If you are a regular traveller, you will quickly come to realise that the ways that you have become accustomed to doing things at home may not necessarily be the same wherever you go. In fact, you may find yourself in awkward situations if you’re not careful, as you may broach taboos, accidentally act in inappropriate ways, or cause general offence without meaning to. But don’t worry. We’re here to help! Here are a few basic dos and don’ts to bear in mind when traveling Australia. Of course, nothing is set in stone, and different individuals may have different outlooks. It’s also important to bear in mind that Australia is an extremely large country and what rules apply in one area may vary in another. However, hopefully, these will help to get you started on the right foot!
Tipping tends to be a point of contention from one nation to another. Some countries such as the United States have set rules regarding exactly how much you should tip servers after they have provided you with a service. However, in Australia, the rules are much more relaxed. In fact, there don’t tend to be any set rules. Servers receive a minimum wage for their work, so are less dependent on tips, and it is generally seen as a compliment for good service rather than something owed to them.
Use of Drones
Now, every traveller loves a little footage of their adventure. This is why we take so many photographs and videos while we are away. We want to document what we’ve been up to and to be able to look back on our memories fondly. However, technology is always expanding, and now many of us are interested in investing in drones. These take our recording equipment off the ground and allow us to capture wide aerial shots which would be pretty much impossible on a handheld device. But it’s also important to remember that there will be different rules about using these contraptions and whether you can navigate airspace or not depending on where you are. When it comes to flying drones in national parks, you need to check up on the rules and regulations of the given part. Some, such as those in Queensland, tend to be pretty lenient. However, others, such as Western Australian parks, require written permission. Some will even give you a resounding no.
There are certain sayings that are associated with Australians. “G’day mate” is one of them. However, if you’re not Australian yourself, it’s generally best to avoid using them. It may come across as though you’re mocking or imitating others and, really, they just don’t sound right unless you mimic the accent too and this could, again, be seen as offensive. Also, avoid hackneyed sayings like “put another shrimp on the barbie”. These are often slogans from ad campaigns and not something that any Australian really comes out with.
Generally speaking, as long as you are respectful and willing to learn, people will be accepting of your efforts. So don’t worry too much! These are just a couple of tips to prevent you from getting into trouble and to get your journey started on the right foot!
There’s a common saying that suggests “life is not about the destination – it’s the journey that counts the most”. Indeed, when it comes to raising a family this rings particularly true and a many parents find the journey whizzes by so quick that you want to pack as many adventures into those first few precious years as possible.
For many, this is when they start to reminisce about their own childhood holidays and endeavour to recreate memories for their family to share. There are however, practicalities to consider such as how airports are now much tighter on security, meaning more taxing on travellers with young families.
This is where the good old fashioned concept of a road trip comes into play. If you’ve ever seen the Robin Williams film, RV, which encapsulates the sense of family adventure and magical moments to be had in this style of travel. That said, road trips don’t come without their perils…
Think back to taking a long car journey with friends or as a couple without children, they can be pretty tiring – now throw into the mix playing Peppa Pig on repeat, answering the age old question of “are we there yet” and being responsible for constant entertainment in a confined space with very little to do. Agreed, nowadays, it’s a little different to playing I Spy as you have fancy cars with TV’s in the back of the seat and bluetooth headlines – indeed, each member of the family could be watching something entirely different on Netflix… but there’s still a challenge in terms of driving for hours upon end with your family in tow.
This article offers five tips on how to have the best family road trip experience, but before we get into that, one of the most important things to consider before setting out is to ensure your car is in good shape to undertake the trip as nothing is worse than having to wait by the side of the road for a recovery vehicle to come along.
The other factor to consider is the car itself, you might want to consider hiring a more comfortable (or fun) car for a couple of weeks, or perhaps upgrading your current car by checking out one of the subaru dealers in your area. The undeniable truth is that even the most arduous journey can feel like a joy when driving an exciting car, and if you’re considering driving a seriously long distance, it might be worth considering investing in a larger or more entertaining vehicle.
