If you’re 30 and female, your odds of dying in the next 30 years are a whopping 8%. That’s about a 1 in 10 chance you’ll be dead before you retire.
We’re not going to sit here and tell you to not save for retirement. But we might tell you that waiting until retirement to take that trip across the pond isn’t wise.
Where then should you go? It’s not like you have ten lifetimes to explore the globe. You need to choose wisely. Here’s why you should travel to Australia first.
Adventure is Why You Should Travel to Australia
People typically have one of two conceptions of Australia: beach or desert. They think Australia is a freakin’ desert island in the Pacific! Ok…maybe 70% of Australia is dry arid Outback, but still, there’s more to Australia than that!
There’s Skiing in Australia?
Are you the kind of person who would love to hit the slopes year round? Would you rather have a never-ending winter rather than summer?
Visit Australia in the winter. Mt. Buller gets excellent snow in the winter. And it’s only three hours north of Melbourne so you could ski a couple days before checking out the city.
A Tropical Rainforest
The coast of Queensland is a far cry from the dust bowl of the Outback. The Daintree Rainforest is 1200 square kilometers and it’s the largest rainforest on the Australian continent.
What will you find in the forest? Incredible waterfalls, hot springs, and tons of wildlife.
While not as large as the Grand Canyon, Watarrka National Park is almost as beautiful. It’s an ancient red rock canyon. Its walls climb over 300 feet.
You can find relics of old stock yards. While an old waterhole sits at the end of the canyon, it’s a place of spiritual significance for the aboriginal people. No swimming allowed in the waterhole no matter how hot it is outside.
If you’re into fossils, you should check out the Naracoorte Caves National Park. It’s one of the world’s largest fossil deposits. Check out the marsupial lion or Tasmanian tiger bones.
Head over to Blanche Cave to watch bats fly out the mouth of the cave to hunt bugs.
Culture is King in Australia
Once you’re done checking out Australia’s landscape, discover more of Australia in the cities. 85% of Australians live in the city. And they’ve built some incredible culture.
Don’t be afraid to be a little cliche if you’re already a tourist. Check out Sydney Harbor. The famous Opera House is a must. And then amble on down to Circular Quay to get another perspective on the harbor. And lastly, check out the historic Rocks district.
Visit Melbourne if you love open-air markets. The Queens Victoria Market spans a full 17 acres. Shop for clothes, housewares, hand-made jewelry, and then eat some incredible food from cultures around the world.
If you’re looking for art from Australia, check out the Rose Street Artists market in Fitzroy. It’s every Saturday and local artists set up shop and sell their best work.
If you’re looking for more reasons why you should travel, check out the be happy section of our blog.