DOC’S TIP OF THE WEEK
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
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Certificate to enter, and your passport must be valid for at least six months after the date you intend to return to Australia.
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?
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?
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.