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Top Things that You Need to Know Before You Travel to Australia

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Australia really is one of the most incredible and diverse areas in the world. It may look small, but it is actually the 6th largest country. It is bigger than all European countries put together and it has just as much to offer as well.

Road Trips are Hard

If you want to go out on a road trip then you should note that it will take you more than 9 hours to drive from Sydney to Melbourne. If you are planning a trip to Australia then you will want to give yourself lots of time to get out there and explore. If you want to hop between cities then your best bet would be to fly, or if you want to go off the beaten path a little and explore the outback then you may want to book a vacation that is at least a month or two long. Even though you’ll be going for a really long time, you probably still won’t have enough time to see everything. Australia is huge, but it is home to some of the most amazing sites in the world. If you do want to go ahead with the road trip idea, why not consider Charity Drive? It’s a great way to see the sights while helping a great cause.

australian map with pins

Australia Can be Expensive

Instead of booking through a really good airline, it helps to book through someone who can offer you a cheaper flight. This is because the food and accommodation there will be expensive and transportation isn’t cheap either. If you aren’t sure how your trip is going to pan out then why not consider just booking a single flight, so that you can book your return whenever you want? You can also try and travel overland as well, and consider sight-seeing tours instead of renting a car.

Cook Your Own Food

It’s way cheaper to cook your own food than it is to go out there and fine-dine every day. The best thing about Australia is that there are plenty of grocery chains out there and they have a huge range of BBQ food available. When you cook your own food, you can easily set up a small BBQ in the park and this is a great way for you to get out there and meet new people. You also need to remember that you don’t need to drink all the time and you can easily bring your own alcohol as well.

Sydney Harbour Bridge at night

Learn the Lingo

There are a lot of different meanings to various words in Australia, for example, thongs are known as being flip-flops and capsicums are peppers. You’ll also find that downtown isn’t known as being “downtown” in Australia. If you want to travel down here then you will want to call it the “CBD” instead. This is known as being the central business district. If you happen to get sick or need medication, ask for a chemist, not a pharmacy as well. If you don’t then you may find yourself going in the wrong direction.

Staying Healthy While Visiting Australia

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If you have booked your dream holiday to Australia, you are no doubt feeling excited! However, while holidays are incredible, there is just one problem: they interfere with our fitness goals. If you made a pledge to be healthier in 2018, and you are worried your trip to Australia is going to set you back, don’t be. You can still have an amazing time while also being healthy, and here are the ways to do so…

Embrace exercise while in Australia – There is no reason why you should give up your exercise routine while on holiday. In fact, this gives you the perfect chance to take up a new sport or form of exercise. Yoga is now available at Forest Rise, as well as other popular spots in Australia, and this is a great way to get a healthy mind as well as a healthy body, which is just as important. You could also sign up for a boot camp, take a dance class, or go cycling. The options are endless. Or, why not go down the traditional route and book a cricket or rugby lesson?

Pick restaurants in advance – There are lots of great restaurants in Australia. Research them in advance so you can pick places with plenty of healthy options.

Find inspiration – There are many different platforms that can give you the inspiration you need to be fitter and healthier while on holiday. You can use Instagram and Pinterest, for example. You can also follow YouTube channels that have healthy recipes and inspirational stories. Not only will this give you the motivation you need to continue on your journey while in Australia, but it will cure boredom while travelling too.

Have a goal – Why do you want to be healthier? Why do you want to lose weight? Write down all of the reasons why you are on this mission for a New You. By doing this, you will keep your goals clear in your mind and you will be motivated to achieve them, even while on vacation. Every time you are feeling tempted to break your healthy eating cycle or to skip your exercise routine, refer to this piece of writing and it will ensure you don’t fall off the wagon.

Make sure the people you’re travelling with are on your side – Explain how important it is for you to stay on track with your health and fitness goals, and your true friends will stick by you.

If you follow the advice that has been mentioned above, you should be able to achieve your health and fitness goals without compromising your holiday. If you fall of the wagon again, simply get back up and keep going. There’s no harm in eating that piece of chocolate or giving into temptation so long as you don’t allow it to derail you completely.

