IF YOU GO
Australia and New Zealand
• TripMasters.com — Use this site, which specializes in trips to Australia and New Zealand, to figure out an itinerary that works for you and to purchase your trip. Choose the cities you want to visit, which hotels you want to stay at and specific flights.
• TripAdvisor.com — One of the most helpful sites a traveler could ever find. Read reviews from thousands of other travelers to decide where you want to stay and what you want to do once you get there.
Things to do before leaving
• Pack accordingly — While most of Australia is rather pleasant even in the winter, the same cannot be said for the South Island of New Zealand. If just headed to Australia, a light jacket may do. If your plans take you farther south, you'll need a warm jacket, gloves and knit cap. Also, consider bringing rain gear. Beware! Baggage restrictions are stringent in this part of the world. Minimize the number of bags you take and the weight of each.