Every summer, millions of European travelers head to the sun-spots of Greece, Spain and Portugal in a bid to catch up on some much-needed summer warmth. The prospect of spending a week or two on a sandy beach and recharging the batteries of life is a tempting one, of course, but sometimes it might be fun to think about heading further afield.
Trips to European holiday resorts are perfectly fine, of course, but after a few years of visiting them on an annual basis they can become perhaps a little ordinary and predictable. If you have got to the stage where you feel there’s something missing from your annual itinerary, this could be the year you set aside for an unforgettable travel odyssey.
A once in a lifetime trip to Australia is unlike any other holiday experience, making the cost and effort involved in getting there more than worth it. A flight from the UK, for example, will take 20 hours or more, and will inevitably lead to high levels of jet-lag that will prove troublesome, but the advantages it brings will prove unforgettable.
A whole new experience
There is a sense of wonder in the air as soon as you touch down on Australian soil, and a feeling that this wonderful country is almost part of a completely different world. The cities of Sydney and Melbourne in particular provide a wonderfully contrasting mix of historic and contemporary, and they have a unique buzz that makes them especially exciting.
While the urban centers will be a delight to visit, the countryside will prove even more spectacular. One of the most pleasant experiences for any visitor to Australia is to hire a car and head off for a day or two of exploration, and the open road provides a window into some of the world’s finest landscapes.
The nation of Australia is synonymous with the coastline, of course, and some of the most eye-catching beaches of all can be found in New South Wales and Queensland. The long expanses of sand provide the ideal opportunity for a little rest and recuperation, of course, but they are also perfect for water sports. Surfing, scuba diving and windsurfing are just of the activities that are waiting for you here.
We know all about the difficulties brought on by economic recession in recent years, of course, so the chance to visit Australia won’t be available to everyone at the moment. But for those who are in a position to afford the trip, this might be the time to forget about the traditional week in Europe and savour two or three in Australia instead.
David Showell works for Car Rentals and lives in the UK.
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