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Mini Travel Guide: Tasmania

There are so many things to do in Tasmania! Click through for tons of travel tips from a local - what to do, where to eat, and how to travel cheap in Tasmania! >> yesandyes.org
There are so many things to do in Tasmania! It’s more than the island home to everyone’s favorite devil. There’s amazing seafood, the intriguing convict past (!!), and pick-your-own fruit. Lovely! Local Mischa tells us all about it!

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Mini Travel Guide: The Florida Keys

Looking for a travel guide to the Florida Keys? Click through for Florida Keys travel tips from a local - where to go, what to do, and how to travel the Keys safely, cheaply, and respectfully!
Hello! My name is Jennifer and I am from the high mountains of Colorado. However, 10 years ago I moved from the cold snow to the warmth of the Florida Keys.

Since then I’ve lived on land and on a sailboat here in the Conch Republic, a little chain of islands, (or keys as they’re called from the Spanish word cayo meaning island) off the tip of south Florida. In that time, I’ve explored every inch of this island chain. There is so much to do! (more…)

Mini Travel Guide: Belize

Tons of super helpful travel tips about where to go, what to eat, what to do - and how to do it cheaply! // yesandyes.org
There are many tropical vacation destinations in the world to choose from, but a rare gem that few tourists stumble upon is the country of Belize. Sandwiched between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize provides unique experiences for leisurely and adventurous travelers. As the locals say, “you better Belize it!”

My name is Suzi and Belize has been my vacation destination for the past couple of years. While I call Seattle, Washington my year-round home, Belize has become another home base since I work virtually with Hanna Stables.

Owned and run by a local Belizean family, this tourist establishment has been welcoming visitors for horseback rides and organic farm stays for several destinations. I’m lucky to work with them to help plan vacations for guests and coordinate online bookings.

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Must Go in Belize

Belize’s best sites are spread all over the country so the best way to see them is to hire a taxi or rent a car. Alternatively, you can take public buses or local flights.

Caye Caulker

Off the coast of Belize City, there are cayes or islands that are popular tourist destinations. While the most popular is the town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, there is another smaller, cozier caye right next to it: Caye Caulker. Both are accessible via water taxi from Belize City.

Five miles long, Caye Caulker is a small limestone island with just over 30 tiny hotels and a cluster of restaurants, shops, and snorkeling and diving businesses.

San Ignacio

Located on mainland Belize in the Cayo district, San Ignacio is 90 minutes from Belize City. Close to the Guatemala border, it’s usually a stopover for travelers heading to Tikal.

However, there are many Mayan ruins and jungle adventures in San Ignacio and it is worth exploring for a few days. Accommodations vary from cheap hostels to tree house cabanas to high-end resorts. Activity-wise, the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, Caracol and Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave are popular.

Placencia

Even further away from Belize City (3.5 hours) is the former fishing village of Placencia. It is home to a number of beachfront hotels, cabanas, and restaurants as well as the narrowest street in the world.

It is a great base for travelers wishing to do snorkeling or scuba diving day trips or head into the mountainous jungles close to San Ignacio while spending the night closer to the beach.

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Must Do in Belize

Mayan Ruins

There is no shortage of Mayan archeological sites; most are located inland in the Cayo District. The most historically significant is Caracol, a site that was once the center of one of the largest Maya kingdoms.

The most popular site is Xunantunich, meaning “Stone Woman” – a reference to a ghost believed to inhabit the site. In Belize, it’s legal for visitors to climb all over the ruins, something you can’t do in the surrounding countries.

Caving

Caving is another reason why many adventure travelers flock to Belize. Whether you’re an experienced caver or beginner, there’s a tour for you! One of the most popular caving tours is Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave.

This intense adventure involves swimming, crawling, scampering, and climbing for nearly four hours in an underground cave. At the end of the cave, you can see where Mayan shamans allegedly conducted rituals. Believe it or not, this tour is perfectly fine for inexperienced cavers, as long as they are in good physical condition.

Water Activities

You might already know about the Great Blue Hole, a widely photographed large submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. There are many tours that allow you to dive or fly over the hole.

But did you know that Belize boasts the world’s second-largest great barrier reef?!From any of the Cayes or Placencia, you can take a trip out to snorkel or scuba dive, and there is also a special tour to Shark Ray Alley that lets you swim with rays and sharks!

