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Best Tips for Traveling in Australia

Best Tips for Traveling in Australia

Best Tips for Traveling in Australia
Best Tips for Traveling in Australia

With the Aussie Dollar now back below parity (with the USD) now is the perfect time to plan your next break and make the most of your plans by thinking about where you would best like to spend this spring/summer – and we’ve got the Best Tips for Traveling in Australia!

Our location recommendation is (of course!) the Gold and Tweed Coasts covering the area from the Gold Coast to Byron Bay.  With easy access by air (Gold Coast airport), road (Brisbane is about 90 minutes away) and rail (Robina train station is just 30 minutes away), we think this is the best place on the Australian coast to spend your holiday!

According to a study conducted by Tourism Australia, a whopping 60 per cent of us are not taking our four weeks annual leave each year. Why is this so?  There are some fantastic places to visit in Australia and we have some great tips and tricks for renting holiday houses all year round.  It doesn’t have to be expensive either.  Consider a holiday home where a group of you can enjoy a luxury holiday with all the trimmings.  By following our tips (including some holiday rental ones), you reduce all the risks and you get a great holiday location to boot!

We’ve been scouring the internet and found a great article on Best Tips for Traveling in Australia and below we have added their tips to a few of our own.

Dream and believe – you can do this

So now that we have got you thinking that you CAN do this, (close your eyes for a moment and think of that wonderful sea breeze gently touching your face and blowing your cares away, the warm sun on your skin, the ice-cold drink in your hand, the umbrella shade allowing you to read your favourite book, the surfers on the break…..), here are the best tips for traveling in Australia!

Its about the journey..

  • On your departure day call the airport or look up the Internet to check that your flight is on time
  • Try to drink plenty of water whether you’re driving or flying to reduce the risk of dehydration
  • Pack healthy snacks, but include a few treats as well
  • Reduce the pain of popping ears on the plane by sucking a lolly, chewing gum or gently blowing your nose
  • Make regular stops when driving or walk around on the plane to kick-start your circulation
  • When traveling wear comfortable, loose shoes that you can slip on and off easily and that will allow for your feet to swell (perfect for those security checks too)

Be ready for the Australian Climate

  • Regularly apply repellents and only sleep with the window open if you have flyscreens to avoid insect bites
  • Slip on a shirt, Slop on sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Wrap on sunglasses to protect your eyes and sensitive skin around them
  • Don’t forget to reapply – particularly if your are swimming or working up a sweat
  • Only swim in the safe area at the beach – between the red and yellow flags
  • If walking for long periods of time, make sure you take a bottle of water or better yet, a sports drink, to replenish fluids quickly

Looking after your and yours

  • Keep your shoes on when outside and wash hands before eating
  • To reduce jetlag, fight the temptation to dive into the hotel bed at 2pm and go for a walk instead. Sticking to regular sleeping patterns will help you bounce back quicker. Also try essential oils such as eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemongrass or peppermint dabbed on your forehead or on the balls of your feet for an extra boost
  • Going on a boat or a long car trip? Combat travel sickness by taking ginger tablets one hour before leaving. Peppermint, spearmint and lavender will also help
  • Think about your luggage – luggage on wheels can be a great way to avoid strain on your body

Get to know the local area

  • If you’re new to an area, do some internet research and see what is available and possible local activities
  • Have separate lists of the things you would “love” to do; the “likes” and “if we get time”.  This will save you time in the long run.  Make it fun and do a lucky dip!  Be spontaneous and see where your “dip” will take you each day
  • Allow for “rest days”.  Especially when traveling with children, they (and we!) get tired…  Plan for some rest time in your holiday.  You don’t have to do it but just knowing that every moment is not filled can be a great stress reliever
  • If hiring a car carefully check it for dents and scratches and insist the rental company makes a written note to confirm them
  • Collect local bus, train, tram and monorail timetables so you can catch as much public transport as possible – it can be fun traveling with the locals

And generally when traveling…

  • Take a photograph of your address on the first frame, then if they go missing you’ll have the best chance of getting them back.
  • Avoid making long distance calls from your hotel room. Use reduced rate phone cards instead (some holiday homes may include local calls in their tariffs)
  • Check what your tariff includes – and make sure you compare “apples with apples” so you know what you are booking and there are no surprises when your bill arrives
  • Check the internet connection costs.  Most of us travel with our laptop/iPad these days and many places (particularly holiday homes) include internet connections for free
  • Divide your money into cash, traveller’s cheques and credit cards and keep each in different spots in case you lose your wallet
  • Photocopy or scan your travel documents before you leave.  Leave one copy with a friend/family member (scan and email is great!) and another copy in a separate suitcase.  Lighten your load and dispose of voucher paper copies when they have been used.
  • Source out your local laundromat for your washing.  Or, even better, choose a holiday house with laundry facilities on site
  • Keep a travel journal so you have something to look back on when you get home
  • Always check under the bed and in the cupboards before checking out of a room. We call it Dad’s scan.  Make it fun
  • If planning a long holiday, consider a minimum 4-7 nights in each location.  Especially when traveling with children, this can reduce the stress of endless unpacking and packing
  • If traveling with 4 or more in your group, consider a limousine airport transfer.  Yes, it may sound expensive, but by the time you compare the other airport transfer options at the per person rate, it is probably comparable – but you get the benefit of being met at the airport, helped with luggage and a direct service to your holiday accommodation.  Perfect!

You will notice that many of the above tips are applicable for any travel, but they are certainly our best tips for traveling in Australia.

Happy holidays – dream about what is possible; believe you can do it; make the most of your annual leave; plan, book and enjoy your holiday; then dream about where you will go next!  It is your turn!

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Until next time – enjoy your day wherever you are from La Maison Pacifique “The Peaceful House” and your boutique designer luxury holiday home vacation rental in Casuarina, New South Wales, Australia – half way between the Gold Coast QLD and Byron Bay NSW, Australia.

Di Hendy

Di Hendy
Property Consultant
La Maison Pacifique
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