Appeal of the Land
Australia is the sixth largest country in the world, making it twice the size of Europe, except not nearly as crowded. That means you have plenty of activities without being the intense tourist magnet that Europe experiences.
There are over 7000 beaches to play around on and the most amazing fauna you could ever see in your life. Australia’s culture has so much to offer as well.
Getting to Know the “Language”
English is spoken in Australia but with a little twist. People there often insert words that are only known to the natives, so it may be a bit difficult to understand everything they are saying.
For example, instead of calling someone “buddy,” they refer to that person as a cobber; and rather than suggesting that a person dress warmly, they tell you to “rag up.”
So, the English language it is, but you still may need to consider studying up on their native slang. In fact, taking a little time before your trip to learn common phrases in the destination is a simple means of showing respect to those whom you meet.
Reverse Climate Change
The climate is opposite the United States. It is the months of December to February that are the warmest, as those are their summer months. So if you are traveling there during those months it is best to dress lightly. And of course conversely, the temperatures will become fairly cold during the normally hot and humid months found in the U.S. Either way, plan you packing accordingly.
The air is very humid as well – plan to bring a little bug repellant and some sunscreen. The nights tend to get chilly, though. Bringing a light jacket will help with the cool air, especially if you are traveling to the Southern region. There is no question that if you are headed for the bushes, you will need a comfortable and durable pair of boots for the hikes.
Customs to Consider
Other tips that are important include knowing drivers travel on the left side of the road, so take note before you hop in your vehicle, and pay attention once you do. Finally, Australians are the opposite of Americans when it comes to tipping as well. They tend to consider it bad taste unless a special occasion.
Australia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and with its immense diversity. There is something to see for everyone. People frequently ask to see some of the more popular animals of this land, such as kangaroos and koala bears. Just be aware that though they appear cute and cuddly on TV, they are still wild animals and should not be approached if seen.
From the bush area to the Great Barrier Reef and everything in between, Australia is simply a vacation of a lifetime.