DOC’S TIP OF THE WEEK

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - DOC HOLIDAY -

Bei­jing is a good place to start on a short visit to China with ar­chi­tec­tural won­ders such as Tem­ple of Heaven, which was built with­out screws or nails; check you have the cor­rect visa for African na­tions. visa if you’re trav­el­ling as a tourist and for less than 90 days. But you do need a visa to en­ter Zim­babwe, Zam­bia and Botswana. Smar­trav­eller.com.au says that in most cases you can get a Zim­bab­wean visa on ar­rival, which is valid for 30 days. The KAZA UniVisa ($70) is also avail­able on ar­rival and valid for 30 days for travel be­tween Zim­babwe and Zam­bia, and for day trips to Botswana. If you’re not el­i­gi­ble for KAZA, you’ll need an en­try visa be­fore you travel to Zam­bia. Visit the De­part­ment of Im­mi­gra­tion (zam­bi­aim­mi­gra­tion.gov.zm) for an e-visa which costs about $70.

For all of these coun­tries you will

valid@Yeeslclaop­weF.ceOvmer.aVuacci­na­tion need a

Cer­tifi­cate to en­ter, and your pass­port must be valid for at least six months af­ter the date you in­tend to re­turn to Aus­tralia.

CAR IN­SUR­ANCE

Re­cently, a reader said they found it bet­ter to take out Aus­tralian hire car in­sur­ance when rent­ing a car over­seas to save has­sles if a claim was re­quired. How would that work?

DOC

Re­gard­less of whether you book a car be­fore you go or while you’re on hol­i­day, you only need to make sure you have a good travel in­sur­ance pol­icy. A thor­ough one will cover car hire ex­cess charges if you have an ac­ci­dent, or the ve­hi­cle is dam­aged or stolen while you’re away. You might feel pres­sured to take ex­tra cover of­fered by rental com­pa­nies when you book but that only du­pli­cates cov­er­age (and wastes money).

NORTH­ERN LIGHTS PREP

We are plan­ning a trip to see the North­ern LOign­htIsn, cold will be some­thing n@ewes­f­coar it be cheaper to buy the clothes we need when we get over there?

DOC

Win­ter gear can be ex­pen­sive, and as you’ve iden­ti­fied, might not be worth thOe if you won’t use it again. You can take the risk and buy once you’re there (just al­lo­cate a few hours of shop­ping on ar­rival) or you can search for bar­gains back home. Aldi is known for its ski wear, and while the snow sale has hap­pened for the year, try search­ing eBay, Gumtree orOsnopcIinalt­mereed­sita sell­ing pages for s@eceosc­nadp-hesanad­pis­tems.

You could bor­row from an un­der­stand­ing friend, or weigh up the cost of rent­ing a good jacket and pants. Auski has on­line rental, and for five days you can get a ski jacket and

wpeith $5 for ev­ery ad­di­tional day.

For ther­mals, Uniqlo is my top pick for rea­son­ably priced un­der­gar­ments that re­ally keep the chill out.

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