Travelling enriches our lives in so many ways. From the excitement of stepping off a plane in a country we have never visited before, to the sights and smells we experience as we explore this big wide world of ours. To make your journey a trip to remember for all the right reasons, we have put together a travel guide with some helpful tips to set you on the right path.
When considering your next travel destination it is always a good idea to research how much the journey as a whole will cost you. Some international destinations can be cheap to fly too, especially when the airlines offer cheap sale fares. But there can be surprises when you arrive there and you discover that transport, accommodation and meals do not cost what you expected. We recommend working out these costs before choosing a destination to make sure it works within your expectations so you can have the travel experience you are seeking, and that it fits into your ideal budget.
We all know that the weather people often get it wrong. And many countries do have very unpredictable weather year round, which can be part of their charm. We recommend looking into the typical weather patterns in advance, this will help you plan for the type of holiday you are seeking. It helps you avoid mistakes such as booking a tropical sunshine island getaway during the middle of rain season or booking flights to New Zealand for February hoping for a ski holiday – You will end up disappointed.
Currency exchange rates
When considering a destination it’s a good idea to look at the currency exchange rate. This will give you a guide as to what you will need for spending money while abroad, for things such as accommodation, food, transport, activities and shopping. Currency exchange rates do change, some countries have a more stable currency than others, many factors can contribute to this.
Plan to stay healthy
When travelling you should always plan to stay healthy. Looking at Websites such as https://smartraveller.gov.au/countries/Pages/default.aspx will give you current up to date advise on health issues in countries all around the world. Search for your proposed country so you are aware if extra precaution or vaccines are needed, If so a trip to a Travel Doctor prior to travel might be recommended.
Culture and Customs
Some activities are considered taboo by some cultures, and you can even get you arrested in some countries by taking photographs of government buildings. Doing prior research and showing respect can help you avoid any faux pas.
Some countries can look postcard perfect but underneath the surface there can be trouble brewing. Getting up to date information from websites such as
https://smartraveller.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx will give you the information you need.
It is always a good idea to check your passport expiry date during the planning stage of your next trip. There are many stories where travellers only discover that their passports have expired whilst in the final stages of packing for their holiday. It is not fun, nor a cheap exercise to arrange an emergency passport. All passports must also have at least 6 months validity on them from the date you return to your home country.
All countries have special conditions for nationals of other countries to abide by. Quite a lot of them require all foreigners to obtain a visa prior to entry. It is very important to be aware of time restrictions on visas, many tourist visas are valid for a maximum of 30 days. Penalties can be very harsh if the visa conditions are breached. If you have a history of criminal offences this can also affect your eligibility for a visa in some countries.
To access the most current information on visa requirements we recommend that Australian travellers check out the government website https://smartraveller.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx and search under the destination they are travelling too.