Travel Tips

Travel Tips from our members:

 

I would like to provide the tip this time around as a number of us got caught out on our recent Giving Back tour. I always travel with a couple of stubby holders so I can keep my drinks cold and also they make great gifts for the guides that we use along the way. I arrived in Chiang Mai and realised I had forgotten my stubby holders and therefore spent valuable market shopping time looking for them. They are very rare items outside Australia 🙂 Some lucky travellers (Jeanette) found them in the markets in Siem Reap but a little too late I’m afraid for use during the holiday. (Annette)

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Always put your contact details on the inside of your suitcase as bag tags can easily be ripped off. (Diane)

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This may seem obvious but “Obey the Law”. Consular assistance cannot override local laws, even where local laws appear harsh or unjust by Australian standards. (Annette)

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This is a great tip we received this time and many people have been caught out recently with this.
When travelling overseas make sure you have a pin number for your credit card. There are many places in Europe that will not accept a credit card unless it is secured with a pin number. Please see your bank before you leave to have this activated if you have not already done so. (Marie)

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Always take a variety of ziplock bags with you as they come in so handy for wet clothes, snacks, different currencies, exploding shampoo bottles and much much more. They also dont make noise when you are shuffling around your suitcase and annoying your travel companion. (Lucy)

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Grab a couple of ‘money’ zip lock bags from your local bank, put a small amount of cash in each and put a bag underneath the insoles of your shoes. Of course you can use the money up in the last few days of your holiday but it is a fantastic place to hide some in case of an emergency. (Bridget)

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Prepare a foreign exchange card and keep it in your wallet or pocket. You can use this card as a quick reference when you are in markets, shops, negotiating a taxi etc and need to quickly know how much different amounts are in the local currently and Australian dollars. Here is an example of the card

AUD 1 = Euro 1.60

Euro AUD
2 3.20
5 8.00
8 13.00
12 20.00 (Jennifer)

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Always pack a sewing kit and wind onto a piece of cardboard, or similar, threads matching the colour of each of your outfits. If you have an accident with any article, you will be well equipped to mend with the right colour thread. (Sandra)

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When travelling to any hot country I always take a stubbie holder. They are light and take no room and difficult to get outside of Australia. Has always been the envy of my travel mates.(Gary)

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Always leave a copy of your itinerary with family or friends along with copies of passports. If anything does go wrong its is good for people to be able to find you quickly. If you loose your Passport having a copy will expediate getting a new one. (Lorraine)

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When travelling overseas I always pack a 4 outlet power board – you can plug in four items with the one overseas adapter; ie, phone, camera, hair dryer, jug, whatever. (Sandra)

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I always have a Pom Pom or bright ribbons on my suitcase handles so as it comes around the carousel it is very visible. The Pom Pom was given to myself and friends for all our cases when we where going to Tasmania as a group. No looking just grabbing any case as it came around with a Bright Red Pom Pom. I still have the same Pom Pom years later but have added a leather Gum Leaf from another trip with friends and also my original Ribbons. I can always spot my case. (Doreen)

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Pack Light. Often you can get what you need far more cheaply or same cost as your home town so travel light and buy what you need as you need it. For example if you are planning a hiking trip in Nepal you will find your gear half the price if you buy in Katmandhu. Do a bit of research before you leave, most items can be bought as you need them. (Josh – winner 2 x movie tickets)

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At the airport, watch for your suitcase as it appears on the carousel. Don’t hang back and wait for the crowds to disperse – you might find that someone else has already taken your bag in the meantime. (Margaret – winner2 x movie tickets)

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When travelling overseas pack a bicycle chain lock. If you ever need to leave your luggage for any reason you can chain it to a seat or to another piece of luggage if one person is trying to watch more than one piece while the other buys coffee or whatever. It would make it extremely difficult to walk off with your luggage, which happened to a friend of mine who was watching two suitcases and a briefcase while his wife went to get coffee. (Sandra  – winner 2 x movie tickets )

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Before travelling, lay out all your belongings and take photos of your items (make sure to keep a copy of that photo separate from your luggage). If your baggage is misplaced, damaged or stolen, the photo will help you remember what was in your luggage and help prove what items you had when making an insurance claim. (Kitty – winner 2 x movie tickets)

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When visiting theme parks or large attractions most people go through the gates and turn right. Next time you go to a theme park go through the gates and turn left to avoid the crowds, you will pass them on the way around.

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Don’t put your home address on your luggage tags as people have been known to scout airports looking for addresses on tags as chances are there is no one at home while you are away.  Best to put your email, mobile contact, country and state or your travel agent details.