Oceania features diverse and gorgeous scenery, from crystal clear beaches to dense tropical forest and desert.
THE PEOPLE & CULTURE
There are still many indigenous tribes living in Oceania, featuring the most diverse range of indigenous cultures with interesting cultural traditions and ecological adaptations. Papua New Guinea alone is home to one-third of the world’s languages.
If you decide to go, keep in mind it won’t be a lazy vacation. Surf, hiking and some more active activities are available to your steps away from your accommodation.
Due to its variety in cultures, there are thousand of traditional dishes and cuisines waiting to be sampled.
There are a variety of unique fauna that can only be found on this continent (except of course, in some zoos). Being the most famous of course, the Kangaroo.
What to expect in Oceania
Oceania has many indigenous languages, though many have been replaced by English and other European language.
A majority of countries in the world use a 220/240-volt electrical infrastructure, twice the voltage coming from outlets in the United States and South America. This is not the exception with Oceania. You will need a voltage convertor and a plug adapter to connect your devices. Many hotels are installing universal sockets so that guests from all countries can connect to power. but just because your plug fits into the outlet, you cannot assume the voltage is safe for your device.
The dominant national currencies in this region are the Australian dollar, the New Zealand dollar and the United States dollar, used by many small countries and dependent territories in Oceania. You can exchange the currency on the exchange houses at the airports or directly withdrawing from the ATM (you should have contacted your bank before hand)
I would say Oceania is the safest continent to travel to. The average safety index for its countries is one of the highest, reaching 70%. With the exception of Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste, violent crime is rare; the main threats facing travelers are pickpockets, petty thieves and scam artists in large cities.
In general terms, the Oceania islands are warm and humid throughout most of the year. Australia’s climate varies greatly throughout the states. There are four seasons across most of the country, so it’s the case with New Zealand.
VISA & PASSPORT
Remember that many countries require that your passport be valid for at least six months (some just three months) after your arrival date before they’ll grant entry to their country. Some of them also require a VISA to enter the country depending on your nationality. Plan in advance and make sure you have everything in order.
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