Mini Travel Guide: Belize // yesandyes.org

Must Eat in Belize

The culture in Belize is very diverse and so is the food! Coastal towns have more Kriol influence in their foods  and serve lots of fresh seafood. Try the lobster and if you’re adventurous, the conch and barracuda as well.

Inland, Belizean food is more Hispanic, serving staples like rice and beans with cochinita pibil (slow roasted pork) and empanadas. If you’d like to try something new, try the gibnut (a large rodent), cow foot soup, or bamboo chicken (which is actually iguana!)

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Cultural Tips for Traveling in Belize

Belize is one of the only countries in Central America where English is widely spoken and U.S. dollars are openly accepted, making it an ideal destination for American tourists.

That being said, there is also quite a bit of Spanish spoken throughout the country, especially as you head further inland. Most Belizeans are very friendly and will greet you with a smile. The country is also fairly safe, but I’d avoid Belize City.

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Travel on the Cheap in Belize

Belize can be a relatively expensive country to visit, especially when compared to nearby Guatemala. You can save money by staying in budget hostels and buying your food at the farmers’ markets. Taxis can get expensive.

It’s much cheaper to take the public bus, but it will take you longer to reach your destination.  One the best ways to save money is to visit during Summer – the slow season.

Like most places, Airbnb is usually cheaper than a hotel and a lot more authentic! Here’s a treehouse for $75 a night or a private, seaside room for $35. If you’ve never used Airbnb before, here’s $40 towards your first booking!

Thanks so much for sharing, Suzi! I’m sure lots of you have been to Belize – what would you add to this list?

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Photos: wikipedia  // Glen Murphy // Eric Pheterson // Larnie Fox // Drriss and Marrionn // Ian Morton

Mini Travel Guide: America’s Deep South

Looking for a travel guide to the Deep South? Click through for Southern travel tips - what to do, where to eat, and how to do it all cheaply!

Looking for a travel guide to America’s Deep South – home to impeccable manners, charming accents, fried chicken, and peach pie? As a third-generation Minnesotan I know NOTHING about life south of the Mason-Dixon line, so I brought in a local to share her best Southern travel tips with us!


Howdy ya’ll! I’m Lauren and I grew up in a small town in South Carolina that had a post office, a church and a rodeo. I lived in and traveled around the Deep South for 25 years until I moved to Seoul, South Korea and everyday I miss those southern drawls and starry skies. But don’t worry, I’ve found a way to make sweet tea here.

I grew up playing in creeks, attending the rodeo and church regularly and sitting on big porches in rocking chairs. It truly is a beautiful way of life in the south and I hope you can experience it one day.

Travel in American South

MUST GO IN AMERICA’S DEEP SOUTH

Beaches

Charleston, South Carolina is truly the gem of the south; if you only have one chance to visit the south, Charleston has it all the southern charm you need. Charleston boasts southern hospitality with that charming southern drawl and it is one of our most beautiful and historic cities.

Spend the day with the locals on Folly Beach and indulge in a rich array of local foods and markets along Rainbow Row. Right down the road, boasting similar qualities but shaded by Live Oak Trees laden with Spanish moss is Savannah, Georgia. And for the wide-open beach bums who want water sports and/or no city distractions see the expansive Outer Banks.

Cities

New Orleans, Louisiana is a must to see the French Quarter, eat Beignets and stroll down Bourbon Street. Nashville, Tennessee is the home of country music where you can rub shoulders with stars on any street corner.

Athens, Georgia is home to the beautiful, historic UGA campus and where REM and the B52s both got their start. Athens’ historic downtown boasts of 95 bars within 3 small blocks with more local art, music, food, breweries and shopping than any other small town.

Memphis, Tennessee is the birthplace of the Blues, home to Elvis Presley and The Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King, JR was assassinated.

Mountains

If you’re looking for a more local, hipster retreat try Ashville or Boone for lots of local art, street musicians and great food. For a kitschy, family fun experience visit Pigeon Forge.

For a mix of the city life but to still enjoy the mountain retreat scene spend some time in Chattanooga or Gatlinburg. For the ultimate mountain retreat experience where you can stay in a log cabin, wear plaid, chop your wood and buy local handmade crafts look for small towns in the Smoky Mountains or along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Make sure to check these smaller towns festival and fair schedules as they have the best events, like the Green Bean Festival or The Possum Drop! Regardless if you stay or not, these places have the best scenic mountain drives around, so be sure to take the long way and stop at as many overlooks and jam stands as you can.