Now that you’ve ensured your car is good for the journey it’s time to contemplate ways to manage the long journey ahead of you. Here are five tips:
Thanks to Satellite Navigation, the days of arguing over a huge map are mostly over – now, at least, there is a common enemy when the SatNav gets it wrong. However, it is good to plan out a route that allows for some interesting stop-offs along the way. Agreed, driving up the motorway for five hours is the most fuel and time efficient way to travel in a car, but think of all the things you are missing out on along the way.
Remember that it’s not just about the destination, it’s the journey too, and therefore heading off the major roads and driving through unspoilt countryside might be a nice alternative if you’re not particularly time pressed. There are often coastal routes available that really enhance your road trip experience, rather than staring at tarmac and other cars whizzing by the whole time.
If you’re taking a long journey with children you’ll be wanting to avoid those four words every parent fears on a long car journey… “are we there yet”. The trick here is to ensure your kids have plenty of engaging activities that don’t require adult participation – whether that’s watching a film on a mobile device or something more ‘old school’ like a colouring book and some crayons.
The thing we sometimes forget, is that even for the adults, a long car journey is a somewhat frustrating and tedious experience; and when in this state, your patience in terms of responding to the “are we there yet” question will be depleted.
It’s therefore important for the adults to have something to keep them entertained too; often this can be as simple as a great soundtrack for the journey, a good book, or some people like to choose a topic that needs to be discussed strategically (e.g. a financial issue) that they can resolve in what would otherwise be “dead time”. This is particularly effective at keeping the driver engaged but probably best advised to keep these talks to ‘low level’ stuff that is child friendly and not too stressful.
Staying somewhere overnight that offers a complimentary breakfast is a great way to start your day before hitting the road, as not only does breakfast help with driver alertness it also helps passengers prone to travel sickness feel less nauseous because it lines their stomach. There are plenty of pharmaceutical and alternative remedies that help travellers with motion sickness but one of the best tips is to eat little and often throughout the journey with an adequate supply of fresh air.
Ideally, eating outside of the car is best for people that suffer with motion sickness and ensure a decent supply of mints or boiled sweets are available for this appears to satiate the symptoms of motion sickness surprisingly effectively.
A great game to play with your family, particularly if you have a Spotify account or similar, is to create a playlist before you go on your trip that includes the favourite songs of each person in the car; presuming you have access to the internet, an even better way to go about this is to pass the device around the car in turn so that each person selects a song. If you’re really brave you could even turn your car into a karaoke booth though whether this averts the feeling of road trip despair is another question.
Visiting a local landmark or vacation retreat can be a wonderful thing to experience for everyone in your party, and can bring those select people together. This might be your family, a combination of families, or maybe an event orchestrated for a group you’re affiliated with. Offering advice on where to go is useful, but often helping people plan how to arrange an expedition like this can help in a much more profound manner. The fundamentals of a successful day out or vacation are relatively unchanged from trip to trip, meaning that the following tips should prove useful to you no matter the scope of your expedition or voyage out.
Sometimes enjoying your destination will require a certain method of transport around the select environment, but getting there can be a different thing entirely. While the specifics of the place you hope to explore might warrant itself worthy of a quad bike, bicycle or even set of skis or snowshoes, travelling to the destination requires the use of public roads. It’s likely this fact has not evaded you. In order to get there in safe, well encompassing manner, utilizing one or two 7 seater car hire leases can allow all of the visitors to be on the same page as they travel.
Combining your travelling system is this way will allow multiple groups of people not only to save money and collectively reach the destination at the correct time (perfect if you have multiple groups coming,) but it allows for people to break the ice before they get there. If you’re scheduling a trip for your group, a number of intimate family members or even a band, this could be a great way of both limiting the cost and arriving in style.
It’s always important to pack as much food as you can. Plenty of non-perishables and ready to eat foods (provided they have a reasonable expiration time,) can help you get over the hump of a long travel commute. This is especially important when you are bringing children. If you can though, taking the time out to make restful stops and enjoy a good meal can help the entire day out take on more of an energized perspective. This is also important if your ventures out are physically demanding. For example, a weekend of skiing requires more calories than you know what to do with, as you are continually either walking, using muscle tension isometrically to balance yourself, and your body must contend with colder temperatures.
