Everybody is talking about Zika virus. Should you be worried about Zika virus when travelling to Australia?
The current Zika virus epidemic started in Brazil in May 2015 and has spread to many countries in South America. There are only few cases of Zika virus that have been reported in West Australian. The people who had tested positively recently traveled to South America.
Zika virus is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. These mosquitoes are not found in West Australian. However, that does not mean that there are no Aedes species in Australian. There over 30 species of Aedes mosquitoes in Australia. Some of these species include:
- Aedes aegypti found in Queensland.
- Aedes aculeatus which is found in northern NSW and southern QLD
- Aedes alboannulatus that is found in all states.
- Aedes alternans that is found in QLD, WA NSW, NT, VIC, SA,
The presence of these mosquito does not mean that you should not travel to Australia. From the reported cases, only two people have been infected. However, taking precaution should be considered especially for pregnant women.
Zika virus has been associated with birth defect called microcephaly where a baby is born with a small head. Consider carrying or buying mosquito repellent and applying mostly during day time as Aedes mosquito’s only bites during day time.
Sign and symptoms includes rashes, fever, pain in the joints and red eyes (Conjunctivitis ). There is not medication or vaccination for Zika virus. The only protection is the precaution you take like applying mosquito repellent.
Have you noticed that people who visit Australian cities always seem to gravitate towards Melbourne, Perth or Sydney. I think Brisbane is a fabulous city and is actually underrated. Its an attractive city for starts, set alongside the Brisbane River, and its hot, humid Summers allow for plenty of outdoor events and activities, and I love the vibey cosmopolitan feel of the city. Its got everything for city lovers and lots of parklands for the outdoorsy types like me. There are lots of awesome places to cycle, especially the tracks along the river, and believe it or not, there is even a man-made beach.
I love live theatre, and Brisbane has lots of theatres, so when I was there I saw a couple of live shows at the Playhouse Theatre and the Lyric Theatre. Fortitude Valley is a great attraction for those who like to be entertained at night and you’ll find lots of nightclubs, bars and restaurants, a lively atmosphere and definitely not for anyone who loves their peace and quiet. Next time you’re in Australia, try Brisbane – there is so much to see and lots of great tourist accommodation too – I was really impressed
I would not say that it is unsafe to travel alone in Australia. In spite of the safety, crimes against single travelling women are not absent. Just by being a bit careful you can escape being in trouble.
Here are a few small things you need to take care. Rather put them in your routine when you go out.
- Look relaxed – There can be situations when you panic. This is the moment the lifters are looking for. Even in an emergency situation look relaxed. It will help you a lot.
- Be dressed correctly – This is not about liberation of women or other stuff. Dressing properly with less skin showing, draws attention away and helps you be safe.
- Take the public transport – It is always safer in busy places. So when you are travelling always take the public transport. An attack in crowded places is less likely.
- Use GPS and Google maps – We generally ask another person, who is a local for directions. Sometimes they take advantage. Rely on GPS and Google maps on your phone. They are pretty accurate.
- Watch your purse – It does not mean always keep shuffling. The best way is to keep an indirect look and seeming not to pay much attention. Keep all your documents and most of the money in deeper pockets.
You want to look your best in your travel photos, and you will certainly want your favourite makeup to accompany you in this trip. But thanks to flight regulations, you might have to pack your makeup carefully.
You don’t have to carry every item you own- you should prioritize and only carry the products and makeup that you really need. If you travel a lot, it would be good for you to invest in some travel size containers for your shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, sunscreen, etc.
You should avoid carrying any breakable bottles, as far as you can, and if you have to, you can keep it rolled in his socks, or other clothes. By keeping all your liquids in a sealable ziplock bag, you can ensure none of these things spill on to your luggage.
While carrying your makeup, make sure you keep all of it in a small pouch or a box that you can take with you on your carry on. This way, you will be able to get off the flight looking amazing. You can carry this pouch with you in your bag too- in case you want to refresh your makeup for that special photo!
The first time I went travelling alone, I was extremely unprepared. But I’d still consider that a helpful experience, for now I know exactly what to avoid, and I can spread my wisdom too.
First and foremost, if you are travelling alone, try keeping the luggage to a minimum. It certainly does not help if you are carrying a huge, big suitcase with you. It will be a good idea for you to invest in a sturdy backpack which can carry all your necessary luggage for an extended journey.
Secondly, do not pack too many clothes. It will be a smarter idea for you to carry clothes that can be mixed-and-matched to create new outfits on a regular basis. Carry clothes that suit the climate too- during summer, you will have to carry enough cottons and shorts. In winters, it might be better for you to carry multiple layers, sturdy boots and one thick jacket that will keep you warm throughout the journey.
Besides this, you should also remember to pack the essentials- some sunscreen, bug repellent, pyjamas, sunglasses, toiletries, basic make-up, etc. You can find many handy lists on the internet that will give you checklists too. Just remember that even if you do forget something basic, you will be able to buy it in Australia.
Australia and New Zealand are probably two of the safest countries for women who want to travel without any male companionship. There is a thriving backpacker culture in Australia, so big cities and small towns both welcome women backpackers and travellers. This, however, does not apply to all of Oceania, for the traditions and culture in the Pacific Islands are rather different.
Like any other country, Australia has it’s own share of problems. This is the reason why you should exercise basic caution when travelling alone. There are some areas that are considered dodgy and you should try researching on these places so you don’t end up there by mistake. You should certainly not try travelling alone in the Outback or any of the remote areas in Australia, either.
If you would feel more comfortable, you could try researching a list of hotels that are women-friendly. Many backpackers hotels have women-only floors, in case that would make you feel safer. Greyhound buses are a safe mode of transport for those who do not wish to backpack, as well.
As long as you exercise basic caution (as much as you would in your home town), you will be able to have an amazing holiday in Australia.