Wednesday, October 14, 2015

9 reasons to visit Australia (and reasons not to)

Australia is pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. If it's on your list - you know, the list of travels you want to do but most likely won't get them all crossed off - I highly recommend you bump it up to 1st place.

Why? I'll tell you why.



1. It's beautiful.
I might be biased, but I think it's the most beautiful country-continent-island in the world.


2. Something for everyone.
Bustling cities, laid back cities, the outback, the suburbs, the countryside, wine country, beaches, swimming with sharks, shopping, clubbing, pubs, surfing, skiing, hiking, crazy adrenaline adventures, honestly whatever you like to do - we've got it.

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3. We have a place called Surfers Paradise.
I love it. It's like our version of Vegas / Disney all rolled into one. It's close to the amusement parks and I spent the whole 2 weeks walking around with no shoes on.

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4. We have awesome beaches.
Bondi as a beach isn't the best, the suburb is okay, but there are plenty of better beaches to go to. But really, they're all so pretty you can't go wrong in my opinion.


5. We have swimming pools in our oceans.
Perfect for those afraid of waves or who want to get some laps in without paying an astronomical fee to use a pool.


6. We have more cute animals than deadly ones.
Don't be put off by the 'oh my gosh Australia has all the things that will kill me' thing. The chances of that are slimmer than you dying by, oh I don't know, a grizzly bear or a rattlesnake.


7. It's so much more than you think.
You might think Australia is just full of beaches and outback, but it's so much more than that - for example, we have beautiful mountains, caves and rainforests.


8 - For all the touristy stuff.
Being a tourist is awesome, and there is no better place than Australia. Climb that bridge if you're rich, visit the opera house, feed a kangaroo and hold a koala. Why not? How often will you get the chance?


9- It's full of Australians!!
I mean, could there be a better reason? In my opinion we are a very friendly, polite, down to earth bunch. Of course, like I mentioned in my stereotypes & myths post, the people vary and you might meet a rude person or 10, but overall we'll be as nice to you as you are to us. So, be nice.



Lastly, I'll give you 3 reasons not to visit Australia.

1. It's really far away. 

Depending on where you are and where you're going, it's a long flight. It's about 24 hours and 3 flights from Louisville, including airport layovers and such. The flight from LA to Sydney is about 13 hours. If you're lucky, you can get a direct flight from Dallas to Sydney. It's longer (16 hours or so) but it cuts out the middle flight (from somewhere to LA).

2. It's really, really, really expensive.
Unless you have boatloads of money, Australia is expensive. We make more money there, so we can afford the cost of living. I'm pretty sure the USD used to be much stronger, so it wasn't anywhere near as expensive for you. Either way, your money won't get you as far and you'll think Australia is expensive. 

3. You might fall in love and never come back.
My mum would say this was a reason not to travel to any international destination. But don't listen to her - off you go!

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So, when are you planning your Australian getaway?

63 comments:

  1. I have always wanted to go to Australia but the number 1 thing holding me back is how far it is! I feel like I'd freak out on that flight. But I'm sure I'd fall in love and never want to come home! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. I've always had Australia on my wish list to visit so I really like seeing your list. I know the main thing is money and patience for the flight but hopefully I'll get there one day!
    Linds @ Not A Mom

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  3. Australia is definitely on my to-visit list! We kept trying to make it happen while we lived here in Manila, but we ended up exploring Asia instead, haha! One day, friend, I will make it to the kangaroos :)

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  4. I fell for Australia in my three months there, such a beautiful place I love everything about it, minus how far it is away from my family.

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  5. Haha I like that last one. And while I didn't fall in love internationally, it did end up taking me 800 miles away from my family as well, so my Mother would agree with yous. Don't travel or else you'll fall in love and never come back haha

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  6. What a great list- especially the cute not killer part. Still wishing to see that toilet flush the other way... Dreams crushed

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  7. Australia being so far away and expensive is pretty much the main reasons why I haven't jumped on a plane and travelled there. It's a location that as you said has so many selling points! I never understood the whole "Australia has dangerous animals" because so does everywhere? When I thought of Australia I always have thought of kangaroos and koalas and my person favorite Quokkas :)

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  8. I'd loooooove to go to Australia --- damn that money thing. But I will hold a koala one day -- it's gonna happen.

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  9. I've pretty much been dying to go to Australia for my entire life for all of the reasons you just listed, except that I had no idea that you had swimming pools in the ocean and that you have rainforests (so cool!)! We had friends that went to New Zealand and Australia for their honeymoon and I was so jealous I couldn't stand it! Obviously, I need to find a time to go there, very soon!

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  10. Australia is definitely on our list. But because of the cost, it's on our long term list! I know you'll be my go-to when we finally plan it!

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  11. totally agree. i loved how the beaches were smoke and trash-free. it was awesome! i definitely left a part of my heart there.

