STATES OF SAVING
If travelling to the US, you can get some fabulous bargains at Goodwill stores, which negate the need for taking too many clothes. They’re far superior to Australian thrift shops. I have items in my wardrobe valued at $160 for which I paid $4 each. Many appear brand new or only worn briefly. And if you’re near Scottsboro, Alabama, go to Unclaimed Baggage. All lost or unclaimed luggage in the US gets sent here where it is unpacked and onsold. You can buy jewellery, electronics, sportswear and clothing at fabulous prices. Set aside four to five hours to browse.
Take a doctor’s signed letter with you if on medication while travelling. My husband suffered from epilepsy and had numerous medicines in containers labelled with the days of the week and not in original boxes. We were questioned considerably at customs what they all were.
SPRAY ’N’ SLEEP
I always pack in my cabin luggage a small atomiser of lavender spray – lavender oil diluted with water. When it’s time for sleep I spray some on a tissue and tuck it in my clothing near my face. It’s comforting and relaxing, and great throughout your holiday to enhance your sleep.
HAVE BOOT, WILL TRAVEL
Before a trip to Italy, I suffered tendonitis and was given a foot-to-knee moon boot so I could get mobile. Here are my travel tips: If you’re rendered an invalid at the 11th hour
before a planned trip, make contact with the airline, as all have wheelchair assistance and a support person to help during transit if you are alone. Pace yourself for a long-haul flight by booking into an airport hotel lounge.
Also, if you have to wear a black moon boot, don’t wear black jeans. No one can see that you’re disabled, which can be a disadvantage when getting on and off boats, trains and buses in a crowd.
COT ON THE CHEAP
Travelling with small kids can be tricky. Do your research before you travel as sometimes it’s cheaper to get a portacot delivered in Australia from Kmart rather than pay the hotel’s daily rate for the cot. Hotels will often buy a portacot or stroller from you.
When travelling with just carry-on, leave your big toiletries bag at home. Put your items in a thin plastic bag, and when you get to your hotel place on the hotel hand towel the things you will use each day. More space in the case, less weight.
When booking a cruise online, keep checking the prices as prices can fluctuate daily.
Congratulations to Karen Ross for her tip on kayaking in Venice. She has won a $350 voucher for Funkita swimwear.