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Travelling Australia in winter

21/07/2021

Tips to safely explore the great outdoors this season.

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Starting to get itchy feet? Need to get out of the house and do some exploring beyond your own backyard? Being able to travel isn’t completely out of the question, just make sure that you’re smart when it comes to mapping out your getaway. With so much uncertainty, you don’t want to end up splashing out your cash on a fun getaway, just for it to go to waste.

With international travel out of the picture, it’s a great opportunity to open your eyes to the sights and surrounds that have been right under our noses in Australia.

Support small communities and businesses

It’s been a rough couple years for our smaller rural communities in Australia. They’ve endured drought, fires, floods and everything else the world has decided to throw at us. Venturing out into some smaller communities can be a real eye opener and supporting small businesses always gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling (how perfect for a winter getaway). Spending consciously whilst on holidays is a must when it comes to your hard earned dollars.

This also applies to how you go about booking any accommodation. Instead of going through a booking website, pick up the phone and connect directly with the place where you’re looking to stay. You’ll be able to get real time information about flexible options available. Plus if anything goes south, you won’t have a middleman making new arrangements even harder. The accommodation owners will also get 100% of what you pay to stay.

Be sure to look before you book anything in

Most places have caught on to the fact the flexible booking arrangements are a must, however this doesn’t necessarily apply to everywhere. Read the fine print when booking ahead of time (it’s boring but could save you money and headaches down the track). This could be hotels, tickets or even transportation.

Make sure you do your research and only book places that won’t leave you out of pocket for things that are out of your control. If you can’t find anything online, give them a call and find out what your options are. In some instances you may be required to pay a little extra to have the option available for a full refund at a later date. Weigh up the cost and the risk involved before locking yourself into anything.

Don’t be “that guy”

Stay up to date with the latest details around border restrictions. Use your common sense and reschedule your plans if you find yourself at risk. It can be very disappointing when things don’t go according to plan… or even end up happening at all. However, it’s important to make sure that you follow the rules set out by the government or policies set up by the places you intend on visiting or staying. Most of this information can be found online. Getting hit with a fine is certainly not how you want to end your holiday.

It’s also important to make sure you have a Plan B. Keep some spare cash aside in the instance you need to re-arrange your plans while you’re away and can’t get home for a while. The last thing you want is your holiday to end on a sour note. We all like to wing it sometimes but having a back-up plan is important when there are some things that are outside of your control.

So don’t take a winter holiday off the table completely. Just be smart, safe and super certain and you can still get out there.

This article is intended to provide general information of an educational nature only. Information in this article is current as at the date of publication.

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