Project Australia

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

I think I may have already mentioned that it's been a dream of mine to visit Australia for nearly a decade now. I vowed when I started my last job that before starting my next job, I'd take time off to travel to Australia and New Zealand. Now is that time.

I spent the weekend trying to figure out the rest of my year here, before I head home for the winter holidays (that's the plan for now, anyway ... my classmate/friend is convinced that I am going to find a boyfriend and marry before December).

Look, I even bought a notebook! This is what will become "The Australia Notebook." (Even though it clearly has the Eiffel Tour on the cover.)

(I wanted to buy a travel guide, but those things are 700-1000+ pages and I'd have to have it brought via airplane to me, and my mother was not happy with the idea.)

So, as overwhelmed as I am by the idea, I've decided that I'm going to do my research off the internet. I don't know if my mind can handle it. I mean, it's virtually like planning a month-long trip to the U.S. Where to start!? What can't I miss?

I have so many questions. If you have been or are from Australia or New Zealand, please feel free to chime in and let me know what I absolutely must see while I'm there. What are the best months to visit (climate-wise, price-wise)? I'm looking at June or September, depending on who's available to go with me. What's the best way to get around (regionally and all of Australia) without a car? What foods do I have to try? How much can I expect to spend if I take a 3-4 week trip? What if I'm staying in hostels?

Eek. And this is just the tip of the iceberg!

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