Travel Smart – 6 Tips on How to Survive an Australian Summer

Travel Smart – 6 Tips on How to Survive an Australian Summer

A holiday during an Australian summer is a highlight of anyone’s travel itinerary.

The weather is perfect, the skies are blue and everyone seems little happier when they can go out to play, even if there is extreme heat. 

However, dangers in the Aussie sun can present at any time, even if such dangers are minimal, but it’s best not to be caught off guard by learning a few basic tips on how to survive an Australian Summer.

An Australian Summer is always meant to be a positive time, where most of the populations and its visitors are experiencing the great outdoors of what is on offer in the land down under.

However, because you are outdoors so much, it opens you up to a few of the nasties in the country.

That’s when you need to have awareness and basic knowledge when going about your daily business, whether it’s at the at the beach in the unforgiving ocean or driving on the open roads where 100% concentration is vital.

If for one second your awareness or knowledge slips, a fun day could turn into a disaster and ruin what is meant to be a good time in your life during your Summer holiday.

This article is not meant to scare you from Australia during the heatwave months, far from it, it’s  here to assist you in your everyday decision, so can have fun and keep cool during the hot summer nights or days.

Let’s get you on the right track with this handy survival guide on how to survivein Australia in summer.


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How to Survive an Australian Summer, could mean seeking shade and drinking beer in Sydney.


Travel Smart – Tips on How to Survive an Australian Summer


1. Know your limits on the open water 

It’s important to know your limits on the open water whether you are swimming at the beach or kayaking on the calm rivers. It all seems a pleasant leisurely activity to enjoy and most times that is the case.

It’s important know your limits, your capabilities and your surroundings.

Are you a strong swimmer? Are you an adequate swimmer? The ocean or rivers can be a wild beast and turn nasty without notice.

Too many locals and uneducated foreigners have drowned because they have underestimated the water. If you are at the beach, swim between the flags. If you are out exploring the local rivers, wear a life jacket.

If you are having a party at the beach, don’t drink ans swim, that is just plain stupid. Adhering to the these small steps is what could save your life. Don’t take the mighty waters for granted, because at any time they can strike a fatal blow.

Last but not least, always keep two eyes on the children around the water. Whether be it the ocean, a lake or the backyard swimming pool, too many innocent lives have been lost due to lack of awareness.


Quick tips for the open water

1. Swim between the flags

2. Life jackets save lives. Use when appropriate

3. Keep an eye on the kids

4. Don’t drink alcohol and Swim

5. know your surroundings

6. Know your limits


Kayking is a treat during a camp.

Keep a eye on the kids at all times in water. Life jackets are a must.


2. Keep hydrated – Drink plenty of water

Water, Water, Water. It will save your life, so keep as much on you as possible, especially if you are planning a big day out in the extreme heat and you know hydration is the key.

Always take ample amounts of water with you, whether it is kept in cool esky in the back of the car or having a camel pack[/easyazon_link]attached to you,especially vital when spending long hours in the sun.

Are you staying at home? keep the fluids up, it’s not hard when in the comfort of your own house, the difficult bit is to remind yourself to keep drinking, always easy when you have a bottle of water within arms reach.

The average amount of water you should be drinking during an average day is two-litres, that number can increase when keeping active.

A good gauge to know if you are drinking enough water is by the colour of your urine. If it’s clear, your going well. If it’s yellow, drink more water immediately. By the way, drinking beer doesn’t count as water consumption.


  Quick tips 

1. Drink around 2ltr of water a day

2. Take plenty of water with you on trips

3. Alcohol is not water

4. Check the colour of urine for for hydration levels, the lighter the colour the better. 


Summer needs to be enjoyed by keeping hydrated,

Summer needs to be enjoyed by keeping hydrated with plenty of water.



 3. Slip, slop, slap – Gotta Love a good Aussie saying

An iconic Australian slogan made about twenty years ago to urge Aussies on how to survive a summer with three basic rules.

