by Debbie Alford
My favourite thing in the whole wide world (except for pretty padded coat hangers – my therapist says I am making progress).
Of course there was a time not so long ago when all major travel planning, be it for business or pleasure, was organised through the local travel agent. Then along came the internet and now we have the opportunity to spend countless hours scouring websites for a great travel deal.
There is a “must look at” website called Trip Advisor. Any question you may have about accommodation, modes of travel or must see attractions in any place in the world can be answered on this site. The hours spent on this site are a delight as you are constantly educated and more often as not amused by the comments posted by fellow travellers. Of course when you a reading the recommendations take note of where the posters are from – need I say more?
When booking your flights and considering a stopover, whether it be Dubai, Singapore or another destination always check on the airline website to see what deals they can offer with hotel accommodation. You will find many 5* hotels at an extremely reasonable rate.
For those of you planning to holiday closer to home, check out the Stayz website. This is a fabulous site for finding accommodation throughout Australia. It is an extremely user friendly site and enquiries are dealt with promptly. Whether you are planning ahead or decide to go away at the last minute, I would have to say that this one takes some beating.
There are many fellow travellers who are willing to give you a few tips. These may include:-
Purchase a Lonely planet or similar book for your destination area and, during the mandatory happy hour rest period back at the hotel, go through your photos you have taken during the day and write down (in your travel diary) exactly where the photos were taken and of what using your book as a reference. All churches/cathedrals/duomos start to look the same; however you may wish to remember the name of each one.
Light a candle in each of these churches, always believe it can’t hurt and hopefully will give you good luck for your journey.
Before you head off, photocopy all documents, cards etc and keep these copies in a folder in your suitcase. Leave a copy with someone at home also.
If you are travelling with a partner/companion divide some of your clothes between the two suitcases. Hopefully the two cases won’t go missing at the same time and you will at least have something of your own to wear to tide you over.
Now this is mainly for the ladies, excuse us for a moment gentlemen. There are some wonderful travel clothes to be found such as the Mela Purdie range, Feathers and Vigorella. Even good old Postie fashions have some slacks (one of my favourite words, along with frock, yes the therapist is happy with my progress there also)
Happy travelling everyone.
If you would like a hand with your travel plans or need someone to keep an eye on your home while you are away, please get in contact with me – I’d be more than happy to help.
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