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What you need to know about travelling to Australia

Australia is one of the countries that are on the bucket list of any traveler out there. However, UK tourists seem more interested in traveling to the “Land Down Under” than other European countries. No matter if it’s the historical relationships from way back in the British Empire or simply a matter of preference, traveling to Australia requires serious preparation. It’s not like booking a trip to Europe. You’re looking at long flights, greater prices, and generally a lot more preparation. To make sure you get the best possible experience, we’ve put together advice and tips curated from people that traveled to Australia and travel agencies. Check them out and plan the best Australian holiday money can buy!



Book in Advance

As mentioned before, you’ll be looking at a very long flight. Such a long flight is synonymous with an expensive ticket. That’s why booking in advance is a great idea. Sometimes you will indeed be able to find flash sales to Australia as well. However, if you’re planning ahead, there’s a far greater chance you’ll get a considerable discount. Furthermore, you’ll have time to plan everything about the trip once you’ve secured the plane tickets. This approach is available for trips to Australia no matter the dates. However, it’s even truer in busy times such as December. 


Keep your Options Open when it comes to Luggage

Australia is a massive country with plenty of things to see. No matter if you’re an outdoor enthusiast or going there to check out their metropoles like Sidney, Perth, or Melbourne, you will need consistent baggage. It’s no secret that airlines love to tax the hell out of large items of baggage, so choose your airline carefully. Make sure to double-check everything related to luggage costs to and from Australia to find the best option for your budget. 


Once you have your plane tickets and also booked your accommodation, you can arrange for your luggage to be dropped off directly at the hotel at a fraction of what you pay at the airlines. Not to mention that you’ll also cut the lines at the luggage pick-up belt and enjoy a much smoother trip to the hotel or can start sightseeing right away before check-in. 



Prepare Properly for a Long-Haul Flight

The flight time alone can take 22 hours, not considering the time needed to taxi between the gate and the runway or the waiting time before the airplane comes to a stop at the terminal. We’re not telling you all this so you can panic and think about how much you’re going to get bored. It’s the other way around, actually. It’s an opportunity to plan ahead, so you avoid boredom and have the best trip possible comfort-wise. 

Especially if you’re shipping your luggage with a different service, as suggested in the previous paragraph. You need to think ahead and keep some things for your cabin luggage:

  • Neck pillow

  • Eye Mask

  • Extra pair of socks

  • Some extra clothing in case it gets too cold

  • Easy to slip on shoes

  • Toothpaste and brush - make sure to keep it under 100 ml so you can pass security checks

  • Chewing gum

  • Snacks

  • Noise-canceling headphones or earplugs in case you have trouble sleeping 

  • A credit card that you can use during the stopover


Double-Check the Things You Put in Your Shipped Luggage

Shipping your luggage to Australia is a good way to remove your trip's stress and extra expenses. However, you will have to be extra careful about what you place in it. Compared to checking your luggage in with the airline, you won’t decide what items to renounce on. Not to mention that Australia has strict rules when talking about the stuff you can bring into the country. Fruits or vegetables brought with you as a snack are a no-go, so you will have to eat or dispose of them before border control. Even packaged food needs to be declared at customs as random checks, and sniffer dogs are common in Australian airports. However, as a general rule, don’t pack any food items, so you make sure your luggage won’t be delayed at all. For a complete list of the things, you can bring with you when traveling to Australia, check out the Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment's official website. 


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Published: 20 June 2021

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