Must do in the South

MUST DO IN THE SOUTH

Carnivals and Fairs

A classic southern summer and fall activity are carnivals and fairs. Go ride the ferris wheel and eat a funnel cake. Likely they will also have a country singer doing a live concert at these events and that is something you don’t want to miss! Put on your cowboy boots and cowboy hat and hit the open field for an evening of dancing and live entertainment under a blanket of a thousand stars.

Line dancing

Speaking of dancing, try to catch a lesson in line dancing or shag dancing if you can. Make sure you get outside to ride ATVs, go mud slinging and if you’re near a swamp take an airboat out to see the alligators.

Nascar

And for all the fans of adrenaline and fast cars, make sure you catch a Nascar Race or a monster truck show. Most southern of all: attend a rodeo! For those looking for a more quintessential and quiet experience do a farm stay where you can milk a cow, collect eggs, till the land and ride a horse.

Must eat in the South

MUST EAT IN THE SOUTH

Sweet tea

The south is famous for its ability to deep-fry anything and then add butter, salt and sugar. While it may not be the healthiest region of the land, it very well could be the tastiest. A southern staple with any meal, at any time of the day is a cold glass of sweet tea.

Cheerwine

You should also try Cheerwine, Cherry Lemon Sundrop and for an adult beverage try Firefly vodka or go to a moonshine tasting.

Biscuits and gravy

For breakfast eat biscuits and gravy or shrimp and grits. For the rest of your meals you have a lot of great options, most will include a fried dish or two.

Deep pit barbecue

Famous southern meals are Chicken-n-Dumplins and Deep Pit BBQ. You will also want to find good places that serve Soul Food and Creole Food. And don’t forget to eat your veggies: fried okra or squash and collard greens.

Cultural tips for traveling in the south

CULTURAL TIPS FOR TRAVELING IN THE SOUTH

Southerners are known for their hospitality. When you are out in public everyone will speak to you, wave to you and will lend a helping hand. So be sure to return the favor.

Hold open the door, especially for a lady, say excuse me, don’t push past someone, be a gentleman and be patient. These manners and common courtesies are highly valued in southern towns and will make it much easier for you to make friends and get assistance when needed.

Most importantly, learn your ma’ams and sirs. Respect when addressing someone, especially your elder is the key to winning a southerners heart. Answering questions with a ‘yes ma’am’ or ‘no sir’ will truly make your interactions much more pleasant and successful.

Know that directions can tend to be more ‘loose’ and landmark based. Hearing someone say ‘just go round yonder and turn by the Wal-Mart’ is likely. So be sure to ask for clarification or bring a GPS as dirt roads lined with cornfields can go on for miles and miles with no signs or gas stations.

It gets hot, sticky and itchy in the south. During summer months (April-October) it gets very hot and humid and the bugs come out to bite. So dress accordingly, bring sunscreen and bug spray.

The south is wonderful and hospitable and people will want you to stay and sit and chat, but one area they struggle with is being multi-lingual. The main second language spoken in the south, in general, is Spanish but on a very basic level. So have a good translator app and be prepared with your patience if English isn’t your first or best language.

We respect God and Country and by ‘Country’ we mean the south because those city folk from up north just don’t get understand us sometimes. And on Sundays most everything will shut down so you can attend church. Alcohol won’t likely be sold and everyone will drive nice and slow…

And last, a word of warning: when someone says ‘bless his heart’ know that it doesn’t always carry the kindest connotation

Cheap southern travel

cheap travel tips for THE SOUTH

The southern states are very expansive and farmlands cover a great deal of the area. Therefore traveling around can be tricky, even in major cities. Southerners are car people. Everyone owns a car because public transportation is almost non-existent.

The best thing you can do on a trip to the south, especially if you are going to be traveling to multiple places is to rent a car. This will also allow you to see some of the South’s greatest natural beauties that you can’t get to on any bus routes.

Speaking of natural beauty, the south is very proud of their land and much of it is reserved as some type of government-protected parks. A great way to see these hidden gems and to have very cheap lodging is to camp. It is very fun pastime for southerners and you will likely make some new friends around the campfire.

Airbnb is likely cheaper than a hotel and a much better way to experience Southern hospitality. Here’s a two-bedroom house in Savannah for $50 a night and here’s a creek-side log cabin in Boone for $60 a night. If you’ve never used Airbnb before, here’s a $40 credit towards your first booking!

