well ive finally done it and booked my flight to oz, now feelling highly scared and more than a touch nervous, but quite excited (alot of emotions to be dealing with)
I leave in april arriving in melbourne, via singapore and would reeeaaallly appreciate any advice on
(1) how to cope with being on a plane for 26hrs
(2)how to keep my family from having a breakdown due to worry (telling them im going to be okay doesnt seem to be working)
(3)whats the best things to do in melbourne
(4)anything else you can think of
im trying to list everything i need to do before leaving to stop getting to stressed but still quite positive ill forget something
thanks for helping
good on you for booking your ticket and no wonder you're all excited.
For the long flight, the usual recommendations: drink lots of fluids (water and juice), don't eat too much, wiggle your toes, ankles, wrists, fingers frequently and move your neck, stretch your arms and shoulders, too. Pack a few throat lozenges if you are prone to sore throat from dry air.
Whenever possible, get up and walk a bit around the plane (there's usually about 1 sq.meter at the very back where you can stand and do some gym moves). Listen to the music, enjoy the movies and have a chat with your neighbours and look forward to Oz.
When in Singapore (even if you stay at the airport to wait for your connecting flight) keep walking for as long as you can to get your metabolism back on track.
As for your lovely family: Tell them that worrying will only make them sick and spoil your stay. Australia is a highly civilized and a much less dangerous country than many others - if you behave safely, of course, unlike some visitors who think that far away from home things like drink-driving etc. will be ok. They are, of course, not ok.
There's heaps to do in Melbourne. I'd suggest you read up on the internet or get yourself a nice travel guide such as lonely planet's on Melbourne. Alternatively, when arriving in the city (CBD) take the short walk from Flinders Station to the Tourist Bureau where they will advise you on what's on and give you heaps of brochures, maps etc. You can even book a free tour with a volunteer guide, how cool is that!
As for the rest, relax and again, Australia has it all. Don't worry about packing everything you can think of, they do have toothpaste and hairbrushes, socks and sunnies downunder - just joking.
Just get yourself a good email that doesn't overflow too quickly (have a look at www.fastmail.fm, a free Ozzie email service), pack your digital camera - and an adaptor to plug in all your charging devices .
Keep the phone numbers of your loved ones handy and when arriving in Melbourne buy a cheap overseas phone call card to ring them every now and then for a long chat. Asian style grocery stores and milkbars carry a range of good and cheap international phone cards.
As for internet access: internet cafes, public libraries, universities etc. all have public internet access. If you're a student, bring your student id, it could be helpful.
With a big smile and a 'hi how'r'you today' you'll soon be meeting new people and make friends in Oz.
Having lived there for almost six years I can only tell you that I'd go back any day!
ENJOY YOUR TRIP!
thanks for replying
its always good to hear from someone who has been there and done that
really appreciate all your advice and i will be using most of it
The last time that i traveled to Australia i took Melatonin. It it great for Jet Lag especially for a trip as long as yours. I did not have any jet lag when i arrived i think i went out that night actually after all that traveling.
i am going to Sydney in February so if you come through there email me! I would love to hang out and meet some new people!
DONT WORRY ABOUT IT MATE!
jetlag is not really i thing to be scared of. The flight will be over in seconds, trust me.
Oz is a fantastic place! remember not to be afraid of working hostels near fruit
picking farms, they are excellent places to meet people and hear the rumors of best
places to be. And of course to make lots of friends.
I dont know about molbourne, but when (and i believe you will) you start travelling dont
miss Byron Bay, airlie beach or townsville. And if you are looking for work, go to Bowen.
These are the places for community-living, happy thoughts are international go-bro's.
West coast is supposedly a blast i cant tell you anything about it. i got lost in the east
coast and korean food. I dont know where you're from, but australia has a really wide
food shit going on.
Have a blast and keep the peace!!! i wish i would be going too and not just waiting next
[ Edit: See Rule No.1 :-) ]