Sometimes food can be tailored to your requirements in this way. For example, if hiking through a warm climate with your photography group, then you will likely need food with high amounts of moisture to stay hydrated and able to digest the food well. If snowboarding, then many high-calorie, high-protein and well nutritionally supplemented foods should be more of a priority. Pay attention to your stomach, because it often precipitates the energy you can apply to the activities you take part in, and by extension how much you can enjoy those.
Taking care of these two means the fundamental pillars of your trip are taken care of, and will inform your experience rather than subtract from it.
Regularly travelling is something we all want to do at some point in our lives. Living out of a car and a suitcase, scaling mountains and trekking through the fields, and adhering to a budget that makes the hostel life a whole lot sweeter. When you’re on a nomadic lifestyle diet, you’re going to have a lot more variance to your days, and that leads to a lot of rewards. Here’s a few of them listed below, and they can seriously enrich your life when you think about everything you’re doing with them!
The World Becomes More Approachable
There’s a lot to see around the globe, and that makes it such an interesting place to explore. This is our planet, and so many people live on it, and there’s so much to indulge in when it comes to nature and culture. No one really likes being alone when they travel, but experiencing a different way of life to yours often means you won’t have to be.
You get to know people on a personal level from all walks of life, and you start to craft yourself a whole network of friends across the world. You’ll never be alone on your travels when you’ve got a sofa to sleep in the various towns and cities you’re frequented before, and you can even form your own group tours. It can all save you a lot of money at the end of the day!
You Love Home a Little More
When you’re away from home witnessing the big wide world, home becomes the place you always want to come back to. Taking regular breaks from your friends and family makes your heart a little fonder of them, and you can always bring them along on your travels to make sure you’re bonding as much as you can.
You’ll start to realize that your home is both a place and a people, as there’s a lot of community spirit in a person’s childhood years. Only as an adult do we realize that, and we get extremely nostalgic as a result. Yet, this is a still a reward, as you know now there’s always a safe place for you to return to.
You Get to Know a Budget Better
A lot of people have trouble with their money when it comes to the living expenses. Yet, when you’re travelling about 70% of the time, you might just have a little more money on your hands when you head home again. Of course you have the upkeep of your home to pay, but that’s only going to be a baseline.
Not only that, you’ll also get rewards from the air mileage! Find the best credit cards for airline miles with no annual fee for you and get a few more trips out of the budget! You can even hand these out to your friends to introduce them to the life everyone should try living.
Regular travel is always going to have rewards, both intrinsic and extrinsic!
“I have a brain tumour.”
Not the words you’d expect to hear from your 24 year old mate, a young guy who was fit, healthy and didn’t have any detrimental vices that may impact his health.
Yet that’s what Josh told me on that brisk winters morning back in 2015. I was left in a state of mild disbelief, a million questions running through my head simultaneously… how was he feeling? How was he coping with the news and the future? What would I do in a similar situation? I knew I had to do whatever I could to help.
The next time I saw Josh was at my place a few weeks later, he was undergoing chemo and was starting to really feel (and show) the effects. I’d been pondering over the best way for me to help him through this ordeal, something to really show my support and make his life a little more enjoyable. I quickly came to the conclusion that providing Josh with a longer-term focus was perhaps the best way to go about this. And what better to anchor that focus than a massive physical challenge? I asked him if he wanted to cycle across Australia once he was given the all clear. It didn’t take him long to agree to the idea. I hadn’t of course, considered the fact that this meant I had to do it too…
Here we are, over 2 years later having completed a successful journey across Australia. 7 riders cycled every metre of the route from Melbourne to Perth and 5 unfortunate souls drove either the whole or part of the way behind and in front of us. What an expedition it was. Along the way we managed to raise over $83,000 for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, an organization helping to find a cure for the terrible disease that struck Josh at such an early age.
How hard was it? Well, the physical side wasn’t incredibly difficult. We averaged 140km per day, not unreasonable, though we often had headwinds to contend with which meant a lot of time on the saddle. Still, it was a fairly casual pace with enough rest along the way to keep us relatively fresh. The mental side was the bigger challenge.
