3 Myths about Australia that aren’t True

If you are planning to visit Australia once their lockdown ends, you may have been plagued by myths and legends of the scary nature of Australia. Australia is shrouded in so many funny, freaky and downright ridiculous myths that have actually put people off visiting the country in the past. 

Never fear, you’re about to find out 3 myths about Australia that aren’t true at all. Australia is full of quirks and amazing things to explore, so don’t be scared, and jump right into this myth-busting article!

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Myth #1: Australia is overrun with poisonous beasts.

If you think about it, the main concern most people have about Australia is the wildlife. Australia’s infamous bird eating spiders, great white sharks, dingoes, crocodiles and poisonous snakes have terrified people before they even enter the country itself. However, contrary to popular belief, most Australians live side by side with the array of fascinating beasts that are native to the country.

It’s good to do your research about the potentially dangerous wildlife in any country you visit, but don’t fall into an Internet black hole of scaremongering. It is unlikely you will encounter any dangerous wildlife in Australia’s cities; however, if you are camping in the outback, you might expect to meet some peculiar friends. Make sure you go with a guide and treat unknown creatures with caution – but don’t let the fear of encountering a tarantula ruin your entire trip!

Myth #2: Australia is huge and densely populated.

One half of this myth is true: Australia is huge. You could fit thirty two of the UK into Australia – it’s a truly humongous place. However, opposite to what some believe, Australia is not densely populated. Although it is thirty two times the landmass of the United Kingdom, Australia is home to only 25 million residents – that’s just over a third of the population of the UK. 

If you travel outside the main Australian cities, you will find that much of the country is, well, just country. You can drive for hours in Australia and encounter nothing at all; this can be eerie and refreshing all at the same time.

Myth #3: The only interesting places to visit in Australia are Melbourne and Sydney.

The Sydney Opera House is a sight to behold, but it isn’t the be-all and end-all of Australian sightseeing. There are other cities than Melbourne and Sydney to explore, such as Perth and Brisbane; plus, the wilderness of Australia is home to some of the most spectacular sights in all the world, including the Daintree Rainforest and the Uluru.

If you are interested in visiting Perth, a city in South Western Australia, click the link to find cheap car hire at Perth airport, so you can see the sights from your own privately hired vehicle!

Thanks for reading my blog, Aimee

The stunning Sydney Opera House!

Don’t be put off by the scaremongers of the world; visiting Australia will give you memories that last a lifetime, with or without giant spiders! Find out more by speaking with your local travel agent about trips to Australia.

5 Best Places for a Caravan Holiday in Australia

Exploring Australia is the trip of a lifetime, with so many gorgeous destinations to see. Camping and caravan holidays give you the chance to have an authentic experience and get back to nature. If you’re looking for the best caravan parks in Australia, take a look at these.

1 . The BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park

The BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park is an award-winning holiday park located in Murray & Riverina, just along the Edward River. Accommodation options include caravan sites, camping, glamping, and villas. There’s plenty to do here including water sports, skiing, and mini-golf. Here you’ll also find a water park, barbecues, and plenty of beautiful surroundings to explore. The holiday park is located around 50 mins out of Echuca, and 3 hours away from Melbourne.

2. Marengo Holiday Park, Victoria 

The Marengo Park in Victoria is situated close to Great Ocean Road. As you can probably imagine, you get some stunning ocean views here! At this holiday park, you’ll find unpowered sites, yet there are a small number of campsites and cabins which are powered. Some of the site facilities include a playground, laundry block, camp kitchen, and a BBQ area. Visitors are free to bring dogs here, (just as long as they aren’t left unattended, and stay on a leash).

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3. Sea VU Caravan Park

Sea VU Caravan Park is situated in the town of Robe, south of the beautiful Limestone Coast. The park is located close to Adeline, here you’ll get glorious views across the Guichan Bay. At the park, you’ll find powered sites or cabins with views of the ocean. There’s also a camp kitchen and a playground for the little ones. Sea VU Caravan park is close to both the town and the beach, so you can explore or relax as you please. There are so many things to do at Sea Vu from boating and biking to swimming, shopping, and dining out.

4. North Star Holiday Resort

The North Star Holiday Resort is located along the Tweed Coast, around half an hour north from Byron Bay. Set in the heart of the national park, the North Star covers 10 hectares of beautiful trees and gardens. There are playgrounds and pools, and plenty of fun kid’s activities. You’ll be close to the beach, so parents have a beautiful place to relax too! If you’re looking for a cheap holiday, caravan parks are the way to go.

5. NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park

The NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park is in the stunning Tasman Peninsula. Here you can explore the famous historic site of Port Arthur, plus plenty more gorgeous natural attractions. The park includes several different types of accommodation, including cabins, powered sites, and unpowered sites. Caravan sites include parking areas, fireplaces, sullage facilities, and freshwater.

These amazing sites are some of the best places to visit in Australia. There are plenty of benefits to going on caravan holidays, you’ll get to experience the great outdoors and choose from a variety of wonderful destinations. Caravan holidays are not too expensive, so you don’t have to spend lots of money. If you’re looking for a new caravan, take a look at nova caravans for sale.

Thanks for reading my blog, Aimee x

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How to Stay Occupied When You Can’t Travel

When you love to travel, having your planned trips put on hold can be incredibly frustrating. Not knowing when you will be able to go abroad again can leave you with itchy feet and feeling restless. While some foreign travel has now resumed, there is still a lot of uncertainty, last-minute changes, and confusing advice to follow. If you want to stay occupied until you can start exploring the world again, why not give some of these ideas a try?

Take Up A New Hobby

Hobbies are an excellent way to keep busy. If you have interests you have always wanted to try but have never got round to making this possible, this could be the ideal time to do it. There are tonnes of hobbies to try, from creative activities like painting and sewing to outside activities such as gardening and hiking. Although starting a new hobby may not hold the same level of anticipation and excitement as visiting another country, it is certainly a great way to try something different and develop some new skills in the process.

Get Active

Taking up sports, especially team sports, can be a great way to feel part of something and fill the gap left by your usual travels abroad. Being in a sports team will help you burn off some restless energy, relieve your stress, and bring new excitement and focus to your life. When you are part of a team, this brings a fun social element too, so there will be opportunities to meet new people, which you may miss if you are used to exploring new places. If there are no sports teams in your area, you could look for like-minded people keen to join a team. Choosing a team kit can be a lot of fun, too; think of it as the chance to design PE kits you would have been happy to wear at school! Then you just need to start training together and decide on your team name.

Make Detailed Travel Plans for the Future

If you want to stay busy but can’t get travel out of your mind, why not start making detailed plans for your future trips? Planning the ultimate trip is a great way to indulge your love of all things travel-related. With time on your hands, you will be able to sit down and work out an itinerary dreams are made of! Plus, you will have plenty to look forward to when travel restrictions are fully lifted.

Create a Travel Journal

Looking back on your past trips and creating a lasting memento of them can be a lot of fun. Gathering your photos and souvenirs is a great way to remind yourself of all the places you have visited. If you have loads of pictures on your phone that you have never got round to sorting out, why not get some of these printed and put them in frames or create a travel journal filled with tales and photos of your adventures.

Thanks for reading my blog, Aimee x

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Me enjoying a coffee in Seattle!

How Travel Can Further Your Education

One of the best things about travel is that it can help you fulfill your needs and open you up to new experiences. While some might travel simply to find the most gorgeous places to relax, there are others who are focusing on their career and educational development and want to further their goals through travel.

So, in this blog I list some of the ways travel can further your education.

Travel teaches you life skills

Soft skills matter just as much in the working world as anything else. In my opinion, one of the best things about travelling, especially without any parental or responsible figures around, is that it teaches a variety of life skills. Organisation, time management, navigation, and even safe travel can all help you become a more confident and competent person. You can learn even more if you volunteer abroad since your trip revolves around using and developing specific professional skills.

Travel teaches you to engage with local history and culture

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No matter where you go, the local area is going to be steeped in history and culture for you to learn about, helping you enrich your experience there, broaden your horizon, and come home knowing a little more than you did before. If you partner with a student travel company, you’re even more likely to find those culturally and historically rich destinations that have the most to teach. However, you need to pay attention and make sure you’re spending time on the attractions that offer that educational value, such as museums and galleries.

Travel will help you develop social skills and confidence

In order to make your trip a little less lonely, you may very well feel encouraged to meet some people while travelling, be it at a hostel, local bar, or otherwise. Meeting other travellers gives you the opportunity to experience all kinds of different perspectives. However, it can also help you develop social skills. When you’re out there alone, you might find yourself more willing to open conversations with strangers, which can help you become more confident and communicative. Of course, always keep your travel safety in mind and always meet in public places.

You might even pick up a new language on your travels

Now, this very much depends on you, your destination, and how long you are staying or how often you are visiting. However, if you are trying to learn a language, then one of the best ways is to immerse yourself in that language as much as possible and there are few better ways to do that than to spend time where that language is primarily spoken around the clock. You don’t automatically pick it up, but with a little effort, it becomes much easier than simply learning it alone at home.

