Thursday, October 30, 2008
I just found out I'll be going to Adelaide, South Australia for two or three weeks.
I'd appreciate any advice anyone can give regarding what a dumb American might be surprised to find (or more importantly, not find) in Australia. I know I need to bring the right kind of power cables for my laptops. What else might I need? Will my iPhone work there? Will my credit cards work there?
If you happen to know of great things to go look at in the Adelaide area, I'd be glad to hear about those things too. But I doubt I'll have much sightseeing time available.
Warning: Any comments that include the terms g'day, barbie, or vegemite may be summarily deleted.
If you still have the original iPhone (and you haven't done so already) I'd unlock it and then pickup a local pay as you go type SIM with some minutes and a reasonable data plan. I'm not familiar with Australian cell plans but no matter what you do you'll end up ahead of the game by using a SIM from a national carrier versus paying international roaming for every minute/kilobyte.
When I travel for any length of time in the USA I use a prepaid AT&T SIM in mine, but I do use my phone the same while traveling as I would at home.
I'll miss the data usage a bit, but I hope I can get by for a few weeks with just my laptop and an Internet connection.
I guess it depends on what your expectations are entertainment wise. There are some lovely world class wineries here if you're into that sort of thing (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barossa_Valley), the occasional sporting event (eg fast car racing), etc.
The prominent phone carrier is Telstra, so they will probably be handling your call roaming, and if you have a VISA card that should be almost as good as real money :-)
And I used to be in a job where I travelled occasionally but never got to see the sights - it's kind of depressing.
(hope this doesn't scare Kris off :-).