It’s also a good slogan to take with you around the world, especially as many travellers love to holiday in the tropics where the heat is always oppressive.

The slogan broken down in it’s three words means, slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat. It’s fair to say following such rules can help prevent skin cancer, which is a big killer down under.

As you are probably aware, Australia is the sunburnt country and sadly it has an unfortunate number of skin cancer patients each year.

Following the slip slop slap method, as well as keeping in the shade when possible and wearing sunglasses, can help keep the nasties away.


Quick tips for Slip, Slop, Slap

1. Use the Slip, Slop, slap method

2. Use the shade as much as you can

3. Wear sunglasses


Check out this cheesy slip slap slop sang made in the 80’s



4. Be Cautious on the Aussie roads 

The roads run for kilometres on end, you feel free and the scenery around you can be breathtaking and while that is certainly trhe case with all the natural attractions in Australia, it’s also important not to get complacent.

Getting into a car is the single most dangerous thing you can do in day and the road must be respected, not only for your own lives but the lives of those also using the road.

During the holidays are the busiest times in Australia, as holiday-goers pack their bags for a quick getaway and you are bound to see all kinds of motorist.

From the crazy lunatic who will overtake you at dangerous times, to truckies who will test your patients and those slow motorist who have a decade to get to their destination.

Patients will be tested.

A few tips to note are the following: Don’t drive tired, keep to the speed limit (it’s there for a safe reason), watch your surrounds and most of all be patient, there is no need to rush to only arrive a few minutes earlier.

Your drive on the Aussie roads can be a safe, scenic and an enjoyable road trip if you let it be. Just don’t be in a hurry, because that’s no good for anybody.


Quick tips for driving on the road

1.Overtake vehicles in overtaking lanes

2. Don’t drive tired

3. Be patient

4. Don’t drink and Drive

5. Don’t speed

6. Watch out for those kangaroos. 

The open roads in Australia needs to be respected.

The open roads in Australia needs to be respected at all times.



5. Be on Alert during the Bush fire Season 

A quick mention on this not as I can’t see a lot travellers coming down under and starting a fire or for that matter being caught up in a bush fire, but it does happen.

In the summer months of Australia there is a complete fire ban, that means, if you’re camping, having a day trip out in the woods, you can not start a camp fire thinking roasting marshmallows is a good idea, it ultimately may be a disaster.

Even in the case that no tragic event unfolds and you haven’t accidentally torched the whole forest on fire.

If you are caught starting a fire or using machine that can ignite flames, your bank account may be a little short after you receive a hefty fine from the authorities.

If in doubt of what you can’t do during a fire ban, check out this website for further details and be a smart traveller Australia.


Quick tip during a fire ban

1. Summer in Australia is a complete fire ban

2. No Campfires

3. When trouble occurs listen out to local radio stations for advice


The Aussie bush is fun with nature, respect the laws in summer.

The Aussie bush is fun with nature, respect the laws in summer.



6. The Sizzling barbecues are good to go 

The Australian Summer is meant to be a whole lot of fun.

In the end, that is the ultimate goal to bring a whole lot of people and laughs together by getting into your swimwear/togs/bathers and having a dip in the swimming pool, responsibly drinking ice-cold beer while while watching the Aussies in the cricket and the old Aussie favourite of sizzling a steak on the BBQ.

It’s summer time down under, enjoy the moment but do it with safety as the forefront of your thinking, because at the end of the day, you want to get home in one piece, and don’t forget the mozzie repellent, those annoying little mosquitoes will be the end of you. Happy travels.


Check it out – A book that all parents will love, it’s a comedy about The Summer Holidays Survival Guide when the kids are on school holidays and weeks drag on and on until their return to school. It’s a good laugh and quite cheap on the Amazon Kindle. 


Slip. slop, slap is important at the beach.

Be prepared this Australian Summer.