Travel is an inherently educational hobby, even when you don’t necessarily mean for it to be. Hopefully, the points above show you how to get a little more educational value out of any future trips you take, or how to take trips that maximize the educational potential for you.

Thanks for reading my blog post, Aimee x

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Me in Pemberton, BC

Is Volunteering Abroad A Good Way To Travel?

When deciding on where to travel to, you will come to realize there are several options available. Traditional travel like touristy holidaying abroad. More intense traveling – the kind you might do as an adult as you discover your passion for traveling. And then finally, there’s volunteering abroad. 

If you think volunteering abroad might be for you – read this detailed list of benefits volunteering abroad can bring to someone looking to travel.  

Make lasting friendships

When you volunteer abroad, you often go on your own. Therefore, you become very close to the people you are volunteering with very quickly. You are away from home; you are away from your friends. You will quickly cling to the people around you for a sense of familiarity. 

The experiences you share – both within the volunteering work and outside of it – will be bonding memories that no one other than those around you will share. For this reason, the friendships you make while volunteering are often very strong and long-lasting. 

Develop professional skills

Volunteering is a great way to travel, but that isn’t its only benefit. Volunteering also equips you with valuable skills. These can be physical skills – you’ll build up your strength and resilience – or soft skills – your interpersonal skills are bound to improve, as well as your bravery. 

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A lot of the skills you develop while volunteering abroad make you an attractive candidate for jobs. Self-reliance and the ability to think outside of the box will make any employer impressed. Your ability to evidence these skills with stories from your volunteering will make you stand out and land your perfect job. 

Learn a language

Working in an overseas country will mean you likely will be living somewhere where your first language isn’t shared. By exposing yourself to another culture, you’ll naturally pick up some of the language. To help yourself have the best experience, you should probably also invest some time into learning the language of your host country. 

By the time your volunteering is over, you’ll know some (if not lots!) of a whole new language. This will also look great on job applications. Plus, if you go back to your volunteer country or another country that shares the language, you are already equipped with this knowledge. 

Work-life balance

Volunteering offers a great work-life balance to participants. You get plenty of time to travel and explore, relax and recuperate, but you also get to spend your time doing something with purpose. 

Travel can often feel open-ended: there are so many places to visit and so little time. Whenever you give yourself some time off, you can feel like it’s a waste unless you’re doing something big and experiencing something beautiful. 

With volunteering, your time is more structured, so you don’t feel like you’re wasting time while at the same time having enough time off to experience the country you are in. 

You don’t have to plan the trip

Most volunteering abroad is arranged by a company or organization. Due to this, you don’t have to do any of the planning yourself. This is a great plus for anyone who had experienced the grueling nature of booking flights and hotels for touristy travel.

Taking out the planning side of travel, you can simply bask in the excitement of travel. You can spend your time thinking about the places you want to visit, not whether or not you’ve booked the right coach. 

You get time off to explore

Some worry, when volunteering, that their time will be taken up with work, and they won’t get the chance to explore. This isn’t true! Volunteering programs work in many opportunities for you to go out and explore, from evenings to weekends. 

Perks of volunteering are that, in getting to know the local people, you can seek out advice on where to visit. They might point out places you can’t miss or places that aren’t really worth it. Best of all, they might be able to point out some hidden gems. For volunteer projects Ghana is a great place to go, as there are plenty of hidden spaces you might not find as a tourist. 

You get to experience a community properly

Yes, traveling around the country you are in is great, but one of the best bits about volunteering is getting to know the community you are in. Volunteering isn’t often in big cities. Because of this, you get to know people specifically. You get to know the local customs and traditions and the inside jokes that make a town a town. 

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Instead of feeling like a tourist, volunteering allows you to make an unknown country into a home in no time. 

You can travel alone

Solo travel is on the rise. It has gained popularity as people have realized it’s not as scary as it seems. Volunteering is a kind of solo travel. But volunteering takes the benefits of solo travel and removes a lot of the negatives. 

Volunteering allows you to travel, even if your friends are too busy to go with you. Due to its structured nature, it also allows you to travel without the stress of booking travel yourself. 

You develop all the useful skills solo travel creates but don’t have to deal with the stress of being on your own. 

You get to feel fulfilled

In the end, volunteering creates fulfillment. As long as you’ve chosen your volunteering program carefully to avoid voluntourism, you will rest easy knowing that you are doing something good for the world while also getting to live out your travel dreams. 

So is volunteering abroad a good way to travel? YES!

Volunteering abroad has so many benefits, from developing personally to exploring new cultures. No matter where you volunteer, you’ll end up with memories you’ll carry around with you for the rest of your life. Plus, you’ll probably make some life-long friends to reminisce with once your volunteering is over.