I’m turning over the reigns to Morgan from The Misadventures of Morgan for the day and I couldn’t be more pleased with what she has in store for all of you! If you haven’t checked out Morgan’s great blog then you are missing out on some truly sincere and entertaining writing. The Misadventures of Morgan follow the adventures of Morgan and her travels all over the world, we are talking from America to Germany and Brazil and all the way to Australia. As an former expat myself I love reading about people’s lives abroad and Morgan makes sure to share some truly wonderful stuff with her readers.
As a 21 year old American woman, the first thing I tend to think of when it comes to Australia is the Crocodile Hunter. The second is Crocodile Dundee. The third is the fact that Australia is home to some of the most dangerous creatures on the planet. Shockingly, not one of these reasons was enough for me to ever want to travel to the huge continent Down Under. Despite all of these things I can now say, as a 21 year old American woman who lived in Australia for a year, that country is the best travel destination for any young adult looking for adventure. Here is why:
- Australia is one of the most popular backpacking destinations in the world. This means a few things. First, it is filled with foreigners from all over the world traveling around by car, van, bus, plane, train, and even by foot to see the sights Oz has to offer. Second, it makes traveling around extremely cheap and accessible to everyone no matter what language you speak. Because there are so many young adults choosing Australia as their backpacking destination you can find amazing deals on places to stay, vehicles to rent, excursions to go on (say hello to skydiving on the beach!), the list goes on and on. Let’s be honest, us 20-somethings don’t really have a lot of extra cash to spare. So anywhere that makes having a ton of fun an affordable luxury is the place to be!
- Want to stay a little longer than a week? No problem. Australia has so many job opportunities for foreigners on a Work and Travel Visa. This is one thing that I was told by dozens of backpackers that I met over my time Down Under: people love that they can work while they lived there in order to pay for even more excursions. I agree with that whole-heartedly. Because Australia has so many small jobs that foreigners can take up for a few months at a time, it allows you to have more time to explore the country to the fullest. This is perfect for any young adult who has too much time on their hands and wants to see a different part of the world without blowing their entire savings.
- Australians are the friendliest people on Earth. According to Australians, that is. While the argument could be made that their Southern Hemisphere friends, the South Americans, are even friendlier than the good ol’ Aussies: it’s fair to say that Australians are known worldwide as being some of the kindest people around. They are such good-natured people with a sense of humor like no other (so you better learn to laugh at yourself and quickly) and are quick to lend a helping hand to anyone who looks like they need it. Obviously this isn’t true for the entire population, as there are always some sour grapes. But for the most part, Australians are the most down-to-earth people I’ve ever met.
- There is a rich cultural history in Australia that hasn’t been drilled into your head in every high school history class. That is one thing that surprised me the most: Australia has such an astounding history that is often overlooked in classrooms in the Western Hemisphere. It was so refreshing to go somewhere that was genuinely unknown territory for my mind. While Europe can be fun because you know so much about everything that has gone on there since the beginning of time, Australia is even more fun because you are learning about the history while experiencing it first hand. For example: did you know that there used to be around 300 different languages spoken in the different Indigenous Australian communities before the Europeans arrived? Oh you didn’t? Get your butt to Australia.
- Australia is home to some of the most beautiful interior and exterior landscapes in the entire world. Home to some amazingly iconic scenes such as Ayers Rock (Uluru), the Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays, and the Great Ocean Road; it’s no surprise that Australia is one of the most stunning continents on the planet. From Perth to Melbourne and all the way up to Cairns, there is always something different to see. At this point in my life, one of my main goals is to see as many different sights as I possibly can. If that sounds like you, I would absolutely recommend giving Australia a visit. There is nowhere else I have been that has genuinely left me breathless quite the way the Australian landscape has.
I’m a huge supporter of traveling while you are still young and know what an amazing impact it can have on the quality of life a person lives. I also know that it can be rough to do financially and emotionally. That being said, Australia offers the perfect escape for young adults who want to travel affordably but still get a million dollar experience. It is a country that still has some comforts of home, such as speaking English, but with a huge wild side that you’ll quickly become addicted to. So if you are looking for a place to go for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Spring Break; don’t forget to look Down Under!
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