000 new rooms a month, meaning at least 10,000 rooms are being rented through it. One can practically find anything there–flat share, flat rentals, cars, jobs, dates, pets, stuff for sale.     blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Sep 26, 2009 in Uncategorized |

Call home for free

There are probably many ways you can phone home, while you are abroad. Most of them are relevantly cheap, but over time it can become a considerable expense, especially if you like to hear from your friends and relatives often. Nowadays most people use Skype for text, voice and video chat. It’s a convenient and free way to communicate depending only on an active Internet connection from both sides. Sadly, not all of us can be in front of the computer all the time, or have restricted access to the Internet at work. Further more, making a landline call has its advantages. Many people can answer the phone, quality can be better and it is more likely to reach people. There are many VoIP services that charge close to nothing for international calls and most of the times mobile calls are at a pretty decent rate too. After researching the topic myself I came to understand that is probably the best offer one can get. It’s easy to start using their service. You simply download their software, create an account and purchase credit. You’ll now say “Hey, I thought it’s free”. Sadly, there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. Not 100% free, but still the best offer around You can start with only 12.50 Euros (10 Euro in credits, 2 Euros in VAT and 0.50 processing fee). You can then check the rates yourself, but just to give you a quick example – 10 Euro equal 142 minutes to UK mobile phones (0.07 cents per minute) and unlimited calls to any landline number in the UK for 120 days. Once you top up your account you can call friends and family in Australia for free. If you like call Australian mobile numbers it will cost you only 0.055 Euro cents per minute, or 181 minutes with Australian mobile numbers for only 12.50 Euros. Use JustVoIP services without a computer It gets even better. If you don’t have a computer to place the call, you can dial your local access number from a landline or mobile...

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Posted on Feb 20, 2009 in Uncategorized |

Who wants to marry Clo?

Ok guys, so who is up to it? 🙂 This is one of the reasons I love the internet so much – the wackier the idea – the better! It seems that a lot of the working holiday makers will do anything in their power to prolong their stay, or even to permanently immigrate to Australia. Marrying an Australian citizen is one of the ways you can migrate and start a new life Down Under. It is not rare for backpackers to find their better half while traveling the Outback. On the other hand, there are a lot of people willing to marry a citizen only for the sake of becoming a citizen themselves. This is a common issue to every single  immigration authority, not only Australia. Not anyone can join the group on, so potential candidates will undoubtedly go through a screening process, before they can have their shot. Visa FirstMore...

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