Some people under estimate a country's size

@maximax8 (28559)
United Kingdom
March 12, 2013 9:16am CST
Two Japanese ladies in Perth wished to see Ayers Rock. The man in the train station told them to visit a travel agent to book a flight to there. The distances in lovely Australia are huge. I knew that Australia is like the size of a continent. So I booked two internal flights and left the coast for train travel. I took a plane from Sydney to Adelaide. I did a side trip to fantastic Kangaroo Island. I went on an overnight train from Adelaide to Melbourne. I did a mixture of car and coach travel up to Sydney. I went up to Cairns using trains and coaches mostly. For one stretch I went with other people I had met. I took a flight from Cairns to Darwin. For my second trip to Australia I saw Western Australia. Have you ever under estimated a country's size? Is your home country very large and is so how do you cope with the distances? Did you ever take an internal flight in a country? If so please say about this?
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@veganbliss (3901)
• Adelaide, Australia
12 Mar 13
Yes, I can back up that story; it's a very common one. There are similar ones on our tourism websites, often quite funny, but one does feel sorry for the tourists involved. We cope with long distances very well, because that's how we were brought up. I grew up in the "middle of nowhere". Even grocery shopping took an entire day trip for just a handfull of essentials. To get to the capital city, we had to leave home at 4am & maybe only get back by 8pm that day. I believe the best way to see the country is by caravan or something similar, like an RV. I hope to be able to do that one day. I often take internal flights. The planes are not as good for domestic flights. They are often in disrepair, fly much lower to the ground, are slower, make a lot of strange noises & suffer from turbulance, etc. We have some unusual flight routes which make the journey take longer, but are necessary so that if the plane crashes, we'd end up near a settled area with some hope of immediate rescue. The service on said flights is not nearly as good & the food & entertainment options are very minimal.
@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
13 Mar 13
Hello Vegan Bliss. It is excellent that your have seen similar stories on tourism websites and that you feel sorry for those involved. It is wonderful that you cope very well with long distance due to your upbringing location. In 2000 it was interesting to visit the school of the air in Western Australia. There was a map with pins showing the rural location of each student. I visited my cousin that went to Australia on a 4 year work visa. She has stayed ever since in Western Australia due to marrying an Australian man. I know she loves living in Western Australia and at the time I saw her she lived in Esperance. It was a very isolated place and Perth that states capital city was a 10 hour drive away. I hope that you get a camper van one day. Good luck.
• Adelaide, Australia
13 Mar 13
That's wonderful that you have taken the time to explore our country the way you did. Sometimes I think you've seen more of this country than I have! The School of the Air has changed a lot since 2000 with the internet, etc & more funding. And whilst Perth is well known to be the world's most isolated capital city, I think there are many more very isolated communities out there. I hope you are still able to keep in touch with your cousin & that they are both doing very well. Thank you for your good wishes. You really must grace us with your wonderful presence again sometime soon. Can you hear Australia calling?
@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
13 Mar 13
I have chatted to some Australian people that have seen more of the United Kingdom than I have. Excellently I have had much time in Australia looking at the different places. The only of its states I haven't been to are Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania. Yes, I often hear Australia calling me. I am fascinated to hear how the School of the Air has changed. I am delighted that they now have more funding and I imagine the Internet is a great help to them. Yes, my cousin lives nearer Perth now and she misses beautiful Esperance. Sadly my aunt, her mother, is ill in hospital here in England. Have a lovely day and thanks for all your fantastic comments.
12 Mar 13
I guess living here in the UK we have it a lot easier than places liek that don't we for travel around our own country?! I have a work colleague due to go to Australia this weekend and she is going for 4 whole weeks - I am very jealous of her trip and I am sure she will have an amazing time seeing all the sights and she is too doing lots of internal flights to get around although she is saving loads on hotel costs by staying with family in many places.
@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
13 Mar 13
Hi Frankie. It is a pity that trains are owned by many different companies and the fare system is very complicated. In my local area we have First Great Western. I know exactly what you mean about feeling jealous of your work colleague going to wonderful Australia for 4 weeks. Wow! I am also feeling jealous and think it is lovely she is staying with family there. In 2000 I visited my cousin in Australia and I know I am the only UK family member that has been able to see her there. Her mum, my aunt, does not ever travel abroad.
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14 Mar 13
What a shame her mum doesn't travel abroad for whatever reason that may be!
@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
14 Mar 13
Indeed. She said about my trip around the world I was either very brave or really stupid. I was out with her in a town and a man said how would she like to win a trip to France. She told the man she would pay not to go. I think she has missed out a lot not traveling overseas.
@r0ck_r0ck (1953)
• India
13 Mar 13
I live in India, and its pretty big, i am not sure exactly how big it is but i know its big enough to take internal flights and i have taken several flights to visit my relatives, vacations etc. Never under estimated though. :}
@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
13 Mar 13
Hi there Rock Rock. Yes, India is a large country and I am glad internal flights are available. If I went there I would like to take a mixture of trains and short flights. My home country is so small I could reach Scotland by train in one day.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
12 Mar 13
I didn't realize that our country the UK is so small in comparison with countries like Australia, you look on a map and you don't realize that there are thousands of miles between places that look so close on the map! What always complicates things for me is the different time zones, especially with the USA. All those time zones are confusing. Often there are questions on quiz shows about the size of a country compared to others, I never seem to get the answer right, my geography is brilliant in my own country but when it comes to other countries I haven't a clue!
@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
13 Mar 13
Hello Wolfie. It is fascinating to look at a world map. Yes, by comparison the United Kingdom is a small country compared to Australia. Places like Luxembourg, Malta and Singapore are tiny places. A country like the Maldives or the Philippines is made up of lots of different little islands. It is great that your Geography knowledge is fantastic for the United Kingdom.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
18 Mar 13
Well, I live in the U.S. so I do know about internal flights... Heck, I've flown from Dallas to Houston, Houston to Austin and Austin to Dallas - not as a single trip but different ones. I even once flew from San Antonio to Austin, but that's because the dumb airline had us overfly Austin to San Antonio from Chicago before flying back up to Austin. So, I've even taken internal flights in TEXAS! In Texas we don't tend to say how many miles something is, we talk about hours. Its an hour to San Antonio from Austin. Its three hours to Houston and four to Dallas from Austin.
@pals101 (2011)
• Philippines
14 Mar 13
Our country is a group of islands, so usually are main transportation method is by land or sea. If you want a faster one, then take an airplane or take a ship for longer travel. Internal flight is very common for us..