Why Not Go Travelling (and Camping) in Australia?

If you love travelling and camping then you can’t possibly go past travelling in camping in Australia. Australia is a land full of possibilities for the person who likes roughing it a little, spending a little time behind the wheel and seeing a wide open land.

Australia is one of the biggest confidence in the world, yet has an extremely small population. Most of the population of Australia clings to the coastline, and the interior of the country, called the “outback” by the locals, is largely uninhabited except for a few population centres.

Not only that but Australia is a stunningly beautiful country, and for the traveller willing to invest a little time and money is one of the best places to visit.

Of course it’s not easy. There’s large distances involved and you’re not likely to see everything in a week. However if you have the time you will have a travelling experience unlike any other.

Of course you can just fly from one city to the next. But doing that you miss the best country. The way to see the best of Australia is to buy or hire a four-wheel-drive, get into the outback, preferably away from civilisation, and go camping.

There’s nothing quite like sitting around the campfire in the evening watching a red glowing sunset, roasting your dinner or maybe watching the kangaroos hopping by.

Of course if you go camping you need camping equipment. For a couple the best way to go camping is to use what is called a rooftop tent. A rooftop tent is a fold up canvas tent that lives on the roof of your vehicle on roof racks.

Each evening you fold out your tent, erect a little ladder, fluff up your betting which has spent the day snuggled inside your tent, and you’re ready to sleep. In the morning fold it all away again and you’re good to go.

Rooftop tents are relatively recent inventions, and are far more user-friendly for a couple than your traditional canvas tent. Packed up on the roof they are out of the way but easily accessible, and are about the most convenient way to carry your accommodation.

Of course if you’re travelling with a family this isn’t quite as realistic, because even the biggest rooftop tent will not accommodate 4 or 5 people. In this event look for a quality canvas tent or preferably a camper trailer.

A camper trailer is similar to a caravan except that the accommodation is made from canvas and this all folds up into the trailer each morning, and is unfolded at night. A quality camper trailer will have good cooking facilities located in the trailer.

So for larger families park your camper trailer somewhere

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Budget Travel Insurance – Can You Get Quality Cover at a Low Price?

off. Fine if you have the money available for what can be an expensive buy but if you do not, what options do you have? Should you travel without insurance or make do with some form of budget travel insurance? It is always better to have some cover than none at all. But can you get quality or even reasonable cover at a budget price?

The answer is… Yes you can. There are now hundreds of insurers who provide this type of cover so with some determination you will be able to find a budget travel insurance policy that gives you the cover you need at a price you can afford. You just need to know where to look.

Use a Broker

Don’t think that just because you are using someone else to find you your insurance that you are going to pay a lot for it. Many brokers specialise in the budget end of the market and offer policies that include all the cover you need at a competitive price. Because they have standardised the product offering they are able to offer volume discounts and will even be able to give you a choice of budget travel insurance plans. They also offer expertise, advice and a real person to talk to that will help you make your decision.

Go Direct to the Insurance Company

Going direct to an insurer can also get you a good value quality product. Many of the large insurers that you think would be too expensive for you now own smaller specialist companies that focus exclusively on travel insurance. They are often branded differently from the main company but you are more likely to get a quality product even though you are paying a cheaper price.

Search the Internet

A lot of the subsidiaries of major travel insurance companies operate exclusively online, which is another place you should look. If you are confident about doing all your own research and making the decision yourself you should follow this route. Internet purchases offer the lowest prices and you shouldn’t go wrong as long as you check which insurer is actually underwriting your policy.

Buy an Annual Policy

If you plan to make several trips during the year think about buying an annual or multi-trip budget travel insurance policy. You pay a one-off annual fee and for this you will get cover for you and your family if you wish for all your trips for 12 months. Stick with a well-known name, buy through a broker or over the internet and you should get a quality insurance policy at a very good price. If you take several trips during the year you will be amazed how little you are effectively paying for travel insurance for each one.

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