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Packing Cubes & Suitcase Organisers

PACKING CUBES Article courtesy of Zoomlite Every traveller knows that space in your suitcase is premium real estate. If you go over your limited weight allowance this can cost you a small fortune. So, we squeeze and push and sit on our suitcase to try to cram it all in. I must admit I was one of the biggest culprits until I discovered packing cubes Then along came packing cubes. They meant that all the [...]

May 23rd, 2021|

How to Travel Safe & Avoid Scams

How To Avoid Pickpockets on your Holiday A trip away is a time to unwind, recharge and take in new experiences and the last thing you want is to be come of a victim of a horrid pickpocketing experience.  You don't want to be the one wistfully talked of as ‘that cousin who was robbed in Madrid’ at family gatherings to come!  Pick pocketing is rampant around the world and their techniques are so highly [...]

May 9th, 2021|

11 things to carry in your Day Pack

When you travel you are far from home, you need to ensure you have all your important and handy belongings are all together. It can be a bit annoying knowing that if you forget to take something with you, it is probably 12,000 km away before you realise you need it. I have a number of things I always keep in my travel day pack to make sure I am not caught short.  I also [...]

April 25th, 2021|

Italian Holiday

I have spent many summers in Italy and Italy is very popular tourist destination with so much to see and do.  The best time to travel to Italy is in May, June and September.  July and August can be very hot and very busy. On our last trip we arrived into Venice Airport and took the water taxi to San Marco Square where our hotel was located nearby.  I recommend suitcases with wheels if you [...]

April 18th, 2021|

Tips to staying healthy when flying

Pre-travel medical examinations It is recommended that international passengers seek a pre-travel medical examination and advice on vaccinations, safety precautions and information on the current situation at the destination, before and for the duration of the trip. Whilst traveling Air travel may have physical or psychological effects: stress, abdominal distension, ear pain, sinus congestion, leg swelling, body ache, airsickness, jet lag and, in rare cases, deep vein thrombosis. Some recommendations to keep in good form [...]

April 11th, 2021|

Calgary Stampede – Packages for 2022

The Calgary Stampede is held for 10 days and nights every July, Calgary puts on its white hat and welcomes the world. “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”, is the most authentic, memorable western experience you could ever pack into a single trip. You'll become a cowboy or cowgirl, witnessing the world’s top rodeo, thrilling chuckwagon races, First Nation culture, Agriculture showcase, live music and much more. And because Calgary is located only one hour from Canada’s [...]

March 28th, 2021|

Some Essential Travel Tips

I have learned a thing or too having travelled to so many places travelling for business and on family holidays. Below are some of my essential travel tips that can save you a lot of headaches. SCAN, PRINT AND EMAIL COPIES OF YOUR PASSPORT AND IDENTITY PAPERS Just in case you lose your passport or just may need it and not having it on hand, always bring a copy. Having a copy scanned and ready [...]

March 14th, 2021|

Stay in your very own Castle at “Castle Leslie”

Have you ever dreamed of staying in a Castle? The beautiful Castle Leslie in County Monaghan, just 90 minutes north of Dublin, has a history of rock stars, war heroes, equestrians, aristocratic heritage and its surprisingly affordable. Castle Leslie Estate and its world class Equestrian Centre, nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodlands and glittering lakes.  The Estate offers an idyllic setting for outdoor activity and adventure. It is the [...]

January 12th, 2021|

COVID 19 – Latest update

COVID-19 information - update 22 November 2022 These are difficult times yet all around us we have seen the very best of human nature shine through. To our loyal travellers, All our international tours have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing global border closures and government travel restrictions. We are saddened to have cancelled a full year's worth of tours that, in a pre-COVID world, would have been amazing and special [...]

November 22nd, 2020|

Using Mobile Phones – Overseas

Using Mobile Phones - Overseas If you decide to take your phone with you overseas you must be aware of a few things so you do not end up with a costly phone bill when you come home. Before you travel contact your mobile phone company to check whether your account is set up to use overseas. When you arrive in a foreign country your phone will automatically switch to international roaming (unless you de-activate [...]

July 9th, 2020|

China

I have visited China twice now and the first trip was in 2015 and then to Hainan in January 2019. My first trip to China in 2015 I flew China Eastern Airlines which is a Chinese based Airline. The airline is 3 ½ star and caters for the Chinese market predominantly. Each seat had a movie screen behind the seat with plenty of movie choices in English. The airline magazine was in Chinese and meals [...]

January 14th, 2019|

Golden Princess cruises

The Golden Princess is the latest ship added to the Princess fleet in Australia and this ship is the only Princess ship to offer cruises directly out of Melbourne in the summer months. I was invited to tour the ship and enjoy a delicious lunch aboard the ship. The Golden Princess can take up to 2600 passengers and 1100 crew. It features three formal dining rooms and two high-end specialty restaurants, Crown Grill and Sabatini’s. [...]

November 14th, 2017|

Ireland

Ireland is famous for spectacular coasts and rugged scenery, wonderful hospitality, great pubs with lots of music and lots of incredible history. We travelled to Ireland on a family holiday and started in Belfast where we picked up our car rental at the airport. The roads in Ireland are very easy to navigate with minimal traffic on the roads and the distances are very close. The only road hazards we discovered were tractors and the [...]

September 4th, 2016|
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