How To Find Work As An Au Pair

If you’ve been following me on Youtube, you’ll know that I worked as an au pair for two months in Sydney. I got a lot of questions about my experience, including how to find work as an au pair, what are the job duties as an au pair, how much do you work as an au pair, and how much au pairs get paid. Today I am answering all of these questions with my experience. Every experience as an au pair will be different, and pay varies greatly by country.How to Find Work as an Au Pair

How to Find A Job As An Au Pair

I found my au pair job on a Facebook group. I contacted the woman who posted it, and we messaged back and forth for a while. The next step was a skype meeting. At that time, I also got to meet the three kids I’d be watching. It all went well. I decided to give the au pair job a go. I messaged the family and we talked about the hours that I would be working and the pay, and it all sounded good to me, so we picked a date that I would start.

How to Find Work as an Au Pair

Au Pair Job Duties

The job duties of an au pair vary by family. Generally, au pairs don’t get great pay, but you also won’t work a ton of hours. Deep cleaning of the house should never be part of your job duties. The family that I worked for included two parents and three kids. The father worked from early in the morning until late in the evening. The mother did shift work as a nurse, so the hours that I worked went around their schedule.

Basically, any time the parents were not home and the kids were, I was watching them. Sometimes I would get them ready for school and walk them there. Other days, I would pick them up from school, clean their lunch boxes, make them a snack, and play with them until their parents came home. I was asked to clean up after myself and clean the kids lunch boxes after school. The family also had a dog, who I would let in and out of the house during the day.

How to Find Work as an Au Pair

How Many Hours Do Au Pairs Work?

The hours that au pairs work vary greatly by family. This is something you should clarify with the family prior to starting work with them. With my au pair family, I would work anywhere from 10 to 30 hours a week. This was one of the more difficult parts of the job. It was hard for me because I got paid the same amount every week, no matter how much I worked. I wasn’t used to that. The children that I watched would go to school from Monday to Friday, though the littlest one was home all day on Thursdays and Fridays. This meant that I would be watching her all day if the mother had a morning shift at work.

How to Find Work as an Au Pair

How Much Do Au Pairs Get Paid?

I was making $250 per week as an au pair, and my job also included room and board. This could be considered a high wage for an au pair, but keep in mind that wages in Australia are high, and I was sometimes working up to 30 hours a week.

How to Find Work as an Au Pair

Overall, I am happy that I had the experience of being an au pair. I don’t think I would do it again, as I realized that I do prefer to have the ability to make money per hour, versus making the same amount of money per week no matter how many hours I work.

Au pairing would be great for someone who wants the stability of having a job before going in to a working visa. I wouldn’t recommend au pairing as the best job for someone who is looking to save money long term. It is a great way to make a liveable wage and be part of a family. I really value the experience that I had as an au pair. It was great to feel included in a family again after a year and a half of travel.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever considered becoming an au pair! 

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Vegan Fast Food in Australia

I often get asked how easy it is to be vegan in Australia. I spent almost an entire year in the beautiful country of Australia, and I was vegan the entire time. It wasn’t difficult at all, and I actually found Australia to be one of the most vegan friendly places I’ve visited so far. This is a list of the best vegan fast food in Australia.

Australia is home to many a fast food restaurant that includes vegan options on the menu. There are so many vegans in Australia, it is easy to find a place that caters to us.Best Vegan Fast Food In Australia

Vegan Fast Food in Australia
1. Lord of The Fries

This place is magic. It’s an entirely vegetarian (transitioning to vegan) fast food restaurant that serves burgers, fries, hot dogs, and milkshakes – all of which can be made vegan. This chain is spread throughout Australia, with stores in all of the major touristy areas of the big cities. Vegan Fast Food in Australia

2. Guzman and Gomez

There are loads of Mexican restaurant chains in Australia, one of which is Guzman and Gomez. Most of these chains offer vegan options on the menu, with free guacamole for veg burritos! Other Mexican chains with vegan options include: Zambrero (my favorite and probably the healthiest), and Mad Mex (this would be my third option out of the three). A burrito at any of these places will cost you about $12-$15 AUD. Vegan Fast Food in Australia Guzman and Gomez

