Thinking about traveling to Australia?

Thinking about traveling to Australia?

There are a few pieces of advice and travel tips you should know when traveling to Australia. Australia works with sockets that dispense 220-240 volts. Because of this, you may need to make sure the devices you bring supports 220-240 voltage. Thankfully, all cell phones, camera, tablets, and battery chargers do support 220-240 voltage. So all you have to do is bring along an adapter. For Australia, use type I and make sure you are using a quality adapter. I recommend Ceptics Australia, China Travel Adapter - Type I - with Dual USB ports. This is a durable and reliable adapter and it also has dual USB ports so that you can keep your phone charged. 

Once you have this peace of mind, you can begin to enjoy your vacation. Here is some travel tips and advice for Australia, however, so you don't get caught off guard. Nasty surprises can ruin a vacation and no one wants that. 

Australia is the 6th largest country in the world.  It is huge and diverse yet has one of the lowest population densities in the world. In fact, a plane trip from the west coast to the west coast will take 5.5 hours! If you choose to drive, it is important to know that because most people reside on the coast, you will rarely see towns or people unless you are driving the coast.  It will take 9 hours of driving time between Sydney and Melbourne so be prepared.  The good news is, there is a lot to discover once you are there.

Another thing about Australia is that it is really expensive.  I know that is a relative term but many people are shocked when they travel realizing how much things really cost. This can eat away at a budget quite quickly. Many restaurants allow you to bring in your own alcohol, too. 

A fun thing about Australia is the language. You will have to be prepared for some interesting slang.  For example, here are some equivalent words from American English to Australian English:  bum bag = fanny pack, togs/swimmers = bathing suit, capsicums = peppers, ketchup = tomato sauce, chips = fries, lollies = candy,  bushwalking = hiking/trekking, boot = trunk, bonnet = hood of a car, gas = petrol, ute =pick up truck, fortnightly = every 2 weeks. There are many more and if you're not careful, some of the vocabulary can catch you off-guard. 

The animal life in Australia is amazing!  You might not see a lot of koalas and kangaroos, (you could visit a national park, however, or travel further inland). One of the best places to see them is Kangaroo Island. You will most likely see a lot of bats, possums, some snakes, lizards, plenty of spiders and other bugs. There are also plenty of cool birds around. I, personally, am not a huge fan of the large spiders in Australia. The giant huntsman spider has a leg span of up to 12 inches (30 cm), making it the largest spider by diameter.  It is often described as being the size of a dinner plate. Might want to bring some bug spray along with your adapter!

Here is something I am not used to. Tipping is not expected in Australia. All workers in Australia are paid better than elsewhere in the world, so the busboys and bartenders here aren’t relying on them to make a decent living. That's interesting on many levels, I think.

A word about sunscreen.  USE IT!  Lots of it because the Australian sun is known to have a stronger effect on the skin. Don't let your vacation get ruined - apply, apply and apply again so you can have a great vacation.

Finally, try to stay off-line as much as possible and enjoy the beauty of Australia.  Australis is known for slow and expensive wi-fi. This is a perfect time to leave electronics behind and behold the sights. 

Happy Travels!

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