Adventure Travel and Backpackers Expo
I attended the annual Adventure Travel & Backpackers Expo at Darling Harbour, Sydney and would highly recommend you spend a few hours at it if you’re considering taking a backpacking/adventure holiday in the next 12 months. Similar expos are also held in Melbourne and Brisbane every year
Entry costs $7 or you can get a free ticket by being a member of the YHA Australia email news list or by using coupons/vouchers advertised in the Sydney newspapers
Why You Should Go To The Adventure Travel and Backpackers Expo
- Besides gathering information to help you decide where to go on your backpacker/adventure holiday many of the tourist companies running the stalls have competitions you can enter for really great prizes like a return Flight to the UK, $2000 Travel Voucher, 2 x Eurail Global Flexi Passes or NZD$1300 value in adventure activities.
- YHA Australia often has a special deal at their stall – this time it was 2 years membership for the price of 1 year – a great bargain which will get you discounted accommodation at YHA Hostels around the world and also discounts for many backpacker tour groups, gear shops etc
- STA Travel who are experts in Round the World plane tickets also have a large stall with significant discounts offers eg: 20% off insurance and 15% off Intrepid tours.
You can also buy the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and International Youth Travel Card (IYTC) from STA Travel. These are recognised worldwide and offer significant discounts on flights, buses, trains and ferries, entrance to the world’s leading museums and cultural sites and much more
- if you plan on taking a working holiday to Europe all the major companies that can help you open a bank account, get a job, arrange for shipping of your gear are there eg: TNT and 1st Contact and many recruiters
- There are stalls for many leading backpacker tour and services companies like Kumuka, Intrepid, G.A.P. Adventures, Hostelworld.com, ekit Communication Services and Seven Seas Worldwide shipping etc
- There are stalls where you can talk to people representing many Overseas Tourist Organisations eg: New Zealand, Canada, South Pacific Islands Group, Tourism Malaysia, India Tourism, British High Commission etc and Australian Tourist Organisations eg: Tourism Tasmania, National Harvest Information Service, Tourism NSW, NSW Countrylink trains etc