3. Doughnut Time

While Doughnut Time isn’t a completely vegan establishment, this magical place offers a variety of vegan doughnuts. My favorite is the Liam Hemsworth, but all of the vegan doughnuts are amazing. One of these little hunks of joy will cost you anywhere between $7-$9 AUD, but is completely worth it. Split it with a friend if you don’t want a stomach ache from sugar, because they are massive! Vegan Fast Food in Australia Vegan Fast Food In Australia Vegan Fast Food in Australia

4. Grill’d

Grill’d is a healthy burger chain, with one vegan option on the menu. The veg option here is a vegetable burger, filled to the brim with fiber but not overly filling – make sure to grab a side of sweet potatoes fries. Grill’d is a great place to grab a meal with a friend. They offer seating, tons of drinks options (from kombucha to beer), and a cute setting. A Grill’d vegan burger will set you back about $11.50. Vegan Fast Food in Australia Grill'dVegan Fast Food in AustraliaVegan Fast Food in Australia

5. Crust Pizza

Crust is a fast food joint that has locations around Australia. They stock vegan cheese, and can make any of the vegetarian pizzas vegan if you just ask for it to be made vegan. A pizza here will set you back about $23-$26 with the addition of vegan cheese, but it’s very worth it. Vegan Fast Food in AustraliaVegan Fast Food in Australia

These are my favorite options for vegan fast food in Australia. They are all amazing, satisfying, and cruelty-free. Make sure to check out my favorite vegan restaurants in Melbourne!

What’s your favorite vegan fast food option?

 

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How To Spend 24 Hours in Byron Bay

Byron Bay has been on my list of places to visit ever since I arrived in Australia and heard about this beachy, vegan friendly place just on the border of Queensland and New South Wales. I finally made it for a quick trip, and though there is so many amazing places to eat and beaches to see, I feel like I made the most of this short trip.Byron Bay Beach Lighthouse

The stop in Byron Bay came after diving in the Great Barrier Reef and stopping off in Brisbane and Gold Coast. I was ready to eat some good food, stay in a nice airbnb, and have a relaxing weekend.

Byron Bay: Where I Stayed

I picked this airbnb and I absolutely loved it. It was a bit higher than my normal price range, but there was a massive festival going on in Byron Bay the weekend I visited, which caused a lot of the airbnb’s to be rented out. So I splurged.Byron Bay Airbnb Apartment

I had been in contact with a fellow travel blogger, Marnie, for a few weeks prior. She lives in Byron Bay and she offered to show me around. I happily agreed, and she came to my apartment to pick me up that Saturday.

We headed to a restaurant that Marnie recommended called The Beet. It’s all vegan and super adorable. We ordered up a feast and happily filled up over good talks and amazing drinks.Byron Bay The Beet Cafe Vegan Byron Bay The Beet Cafe

Next, we headed toward the beach, where we stopped off to admire the insane beauty that is Byron Bay.How to Spend 24 Hours In Byron Bay

We took a hike up to the Byron Lighthouse. There is a lookout on the way, where you can spot whales migrating. We saw a couple of whales swimming together – it was amazing!How to Spend 24 Hours in Byron BayHow to Spend 24 Hours in Byron Bay

Once we made it to the lighthouse, we looked around at the insanely gorgeous, almost 360 view, before heading back down the path.How to Spend 24 Hours in Byron Bay

We drove through town and searched for vegan ice cream. We didn’t find any shops that were open that served vegan ice cream, so we headed to Fundies. Fundies looks like a vegan heaven – they have all sorts of vegan treats, plus health foods, and home necessities.

We picked up some vegan ice cream made by Knox and Aya (try them out if you’re in Byron!). This ice cream came back to the airbnb with us, where we ate it out of bowls on the balcony.How to Spend 24 Hours in Byron Bay

I had such an amazing time in Byron Bay. I’d highly recommend stopping here if you’re traveling through Australia – it could be my favorite place in the whole country!

