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.
by Debbie Alford
If your days are hectic and over-run with strife,
A personal concierge can help lessen your stress
Whatever your business, whether big or small
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.
by Debbie Alford
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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Taking Time off to Wait for Tradies?
How much time off work have you taken to stay at home waiting for a tradesman to arrive? We can do that for you and clean out a few cupboards or fold some washing while we are waiting.
Running out of Time to Buy that Present?
I know a science professor who has commented that in the past, if her young son was invited to a birthday party, the present had to be bought from Safeway or 7eleven or it just didn't happen.
Want to Have a Party But it’s all Too Hard?
Is it really that time of year already? My, how the year goes past so quickly. Party time! You may find you are running out of time, so many bits and pieces to source -Delegate the job to us, not a problem.
Going on Holiday and Need House Key Minding?
So you are off on a holiday, wonderful! Whilst you are away, we will collect your mail, feed the dog/cat, take your dog for a walk and if need be, pay some bills for you. We can even stock the fridge with some essentials for your return.