We want you to come Down Under, it is not as easy as just buying a flight. I know many of my friends and family have not explored overseas, or had others do the arraignments, maybe this will help...
1. Get a passport, here is the website that will give you all the information you need about obtaining a passport. As soon as you get a passport make a list of all the cool places you want to explore- in AUSTRALIA!
2. You have to get a visitors visa to come to Australia. Here is the link you need for your visa needs. Your visa can be good for one year as many times as you want to come into to Australia, and you can stay up to three months each time. It will be an electronic visa so it will be attached to your passport where travel agents, airlines, and customs agents can find it.
We always fly Virgin/Delta because Josh's business started flying him that way, and we want to keep earning airline miles from them. We really like virgin/Delta.
The downfall is from Arkansas we fly from Arkansas (LIT) to Atlanta (ATL), to Los Angles (LAX), to Australia.
This should get a little better after October when Lovefield (DAL) opens up to fly everywhere. You could fly Southwest to Dallas (DAL). Then fly Virgin from Lovefield (DAL) to Los Angles (LAX) then Virgin to Australia.
No matter which option you choose, pick an airline and stick with it. Sign up for their reward program. With as many miles as you get for coming to Australia you will be earning free flights in no time.
4. Call your bank/credit card and tell them you are leaving the country. As of August first Australia went to PIN only. You can not sign to use credit or debit card. Make sure you have a PIN for the card you are planning on using while down under. - (You will want to be able to drink coffee while you are here.)
6. Sit back and relax all the free time you are getting (You will get to enjoy outside of a plane soon. You can still read though)
7. Australian Customs - Be nice, polite and to the point. Do not waste their time, but let them know that you are there to help them, and you understand they are just doing their job.
My advice, is do not try to bring food, but if you just can not help it.... declare, declare, declare. I have seen so many people get waived through when they declare. When people do not declare, I have seen them get stuck in customs for a while.