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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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How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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