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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Australia - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

AUS­TRALIAN on­line provider Travel In­surance Di­rect has cre­ated a free Trip­wise iPhone app for its pol­icy-hold­ers to down­load from iTunes. I put it to the test late last year in Abu Dhabi, In­dia, Thai­land and Sin­ga­pore, pre-loaded with handy trip notes and tips (in­clud­ing emer­gency con­tacts for Aus­tralian con­sulates and health ad­vice), and an au­dio phrase­book fa­cil­ity in lan­guages per­ti­nent to my itin­er­ary (the in­stant Hindi func­tion rather star­tled the socks off a Mum­bai silk sales­man amid my spir­ited bar­gain­ing ses­sion). You don’t need global roam­ing to ac­cess the info and there’s an easy nav­i­ga­tion tool to make an in­surance claim report, if needed, at hol­i­day’s end. More: trav­elin­sur­ancedi­rect.com.au.

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