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Travel Smart: Passport Advice for your Trip Abroad

Travel Smart: Passport Advice for your Trip Abroad

Preparing for any adventure can be a daunting task, especially if you’re about to embark on your first ever trip abroad.  There is a range of issues that can confront your thought process as you prepare for what you hope will be a quiet holiday to your overseas destination.

Issues such as visas, insurance, medical requirements (if any) and of course passports are at the forefront of your concerns, with each of those mentioned aspects playing an essential role for your upcoming international trip.

In this article, I am going to provide you with travel tips for passport advice, undoubtedly the most critical travel document that you can bring with you on an overseas trip.

Let’s face it; without a passport, there is no chance of getting through customs and boarding your flight. Therefore, there is no trip abroad, no experiencing different cultures, no seeing new destinations and no chance of experiencing other cuisines from all over the world.

And what a shame that would be.


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Get your passport ready and fly.


Passport Advice for your Trip Abroad

Let’s get straight into it, a few little passport tips that could help for a smooth transition for your upcoming overseas trip.

Some of these tips you may already know, and some you may be hearing about for the very first time, but in the end, each advice could prove useful when confronted with a sticky situation when you are about to board your flight or the unfortunate scenario where you have found trouble in a foreign country.


Passport advice

Passport advice


1.      Have your passport prepared

An Absolute no brainer, but why not start with the obvious. No passport means no overseas travel. Therefore, make life a little easier on yourself and get your passport ready well in advance for your upcoming trip.

Keep in mind that passports can take up to three weeks to be delivered at the time of handing in your application. For any urgent matters, it’s possible to have your passport fast-tracked, but will come with added fees.



2.      Secure your passports

Losing your passport in a foreign country is not ideal and can provide a real headache with your trip abroad been taken up with visits to your country’s consulate.

If staying in a hotel, secure your passport in the hotel room safe, if you are staying in accommodation does not provide a safe, find means of securing your passport in an appropriate spot, where it won’t be lost or found by unwanted people.



3.      Make copies of your passport

Accessible but useful advice for an overseas trip. Make copies of your passport for everyone you are travelling within the family before heading off on your vacation. Keep the copies close by in your day backpack or handbag while out and about on your vacation.

It may seem a wasted exercise (if nothing goes wrong), but it could prove handy if you are unfortunately caught up in trouble with the law, or you have lost your passport and need the photocopied versions of your passport to give to the consulate.

Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.



4.      Keep the passports handy at the airport

No matter which airport you are checking in or out of around the world, the chances are you will need to get your passport out on quite a few occasions, when checking-in, through customs and possibly just before boarding your flight, depending on which airport you are departing.

While this is not a life or death situation, keeping your passports close by at airports and ready for presentation, when required by the airport staff or a customs officer, will allow for a smooth transition. A free-flowing queue at the airport makes every traveller happy.



5.      Check the expiry date

Did you know that most countries won’t allow you entry into the country if there are less than 6-months to the expiration date?

While this is generally known as common knowledge, it is essential to know the expiry date of your passport and renew the document well before you’re within that 6-month deadline.


There you have it!!! A little passport advice for your next adventure abroad, now all you need to do is pack your bags, your toothbrush and don’t forget your passport. Happy travels.

Check out these use Travel Smart Articles:   Lost Luggage Tips      Finding Budget Hotels.



Passport advice for your trip abroad.

Passport advice for your trip abroad.

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Travel Smart: How to Find the Best Budget Hotels for Affordable Travel

Travel Smart: How to Find the Best Budget Hotels for Affordable Travel

Finding life’s little bargain is what every individual searches for in desperate times to save those extra dollars. Whether it is finding a great deal on eBay, discounted goods in a supermarket or this instance, coming across the best budget hotels at your intended destination for your next holiday.

Everyone has their budget in mind, there are those who can splurge on a five-star resort where the money is of a slight issue,  and those who need to keep their accommodation cost to a minimum in the hope they can find that hidden gem and have a little money in reserve for spending.

