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5 Travel Hacks for Traveling to Australia

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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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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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