Top travel tips

Some great travel advice from seasoned travellers.

Top travel tips

Tip: Electronically back up your documents by scanning your passport, travel insurance policy, accommodation and itinerary details, credit and debit card information and save it onto a flash drive to take with you.

Tip: Before you leave on your holiday, email yourself a list of all the street addresses you are planning to visit (accommodation, attractions, etc), and save it on your phone or iPad.

Tip: Make a packing list of everything you need to take on your trip. Lay everything on the bed then check it off your list as you pack it into your bag. Take the packing list in your carry-on luggage so you can use it to as a check to ensure you leave nothing behind in your hotel room. It also serves as an inventory of the contents of your luggage if the airline loses your bag.

Tip: Pack a roll of duct tape which will come in handy if the zip breaks on your luggage or if the hem on your skirt/pants comes down.

Tip: If leaving your car in the long-term car park, make sure you keep a note of your parking spot. Seriously, it's not much fun marching up and down the rows looking for your car after a long flight – I know, it happened to me at Auckland airport. If you have a smartphone, enter the location into the Notes section or take a photo of the parking section sign. Or just jot the section number on the parking ticket and keep it in your wallet.

Tip: As you can't bring bottled water from home with you, purchase a bottle once you have passed through security. Air travel tends to dehydrate you, and many in-flight services don't provide a lot.

Tip: One trick to ensure you are served your meal first in-flight is to order a special meal when you book your flight. By ordering a vegetarian, kosher or gluten-free meal you will ensure that your meal is the first served, before the full cabin service gets underway.

Tip: Memorise your passport number or store it in your smartphone. It will come in handy when checking in at your hotel, renting a car or filling in your customs forms in-flight – especially when your passport is stored in the overhead locker and you are seated by the window.

Tip: Join an airline club lounge – you and catch up on work, relax and enjoy a sleep, or even take a shower. Visit www.loungepass.com to book a Lounge Pass at over 120 airports worldwide.

Tip: Pack some small gifts to take with you such as lapel pins or fridge magnets. They are a handy token to give to someone who shows you a little kindness or helps you out in some way, or just to hand out to the local children and people will appreciate the friendly gesture.

Do you have any handy travel tips to share?





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    Alipal
    30th Sep 2013
    12:27pm
    And DON'T leave the flash drive in the hotel computer. You will never see it again and will have to change your credit cards when you get home (or earlier) and notify DFAT that your passport details have become public.
    Alipal
    30th Sep 2013
    12:32pm
    Depite the flash drive incident, we had a great month's holiday in the USA. Most of our accommodation was through Airbnb, a great way to find economical accommodation and some insider's tips on the place you are visiting. Wash my mouth out, we even used this service in New York opposite Central Park. We found out about the Airbnb/New York problems after making our booking, but all went very well.
    aquatrek
    30th Sep 2013
    1:07pm
    https://www.orao.dfat.gov.au/orao

    http://www.travelindependent.info/
    aquatrek
    30th Sep 2013
    1:08pm
    anyone been to Mexico/Guatemala/Belize ?
    ozirules
    30th Sep 2013
    3:59pm
    yep, did a cruise last year which included these. wanted to see Chichen Itza and this was the easiest way
    aquatrek
    30th Sep 2013
    5:07pm
    my companion and I are backpacking for 2 months so a wee bit different to a cruise (;-)))))))
    ozirules
    1st Oct 2013
    9:31pm
    good on you. I did my back packing in the 1960's and 70's (before the term was coined) so I know how excited you must be. These days my wife cant manage back packing so we cruise rather than give up travel altogether. We still managed to see many Mayan ruins, taste great local food and drink and soak up the culture and architecture of central America.Plus we did a fabulous transit of the Panama Canal.We pre cruised in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Cuba and post cruised in Costa Rica and Equador. The land content is just hotels and taxis though, these days. Good luck with your trip.Enjoy your adventures whilst you can but when you can no longer do the hard yards give cruising a go, beats watching tv.
    Alipal
    30th Sep 2013
    1:47pm
    Thanks for the independent website, aquatrek. Heading for Taiwan next year and found that particular article very useful.
    blondie
    1st Oct 2013
    6:27am
    Copy your details and leave either with a friend or at your house.Take a pegless clothes line they are small and cheap-drink bottles to fill....there are plenty of water stations in most airports
    once. Thro Immigration. also taps usually situated on outside wall by toilets on the planes.


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