Some of the best experiences of your life are built when you are young, which is why so school-leavers are now taking a gap year before entering University. While some use it as a time to catch up on friends or earn some extra money, others think of it as an opportunity to explore the world while they are still young. All around Australia, citizens and tourists backpack between towns and cities, exploring everything the vast and diverse country has to offer.
If this sounds like your life for the next 6-12 months, see these tips to make the most out of your Australian adventure.
Don’t be Afraid to Talk to People
The best part of your journey is going to be the experiences you have, and a great deal of them will be the friends you made along the way. Whether they are locals who can tell you about the area, or fellow backpackers you meet at a hostel don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with a stranger.
Get off the beaten Track
Don’t just visit the tourist traps, try exploring lesser known paths. Talking to the locals can also give you ideas on where to go, but don’t be afraid to simply pick a destination and head off into the countryside. Following the picking seasons can be a great way to have a destination if you don’t like uncertainty, but do not be afraid to visit the smaller towns along your path.
Don’t be afraid to say Goodbye
Picking up friends around the country is amazing and can ensure you have a bed to stay in when tripping across the globe. However, it is important to not get swept up by the rest of the group and forfeit your own travel plans. On the flip side, if you find yourself loving one particular area, try staying a bit longer in that region, who knows it might be your new home!
Pack Light and weather proof
Weather in around Australia can change dramatically and, particularly in Victoria, can change at the drop of a hat. It is highly recommended you pack light for moving around, and place any important belongings in waterproof bags. This is especially important for any electronic equipment like laptops and cameras, who tend not to like getting wet.
Try Different Experiences
Push yourself to the limit, try things you never would have in the past and don’t be afraid to fail or dislike something. One way to gain different experiences is to seek out backpacking work. If you decide to work, be careful about the special laws in place around Australia for backpackers, particularly in Victoria concerning international backpackers. If you need extra cash it is better to seek out an agency specialising in Labour Hire for Melbourne and Victoria. Labour hire agencies can help you with the legal aspect and avoid places that want to take advantage of you.
Finally, enjoy yourself, take risks and make friends, but always remember to keep your path open. At the heart of backpacking is the passion for adventure, so don’t limit yourself to pre-set plans. Who knows your next adventure might be with the next person you speak with!
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