Our Travel Tips These tips are based on our
travel experiences and are not meant to be taken as definitive
statements. Research, gather the facts and consider all, then go to it
and travel the world. If you wish to add a tip or two send us an email.
Slow down. Do you really want to see 35 countries in 21 days? A few days
after you get back home your whole trip turns into a blur. You look at
your photos (all taken through the window of a bus at 120km) and you
just cannot remember where that place was. Do a little research. The
internet is a great starting point. Maps, photographs, street views,
travel websites, tours and the opinions of millions of travellers are
available for you to tap into. Remember opinions are just that,
opinions. Each traveller has their own unique spin on what they have
Arrangements: Take nothing for granted. Even if you
check and re check things can wrong. You welfare and convenience is not
everyone's else priority. I am not saying people will not help you but
be prepared to help yourself. Check all your travel details. If you are
spending a long period in one location check where you nearest consulate
or embassy is. You can register your travel arrangements before you
travel. In Australia the link is https://www.orao.dfat.gov.au.
Government travel websites often provide information and warnings about
travel to dangerous locations. It is well worth the read even if you
chose to ignore the advice given.
Travel Insurance. Make sure you
have enough travel insurance to cover basic situations. Take out the
insurance as soon as you make your first travel arrangements. Air
travel. Airlines can change flights at a moment’s notice. There are no
guarantees. If your aircraft is in need of repairs or there is some
other issue your flight might be delayed or cancelled. In either case it
is often very hard to get an answer as to what is happening from airline
counter staff. In many cases they have been told not to say anything or
they are unable to locate senior airline staff willing to inform them of
the problem. Stay calm and reasonable even if you feel airline staff are
not. Document any expense you encounter as a result of the delay. Make
sure you have insurance before you travel. If you feel the airline has
been unreasonable, on returning home, make sure you indicate to all
involved in your travel arrangements your concerns.
Air terminals are huge places. Most have not been well designed so make
sure you leave enough time to get from gate to gate if you are changing
planes. Leave enough time to get through customs and immigration. Go
online and get a map so you have some idea of the terminal layout. Bad
weather and poor planning means that flights are often late, your plane
might park out on the terminal tarmac and you might be bussed into the
terminal. Aircraft: Where do you sit? You want
to sit away from any drafts or cold spots. On the larger aircrafts you
will need to consider if you want an aisle or window seat. Check to see
when you can book the actual seat position on the aircraft as you might
be able to print your boarding pass at the same time. At the airport you
might not have to line up and acquire a boading pass if you only have
carry on luggage. Make sure you check the conditions regarding luggage.
Hand held only, maximum weight and size and items allowed to be carry in
bags. Remember items that might be legal in one country might not be
legal in another. Check before you fill out customs forms. Mark your
luggage so that you can identify it from the 500 other bags placed on
the luggage carousels. Mark your luggage clearly so if it gets lost the
airline can return it to you. Make sure you notify the airline as soon
as you are aware any items go missing. Always insure your travel.
Strikes: Well what can you do, check the news
reports and try and make other arrangements. If there is a snap strike
you will be at the airport when you find out and all you can do is sit
Flight delays: All you can do is sit it out and after you
get to your destination claim any damages as a result of the delays.
Keep cool at all times even when you are provoked by bad service. If you
miss a connecting flight because of the airlines mismanagement then make
sure the airline is aware of the situation.
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