Australia Travel Specialists Chicago
Thanks for visiting our Down Under Travel website. We at GoWalkabout Travel are your Australia Travel Specialists for Chicago Illinois.
With over 30 years of experience designing customized itineraries for our clients traveling from Chicago to Australia and New Zealand, we have a wealth of knowledge to assist you.
Our Australia Travel Specialists for the Chicago region are born and raised in both Australia and New Zealand- you are not only guaranteed to receive specialized knowledge when you book your luxury travel package with us but you will also get all the handy tips that only a local would know.
Here are a few tips from our Australia Travel Experts to get you started on what you need to be aware of when planning a trip to Australia or New Zealand.
1/ If you are a US Citizen you will need a visa when enjoying a vacation in Australia. Your Australian Travel Specialists can assist you with these. You must have at least 6 months validity left on your US passport from the date that you arrive back into the USA and also declare any criminal records up front when applying for your visa- otherwise, you may be denied entry. Our Down Under Travel Specialists prefer to issue visas prior to issuing your international airline ticket to Australia. No visa is needed when you vacation in New Zealand.
2/ Like anywhere in the USA, traffic and flight delays can cause mayhem and a really bad start to your vacation! If you are traveling to Chicago Airport from other areas in Chicago i.e Peoria or Rockford or Naperville then please leave yourselves plenty of time. It is way better to be checked in and enjoying a drink then to be stressed at the beginning of your personalized holiday to Australia or New Zealand.
3/ Flying times from Chicago via Los Angeles to Sydney in the land downunder are approx 19 and a half hours in one direction with Qantas- this does not include the airport transfer time. You can also connect with Qantas in Dallas as well. Of course, you can always fly with Air New Zealand and have a stopover in New Zealand, The Cook Islands, Fiji or beautiful Tahiti. Air New Zealand departs from Houston, San Francisco, and LA.
4/ Jet-lag always hits the hardest when returning to Chicago after enjoying your luxury vacation in Australia. Always allow yourself an extra day or two holiday time before going back to work. Trust us you will be happy with our advice!
5/ Always plan your flights to arrive a day or two early if you have a guided tour in Australia booked. This will give you some time not only to adjust to the time zone but also to not stress if your flight is delayed with connecting onto your coach tour. Of course, your Australia Travel Agents are always there to assist you if there are any problems with our 24/7 emergency number. We also have 24/7 emergency contacts in New Zealand, The Cook Islands, Fiji, and Tahiti- we always have your back!
6/ Plan and book early! We need time to start planning and designing you a once in a lifetime custom itinerary to travel Down Under. The earlier you book the better chance you have of getting to stay in the best accommodation options and getting the first choice on small group tours. Australia is getting busier and busier with events and conferences so play it safe and have your customized and personalized vacation package tailor-made early!
7/ It is wise to have a mixture of accommodation when you plan a trip to Australia. There are some tight luggage restrictions on some domestic flights these days and if you are going for several weeks or more you will need to do some laundry. Your accommodation choices range from luxury high-end island retreats like Hayman or Lizard Island on The Great Barrier Reef, apartment stays in which you can do your own cooking and laundry or hotels which range from 3-5 star.. i.e The Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney Australia. If you also plan to travel to New Zealand then it is especially important to book early. New Zealand is a smaller country than Australia which means the options are less. Your accommodation choices in New Zealand are hotels, apartments, farm stays and romantic luxury lodges.
8/ Time Zones! Just like North America not all areas of Australia have Daylight Saving. When on a flight with-in Australia always listen to the flight attendant to check if the time has changed. Even cities that sit above each other have different time zones during daylight saving… i.e Sydney and Brisbane.
9/ Please keep an eye on the Chicago Airport website on your day of departure! It is really important that you check and double check the Chicago Airport website departures to make sure your flight to Australia is operating on time. Most airlines these days do not advise if there are any schedule changes or delays right prior to a flight date. If they do it is usually way after the incident! If there have been any schedule changes then your Down Under Travel Specialist will be here to assist you!
We look forward to designing your customized vacation from Chicago to Australia or New Zealand. We can tailor-make you an amazing once in a lifetime trip whether you are planning an action-packed family holiday, attending a conference, celebrating a wedding anniversary, taking advantage of that well-deserved graduation gift, or finally getting to relax on that luxury romantic honeymoon.
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