Taking In Australia On Your Round The World Travels

It’s a fact: the most travelled to country on round-the-world trips from the UK is Australia. And why not? If you’re taking off and wanting to travel to the farthest reaches, why not make one of your stops on the other side of the world – literally?

So, with that in mind, we’ve compiled a few things that might be worth knowing about this fair country if you happen to be stopping by.

Weather

If you’re leaving the UK in the winter and travelling straight to Australia, you’ll arrive during their summertime. Australia’s climate is the exact opposite of ours in the northern hemisphere. The hottest and most humid weather is between December and February, so you need to bear this in mind. Southern Australia has a particularly harsh climate during the summer season. It’s a temperate region too, so take a jacket for the cooler evenings.

Accommodation

Hostels are particularly good in Australia, so check them out before you decide on more expensive options. It’s not unheard of for an Australian hostel to have a swimming pool, to give you an idea of the standard we’re talking about. Hostels usually send you out with a breakfast in your stomach too, so that’s a great way to start the day.

If you’re looking to rent somewhere for a longer period of time, you should think about getting references before you leave the UK.

Travelling

It might seem we’re stating the obvious, but Australia is a big country. So, when it comes to getting between cities you need to make a rough plan. There are trains, backpacker buses, or you could even hire a car or campervan. You might also want to think seriously about internal flights – you can get some good deals if you shop around.

Money

Money for travel is probably the major expense, so you’ll want to budget particularly carefully here. Food is fairly cheap – especially in comparison with Europe. It’s not usually expected that you tip either.

If you’re staying in the country for longer, you could always think about setting up a bank account. The four nationwide banks are ANZ, Commonwealth, National and Westpac, and each welcomes temporary residents – although they will require ID such as your passport.

Making phonecalls

The main phone operators in Australia are Telstra and Optus. Local calls and calls to mobiles are quite expensive, but you can get great deals on international calling which is great news for keeping in contact with the UK.

When it comes to your mobile, you can buy a pre-pay pack if your handset isn’t pay-as-you-go or chipped. This is a cheap way of running your phone, giving you an Australian number with credit dollars assigned to it – it is usually valid for up to a year. The companies you might want to check out are Telstra Mobile Net, Optus, Vodafore, Dingo Blue, Orange and Virgin Mobile.

Using the email and the internet

You’re never too far from an internet cafĂ©, so this is another great way of keeping in contact with people back home. The cheapest places to use the internet are usually in the big cities – mainly because of the competition.

Beautiful Band-E Amir – The Ultimate Travel Destination

Choosing a place to go on your vacation can be particularly difficult for many people. Sure you can go to the same old boring places that everybody goes to; theme parks, national parks, sunny islands with beaches, or Europe… but why not consider someplace extraordinary, someplace so out of the ordinary that you’ll remember it for as long as you live?

Take a look at Band-e Amir.

You may never have heard of it because it lies in Afghanistan and most people don’t really think of Afghanistan as the ultimate tourist destination, but Band-e Amir is definitely worth your consideration.

So what exactly is it?

Basically it’s six amazingly blue lakes that are located high up in the Hindu Kush mountains. It’s about 45 miles from Bamiyan if that helps narrow it down in your mind at all. The best time of year to go is between the spring and autumn.

Unfortunately you can’t just step onto an airplane and then take a cab. No, to get there you need to take a 4×4 truck from Bamiyan. Like I said, this isn’t your ordinary vacation!

The lakes are created by water that flows down a number of natural terraces. It’s hard to imagine how beautiful these cobalt blue lakes look surrounded by red sandy rocky mountains and hillscapes. The colors are an amazing contrast.

You can expect to find all kinds of animals in the area including wolves and foxes and even rabbits and some wild sheep and goats. In the water you can find large yellow fish that the local people calls Chush.

Band-e Amir is a national park, in fact the very first national park that Afghanistan has ever had and it was created in 1973. Though a national park in Afghanistan doesn’t really mean the same thing as it does in America, you won’t find park rangers and camping grounds for instance.

Unfortunately right now America is involved in a war in Afghanistan so it may not be the best time to visit, in fact I suggest putting off a trip there until things settle down. Contact the foreign office or your local embassy before making any sort of plans to travel there.

While you won’t find any tourist shops or really much of anything at all… if you’re looking for a vacation that’s off the beaten path and puts you smack dab in the middle of some of the most beautiful natural landscapes that you’ll ever see in your entire life, and you don’t mind roughing it and are up for little or venture, then Band-e Amir may be just right for you.

Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park

The Kenai Fjords National Park is located in the southern part of Alaska in the United States. Like many other national parks and protected areas of Alaska, Kenai Fjords national Park was established under the Treaty “Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Acts” in December 1980. The Document was signed by then President Jimmy Carter. The Kenai Fjords National Park has a coastline of 966 kilometers and is 2690 square kilometers in size, which makes it the smallest National Park of Alaska.

The Kenai Fjords National Park is located in the southeastern part of the Kenai Peninsula and is a part of the Pacific Mountains. Approximately 65 percent of the Harding Ice Fields are located in the Kenai Fjords National Park. In Addition it’s home to many fjords, islands and peninsulas of the Kenai coast. The Harding Ice Field is a remnant of the ice age, a leftover from the ice surface during the Pleistocene. The Harding Ice Fields is a source of a further 30 glaciers and together they cover an area of approximately 700 square miles. The nearly flat surface interrupted by isolated peaks, are called “nunataks” by the Eskimos, which translated to “solitary peak”. Numerous small glaciers are coming from the ice field, some extend to the sea and others end up in the lakes. Along the coast, many glaciers have carved deep bays in the hilly coastline any many deep fjords emerged. The heavy vegetation of the rain forests covers the heights of the cliffs and grows about 200 feet above the ocean. The coastal area has a rich marine life with seals, sea lions, sea otters and whales. A large number of birds inhabit the cliffs during the summer. Big salmon groups are in abundance here, as well as tons of different shell animals.

The park is located about 100 miles south of Anchorage and is accessible by car, train or airplane. There are several hiking trails, which start at the ranger station at Exit Glacier. The most popular trail is a half mile long trek that leads directly to the glacier. There visitors can see into the caves beneath the glacier and listen to the sound of the glacier. There is also an approximately three miles long trail over the Harding Ice Field, but spending the night in the National Park is prohibited, so this is only for the fit. Student groups have significantly improved the hiking trails over the past four years.