 

 

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How to Spend 24 Hours in Gold Coast

After my 24 hours in Brisbane, I got to spend a day in the Gold Coast. This is how to spend 24 hours in Gold Coast. How to Spend 24 Hours in Gold CoastHow to Spend 24 hours in Gold Coast

How To Spend 24 Hours In Gold Coast

I recommend booking a place to stay near the action if you’re staying for a short time – and the most interesting spot in Gold Coast is Surfers Paradise. How to Spend 24 hours in Gold CoastHow to Spend 24 Hours in Gold Coast

Where to Stay

I stayed in an airbnb (my favorite type of accommodation), and I got super lucky because I found a great place right in Surfers Paradise. This is the airbnb I stayed in. It was super cute and in such a good location! (Use my link to get $25 off your first airbnb stay)How to Spend 24 Hours in Gold Coast: Where to Stay

What To Do

One of my favorite things about Surfers Paradise was the beach. The beach here is one super long stretch of ocean, backed up by skyscrapers and palm trees. I spent hours walking on the beach, laying in the sand, and watching the tourists taking photos of their friends jumping in the sand. How to Spend 24 hours in Gold Coast

How to Spend 24 hours in Gold Coast

Gold Coast is a shopping destination, which I’m not usually into, but it worked out well for me because my phone died the day I got there {like permanently}. I was lucky enough to find a phone store selling refurbished iPhones and pick one up.

Where to Eat

There are so many cafes and restaurants in the Gold Coast! I usually prefer to seek out vegan restaurants so I can try something new (or at least have more than one option from the menu). How to Spend 24 Hours in Gold Coast How to Spend 24 Hours in Gold Coast: Where to Eat

I found Cardamom Pod and I highly recommend it. This place is awesome! It’s not cheap, but the food is amazing. I had a Malaysian Satay with basmati rice and a super detox salad.

They also have some incredible dessert options if you have a sweet tooth. How to Spend 24 hours in Gold Coast: What To Eat

I also had a vegan kebab from a street stall – my first one in Australia! Aside from that, I ate mainly fruit and some juice from Wollies. I try to keep my meals budget friendly and only splurge when I know it will be worth it (aka my vegan restaurant escapade in Melbourne).

Planning a trip to Australia? Make sure to check out the best hikes in Sydney, my guide to Rottnest Island, or the guide to a working holiday visa in Australia!

How to Spend 24 Hours in Gold Coast

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How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, Queensland

I recently went to Brisbane, Queensland – for 24 hours. This was my first time in “Brissie,” as the locals call it, and I was determined to make the most of it. This is how to spend 24 hours in Brisbane. How to spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, Australia

How To Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane

You’re going to want to start off your day with a solid breakfast. After researching all of my vegan options, I decided to go for an indulgent pancake breakfast. I headed to the Lost Boys in the CBD after seeing this listHow to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane

What I received was a bit different than what I’d expected, though. The pancakes were alright, but I’d recommend checking out a more relevant list (or some instagram accounts) if you’re looking for an instagram-worthy breakfast. I’m constantly on the search for insta-worthy food for my vegan instagram account.

After you’re fueled up, take a walk down the river to Kangaroo Point. I took the Story Bridge, which was a great opportunity to get a glimpse of the city on the other side of the river. How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, AustraliaHow to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, AustraliaAfter crossing the bridge, head to CT White Park and take the walking trail along the harbor. It’s a great walk. If you aren’t a fan of long walks, you can rent bikes by the hour at stops along the path. How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, AustraliaIf you get a bit tired, have a sip of water at one of the many water fountains along the way and have a seat at one of the little piers. How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, AustraliaOnce you’re ready, walk across Goodwill Bridge and head across the river back into the city. How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, AustraliaHow to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, Australia

I used this chance to make friends with the locals. How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane is a beautiful city and has lots to offer. I stopped for a chilled (and inexpensive) lunch at the Queens Plaza – there is an Indian restaurant in the food court that offers rice & one curry for $6.80 (that is insanely cheap for Australia).
How to Spend 24 Hours in BrisbaneThe day was a bit windy and I was a bit tired from the walk, so I took the bus home after lunch, which was around 4 PM. I spent the night having a good chat with my airbnb host.

Where to StayHow to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane

This is the airbnb that I stayed at – the hosts were so great. The room was so cute and comfy and the house was only about 20 mins by bus into Brisbane. I love airbnb and use it almost exclusively when I am in a city for a short time. Use my link to get $25 off your first airbnb stay! Airbnb hosts are so helpful. I asked my hosts how to spend 24 hours in Brisbane and she helped me map out this entire walk.

I visited Brisbane after leaving Cairns – check out my first scuba diving experience in Cairns! If you’re planning a trip to Australia, make sure to check out my guide to the working holiday visa in Australia, and my favorite restaurants in Melbourne, and the best hikes in Sydney. 

 

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