Sum­mer travel hints

Take some tips from one of Ip­swich’s most trav­elled peo­ple

QT Magazine - - TRAVEL - WITH SHARON JONES FORM HELLOWORLD RIVER­LINK

WITH Christ­mas fast ap­proach­ing and 2018 just around the cor­ner, you need to plan early to se­cure your seat on a plane, to your ideal des­ti­na­tion, with your choice in ac­com­mo­da­tion. So many fam­i­lies see Christ­mas the per­fect time to ex­plore some­where new and im­por­tantly spend qual­ity time to­gether. Book­ing early, pre-pay­ing ar­range­ments such as ac­com­mo­da­tion, car hire, tours will give you peace of mind and en­sure a happy hol­i­day for grand­par­ents, par­ents and chil­dren.

Other things to con­sider in your plan­ning are:

Be­fore leav­ing home

■ Are you cel­e­brat­ing a spe­cial oc­ca­sion?

■ Look at up­grad­ing your seat, your ho­tel view or lo­ca­tion, cruise cabin cat­e­gory

■ Pur­chase travel ac­ces­sories – adap­tors, lug­gage locks & straps, wal­lets, alarm clocks

■ Check if a visa is needed for the coun­try you are vis­it­ing

■ When pack­ing - pack once and then take out about half of what you have packed

■ If you are tak­ing med­i­ca­tions, make sure you have enough for your trip, and carry all med­i­ca­tions in your carry on bag­gage

■ Check hand and checked lug­gage re­stric­tions for the air­line you are trav­el­ling on

■ Ad­vise if you have any spe­cial meal re­quests

■ En­sure that you have ad­e­quate travel in­sur­ance as over­seas med­i­cal and hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion can prove to be ex­tremely ex­pen­sive.

■ Check your lug­gage is clearly la­belled

■ Make sure you have all pre-paid vouch­ers and itin­er­ary

■ Buy a Cash Pass­port card and load in Aus­tralian dol­lars or choose from 10 pre-load­able for­eign cur­ren­cies.

■ Buy a small amount of for­eign cur­rency for the coun­try you are vis­it­ing

■ Reg­is­ter your travel with Smar­trav­eller and down­load the free app.

■ Reg­is­ter with your bank the pe­riod you are away and check whether your ATM card will work over­seas.

Dur­ing the jour­ney

■ Make sure you take reg­u­lar walks around the plane to main­tain good cir­cu­la­tion

■ Drink plenty of wa­ter to avoid be­com­ing de­hy­drated

■ Ad­just your watch to lo­cal time of your des­ti­na­tion

On ar­rival at your des­ti­na­tion

■ Never leave your bags unat­tended or al­low any­body to carry your bags

■ Al­ways be aware of peo­ple around you

■ En­joy your­self

It’s been quite a year for all of us at the Helloworld Travel River­link store.

Des­ti­na­tions we have trav­elled to this year in­clude Europe, Africa, Amer­ica, Tas­ma­nia, South Pa­cific and as cruis­ing con­tin­ues to grow in pop­u­lar­ity (we all know how much Ip­swich lo­cals love a good cruise get­away) we have cruised aboard the Ova­tion of the Seas, Scenic & Tauck Europe River Cruises along with the Pa­cific Dawn and Sun Princess to check out what they can of­fer you, our clients. Some­times ex­pe­ri­ence counts when it comes to of­fer­ing travel advice.

Sharon, Robyn, Vanessa, Lisa and Cameron look for­ward to be­ing of ser­vice to you for all your hol­i­day needs this sum­mer and be­yond.

PHOTO: ANYABERKUT

Now is the time to book your next over­seas hol­i­day. The sooner you book, the more you can plan your fun.

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