Q – My buddy and I will stop trading commodities for a few days, hope the markets can withstand our absence, and we’re off to Sydney for a few days of rest, relaxation, and some sailing. We’re getting conflicting advice about the need for an Australian Visa and we were wondering if getting one is really necessary. We live in downtown Chicago so the offices are right there. It just sounds like a hassle.

A – As you will soon discover, the Aussies don’t believe in hassles. They make visa purchases quite easy. You can do it all online for a $20.00 fee. Just go to  Have your passport in front of you. You will receive a “code” number that you just carry with you on your travels. The entire process takes no more than five minutes.

Do note that to properly fit in with the Aussie lifestyle, men are expected to wear flip-flops for all but the most formal occasions.