I’m excited to announce another guest post on Art Travel Eat Repeat. Marie Nieves from www.highstylife.com has written a lovely post for those of you who might not have plans to be with family this Christmas. Why not visit Australia instead? Sounds like a good idea to me!
Do you tend to feel gloomy and melancholic during the Christmas season? The fact that everyone around you is all jolly and excited about everything is not helping your situation at all. In fact, you need to pretend you feel the same way when you actually feel horrible. So, why don’t you try something different this year? Who says you need to put up with uncomfortable questions about who you will be spending Christmas with? Instead, you could be in Australia experiencing a whole new way of celebrating the holidays – in the summertime as a tourist!
If this is your first visit to Australia, perhaps you should start from Sydney. Since you will not have very much time for any detailed tours and sightseeing, I would suggest getting on the Hop-On Hop-Off bus. A daily ticket allows you to cruise the city in this bus and get off at any popular sightseeing spot in the city. After seeing the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge etc, take a break in the Chippendale area. Lots of cool bars, shops and amazing Chippendale restaurants will satisfy everybody’s taste. Anyway, bear in mind that the city will be packed with people and that some venues might have different working hours than usual, so I would advise you to do some research before you arrive and make a plan of your daily activities.
The Great Barrier Reef
A couple of days before Christmas, you could visit the Great Barrier Reef. Being considered one of the natural wonders, this place will absolutely blow you away. It is the biggest reef in the world. It can be seen from outer space and it consists solely out of living organisms. You will be able to see all the colours of nature, and all this underwater! Whether you want to cruise around by boat or helicopter, or you want to go diving or snorkeling, this place has it all! This is a very summery activity, so it will make you completely forget about which time of the year it is and you’ll just get the summer vibes which will put you in a good mood.
Christmas Day and Christmas Eve
When Christmas Day arrives, forget about the way you usually spend it. You have to do it the Aussie way – at Sydney’s Bondi Beach for example. Put on your bathing suit, get yourself some champagne and enjoy a day of barbecuing at the beach. When you are not eating or drinking, you can go surfing or just lay in the sun. Here you will find a perfect mixture of locals and tourists enjoying the holiday together. The atmosphere is truly wonderful. Just don’t forget to bring sunscreen! If you prefer a more romantic scenery, try spending Christmas Eve in Melbourne where an event named Melbourne’s Carols by Candlelight takes place. This is an entire spectacle which includes thousands of candles lighting up the sky on Christmas Eve.
However you decide to plan your trip on Christmas, make sure to be informed. Some cities are far away from each other and, considering it is the holiday season, perhaps catching a flight will not be so easy. For example, Melbourne and Sydney are an hour and a half flight away, so maybe you will be able to do both activities in one day if you get a plane ticket early. Regardless of your plans, you are guaranteed to have a blast! Instead of reliving Christmas depression, this year you will find yourself happy and full of energy looking back on your holiday activities.
About the author
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.