5 Tips for Safe and Enjoyable Holiday Travel

Posted by: Lydia on 26/11/2019

Category: General


Across the nation, many Aussies are looking forward to the summer season for its great weather and opportunities to travel. The holiday season is a terrific chance to wind down and go for a long leisurely cruise or hit the open road on an adrenaline-charged adventure. The great thing about holidaying across the Great Southern Land is that there’s no shortage of attractions, and there’s sure to be a destination that’s perfect for you.

Although holidays are at their best when everything feels fun and carefree, it’s also important to put in some planning beforehand. The reality is that you can encounter trouble while on holiday, and because you’re focused on having fun, it can be easier for something to slip by your attention until it becomes a big issue and spoils all the fun. That’s why it’s important to keep these 5 essential tips in mind to have a safe and enjoyable holiday.

1. Watch out for wildlife

Seeing a 'watch out for wildlife' sign is common in the city, but actually seeing any wildlife is less likely. Generally speaking, most animals will be afraid of the noise of a busy road and will avoid going near it unless absolutely necessary. This may be the norm in urban areas, but once you hit the open road, all bets are off.

Certain roads you take may only see a few cars each hour, or even just a few each day.

In such an environment, animals won’t be as timid, so it’s crucial to be cautious — especially because of how common wildlife incidents can be on Aussie roads. On average, Aussies pay more than $6 million in insurance excess payments each year due to kangaroo collisions alone

2. Be swim smart

When it comes to swim safety, it's great that most Aussies know the basic principles and can at least swim OK in a pinch. However, it's also important to keep in mind that the diversity of Aussie waterways is huge. Even experienced swimmers can easily be caught out in this way. 

Back home, they may be used to swimming pools or calm, shallow bay beaches. But if you visit a surf beach while on the open road, you may suddenly confront massive rip currents, sharp coral reefs, and other underwater nasties that can be a real danger. Even if it’s a scorching day and the water looks very tempting, be sure to seek out a local or do your research online before putting toes in the water. Also, remember to swim between the flags whenever possible.

3. Have a backup plan

Although we’ve all heard those rare horror stories about travellers getting into strife, the great majority of trips go smoothly.  However, it’s wise to have a backup plan just in case. The specifics will depend on your holiday, but the general principle of telling someone back home where you’re going and how long you’ll be is universal. 

If you’re planning to take very remote roads, it’s always smart to have a backup GPS and a paper map handy. It’s very unlikely your GPS devices will fail — especially if you have offline maps downloaded — but if a freak situation does occur with your gadgets, a paper map will help get you to the next town.

4. Bring a little more than you need

Whether you’re going on a short holiday or a long one, it's always good to pack a little more than you need. This doesn't mean to bring your whole wardrobe or layer upon layer of winter gear if you’re heading to a sunny beach, but rather to realise that unforeseen issues can come up. In circumstances like this, a backup pair of bathers or an extra jumper can be very handy.

Keep in mind that this applies not only to clothing but also to accessories like your phone charger. It’s true that unless you're doing an almighty trek across the Outback you’re never likely to be too far from a shop with a backup phone charger.  Even so, it's always better to be prepared, and by having a backup in the boot you can be certain that if an issue does come up it will only be a minor inconvenience.

5. Remember there’s always next time

Aussies by nature are an adventurous bunch, and the start of summer kicks off a great time of year with a series of national holidays spread throughout the warmer months. Although it may be tempting to cram in as much as you can during this period, it’s important to keep in mind that some travellers have gotten into trouble because they let their ambitions get ahead of their abilities or schedule. 

That's not to say that you can’t shake up the itinerary and stop earlier for lunch, but if you’re tempted to cross the Nullarbor Plain on a whim, do take pause and consider whether you’ve really got the time and resources to do it. It’s important to remember that there’s always next time to keep you safe today and have something fun stored away for your next holiday.

An unforgettable holiday

Australia has no shortage of amazing holiday destinations, from quick road trips to long odysseys. Taking the time to plan beforehand may feel a bit bothersome when you’re itching to hit the open road, but once done you can set out knowing you’re ready to make the very most of a holiday that should be safe and enjoyable. There’s just one more thing you must remember to do: be sure to take lots of photos!

What other tips do you have for safe and fun holidaying? Let us know in the comments below.

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