You know you have travelled long and far when you shave before heading to the airport, yet need to shave again upon arrival of your destination. I recently flew my longest flight to date – 15 hours non-stop between Sydney, Australia and Vancouver, Canada. Actually from my home town of Brisbane it was a total travel time of 31 hours to reach my final destination of Winnipeg, thanks to a seven hour layover in Vancouver. I fly every few weeks, although generally not of that length, and have found a few tried-and-tested methods to surviving a long-haul flight. There a few things you should never travel without when flying long-haul and here is a list of how I prepare and get through the day….or days of travelling.
All passengers travelling to the U.S.A. require an ESTA (Electronic System Travel Authorisation) as part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) for eligible countries. Effective today, changes to the program include additional questions. Here is what you need to know before travelling to America.
New government aviation security measures have been introduced for all passengers travelling with electronic devices. If you are travelling with your iPad, iPhone or mobile/cell phone, laptop or other electronic devices then you need to be aware of the new aviation security measures in effect from July 2014. This is what you need to know in order to avoid having your electronic devices confiscated without having to go through the hassle of being denied boarding should you refuse to give these items up. Read more
When the now ubiquitous Apple iPhone entered our lives in 2007 it set in motion a revolutionary new method of communication, changing the way we interact with the world around us. And what about those remarkable little ornaments we all organise so lovingly on our smart phone screens? Apps? With just one touch, a whole new world opens up, revealing itself in all its digital information glory. From games to booking a flight to navigation and finding the nearest Chinese restaurant, Apps have reduced the world into tiny, palm sized tools. And for today’s modern traveller these conveniences have certainly made it easier to stay connected while on the road.
Many of us have endured the inconvenience of lost bags when travelling. Having to go out and repurchase clothing and personal necessities can be a costly exercise, an unforeseen hassle that no one wants to endure on a holiday or business trip. Until now we only had luck on our side when it comes to recouping these costs through convoluted travel insurance policies and disinterested airlines. If only there was a straight forward, easy to understand alternative out there.
Union Square, with its towering memorial statue and air of California sophistication is perfectly placed in the pulsating heart of downtown San Francisco. An inviting city plaza surrounded by swaying palms, upscale retailers and historic hotels, the clanging of passing cable cars only heightens this already charming urban scene.
The commercial centre of the city, Union Square features some of the best shopping in the country. Interspersed with lovely restaurants and inviting cafes, Union Square is the perfect place to enjoy an al fresco coffee or meal while watching the world go by.
Travelling can be a rewarding experience while supplying a lifetime of great memories. But being in a new city and not knowing your way around can turn a potentially great holiday into a stressful situation. Travelling is so much more than just booking a flight and walking around. It takes careful planning and preparation to ensure you maximise your time and money. So to ensure an easy start to your vacation (local speak for ‘holiday’) consider these practical tips for getting around in the U.S.A.
Travelling long haul can be daunting and often packing for different seasons is required. But it’s not just packing clothing that you need to consider. Here are some handy tips to get you through, ensuring you are well prepared for all occasions.
One of my favourite parts of travelling is experiencing new and interesting flavours and sampling the unique cuisine each destination has to offer. And it’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I love my food! The best part is, you don’t have to travel far within America to start tasting the local influences.
Air travel can sometimes be stressful. You find yourself in a new country, with new rules and often left to navigate on your own around airports the size of several football fields. Here are five quick tips to get you flying on a domestic flight within the USA.
Known as the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ and where magic happens daily, both Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida, offer their own unique experience and offering. Here is a quick comparison of the two to help you decide.
Today I was reading this fantastic post on the Flight Centre Australia blog that I just had to share. There are some great tips and tricks on how to get around like a local, ways to use Google Maps and internet access when travelling. Take a look and if there are any other tips or tricks you would like to know about, please let me know.
You can also read my blog about tipping in the USA for further information.
Happy Easter everyone!