Ahhhh, the Land Down Under—where beaches are whiter, the ocean is bluer and women and men glisten in the afternoon sun! If you want to experience a touch of Aussie life, it’s time to book your flight and head down where the weather is warm, beer is cold and life is just perfect. However, in order to have a fun and comfy trip, here are a few essentials to keep in mind.
Visa is a must
Everyone coming to Oz as a tourist needs a visa, except citizens of New Zealand. People from the US and Canada (as well as Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and South Korea) can apply for their visas online for as few as 20AUS. Unless you run into some issues, you will get a confirmation email in a few days and you don’t even have to print anything. When you arrive at the airport, staff will find you in the computer and you’re free to enter the country. However, you can’t stay longer than 3 months and you can’t work with your tourist visa.
Book flights on time
Flights from the USA and Europe to Australia are not only hard on the body, but also hard on the wallet. So, in order to get away with the best prices, make sure to book your flights well in advance. Once you arrive in Australia, you can start booking leg by leg of the trip (return flights from Brisbane to Sydney aren’t cheaper than one-way flights). Choose budget airlines like Jetstar or Scoot Airways instead of air giants like Virgin or Qantas. In order to make your trip easier, make sure to pack light yet smart.
Choose beautiful accommodation
While Australia has no issues with accommodation, you have to be careful when booking. Make sure to consider your priorities before anything else. For instance, are aesthetic appeal and comfort your main concerns? In that case, you can check out gorgeous boutique hotels in Sydney and enjoy their beautiful bars, Insta-perfect rooftop pools and other small comforts. Plus, these boutique hotels are true guardians of Australian heritage while also being representatives of the contemporary culture and architecture scene. Whichever type of accommodation you opt for, make sure to study your priorities and choose accordingly.
Come up with a plan
Australia is huge, like, really huge! So, unless you’re planning to stay a few years, there’s no way you can see everything this country has to offer. Oz might look small on the map, but it’s actually the 6th largest country in the world stretching over 7.6 million square kilometers—that’s more than all European Union countries put together. If you’re planning to city-hop, keep in mind that you’ll need some serious time to travel from one destination to another, so come up with a good itinerary and don’t stray from it too much. Also, Australia is pretty expensive, so if you miss your transportation or prolong your accommodation reservation, make sure to have some spare cash with you.
One thing is for sure, you’ll fall in love with Australia. It’s a country with magical sunsets, gorgeous beaches, unique flora and fauna and beautiful and friendly people. Expect to experience many amazing adventures and meet interesting people with wild stories. You might even learn how to surf or try your hand at sailing, who knows? So, be prepared for some sadness when you have to leave—that’s why you should aim to have as much fun as possible on your Australian adventure.
Australia will infect you with its charm and you’ll always feel inclined to come back and experience its magic once more. So, pick up your visa, grab a friend and fly to Australia for an ultimate travel adventure!