Troy Reddell encourages people from all over the world to come enjoy the nation he calls home, but he also notes that preparing for an Australian vacation requires a few pointers. For this reason, Reddell offers a few specific tips for traveling to Australia.
- Understand the Distances
On a map, Australia may look rather small, but in reality it is a fairly large continent. In fact, for comparison it is roughly about the same size as the collective mass of the contiguous 48 United States. What this means is that one should plan accordingly if they want to venture throughout the scope of Australia—having a rental car will probably not prove sufficient if one wants to explore all the major cities while down under. If a traveler wants to avoid extensive distances, it is recommended to plan an Australian vacation around one central city, such as Sydney, Perth or Melbourne and exploring the immediate area around it.
- Australia Can Get Cold
It is a common misconception that Australia is warm all the time, when in fact, it is a country that can get quite cold just like many other places in the world. However, what makes Australia unique is that its geographic position in the Southern Hemisphere essentially means that the seasons are reversed from what people may experience at the same time in the Northern Hemisphere. For instance, it is a popular time to travel to Australia during the Northern Hemisphere Winter (i.e. December, January, February months), as the country is experiencing as Southern Hemisphere summer. However, that does mean that the country will experience winter, just at an opposite time of the year.
While the seasonal switch of the hemispheres may seem confusing in its own right, it is also important to recognize that the geographic regions of Australia themselves can vary in weather. This is comparable to how Southern California may experience moderate temperatures, while states in the Northeast face blizzards during winter months. Taking this into account, the best advice is to look up the seasonal expectations of the region one plans to visit and to take those temperatures and weather predictions into account before booking a flight and packing one’s luggage.
- Get Ready for A Long Flight
Depending on where one is departing from, it is likely that an individual traveling to Australia will have to endure a long flight—for instance, those who are coming from Canada, the United States or the United Kingdom. Even the most seasoned airline traveler may not remain prepared for the long flight that is required to make it to Australia. As an international traveler who has departed from Australia to many other foreign destinations, Troy Reddell recommends that long-flight tourists prepare to make the experience as comfortable as possible and to not think about how long the actual flight is.
- Appreciate the Balance of City and Nature
Australia is often regarded for its amazing metropolitan areas, but it has remained long appreciated by visitors for its natural beauty. As citizens of a country that has prized environmental protection, Australians have found a way to achieve a balance where natural wildlife is preserved to a point where humans can enjoy it in a safe manner. It is important when visiting to also recognize this appreciation and take time to experience the blend of modern culture and that of wilderness. Troy Reddell recommends that individuals who make plans to visit a major city, such as Melbourne or Sydney, also take time to explore some of the Australian wilderness that its residents have become so proud of.
- Take Note of New Cultural Approaches
While the inhabitants of Australia may speak English, those coming from America or Canada may experience a different approach to culture that may seem quite foreign. It is a good idea to brush up on slang terms and how Australians express themselves to allow for a smoother transition into Australia before making an arrival. For instance, if one is ordering for “to go,” in Australia, it is typically referred to as “take away.”
Troy Reddell Uncovers Interesting Points in the United States
Those who make plans to visit the United States often look to experience the traditional tourist attractions offered by the likes of Hollywood, New York City, Washington D.C. or Orlando. However, it is important to understand that while these metropolitan areas remain landmarks in America, the country is a big one that offers many interesting travel destinations. Here are just a few worth considering:
- San Francisco, California
San Francisco is a huge city packed into a small space, with plenty of sights and activities to please any traveler. This city offers a history that is as diverse as its population, which means that every street corner is one that breathes life. Visitors may want to check out the “hippie” area of Haight and Ashbury, experience traditional coastal tourism at Pier 39 or catch impressive views near the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Austin, Texas
Austin is a great place that has remained a unique corner of Texas, but has recently gained in popularity over the last decade—especially among youth culture. Those who want to experience a thriving amalgamation of trendiness and Americana will definitely want to pay a visit to the Downtown area.Austin is also an American music capital that features some of the best music festivals in the country, including SXSW.
- Denver, Colorado
Denver is a destination for those who want to experience a true blend of American culture and its impressive environment. Fans of city life will enjoy checking out the Denver Art Museum and shopping at the 16th Street Mall, while those who prefer outdoor adventure may want to pay a visit to the nearby Colorado Rockies for a hiking or whitewater rafting experience.
As a business professional who has made several visits to the United States, Troy Reddell notes that it is a must for those who want to truly experience an exceptional assortment of cultures. From food to entertainment, America offers many exciting secrets in both its big and small cities. Wherever one chooses to go in the U.S., Troy Reddell recommends that visitors take cue from the American spirit and have fun while exploring!
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