Australia cannot sit under the radar for a long time for any backpacker because it is so inviting and enticing that its allure is simply irresistible. For this particular purpose, we have felt the responsibility to share with you a couple of things that you should know before hitting the Outback. Just kidding, you do not have to brave the wilderness right away – there is literally so much to do in the cities alone that you are bound to have fun. So, without further ado, here are six things to know before visiting Australia!
Australia is known to have large wages and because of this, things have become inadvertently expensive along the years. What this means is that if you do not prepare adequately, you are bound to run into trouble sooner or later monetarily. Housing is incredibly expensive, so if you are travelling with friends, make sure that you find group accommodation options for they are a bit more affordable. If you’re alone or travelling with a mate, you might want to keep a lookout for hostels for they are a tad more forgiving as well. Eating out every meal is also a habit that will empty your wallet in no time because meals are relentless when it comes to prices. Backpackers are advised to cook their own meals whenever they can for ingredients at the supermarket are much cheaper than compiled dishes of the same type. The axiom “keep your friends close and your wallet even closer” applies in Australia, so do start saving up now! Oh, and let us not forget that booze is expensive as well – this is for you partiers (wink).
“Is that even a word?” you might ask. Well, it sure is when it comes to Australia for their English is their own, we can assure you. Numerous words have different meanings there than in other places around the world and this adds to their colour even more. What’s most notable about Aussies is that they tend to shorten your name and add a “y” at the end (phonetically, of course) – you are going to become Bernie, Stevie, Georgie, and Evey in no time. Oh, and if you get called a “tosser”, you might have done something wrong (wink)!
Remember the wages in Australia? Well, being paid well enough adds another ingredient to the mix: the general absence of tipping. Bartenders, waiters, cab drivers and others do not expect customers to pay extra because their salaries are high enough for them to live worry-free. If you do leave a few AUD behind, chances are that these people will tell you that you have forgotten your change. It is not uncommon to leave tips at high-class restaurants, though, so always keep an open mind about where you are.
This is something that is constantly being worked on but sadly, the internet in Australia is still sluggish and to top it off, expensive. When considering how costly the country is, it is not a surprise but when you cannot get WiFi coverage in places that you reckon should have some, you are going to be left with a bitter taste in your mouth. But look at the bright side: you get to interact more with the locals who are well worth your offline-time.
Australia has gone out of its way to dissuade people from smoking. From nasty pictures on the packets to celestial prices, it has brought everything into the picture. If you are a backpacker, you might want to abstain a bit so that you may experience the country to its fullest. It is best to do your smoking in places where it is worth it (i.e. in other countries). Yet if you absolutely have to smoke, plan your budget ahead because it is astonishing how fast money can slip out of your hand there.
If you are planning on renting a car in Australia, understand that, like in Britain, people drive on the left. While hitting the roundabout from the other side might sound cool in a movie script, it might not be that pleasant in real life. Always look both ways and keep to the left for that is where you will be safer on four wheels (wink). If you are a walker, keep to the right side of the road because that is where the oncoming lane is (you will see all cars coming towards you and you will not be surprised from behind).
Did you enjoy our list? What experiences have you had in Australia and how have they shaped your stay there? Hit the comment section below and tell us all about it! Safe travels!