If you’ve never been to a boat party, you may wonder what actually goes on. Many clubbing destinations around the world have boat parties each night, especially club-central locations like Ibiza, Malia and Zante to name a few. A boat party is exactly like being in a club, but outdoors with beautiful scenery and plenty of people. If you’re a hardcore clubber then you’ll love this type of trip, but for those who aren’t quite so wild, it can be a lot to take in. People have drunk a lot of alcohol so there can be a lot of people being sick, whilst there isn’t really escape from the loud music and not many opportunities to speak to your friends. It’s also easy to get lost on a big boat so if you do attend a boat party make sure you do so with caution.
Australia has some of the highest UV levels in the world and that’s why it has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world. UVA penetrates deep into the skin causing damage like wrinkles and discolouration, and exposure to UVB causes sunburn, which can cause permanent skin damage. It doesn’t matter whether it’s severe or mild, you can get skin cancer, so it’s important to cover up properly in Australia. The best way to protect yourself from sunburn and other forms of skin damage are by putting on protective clothing, slapping on suncream, wearing hats, seeking shade and wearing sunglasses. Ignoring these when you’re in the sun can significantly increase your chances of gaining skin cancer, so do take care, especially in Australia and Australasia! Remember, Ozone in the atmosphere varies on a daily basis and has an effect on UV levels, so you should check the weather forecast daily for a better insight.
It’s a relief when your flight is booked, your accommodation is planned and your suitcase is packed. Nothing but happiness right? Well, this depends on how far you’re flying. Long haul flights can be difficult to cope with, but we’ve got some tips to help you get through it without any problems.
You will want to have a little plan in place for wasting away a few hours of your flight, and we don’t mean working; staring at word processing documents and spreadsheets may burn up some of those hours, but it does not make them vanish. The best way to burn some time is to watch a TV series or some Hollywood blockbusters. Tow films later and you’ll be 4 hours into your flight. The more films the better we say. You may also want to consider a sleep aid. You can buy natural sleep aids like those including melatonin, or drugs such as Ambien. We recommend you try them before you buy them so you know how well they work. If you don’t like that idea just try to make sure you’re comfortable. Neck cushions are a nice buy, and another tip is to not dress for style, dress for comfort. Think comfy jogging bottoms rather than tight denim jeans.
So you’ve got your Australian working holiday visa and you’ve spent the best part of the year there, but now you’re ready to head over to New Zealand. What do you need to make it into the country?
This depends on how long you’re planning to stay out there and whether you need to work whilst you’re out there. If you only want to spend a month or two travelling then no problem, a visitor visa for New Zealand is pleasantly easy to sort out if you’re a permanent UK resident. Just turn up at the airport in Christchurch, Auckland or Wellington and hand over your passport, and you’ll get a six-month visitor visa absolutely free! No forms, no hassle, no worries.
You can even extend the length of your stay in New Zealand to up to nine months by contacting the New Zealand Immigration services, but remember you won’t be able to work as this is just a tourist visa. To work and travel, you’ll need to apply for a 1 year or 2 year working holiday visa.
After a few months or even a year of travelling, it’s not too easy returning home. Of course you’ll miss your family members and friends, but knowing your returning to the land of the ordinary can be very daunting. Here are a few tips for those who want to come home with a smile rather than a frown.
Your life has changed for the better
Just because you’re returning home doesn’t mean your period of having fun is over. You’re a seasoned traveller and you may well be going away again soon. You’ll have a more positive outlook on life and a better understanding on the world and how it operates.
You stand out form the crowd
How many people from your school have been travelling. You haven’t shifted into routine life, you’ve stepped outside the bubble and you deserve credit for that.
You’ve got the travel bug
I bet after a few week of returning home you’ll want to travel again; you’ve got the bug. And you will. Statistics show that people who have had gap a gap year tend to follow up by travelling to other countries soon after.