Hostels are non-existent. Food is very moderately to cheaply priced compared to the northern states and so is gas.

I hope I’ve given you a tiny glimpse into how diverse and welcoming the Deep South is. If you have any questions please ask in the comments and I’ll be around to answer.

Thanks so much for sharing, Lauren! I’m sure we have plenty of Southern readers – what would you guys add to this list?

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Mini Travel Guide: Bavaria + Northern Austria

Looking for a travel guide to Bavaria? Click through for an ex-pat's best Bavaria travel tips - what to do, where to go, and how to travel Bavaria cheaply, safely, and respectfully!

Hi! I’m Margo, a Virginian currently calling Germany home. Since moving here in 2013, my husband, schnoodle (that’d be a schnauzer + poodle) and I have been traveling around Europe nearly nonstop.

There’s so much to see! One of our favorite destinations to explore is not far from our front door: Bavaria! Home of BMW (Bavarian Motor Works), Oktoberfest, and Bayern Munchen (the Yankees of European soccer clubs), the German state of Bavaria attracts visitors worldwide who come to enjoy it’s culture, food and stunning scenery.

Must do in Bavaria and Northern Austria

Must Go in Bavaria and Northern Austria

Munich

The vibrant capital of Bavaria, Munich (or Munchen) is considered to be one of Europe’s most livable cities. In the city center, visitors find countless pedestrian zones engulfed in cross-timbered architecture, and littered with historic watering holes, like the Hofbrauhaus.

Apart from touring the famous Residenz Palace, be sure to check out the surfers in the English Gardens and grab a beer from one of its many beer gardens.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Perched in the Alps in southern Bavaria, mad King Ludwig’s dramatic royal residence was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s castle. During the summer, around 6,000 visitors stop by daily, so be sure to make reservations to tour the castle in advance. Less stressful and just as enjoyable, skip the tour inside and stroll to Mary’s Bridge for stunning Instagram-worthy views.

Salzburg (Austria)

Minutes from the border, Mozart’s city of Salzburg has the entire package – with the beautiful pastels of the old town and rich musical history, the city makes an ideal basecamp for Alpine hiking, and, of course, walking in the steps of the Van Trapps in the Sound of Music. Just a speedy two hour train from Munich, Salzburg is a delightful destination for getting an authentic and scenic flavor of Europe.

Garmisch

One of Germany’s most popular outdoor-oriented destinations, a storybook old town sits at the base of the mighty Alps. Winter is a hit for skiiers and summer brings endless hiking trails through to nearby lakes and rivers or up the mighty Zugspitze, Germany’s tallest peak. Host to the 1936 Olympic Games, the town of Garmisch maintains a tangible feeling of nostalgia and charm.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Germany’s best-preserved medieval walled town, Rothenburg is the closest thing to the North Pole during the wintertime, with its endless cross-timbers and dazzling light displays. During the summer the blooming flowers make for an idyllic reprieve from busy itineraries. Be sure to book an overnight stay to see and enjoy the village to it’s full potential without the mega tour groups!
Must do in Bavaria and Northern Austria

Must Do in Bavaria and Northern Austria

Party at Oktoberfest

Bar none the most famous festival in all of Europe, Oktoberfest, in Munich, is worthy of every bucket list. Tourists and locals crowd into giant beer tents on fairgrounds in the city center. While the oompah bands wail, 1 liter steins (called ‘Mass’) filled to the brim with the golden good stuff are served. Be careful, beer here is usually well above 6% ABV compared to Bud Light at 4% ABV.
Our favorite spot is the Hacker-Pschorr tent for it’s fun, youthful vibe, and especially tasty brew.

Hike in the Alps

With Bavaria pressing up against the Tyrolean Alps of Austria you can count on spectacular trails meandering all along Germany’s southern border. A favorite destination for outdoor lovers, Berchtesgaden National Park is a spectacular sight as the snowcapped Alps meet bright reflective lakes. No wonder it was named as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Tour the Christmas Markets

For a quintessential European Christmas market experience, Bavaria is the place to be. While the endless pedestrian squares in Munich fill to the brim with vendors selling gluwein (hot mulled wine), crafts, and sausages, villages across Bavaria celebrate the season with weekend markets in cozy town squares.
The markets in Rothenberg (mentioned above) are hugely popular, however, Bamberg and Regensburg are also well worth seeing.

