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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Ode To A Personal Concierge

by Debbie Alford

If your days are hectic and over-run with strife,
Maybe you need a personal concierge in your life;
Someone you can trust who will help pull you through
And do all the things you don’t care to do
Like running to the store to buy groceries
Or going to the locksmith and getting more keys;
And a thousand other things that can cause you dismay
That cut into your time and shorten your day.

A personal concierge can help lessen your stress
And bring you a lot more happiness;
A little more peace of mind and a little less grief;
A lot less frustration and a load of relief.
A personal concierge could do internet research for you
Or send out invitations for a barbeque
Or arrange everything on an office shelf
And give you more leisure time to yourself.

Whatever your business, whether big or small
Whether it’s in your home, or in the mall;
You owe it to yourself to be more organised,
More wide awake and more energised.
I’m Debbie Alford and I just want to say
I can make your life better starting today.
I’ll be your gal Friday for a reasonable fee;
And I won’t disappoint you; that’s my guarantee.

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How to fold a fitted sheet

by Debbie Alford

I am now the proud owner of a flip video which I will be using to bring you handy hints, tips and “how to’s” on Day 2 Day Personal Concierge‘s blog. Such a simple little tool especially for the ‘tech challenged’ such as myself…shoot, plug in and upload, couldn’t be easier. Today’s “how to”, deals with how to fold a fitted sheet. Now do you just scrunch the fitted sheet in a ball because you can’t fold it properly by yourself? Or perhaps you wait until someone else is around to give you a hand.

Have a look at this short video, I’m sure you’ll grasp the technique in no time, and if you can’t, give me a call, I’ll help you.

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Be gentle with me, this is my first blog – didn’t think there was much of a reason to share my thoughts, ideas, suggestions, preferences with the world wide web but it appears that I have been wrong. I’ve been quick to embrace social media but why so slow to embrace blogging. Is it laziness or perhaps lack of imagination, or is it that my studies finished many years ago and I’ve had no need to put pen to paper? I have an inkling there might be a dash of procrastination in there too.

Well that is all about to change. Many of you may have read the #lifestyletips I tweet about. If you have, you will have noticed that the subject matter is fairly random – I like that, so why should this blog be any different I ask? It won’t be, I like random.

So, I invite you along for the ride and hope to provide you with great information and a bit of wicked humour thrown in for good measure.

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