5 Things To Consider Before Road-Tripping Around Australia

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The allure of road-tripping around Australia has mainly appealed to retirees (or ‘grey nomads’), but an increasing number of younger Australians and international travellers are now embarking on this epic journey too. It’s easy to romanticise this holiday as a trip of a lifetime, but let’s come back to reality for a moment and take a look at five things to consider before you hit the open roads.

1. Choice of Vehicle

For most, budget will largely determine the choice of vehicle for a road-trip. Regardless of how much or how little you spend, you’ll need to give some serious consideration to what kind of traveller you are and how you’d like to use your vehicle. For some, a road-trip simply means throwing a tent in the car and taking off. For others, it’s about having a ‘home away from home’ and investing in a motorhome or caravan. If you choose a caravan, you’ll need to think about what size to get and whether your car or 4WD is powerful enough to tow it. If you go for a motorhome, bear in mind some vehicles are classified as a ‘truck’ and require a specific class of drivers licence.

2. Insurance

You’ll need insurance regardless of which vehicle you choose for your road-trip. Insurance specific to caravans and motorhomes can be quite expensive. Do your research first and read insurer’s Product Disclosure Statements carefully. You’ll need to decide whether you take basic or comprehensive insurance and if you’d like public liability cover for any damage to someone else’s property caused directly or indirectly by your vehicle. Also consider if you want to be covered for towing costs, a hire vehicle or alternative accommodation in the event your vehicle is stolen, written-off or needs serious repairs.

3. Club Membership

To help you navigate the complexities of vehicle choice and insurance options, why not take out a membership with one of the many caravan and motorhome clubs? They can be a great source of information and advice from people who have literally ‘been there, done that’. Strongly consider joining a motoring club (usually offered by insurance companies), as they provide vehicle breakdown services. You’ll probably need to shop around depending on the size of vehicle you drive or tow, as each club will have limitations on this service depending on the tonnage of your vehicle and where you travel.

4. Safety

Australia is a very big country and there are many remote, isolated places you may have to pass through in order to get to where you want to go. Therefore, looking after your personal safety is paramount. While they are expensive, look into buying a satellite phone as they provide coverage in remote areas and could be life-saving in an emergency situation.

5. Plan Your Trip

Of course the best way to avoid emergency situations is to do some planning before you leave. This will help you to manage the costs of your trip, map the most efficient routes, and understand the seasonal weather conditions to avoid, like the ‘wet season’ in the tropics. Make sure you have backup plans and supplies and know who to turn to for help if things do go wrong, such a motor vehicle accident.

To get the best out of your Australian road-trip, research, planning and preparation are essential. You want to make sure your trip is a life-changing experience, but for all the right reasons. However, if you’re unfortunate enough to find yourself in a motor vehicle accident, make sure you get the right legal advice. At Motor Accident Legal Service, we are here to ensure you get the right compensation for personal injuries and vehicle damage. Our friendly and experienced solicitors are all specialists in this area. For advice and help, call 1800 060 981 or get in touch via the website.

Planning A Trip To Charleston

The Citadel graduation invitation - Class 2015
The Citadel graduation invitation – Class 2015

In about a month or so, my husband’s nephew is graduating from The Citadel, The Military College Of South Carolina.  He’s taking a course in the navy.  And we are proud to say that he is in the Dean’s List.  He had successfully passed the job interview and he got an officer spot.

Almost all of the family wants to attend the graduation ceremony in Charleston, South Carolina.  Mom and Dad are going, too.  My husband is not 100% sure if he will be able to go because he said it’s hectic at work.  I would like to go.  But the problem is, the work schedule at my part time job doesn’t come until the 25th of this month.  My boss is a flight attendant and she travels most of the time.

Mom and Dad are currently planning their trip to Charleston.  They are also planning to rent a car because Mom and sister-in-law are going on a road trip since Dad is flying.  So Dad wants to know our response as soon as possible if we are going or not.  Because of my work schedule coming late, I want my husband to attend his nephew’s graduation ceremony.  He has to make his decision very soon.

 

Tips for Traveling in Dubai

Dubai City-UAE
City Of Dubai, UAE (Photo taken by my aunt.)

There are some tips that foreigners should be aware of when traveling in Dubai. It’s good to be aware of customs, social expectations, ways to save money and more when visiting a new place outside of your own country. Here are just a few of the basics regarding travel in Dubai.

Lodging

Some of you may not be aware that lodging in Dubai can be quite expensive. However, there are ways to find cheap hotels in Dubai if you know where to look. Some neighborhoods are known for being home to less expensive hotels. Deira is one such neighborhood, and it is located a bit north of Dubai. Its location makes it convenient for exploring old Dubai, rather than the newer and pricier new areas of Dubai. Historic marketplaces and other such attractions make this area desirable for tourists. Bur Dubai is another area where travelers can find less expensive lodging. On the western side of Dubai Creek, this historic neighborhood offers a picturesque and traditional atmosphere.

Eating and Drinking

The most popular nights for going out to socialize and eat at Dubai establishments are Thursdays and Fridays. Ladies’ nights are often scheduled for Mondays, but they tend not to be overcrowded with men looking to find dates. So ladies can just enjoy a free night of fun with their friends. While the temperatures in Dubai can be quite hot be prepared with a sweater when dining out as restaurants often crank the air conditioning up high. Groups of men may be looked down upon in some higher-end establishments. Public drunkenness can have severe penalties, including jail time so be aware. Drunk driving is also strictly enforced. Violators are usually found guilty and jailed. during Ramadan eating and drinking before sundown are not allowed, and establishments may close during other religious observances, as well.

Getting Around the City

The address system in Dubai is obscure. Even cab drivers may not know where to find the smaller streets and establishments. Always call ahead to learn the nearest large landmark for navigation purposes. If the Dubai Metro connects to your destination, it’s the way to go, as it’s clean and inexpensive. Cabbies are paid poorly, so it’s nice to leave a tip. Be careful when crossing the street as a pedestrian; drivers do not always follow the rules. Women should dress modestly in public, and couples will want to do little more than hold hands to show affection.

These are just a few basic tips when it comes to visiting Dubai. Enjoy your trip!