It’s not the snakes, spiders, crocodiles, sharks or jellyfish that can ruin your holiday in Australia because you can easily avoid them–it’s the sun, mate! Lying on the beach, walking, camping–pretty much any outdoor activity has the danger of sunburn. Most backpackers simply underestimate it until they suffer through it.
“You will see a lot of skin cancer clinics around Bondi Junction in Sydney – the sun above Australia (and even worse in New Zealand) shines through a big hole in ozone layer and will not only burn you badly – it’s much more likely to cause skin cancer than the sun in Northern Hemisphere,” says gondwananet.com.
European and North American travellers are in love with the beautiful Australian beaches because many of them are just empty–locals stay away from the direct sun. In contrast, tourists literally fry themselves to death under the sun. Due to the hot weather, they automatically uncover themselves while outside–a huge DON’T!
“The sun is dangerous. Wear a big hat, sunscreen, cover up and take a water bottle with you wherever you go. People have died or nearly died because they ignored that advice,” advises outback-australia-travel-secrets.com.
Look at some of the tips below from fellow backpackers, who have learnt their lesson, and try not to repeat their mistakes. At last, enjoy the trip!
“Lots of sun cream! Make sure to have enough money to last until you get a job and just have fun!”
“Make sure you bring plenty of sunscreen, make sure you travel everywhere and go to all the adventure parks!”
“Go…don’t think about it…live the dream and wear sunscreen…visit Ayres Rock!”
“Put sun cream on during summer! I saw so many people burnt and had to lose a week due to this (pointless)…”