Having to wake up at 5am each morning knowing you’d be spending most of the day on the bike got a little tiresome. We had to be constantly alert with regards to traffic hazards; what trucks were doing as they overtook, making sure we maintained our line and stayed right on the back wheel of the bike in front. There was also a fairly wide-ranging level of fitness between the group, meaning it wasn’t possible to get into your own rhythm and get into the ‘zone’. Add to that, the scenery throughout most of the middle part of Australia is fairly consistent: absolutely nothing. So it was a bit of a mental drain, particularly as we got into the middle part of the ride.
Despite this, everyone maintained a positive attitude for most of it. Not much complaining and no real arguments despite 7 males of varying character spending every waking moment together for 25 days straight. I’d consider this one of the biggest achievements of the whole journey. That’s pretty damn impressive looking back.
We set out from the Yarra River in Melbourne and rose into Fiona Stanley hospital 25 days later, the place where Josh received his cancer treatment. It was an incredible reception, greeted by a crowd of friends, family, the deputy premier and a news crew. We were joined on the last 30km leg by over 60 other riders, causing havoc to the local traffic as we blocked up a lane of major highways. What an experience!
I’m particularly proud of Josh. When I proposed the idea of cycling across Australia, I wanted to give him a focus and vision to help get through those long days of treatment, where only his imagination could take him away. When we made the final ride into Fiona Stanley hospital, I was obviously pretty excited to have completed this challenge on a personal level. That paled in comparison to the excitement I had for Josh and what he must have been feeling after 2 years of preparation in not only getting ready for this event, but doing so with all the other hurdles he had to face. I was incredibly grateful to have been able to share that moment with him.
One of the true beauties of endurance pursuits is the tangible goal they can provide us; a definitive focus which is lacking from many of our lives. This is what I’d learned from the last few years of my own pursuits and this is what I was looking to provide to Josh.
I’m proud to say, it seemed to have worked.
If you are currently deciding where to go on your next vacation, one place you should certainly consider is Sydney. Sydney has so much to offer, from the relaxing beaches to the diverse attractions. There is something for all tastes, interests, and budgets, which is one of the main reasons why people travel from far and wide to enjoy what this city has to give. With that in mind, read on to discover more reasons why Sydney is a place you should visit at some point in your lifetime.
The beaches are incredible – There is only one place to begin, and this is with the beaches in Sydney. You can find out more about them at TheGuardian.com. Sydney is known all over the world for its luxurious beaches, with Bondi beach being a firm favourite. However, this is merely one of many stretches of golden sand, offering serene surroundings and tranquil views of the ocean.
Vivid Festival is one of a kind – This is a festival that takes place in the city over a 23-day period. It is held every year, combining commerce, music, light, technology, and art. There is no other festival like it.
Enjoy amazing food and wine tasting – Many people do not realise that Sydney has a lot to offer on the wine and food front. Wine tasting in Hunter Valley comes highly recommended. You can find out more about this at HunterValleyInsider.com. You will be able to enjoy varieties that simply aren’t available in bottle form. If you consider yourself a bit of a foodie, don’t miss out on the opportunity to pair your delicious wine with some of the best food in the area too.
Experience some of the world’s most famous attractions – There are many famous attractions that are situated in Sydney. One of the most famous attractions is the Sydney Opera House. Not only are more than 40 events per month held here, but the building itself is majestic.
Witness the incredible New Year’s Eve fireworks – Another reason to visit Sydney is to enjoy the New Year’s Eve spectacle. The New Year’s Eve fireworks are incredible, with Sydney coming alive at the start of every year. A lot of people believe Sydney’s fireworks to be the best worldwide, why not experience them for yourself?
Be amazed by Taronga Zoo – Taronga Zoo is a must for an animal lover. It is deemed one of the world’s best zoos. Arrive at the harbour-side based zoo by boat and witness the thousands of animals that live here, from giraffes and gorillas to rhinos and sea lions.
So there you have it: some of the main reasons why you should consider Sydney as your next destination for a holiday. From the incredible beaches to the food and wine tasting tours, you are bound to enjoy everything the city has to offer and enjoy a trip to remember for all of the right reasons.