The Top 5 Countries For Wildlife Holidays

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Travel might be a fantastic opportunity to see jaw dropping vistas to experience cultures that you might otherwise zero exposure to. But it’s important to remember who we share this Earth with as we globe-trot, as well. For that reason, we’re going to take a look at some of the single best countries in the world to visit for wildlife vacations.

Shark in blue water

Australia
Though it has a comedic reputation for having some incredibly dangerous critters, Australia is one of the most ecology unique countries in the world. Cut off from migratory animals from other continents for a long time, it still retains a lot of distinct character. But perhaps the best chance to get up close and personal with the local fauna is swimming with the sharks off the east coast.

Kenya
When you think of wildlife trips, what is your first thought? For most people, it is going to be the safari. African safari trips offer some of the richest opportunities to see the most diverse of creatures. Tanzania, South Africa, and Botswana all deserve to be on this list. However, if we had to choose one African safari location, and we’re going to limit ourselves to one, the nit has to go to the sweeping valley of Masai Mara, where some of the largest migrations in the world happen, all visible from a hot air balloon.

The Galapagos
If you want to get really isolated, then how about visiting a chain of islands where there are fewer than 30,000 people? Since their discovery, they have been an ecological marvel with a wide list of unique species. With giant tortoises, colorful birds, numerous iguanas, and all other sorts of creatures that simply cannot be seen anywhere else in the world, it is a must-see destination for anyone who considers themselves a zoological enthusiast.

Malaysia
While Kuala Lumpur is fast becoming one of the crowning jewels of the booming southeast tourism industry, it is just as rich as countries like South Africa when it comes to unique wildlife. Malaysian tigers, Asian elephants, mousedeer and tapirs are easy to find thanks to places like the Tabin Wildlife Reserve. The country only recently passed an act guaranteed greater conservation efforts, so supporting the fight by visiting is more important than ever.

USA
The US is a huge country and thus it’s going to have a huge eco-diversity. The best place to visit in the US for a wildlife holiday, in a lot of peoples’ opinions, is Yellowstone National Park. Beyond being the largest National Park and one of the most volcanically active places in the whole world, it’s a great place for tours that bring you close to grizzly bears, wild wolf packs, bison, elk, otters, and much more.

Many wildlife vacations are more than a booming part of the tourist industry worldwide. A lot of them, especially those run in National Parks, are important parts of our conservation efforts and the money made from tourism can also help protect the very creatures we marvel at. If you want to be a conscientious traveler, choose conscientious wildlife adventures, too.

9am

Today’s the day where Australia gets to start to catch up with the rest of the world by officially recognising past injustices that were on so many levels, from 1:1 racial slurs and ill treatment to laws and policies deliberately classing, and treating, the indigenous populations as “Flora and Fauna”. While you can’t address every single thing in a national address, it has at least brought on discussion, brought forward stories (both terrible and great) about how “newer” Australians have treated and interacted with the oldest Australians over 200+ years.

There will be numerous ways to watch and hear the address (including online, but I’ve cut the text of it below… because I can.

Today we honour the Indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

We reflect on their past mistreatment.

We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were stolen generations – this blemished chapter in our nation’s history.

The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia’s history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence to the future.

We apologise for the laws and policies of successive Parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians.

We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country.

For the pain, suffering and hurt of these stolen generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry.

To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry.

And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry.

We the Parliament of Australia respectfully request that this apology be received in the spirit in which it is offered as part of the healing of the nation.

For the future we take heart; resolving that this new page in the history of our great continent can now be written.

We today take this first step by acknowledging the past and laying claim to a future that embraces all Australians.

A future where this Parliament resolves that the injustices of the past must never, never happen again.

A future where we harness the determination of all Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to close the gap that lies between us in life expectancy, educational achievement and economic opportunity.

A future where we embrace the possibility of new solutions to enduring problems where old approaches have failed.

A future based on mutual respect, mutual resolve and mutual responsibility.

A future where all Australians, whatever their origins, are truly equal partners, with equal opportunities and with an equal stake in shaping the next chapter in the history of this great country, Australia.

It’s amazing to to see the surge of people at the tent embassy, coming into Canberra just for today. May be a once in a lifetime thing, and let’s just hope it means our country can move forward in a positive way, and work towards better health care, better race relations, better political processes… and so on…

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