Must eat in Bavaria and Northern Austria

Must Eat in Bavaria and Northern Austria

Weisswurst

This white sausage is eaten without it’s skin (ask a local for instructions on the skinning process!) and served with a generous heap of mustard and a classic German pretzel. You’ll find lots of wursts for sale, but in my opinion this one takes the cake!

Kase Spatzle

The German equivalent to American mac and cheese, kase spatzle is a standard menu item throughout Bavaria and especially popular at festivals, like Oktoberfest. Hand-cut noodles (spatzel) are tossed with fresh cheese and sautéed onions for a quick savory meal.

Beer

The rumors are true, beer in Bavaria (and all over Germany for that matter) is truly cheaper than water. Dunkelweisen is dark and chocolaty while Hefeweizen is white and wheaty, much like Blue Moon. Pils is your classic choice and a Radler is a surprisingly delightful mix of pils and lemon soda (a great choice for Oktoberfest attendees looking for a less blurry experience).

Cultural tips for travel in Bavaria and Northern Austria

Cultural Tips for travel in Bavaria and Northern Austria

Bavarian Attire

Bavarians pride themselves on their traditional dress; for many, dirndls (for ladies) and lederhosen (for men) are indeed everyday apparel. If you’re joining in the fun of Oktoberfest, dress accordingly or you’ll stick out like a sore thumb! (Not to mention, it’s more fun that way!) If you’re touring the countryside don’t be surprised by the leather suspenders and checkered fabrics.

Glass Pfand

Disposable containers are not commonplace in Germany. With that, expect to pay a nominal pfand (1-2 euro) for glasses at festivals and outdoor venues. Don’t worry, when you’re ready to leave just return your glass for a full refund.

Prost!

When cheers-ing your new German friends say “Prost” and be sure to make eye contact! Not making eye contact is considered rude.

cheap travel in Bavaria and Northern Austria

Cheap travel tips for Bavaria and Northern Austria

Lodging

Hotel rooms in Europe are not typically large enough to accommodate four adults, quickly ramping up lodging costs for travelers. Opt for low cost choices like Airbnb or FlipKey for short term apartment rentals, many require just a 2-night stay.

Here’s a beautiful private room in Salzburg for $35 a night and here’s an entire apartment in Munich for $44. If you’ve never used Airbnb before, here’s a $40 credit towards your first booking!

Rail Travel

For the lowest rail rates, book rail tickets directly on the Deutsch Bahn website. Tickets go on sale 92 days in advance and are the cheapest at that point.
Thanks so much for sharing, Margo! I’m sure there are a few German or Austrian readers – what are your can’t-misses or Bavaria travel tips?

Mini Travel Guide: Australia’s Northern Territory

Looking for a travel guide to Australia's Northern Territory? Click through for a locals best Northern Australia travel tips - where to go, what to do, and how to travel Australia's Northern Territory cheaply, safely, and respectfully!

Looking for a travel guide to Australia’s Northern Territory? Want to see more of Australia than the Sydney Opera House? You’re in the right place! I brought in a local to share her best Northern Australia travel tips – what to do, where to go, and how to travel Northern Australia cheaply, safely, and respectfully!

G’day. I’m Anne, an Australian veterinarian and blogger. I grew up on the East Coast of Australia (think pristine beaches and blue skies) but have always had an affinity with the Northern Territory.
The red dirt in the centre, the tropical weather in the North, and the wildlife all over make this a very special destination. Plus it just feels like this is a relatively untamed expanse where one can have a genuine adventure.

Must go in Australia's Northern Territory

Must go in Australia’s Northern Territory

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

This park contains Uluru (sometimes referred to as Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (also known as The Olgas). You can’t stay within the park, so will need to just outside at the Ayer’s Rock Resort (about ten minutes’ drive away).
The Resort is also ten minutes from Yulara Airport. Buses operate between the airport and resort. From the Resort it’s easy to join a tour to Uluru or Kata Tjuta. If you have to pick one, I recommend Uluru.
No photo can do it justice. This monolith is over 9km (5.8 miles) in diameter and 348 metres high. I’ve seen it rain on one side and be sunny on the other. It changes colour constantly through the day.
Sunrise and sunset are the best times for viewing. Depending on the season, coach tours will leave between 4 and 5 am so you won’t miss anything. Bring a jumper (sweater) as it can be unexpectedly cool in the morning (the temperature can drop to near freezing in winter).

