Australia is literally on the other side of the world, so if you’re planning on emigrating there then it’s imperative to consider travel time, travel costs and the various flight paths/airports. If you plan on leaving family behind then this is especially important as you may wish to travel back and forth or even convince your family to come and visit you when you’re settled in your new home. It’s also worthwhile looking at the ways in which you can make your travel a little more comfortable by reading online articles, asking friends who travel regularly, or asking your doctor the best ways to take care of yourself during a long-haul flight.
If you’re flying to Australia from the UK then you can expect to spend up to 26 hours traveling to get there, depending on your stopovers and delays. Typical stopover destinations include Dubai, Bangkok, Singapore or Hong Kong.
Flight prices for Australia can range anywhere from £500 to £1500+, depending on who you travel with, time of year, and any special requirements/stopovers etc. It is worth shopping around and finding a good deal, but it’s important to keep in mind that cheaper flights may not offer as much comfort as the more expensive ones… You may regret knocking off £100 for your flight when you’re 10 hours into your journey, trying to sleep but can’t because of the uncomfortable springs in your economy seat.
We’ve put together 5 of our top traveling tips for you, to make the most out of your journey and to ensure you don’t arrive miserable in your new home:
- Restrict your hand luggage
Cut down on what you pack in your hand luggage. Bits and bobs that you don’t need might roll out, take up valuable legroom and generally cramp your little living space.
- Distract yourself
Laptop, films, books and games… Anything that will make the time go quicker and keep you entertained.
If you have frequent flier miles, or can afford it consider an upgrade. No doubt you’ll get more space and more comfort, which you will really appreciate 10 hours into your long-haul flight.
- Get ready to sleep
If you find it difficult to sleep on aeroplanes then invest in a neck pillow, eye mask, sleep aids, blanket, and/or ear plugs. It will also help if you’re wearing loose fitting clothes. When you’ve finished your 5th film and you just want to nod off, these things will help you do so comfortably.
- Stay healthy
Stay hydrated and make sure you have enough money on you to pay for any additional food and water you might need during your journey. Talk to your doctor if you have any special requirements and make sure you make these known to the flight company. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a known risk of longer flights, so make sure you walk up and down the aisle regularly and keep stretching, moving and flexing your legs to encourage blood flow. You can also buy special socks from most airports to prevent DVT.