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  12. Love this post. I am absolutely dying to make my way to Austrailia... one day!

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  13. Interesting... So for some reason I was thinking that Australian money was worth less than USD. Obviously I'll need to revise my budgets.

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  14. hahah your mom's comment. :) :) So funny. I would love to visit Australia. I don't know if this was a thing for you... but that MK&A movie where they went to Australia was plenty convincing to 10 year old me. :) hehe but all of this is good to know in a much more realistic sense. Some days when we are saving for a house... I'm just like ugh, how are we freaking going to get to go anywhere abroad. Whiny... lol. XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  15. Might fall in love and not come back <<<<definitely a reason NOT to go!!

    But not a good enough reason... it just looks way too amazing.

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  16. I went to Australia when I was a freshman in high school. It was on a student trip - we went to New Zealand too. Australia was absolutely beautiful :)

    Sarah
    Midwest Darling

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  17. I would love to visit! But, the time on the plane (I've never flown internationally except for Mexico which doesn't count because hello I live in Texas!) combined with the cost are what keeps it from the top of my list! HOWEVER if I ever can go, I will totally get an itinerary from you because I would want to do everything!

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  18. I'm still stuck on the swimming pool in the ocean concept. Is that common or just one here and there? I wish it was closer and cheaper so I could go visit soon!

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  19. I want to go to Australia! If only it was just a little bit closer... (which i'm sure you think all the time)

    xx, Carly | carly blogs

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  20. I'd love to visit Australia just to see all of the kangaroos, they look so cute! But I think I'd be tempted to steal one and smuggle it back here lol. And of course to see all of the beaches/nature, because it's so much different from the places that I've been!

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  21. Okay, SOLD! Except I've always wanted to go there anyway; now that I know you I obviously only want to go even more. Sigh, but the cost... and the far... one day when I'm rich for doing absolutely nothing, I'll make it happen.

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  22. I have always wanted to go to Australia but the long flight and cost have always stopped me. It's totally on my place to visit one day. I so want to see all the cute animals and maybe take one home with me. I kid I kid. Whenever I plan my trip, I know you are my go to girl for advice!

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  23. it's absolutely on my list!! i want to wait until violet is older tho so she can go (and remember it!) i'd also like to go to new zealand. sooo whenever i get around to planning that trip you better believe im going to email you! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  24. So many amazing reasons to visit! I've always wanted to go there and combine it with New Zealand. Those gorgeous mountains are calling to me, and I'll have to check out that Surfers Paradise <3

    Green Fashionista

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  25. I've wanted to go to Australia my ENTIRE LIFE. And now I want to go even more...ugh!

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  26. A 24 hour flight?! YOWZA! I don't mind flying but that is just crazy to me! I'd have to be heavily medicated not out of fear, but so that I wouldn't lose my mind being stir crazy (and I'm typically lazy as fuuuuck, lol)

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  27. I really, really, reeaally want to visit Australia. I almost went there for school instead of England, but the fact that "it's really far away" stopped me. It's not that it's too far for me to ever consider living there. But if something happened to me or someone I love back home, it'd take longer for us to reach each other :/ When will teleportation become a thing?!

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  28. Australia looks so beautiful!! Pools in the ocean? How cool! Thanks for sharing!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  29. That far away thing is what gets me... but the animals - OHHHHHH Peencha!
    & why do we need to go there when we have the best Aussie here with us :)

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  30. I love one of your reasons to visit is because it's full of Australians..so funny :) You've convinced me and I need to go now :)

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  31. I so want to go there some day. It looks gorgeous!

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  32. I would love to visit Australia one day!!! My friend Amanda moved there for a boy last year. She said she wasn't sure how long she was going to stay maybe a year or two and then they would both move back here. She fell in love and feels at home there so I think she is staying forever.

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  33. November! Can't frigging wait. Not looking forward to the plane journey (its just under the 24h mark for me too) at ALL but it's worth it in the end. I'm laughing at your last reason not to go - it took me a while to realise you meant fall in love with a person and not come back. I thought you meant fall in love with the country in general, because that's exactly what happened to me! Still working on the moving out there bit though.....

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  34. Hey, I saw on the news last night that Dallas now has direct flights to Sydney! It's tied for the longest flight in the world (I wanna say that's 20-22hrs nonstop?) But hey, not having a layover is amazing! And I totally agree that y'all are a friendly bunch. I've known a small handful of Australians, but they were all pretty smart and fun to hang out with. Everyone cussed like sailors and I thought it was hilarious!

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  35. You know I have Australia on my list! The distance/money has always been the issue for us. My current dream is to fly to Hawaii, spend a week there and then head to Australia to make it more manageable of a flight. You know, if I ever have enough money to do that. lol

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  36. Gorgeous! i know for a fact I would fall in love and not want to come back .The kangaroo is the cutest and how awesome is that pool but the ocean. Australia has always been on my travel wish list.

