Planning my trip to Australia

Even though I returned from a ’round-the-world’ trip just last week, I find myself perusing travel sites on the Internet for my next destination. When my travel partner and I were planning our Round The World (RTW) tour the first draft of the itinerary included Australia but the sheer size of the continent was daunting.

With a landmass of over seven million square kilometers, traveling Australia with a time constraint is best achieved by air; however, it’s not the most economical. When we had 365 days to explore the world and a backpacker’s budget, it seemed best to go to countries we could travel efficiently and inexpensively. So the decision as easy, backpacking Australia would be a separate trip to be planned at a later date.

Now that I am back home that later date has arrived. It is time to plan our trip to Australia! I find the planning stage of a vacation or extended trip is part of the fun of traveling. I follow personal blogs of travelers in my potential destination, read guidebooks, and subscribe to cheap flight notifications. From this information-gathering phase I have deducted that at some point in our backpacking Australia trip we will end up in Sydney. When visiting a city like Sydney, i.e. large and expensive, I like to have some budget activities in mind. Better yet, free activities to free up my money for other non-negotiable expenses like a comfortable place to sleep or tasty food for dinner.

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I’ve put together some Sydney travel tips for myself to keep in mind while exploring the city. There are free things to do and free places to see in Sydney so I don’t have to break the budget to have a good time. I can walk to my heart’s content.

The weather will be a balmy 19-26 degrees Celsius (66-79 Fahrenheit) when we are there in January. Walking the boardwalk in Darling Harbour will be a pleasant way to spend an afternoon and evening. The Sydney Opera House is close enough reach by foot and we could stop in at the Royal Botanical Gardens for a picnic. The beach is also a great option even if I’m not a surfer. I can bake in the warm Australian sun, read a book and get that relaxed-I’m-on-vacation feeling back. And when I’ve had my fill of the outdoors I can cool off inside one of the public libraries and surf the net for free.

One final tip I received from a friend: ‘don’t try to pickpocket a Kangaroo’. I’ll let you decide if you will follow his advice or not.

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