Going on holiday can be one of the most relaxing things to do, especially since we have not been able to properly enjoy our holidays abroad in recent years. Fortunately, that is now possible again, and most borders are open again, like Australia’s. However, preparing for a long-haul trip to Australia is the most important part of making the actual holiday as relaxing and stress-free as possible. Here are some tips to best prepare your trip to Australia and how to apply for the mandatory visa.
Arrive at the airport on time
The most relaxing way to start a holiday, especially if you have to spend a long time on the plane, is to get to the airport with plenty of time to spare. See if you can get a taxi or ride-share to the airport. Then you won’t have to pay extremely high parking fees for long-term parking either, and you can arrive at the airport on time without any stress.
If you go by public transport, make sure you give yourself extra time in case there is any issue. The one drawback of public transport is carrying large suitcases on a train. If this does not appeal to you, then hiring a taxi or ride-share is again possible.
Giving yourself time at the airport makes it less stressful if there are long lines or any mishaps.
Make sure you have your Australia visa
It is always important to know what documents you may need to enter Australia. UK and EU nationals can use the eVisitor version of the Australia visa. An eVisitor is an electronic version of an Australia visa that is linked to your passport. It is intended for tourism purposes, but can also be used for business travel and visiting friends or family. The Australia visa is valid for 1 year and can be used indefinitely. Each stay in Australia can only last a maximum of 3 months.
It is best to apply for your visa well in advance of your departure to avoid any surprises at the gate when you want to board the plane. Without a valid visa Australia, you will not be allowed on the flight. It is never ideal to apply for a visa last minute, as there are often waiting times and it can cause a lot of stress if you don’t know whether or not you will be able to leave on the plane for your holiday. On average, the Australia visa is granted within a few hours, but it can sometimes take longer.
Think about what you want to do on holidayBecause Australia is such a large and diverse country, it is good to know where you are arriving, what you would like to do and how long you will stay in Australia. That way, you will get the most out of your trip and enjoy it to the full. Delve into the different activities you want to see and experience some of the highlights of Australia.
Do you like visiting big cities, but still want to lie on the beach and enjoy the great weather? Then Sydney or Melbourne is a great starting point. If you would rather enjoy Australia’s beautiful landscapes and nature, then you might want to consider Tasmania. With an eVisitor visa, you may also travel to Tasmania. Or if you want to learn about Aboriginal culture, you might be interested in visiting Uluru.
Transport from the airport in Australia
Once you have then landed in Australia after a long flight, you will want to get to your accommodation as quickly and smoothly as possible. It is wise to inform yourself in advance about how to get from the airport to your accommodation.
Since the flight is so long, you may just want to take the easiest and most relaxing way, like a taxi or ride-share. That will take you straight to your accommodation, and you won’t have to think about which bus or train to take.
Of course, if you have more energy or want to save some money, you can also take a bus or train to the city centre and get to your hotel there. You can also consider renting a car, which is a good option if you are staying in the country for a longer period of time and want to explore more than one city or place. Whatever transport you take, having a general idea of the options available to you is always handy and can help relieve stress.
With these details arranged, such as arriving at the airport, arranging an Australia visa, and knowing how to get started, your trip to Australia will be stress-free and relaxed.