Girl travelers in Australia will find themselves in one of the friendliest places on earth. The experiences that await, the beauty of the country and the people that you’ll meet will add up to the trip of a lifetime. With these tips especially for girl travelers in Australia, the experience will be even better.
1. Slip, Slop, Slap!
This famous Australian sun safety slogan urges girl travelers in Australia to slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat. Although this may seem like something your mother might say, in this case mother really does know best! Whilst you may be obsessed with working on your tan, you need to be aware that Australian UV rays are a completely different beast to the friendly European sunshine that sometimes pokes its head through the clouds on a warm summer day. This means that you require far less time in the sun to tan and can begin to burn after as little as 15 minutes in full sun in the country’s north. Follow this little piece of advice and you’ll find yourself sitting back with the locals laughing at the woeful looking lobster-red tourists walking by.
2. Check out Gumtree.com.au
If you want to get from one place to another on the cheap whilst in Australia, you may like to check out the “rideshares” offered on gumtree.com.au. This is a great way to meet fellow travelers and see all that Australia has to offer from the road, rather than just flying from place to place. You may also like to use the website to find a travel partner who is heading in the same direction as you to share travel costs and experiences. Girl travelers in Australia should, however, be careful whom they choose to ride with, as the website does not screen members in any way.
3. Female Friendly Hostels
If you plan on spending a lot of time travelling alone in Australia, there may come a time when you get sick of sharing hostel dorm rooms with a bunch of rowdy, messy boys. Some establishments understand exactly how you feel and therefore cater especially to girls who travel to Australia. You will consequently find numerous hostels that cater exclusively to girls; other institutions take this to a whole new level, having girl only floors, which offer a pamper package including champagne, the use of hair dryers and straighteners, free tea and coffee in bed on weekends and much more.
4. Avoid Franchise Chain Restaurants!
One of the biggest mistakes that girl travellers in Australia tend to make is eating at franchise chain restaurants that they recognise from home. Would you eat McDonald's for breakfast, lunch and dinner at home? No – then don’t do it on holidays! Australia is renowned for its quaint sandwich shops, bakeries, cafes and restaurants, so get out there, meet some locals and try some great Australian cuisine. If you want to really delve into Australian gastronomy, you may even like to try delicacies such as kangaroo, emu and crocodile – your taste buds will certainly thank you for it, and so will your waistline.
5. Be Realistic when Planning Your Holiday
It is difficult to comprehend just how large Australia actually is, and it’s not unusual to hear travelers detailing how they plan to travel 2600 kilometres from Sydney to Cairns in a week. Unfortunately this always ends in tears, as there is something fantastic to see and do in even the smallest of towns, and you will run out of time. Girl travelers in Australia in particular need to leave themselves enough time to look around, as small towns and cities along known tourist routes can make for some extremely interesting shopping.
6. Avoid Tourist Shopping Traps
Shopping for souvenirs and gifts in large tourist centres or markets is really not the best way to go. You’ll generally find that the majority of what is being sold is actually made in China, and has very little to do with real Australian culture. This is not to say that you won’t find a diamond in the rough in some areas, although you really need to keep your wits about you, and an eye on the prices. Outlet stores, which are located near the airport in capital cities such as Brisbane and Melbourne, can also be great places to bargain hunt, especially during the end of financial year (at the end of June) and Boxing Day sales.
7. Learn the Lingo
One of the most difficult parts of travelling in Australia is understanding exactly what the locals are talking about. Although a lot of the slang used is similar to British English, there are certainly a few notable differences in the spoken language, the least of which is the Australian tendency to swear – a lot and loudly! Australians also really enjoy “taking the piss out of someone” (teasing someone), especially if they like you. Female travelers in Australia consequently need not despair if the boy they like seems to tease them incessantly – this is a good sign!
Girl travelers in Australia should also remember all the general safety and common sense tips that apply for any destination. Is it one of your dreams to travel down under?