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  37. I so want to visit Australia! I do hear y'all have some huge spiders though, not too sure about that. But the kangaroos...that has me sold

    liz @ sundays with sophie

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  38. I LOVED Australia! I spent 2.5 months there when I was 18 and (as cliché as it sounds) really "found myself" I loved surfers and Cairns and Darwin was so beautiful too! I will definitely be back :)

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  39. Loved, loved, loved my visit to Australia several years back. I climbed that bridge, walked around the Opera House, feed a kangaroo, held a koala, learned to throw a boomerang, ate crocodile, and snorkeled the reef. I would love to go back one day 1) to share those experiences with my husband and 2) to get out to Alice Springs and see Uluru. Maybe one day...

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  40. I've always wanted to visit Australia SO BAD. It's gorgeous, I love the accent haha like SO MUCH, Mary Kate + Ashley filmed a movie there. There's really no reason I haven't gone. So basically planning my trip now. You've convinced me.
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

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  41. Yep, the expensive thing is all relative. It's the same in U.S. states. Some are astronomically expensive and others are dirt cheap, but it evens out in your pay.

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  42. It is so on my list! I want to go so bad but man the expense just to fly there is enough to make you cry! I will go someday though! I just can't miss it!

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  43. Australia is totally on my bucket list. One day I hope to go there and New Zealand. What a great post!

    xo
    Annie- All Things Big And Small

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  44. This did nothing but make me MORE certain I was supposed to be born there ;) I've always wanted to visit and seriously Caleb and I can't wait for the day we can go!!!!! :) it just looks STUNNING!

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  45. I think you feel the same way about Australia as I do about California (LOVE IT)...except now you're not living there! Do you miss it all the time? Is there a chance you'd move back? You make it seem pretty exceptional!

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  46. It's definitely on m bucket list, but I knew hate flying. So maybe I'll wait til I'm a millionaire and can fly first class! ;-)

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  47. Annnnnnnnnddddddd #10 - Erin is here! (excellent post, girlfrand xo)

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  49. I would love to go one day - it seems beautiful and like there's so much to do!!

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  50. I can't wait to visit Australia! It looks so beautiful!

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  51. Um, I basically need to visit Australia immediately. Maybe I can convince Ryan to spend our life's savings on it. :)

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  52. Australia is extremely high on my list of dream vacation destinations.

    I actually don't mind super long flights. When I went to China the flight was somewhere between 14-16 hours from my layover in Vancouver (I can't remember exactly since that was back in 2007), and I actually enjoyed having so much time to watch movies and sleep and read and relax. (With one exception: I had a horrible migraine for much of the flight there, so I spent the majority of the trip sleeping and feeling like I was going to die. Once it subsided, everything was fine.)

    The money is the main issue right now. Well, and the time. I'm sure we'll make it there at some point because it's really high on Eric's list as well, but we've both agreed we wouldn't want to spend less than 10-14 days on a trip like that. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to take that much time off work. And, like I said, the cost is a huge factor since we want to do some other major things in the next 5 or so years (like buy a house, for example).

    I've actually been telling Eric that we should do "one more big trip" (haha!) before we try for a baby, though, and Australia is the place I've been pushing for most. We may be able to figure out a deal or something using Groupon. That's what we did when we went to Europe last year, and we saved so much money on the cost of flights, hotels, and some tours.

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  53. Oh man all good reasons. I could give a thousand reasons. I love the place and as I told you, one day I may make it my home. Love this - also where is your pin it button lady? lol

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  54. I would love to visit Australia! If only I had buckets of money... Sigh.

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  55. You've convinced me. Going to grad school in Australia.

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  56. The long travel time is prohibitive for me. But I'd go if I go thte opportunity!

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  57. Great list! That swimming pool in the ocean thing may just have me sold on my next vacation. Take me back with you when you visit, eh?

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  58. Australia is on our list of places to visit! Italy was at the top of our list, but we've been there now. Greece is next, but I do believe we're doing that this next year. We also want to do a UK trip, a China trip, and an Australia trip. But not necessarily in that order. I'm not sure what order those three will be in. But we want to go to all of them! Really, we want to go everywhere, ha!

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  59. Alright, alright. You've convinced me! The swimming pool in the ocean is pretty freaking cool. Long flights (while they suck) don't bother me so maybe I'll get my butt there one day!

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  60. Stop it! I already wanted to go and now I really, really want to go. It's torture!

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  61. haha I'm convinced! and wanting to stay wouldn't be much of a problem :D

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  62. I've always wanted to go to Australia! But any kind of snakes are a big NO for me and I won't go anywhere near the attraction in the cage with the sharks. Ahh!

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