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5 Travel Hacks for Traveling to Australia

5 Travel Hacks for Traveling to Australia

As we hit the middle of our summer months and begin to realize that the cooler seasons are upon us, most of us are already looking to book a fall/winter vacation somewhere warm. If you have your sights set on an international destination, Australia might just be the perfect option.

From beautiful city views to incredible beaches and amazing excursion options, Australia offers a variety of exciting opportunities for U.S. travelers to get out and explore a different culture while also escaping the winter chill. If you’re currently looking into an Australian getaway during the fall or winter, here are a few tips to help you prep for a safe and fun trip!

1. Understand seasonal changes at your destination

In general, the seasons in Australia are opposite of ours in the U.S. which means the ideal time to visit the continent would likely be in November, which is their spring. However, it is important to note that the size of Australia means there will be significant variances in temperature across the continent.

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The further north you travel, the hotter the climate will be. This is opposite of the U.S. where the equator is located south of the nation, so the further south you go, the warmer it gets. You can check out a full Australian climate guide here.

2. Purchase a power adaptor

One commonly overlooked international travel detail is purchasing a power adaptor. Although the U.S. and Australia share many similarities, the shape of power outlets isn’t one of them. Australian power outlets are made to fit a three-pronged cord that is shaped a bit differently than ours in the U.S.

Your best bet for getting your chargers, hair tools, etc. to fit in the sockets is to purchase an Australian power adapter.  You can choose to purchase an adapter that fits multiple international outlets, or purchase an adapter specific to Australian outlets. I recommend the latter as I haven’t had the best luck with finding an international adapter that functions optimally.

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3. Stay in a suburb to save

Tourists in a new country often choose to stay within the major cities since they’re usually not familiar with areas outside of them. This often means they miss out on great deals on hotels that are located just a mile or two outside of the main city. If you’re hoping to visit a popular Australian city like Melbourne or Sydney, check out hotels just outside of their city centers to save on your lodging costs and have more funds for fun activities and souvenirs.

4. Load up on the SPF

Tourists visiting Australia often forget that the sun is much stronger at this destination. According to Australia Online, tourists from the U.S. who are not used to such high UV exposure can start to burn in about 15-20 minutes without proper skin protection. Bring plenty of sunscreen/sunblock and remember to reapply frequently. Clothing that covers your shoulders might also be helpful to keep some of the potentially damaging sun rays at bay.

If you plan to be outside for long periods of time (which you most likely will considering Australia is home to gorgeous beaches and outdoor scenery) bring plenty of water and consider wearing a hat to shield your face as well. If you’re not great at remembering to reapply your sun protection, you might want to look into wearables or apps that remind you to reapply as often as needed.

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5. Swim smart

Some of the more popular beaches in Australia are patrolled by volunteer lifeguards during the busier months (October to April). An important way tourists can help these guards is to swim only within the marked areas. Red and yellow flags will be set up in the water to mark the safest swimming areas.

It is important for tourists to avoid areas outside of these bounds as Australia’s waters are known for their strong currents called “rips” that present serious danger to swimmers who are not trained or equipped to handle their strength.

Australia.com also suggests checking the depth of the water prior to swimming, and ensuring that you have at least one other person with you when you get in the water.

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So there you have it, five travel hacks to ensure a fun and safe adventure Down Under. If you have any tips or advice you’d like to share with others, please comment below!

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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