Kakadu National Park

The World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park is massive – covering 20,000 square kilometres. And it’s a wildlife haven. Take a wetland cruise to get up close to the wildlife, including crocodiles.
Looking for a travel guide to Australia's Northern Territory? Click through for a locals best Northern Australia travel tips - where to go, what to do, and how to travel Australia's Northern Territory cheaply, safely, and respectfully!

Must eat in Australia’s Northern Territory

Crocodile and kangaroo meat is promoted heavily to the tourist market, but often sold in a fast-food format (crocodile burgers, for example). At the end of the day it looks and tastes similar to other types of meat, and won’t appeal to vegetarians.

A more interesting oral adventure can be had sampling bush tucker – traditional foods gathered by indigenous Australians, using knowledge passed down from the elders. Many resorts and parks offer guided bush tucker tours, like this one in Katherine.

Locally grown tropical fruit is abundant at all of the weekend markets in the Top End, such as the Parap Market in Darwin, relatively cheaply. If you’ve never tried rambutans or dragon fruit, don’t miss the opportunity.

Must do in Australia's Northern Territory

Must do in Australia’s Northern Territory

The cage of death

Despite its intimidating name and the irony that you will need to sign a waiver stating you are “of sound mind” as you enter a contraption called “the Cage of Death”, this experience at Crocosaurus Cove in Mitchell Street Darwin is life-affirming. Essentially you are lowered into a crocodile pen inside a croc-proof viewing cage.
For fifteen minutes you can observe the underwater action of these magnificent creatures – or even watch them being fed. I’ve worked with crocodiles during my training, but this encounter allowed me to see aspects of them I’d never see otherwise – like the fact that they can be so active underwater without making a ripple on the surface.
You can do it alone, but I recommend going in with a friend. All you need are swimmers and potentially a waterproof camera – or for a bit extra you can get the staff photographer to take photos so you can just focus on the experience.
In peak periods, you might need to book a few weeks in advance. Exhilarating.

Ride a bike around Uluru

Uluru (sometimes referred to as Ayer’s Rock) is usually photographed from one side, giving the impression that it is a large but essentially flat rock. In fact, it is vast, irregular in shape and over 9km around.
The base walk is fantastic, but the heat can be grueling. A more comfortable option is to hire a bike and ride around the base – you can still stop to check out waterholes, and the bikes won’t put off the local wildlife – but you can chase the shade.

cultural tips for traveling in Australia's Northern Territory

Cultural Tips for Traveling in Australia’s Northern Territory

Respect indigenous culture

Ask permission before taking photos of indigenous people, activities or artwork (including rock carvings). There are cultural reasons why photography may be unacceptable in these circumstances. Some areas are signposted as sacred and should not be photographed. If in doubt, ask a local.

Avoid climbing Uluru 

Many overseas visitors want to climb the rock because they can, but this is insensitive to the local Indigenous people who request that visitors do not climb (not least because people die from heat stroke in the process). You’ll learn more about the rock and the local Anangu people from guided tours around the base.

Watch the wildlife

The Territory is home to hundreds of wildlife species. Unfortunately, thousands of reptiles, mammals and birds are killed by cars and trucks. It’s not uncommon for kangaroo and wallaby joeys to be orphaned when their mothers are hit by cars. They tend to be “dazzled” and disoriented in the headlights.

Care should be taken especially when driving at night. If you do hit a mammal and it is safe to do so, check the pouch for young and transport the animal to the closest veterinarian. Do not handle bats as these can carry Lyssavirus (this causes a rabies-like virus).

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Cheap travel tips for Australia’s Northern Territory

The Territory is vast. The distance between Darwin (at the Top End) and Alice Springs (the Red Centre) is around 1500km – that’s a solid two-day drive.
Jetstar is a budget airline that offers cheap flights within the Territory as well as to other parts of Australia. The benefit of flying is that it leaves more time.
If you must drive, sharing a hire-car and fuel costs is very economical. You will need a vehicle with air-conditioning – even in the winter months. Take plenty of water with you and let someone know your travel plans.
Public transport in many of the towns is non-existent so can’t be relied on, and hitchhiking is not recommended.
Airbnb is cheaper than most hotels and nicer than a hostel. Here’s a whole apartment in Darwin for $60 a night and here’s an apartment in Alice Springs (with a pool!) for $67! If you’ve never used Airbnb before, here’s $40 towards your first booking!
I know there are heaps of Aussie readers – what are the other can’t-misses of the Northern Territory or other Australian travel tips?