If you have chosen to turn your career into a long vacation, Australia is one of the countries you should mark on your map. This country has everything a digital nomad can wish for, including the warm sea and more than 2,500 sunny hours annually.
Australia also offers great work opportunities. Major cities like Sydney and Melbourne are the biggest business hubs in this part of the world. These cities host extensive expat communities, with hundreds of fellow digital nomads.
Since Australia is so big and diverse, I’ve decided to create a short guide that will help digital nomads to run their business, and utilize all the fantastic opportunities this country has to offer.
How to Reach Australia
Australia is pretty far from both Europe and the United States. You can’t reach it by land, and traditional airlines can be quite costly. The country itself is huge, and some of the amazing places are very hard to reach. Although Australia has good roads, its inhabitants are used to traveling by airplane, especially when going from coast to coast.
- Air Asia X – connects Australia with Malaysia and Thailand;
- Air Asia Indonesia – flies from Indonesia to Perth and Darwin;
- Scoot – connects several big Australian cities with Singapore;
- Tiger – largest low-cost carrier in Australia and offers dozens of inland flights;
- Jetstar Airlines – connects Australia with Hawaii and several big cities in Asia, including Phuket, Osaka and Ho Chi Minh;
- Virgin Australia – offers discount flights from Australia to the US;
Travel around Australia
You can travel around Australia by train or with a rented car. If you are a train buff and you wish to travel by train between big Australian cities, you should buy a pass. You can purchase an NSW TrainLink Discovery Pass or a Queensland Explorer Pass.
Find Good Internet Connection
The quality of internet in Australia varies greatly depending on location. You’ll be more than fine in and around the big cities, but if you go deeper into the bush, an internet connection may be hard to find. Buying a phone plan is one of the ways to battle this problem. Still, even the mobile internet coverage is sometimes difficult to access.
Choose Adequate Accommodation
Australia has some of the world’s best-rated hotel chains. However, you can’t stay in a hotel room for a long time, or you will quickly dry up your budget. That’s why you need to search for an affordable rental apartment. Most digital nomads live in Sydney, and owners are used to renting their apartments for one or several months to foreigners. You can find the best apartment rental deals on websites like Real Estate, Property and Homes for Sale or Homekoala.
Every digital nomad needs a proper place to work. Since Australia is one of the sunniest places in the world, you can use the parks and beaches with public Wi-Fi. Still, you shouldn’t turn this into your steady workplace, because you’ll need to charge your laptop or make a conference call from time to time.
You will need a lot of time to see all sights and hop to every beautiful island that surrounds this amazing continent. Don’t go to Australia if you aren’t ready to spend at least a few months there. That’s why this country is the best destination for digital nomads and travelers who like to explore the place they are visiting properly.
Victoria Lawes writes about digital nomads and business growth. Supporter and practitioner of the travel business lifestyle and contributor at bizzmarkblog.com.