Your travel questions answered

Travel is one of the best ways to take time out, relax and see a bit of the world. YOURLifeChoices, with the help of travel expert, Perry Morcombe, answers your travel questions.

Q. Tom’s last minute Gallipoli travel
I have just had a small windfall and would like to use it to travel to Gallipoli for the dawn service. At this late stage will I still be able to get any packages there? Are there any last minute deals? Or if this year is too late, when should I consider booking for next year?

A. There will still be places on Gallipoli tours for the Dawn Service, but it may be difficult finding flights at this late date that still have seats available. Depending on how flexible you are with your flight dates, you may be able to get over there in time. I suggest you contact your travel agent as soon as possible. If you’d prefer to travel next year, it is always wise to book as early as possible, to make sure you get the Earlybird Deals.

Q. Pam’s Kimerleys query
We would like to spend some time travelling the around the Kimberleys but there are so many options our heads are buzzing. Can you suggest two or three tour companies we should concentrate on?

A. The Kimberleys is an amazing region of Australia, and not visited by the majority of Australians, due to its remoteness. Once again, several tour operators specialise in this region, including APT, Scenic Tours, Evergreen Tours and Travel Marvel. Another option is “small ship cruising”, along the coast, generally between Darwin and Broome, which include land visits to the Kimberleys.

Q. John’s NZ dream trip
I would love to visit NZ but am wary of travelling on my own. Can you advise which operators offer escorted tours to NZ?

A. There are a range of tour operators who organise escorted tours to New Zealand, including Scenic Tours, Evergreen Tours, APT, Travel Marvel, AAT Kings and Grand Pacific Tours. These tours are “escorted” from the time you arrive in New Zealand and clear Customs to when you arrive back at the New Zealand airport. Some “seniors friendly” travel agencies organise tours that are escorted right from Australia back to Australia; for example, Seniors Holiday Travel operates two departures a year with Grand Pacific Tours, that are escorted from Brisbane right back to Brisbane.

Q. Bert’s cruising choice
I have always liked the idea of cruising but am wary of spending that amount of money for something that may not suit me. Are there any affordable cruises around Australia that would allow me to test the waters?

A. This is an issue that many “non-cruisers” are worried about, which is why both P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises have arranged short “mini-cruises” of two or three nights duration, that allow you to “put your toe in the water”, and see if YOU would enjoy what cruising has to offer. For example, P&O has twenty separate cruises between two and six nights long, between 1st July 2010 and 30th June 2011, departing from Brisbane, Sydney, Newcastle or Auckland, so there’s plenty of choice try give it a try, and find out why over 366,000 Australians cruised last year.

Perry Morcombe owns Seniors Holiday Travel and with his team, are happy to help meet your travel needs. For more information, visit Seniors Holiday Travel.

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