Less money doesn’t necessarily mean you need to find some broken down hotel with hollow walls, rude staff members and a creaky old bed, far from it. Finding the best budget hotel is a simple process that requires absolutely no skill whatsoever. It’s a matter of doing your research, narrowing down the options and picking a winner.


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How to find the Best Budget Hotels



Hotel Search Engines

There is a tonne of hotel search engines out there, and quite often the prices do vary from one to the other. Even if the amount seems minimal at the time, the costs can begin to tally when you add five or seven nights to the equation.

Doing your homework on a variety of hotels is an integral part of finding the right deal. Jump on to the computer and check out the various search engines such as, Expedia or, to name a few and start comparing. I bet you may even have a little fun while exploring potential hotels as you countdown the days to your holiday.  


Study TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor is every traveller’s favourite companion. It is the most proficient way check hotel ratings, read reviews of thousands of real guests who have stayed at those particular hotels, scope pictures from genuine travellers and even find your potential bargain with the TripAdvisor price check.

TripAdvisor is here to help millions of travellers worldwide, utilise it, take in the tips and secure your hotel without fear of mind. Keeping in mind at the same time, what works with others may not work for you.


Read Customer Reviews

Customer reviews and ratings are the best way to get experience of a hotel without actually having been there. Reviews like you see on, and TripAdvisor are meaningful, honest reviews from the guest who have stayed at that hotel and who love to brag about their experience whether it is good or bad. Especially the negative experiences which will often make their way into the review area more often than not.

On most popular hotel search engines, there is an average customer score from the guest who has rated their hotel experience out of ten. If you study various hotels at your destinations, you can bet your bottom dollar you’ll find that two or three-star hotel that has a high average rating and there is a good chance it will be an adequate hotel for you.


What does the hotel offer for you?

Does the hotel or resort have what you are after? For instance, if required, does the hotel offer airport transfers? If needed, does the hotel provide free parking? Do you get a complimentary daily breakfast or an afternoon tea?

Even when you think you are paying more, perhaps you are saving, because the more expensive hotel may offer a necessity that you require over the other hotel which is a little cheaper but has no frills.

Every traveller has their ideal wish list, and when searching for that perfect hotel, it is essential to know what the hotel offers and the facilities they have. Personal desires that may be important, such as swimming pools, an exercise gym and Day Spa. Check off all the pros and cons before booking your hotel. 


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Do you require a swimming pool for your next holiday?



Location is always important

An essential bit of detail when searching for the right hotel is the location. Is the hotel close to shops or do you need to fork out $20 for a taxi ride to the nearest attraction?

Know what you are paying for, because you are hardly saving any money if you have to pay for a taxi every time you leave the hotel because it’s too far by foot. Location is pivotal, and it’s essential to know the surrounds before booking. Check if the hotels are close to shops, banks and restaurants.

While being in the heart of a city is not always ideal or preferred, you do want to make sure that you are not entirely isolated from the action.


Your Very own Personal Experience

On a recent trip to Bangkok, Thailand, I needed a quick transit stay that was not too far from the airport, and I didn’t want to break the bank account. I did my homework. I went on to and searched for prices for hotels in the area. Sure, I could have stayed at the airport and paid a fortune at their hotels without going through customs, but no, I found the perfect transit hotel that was only a five-minute drive from the airport, The Thong Ta Resort.

The Resort offered a complimentary shuttle bus to and from the airport, it had free breakfast, and the locations were perfect with markets and restaurants nearby. The best bit, however, was the cost, only $30 a night, and I found this bargain all because I did my research and studied the reviews.

If you are a traveller seeking the best value for money, do your research, and you too will be able to find the best budget hotels that will suit your desires.

Happy travels and happy saving.


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Thong Ta Resort, where a steal of a deal can be found.

Some links in this article may contain affiliate links, therefore if you click on it and make a purchase, I could receive a little income. Don’t worry though, it will not come at the further expense for the customer. Happy travels.


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