The East coast of Australia is one of the world’s most popular travel routes, and it’s easy to see why.
Sailing in the infamous Whitsunday islands, camping on Fraser Island and diving in Cairns at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef all contribute to an action packed journey that would be difficult to forget.
Australia is a relatively easy country for Brits to travel through due to the similarity in cultures, as well as the obvious fact that everyone speaks English. And it makes sense that the majority of people who are willing and able to travel are generally on the right side of 30.
But these two facts combined together has made for an 18-30 ‘lads-on-tour-2k13′ type feel to many parts of the country. It seems that no matter where you visit, at any given area of interest, there will probably be a very high ratio of British – or Irish, actually – to any other nationality and chances are that a large proportion of these will be either drunk, in the process of getting drunk, or suffering from the previous nights state of intoxication.
Not only does this result in the notorious reputation that Brits have acquired for functioning only by plying themselves with their own body weight in alcohol, but it can also work to ruin what travelling should be all about: exploring a different country and experiencing things that you couldn’t get to do at home.
Don’t get me wrong. I am partial to a drink… or two.
Especially when I’m away and don’t know many people around me. It breaks the ice, there’s no awkwardness past the first drink or two, and you’ll probably achieve a funny a story to laugh or cringe about in the morning. But so many people let a hangover ruin their entire trip.
How can you make the most of your amazing surroundings whilst drinking yourself half to death?
1) Plan some big trips prior to getting there
The more research you do into the East coast, the more likely you are to realise that there are so many incredible things to do that would be a crying shame to miss out on. Planning three or four trips that you know are going to cost you money and time but will give back an unforgettable experience will ensure that you get out of bed, shake off a hangover and don't leave Oz without completing them!
2) Invent a hangover cure
Okay, so this one is maybe a little bit unrealistic. If there was a magic pill to cure a hangover, the world would be a better place. As this is not yet in existence, you're going to have to setle with a little does of sensibility. A bottle of water, a couple of ibruprofen and some food before you go to bed and then all the orange juice you can handle and more in the morning, and you should just about me able to muster the energy to enjoy the day.
3) Opt for the road less travelled
Pretty hard to attribute to any of the East coast, but it is possible. Doing something slightly different to the 'must sees' of the guide books will not only steer you away from the hazy alcohol felled frivolity of the main attractions for a little bit, but will open your eyes to a bit of the real Australia.
It's not all beers and bitches. Not quite.