It is a nightmare shopping in a huge city of Adelaide South Australia

jak2010 By jak2010, 28th May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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This article discusses hints for shopping in your tourist destination by showing experience of Adelaide.

Adelaide, South Australia

Recently I was fortunate to receive a scholarship of three months to visit Australia. I stayed in the city of Adelaide in the state of South Australia. In comparison to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, Adelaide is a small city for Australians. However, for a boy like me from a small island country in the Pacific, it is a huge city by all means. To me, Adelaide is a big jungle made by man with structures of steel, bricks, glasses, plastics, and inhabited by people who mind their own business and can not take a minute to say, hi. It is a place that I can easily get lost as a foreigner can get lost back in my jungle made by God with wild life and plants.

One of my interests was and like most travelers overseas to buy some gifts for my family back home. There are so many shops that made me get confused to buy from and to work out which shop offered cheaper price than other. With this encounter, I learned the following lessons.


Lesson 1. List all presents you want to buy. And stick to that list and they must be within your budget. Modern tourists and travelers want to use their credit cards. The joy of unplanned shopping will haunt you when you return home.

Lesson.2. First, look around for shops which sell most of the things you want to buy. You will never save money by buying from so many shops as hidden costs like moving from one location to another, difference of prices are covered by the different things you buy in one shop. So actually you will save money to shop in one shop. May be shop in a plaza, mall or arcade where you just move around from one shop to another.

Lesson 3. Pretend that you are not a tourist or a foreigner. Sometimes prices do change for such people. Buy things you need at shops in the city. Avoid duty free shops. Duty free are actually not duty free. It is a late rush hour shopping. The prices at duty free shops are unbelievable. They are even 100% dearer than a local retail shops.

Lesson 4. Always think whether these products are available in your home country. If they are, work out the prices whether it is cheap to buy in your country than overseas. When you buy at home, you contribute to the economy of your home country.

Lesson 5. Consider not only of excess baggage, but the hassle of taking all those things around and loading on to planes and cars etc. It reduces your freedom to move easily around to see places and meet people.


My lessons as a first time traveler can also be lesson for others to think about when they book their next vacation.


Adelaide, Shopping, South Australia

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A teacher from Papua New Guinea, English is my sixth language and love to write articles using my sixth language.

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author avatar jak2010
29th May 2011 (#)


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author avatar Steve Kinsman
29th May 2011 (#)

Good advice, jak2010. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar jak2010
30th May 2011 (#)

Thanks, that was my experience as a man from Pacific island. You can imagine what I mean.

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