Picture this:

A tropical getaway. You’re sitting on some distant beach sipping away at a mojito in the shade. All around you, the sounds of the waves crashing on the shore. A mild sea breeze blows by and you sigh because you know nothing at home can come remotely close to this:


The all-inclusive resort is a very popular vacation choice, and with good cause! Everything you need in one place – food, alcohol, and minimal things out to destroy you.

Wait, what?

Yeah, you heard me. Not all vacations are cushy and relaxing.

Take Australia for example.

It’s undeniably an incredibly beautiful country, but the wildlife is not for the faint of heart.

Remember that one time you found a little house spider in the corner of the room minding his own business? Well, you probably had to get a paper towel or broom and that was the end of it.

In Australia, it goes the other way around. You are the insignificant interloper in their home, and they have the size advantage. Take the Huntsman spider. This nightmare critter reaches an unpleasant 10 inches in diameter!

What’s that? You’re not afraid of an itsy-bitsy giant monster spider? Okay, I can continue.

Ever heard of a “spider frost”? It looks like a lovely sheet of frost covering the grass, trees and park benches. Then you put two and two together and realize it’s too hot for a frost to form. Dread fills you as you realize that it is actually an intricate network of spider webs – coating everything!

Australia has giant pythons that can grow 8.5 meters long. They can and will swallow an alligator whole. Need I remind you that alligators are about the same size as a person?

If huge snakes and spiders don’t freak you out, maybe knowing that Australia is home to some most venomous of both types of critter will!

The horror doesn’t stop there. There’s untold nightmare fuel even amongst the cuddly-looking inhabitants of the land down under.

Kangaroos are cute in zoos, but that’s because there’s a fence between you and them. They’ll pick fights with people who get too close. There’s proof of that on YouTube where a video with over 74 million views features a man fighting one to save his dog.

If you want to visit Australia, go for it – but you should do your research and get to know what’s out there first.

It might not be a bad idea to have a sound financial plan in place if you’re heading down under. In fact, even if I’ve terrified you and now Australia is off your bucket list forever, it’s still a great idea to have one. Give us a call at 513-563-PLAN (7526) or book online to discuss your financial future.

Nikki Earley, CFP®