How to Prepare for a Trip to Australia (and Tips to Avoid Beginner’s Mistakes)

Flying halfway around the world to explore a country that breathes adventure is thrilling, but making rookie mistakes before you set off is not.

Now that a trip to Australia has been planned, how do you actually prepare for such a long trip? Once the plane ride is behind the travelers (it’s a long one!), There are definitely things to consider. Australia is not just another country, it is another country that is the opposite of the world for many of us – and that, alone, brings with it challenges to overcome.

To begin with, the exchange rate. Knowing this, travelers can save a lot of money because this country is not cheap. Second, electronic devices work differently due to differently shaped outlets and plugs than in North America. So, converters are needed to charge anything. Plus, the weather is just the opposite, which can be confusing for some travelers. Here’s how to avoid rookie mistakes when flying to a destination halfway around the world.

Know where to exchange money and what is the conversion

For every Australian dollar, for example, the conversion is 75 US cents. While this may not seem like a big deal, it’s also important to note that things are quite expensive in Australia. This means that even though the conversion rate can save American travelers a quarter on every dollar, a steak dinner at a good Australian restaurant will still cost $ 20.93, saving only about $ 7 on top. A $ 5 cup of coffee will still cost $ 3.74 – and then there’s the sales tax.

Known as the Goods and Services Tax, it is 10% of the total cost of an item or service. Therefore, while travelers may think they are saving on this $ 20 item, they should also consider that the additional tax will be around two dollars. This can be confusing with conversion rates, so the best thing to do is make sure you bring in some extra cash, in case the expenses aren’t fully factored in.

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Get a converter for your charger

If there is one thing that everyone forgets when booking their trip to Australia, it is that the outlets are completely different than in North America. When booking a hotel or Airbnb the outlets will be type 1 which means they have three flat pins in a triangular pattern. Obviously, charging things can become a bit of a challenge when the charger you have doesn’t match the port it plugs into. Thus, a travel adapter is required.

Travel adapters can be purchased in Australia, but it does come with a bit of stress when it comes to finding a supplier and spending the money on one. The best thing to do is to order one in advance and pack it in hand luggage, so that it is ready for use as soon as a traveler lands. Buying two is the safest bet because you’ll never know when you need to charge multiple electronic devices at once (a phone and an iPad, for example).

Navigate the weather in Australia

The weather in Australia is a bit unusual for those coming from the northern hemisphere due to being in the southern hemisphere. This means that normally, when December and Christmas mean snowy days and freezing temperatures, in Australia it means hot weather and barbecues. The weather is exactly the opposite, which means that while the Northern Hemisphere is heading towards fall, Australia and New Zealand are heading towards spring. So if a trip is planned for a summer month, like August, thinking it will be just as hot in Australia, think again – it will be the middle of winter.

However, that doesn’t mean that these different seasons can’t work to your advantage. Traveling during the winter months from North America – December, January or February – is enjoyable and rewarding, and can save travelers some deals on airline tickets, as it is during the northern winter. American. Likewise, travelers can save money on the Australian side by going during the months of June, July or August if they plan to visit an area like Queensland, which is generally hot and humid during the humid summer season.

Main points to remember before visiting Australia

  • Invest in a travel adapter before go on vacation, because it will be easier than chasing one once a traveler arrives.
  • Be aware of the conversion rate and be sure to overestimate how much you will need. Don’t forget the goods and services tax.
  • Australia’s location in the Southern Hemisphere means it will have different seasons and will be directly opposite to what they are in the Northern Hemisphere and North America.
  • Figure out where to go first, then look for travel deals that will save you money depending on the time of year.

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