Travel Tips (Monday)

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Airline responses to US Visa freeze

Major airlines appear to be responding with flexibility at the current banning of the citizens of seven countries from entering the USA.If you know people affected they can contact their airline:- Air Canada: waiving change fees and allowing refunds Air New Zealand: Any customer currently booked to travel with Air New Zealand who finds that their travel is impacted should contact them directly to discuss options American Airlines: if your travel is impacted by this regulation, contact Reservations. British Airways: is offering refunds or rebooking options for US travel Delta: “will make every effort to contact…

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Make Your Travel Better in 2017- My Seven key tips

“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! I am obviously a big fan of travel and encourage people to just go explore the world and meet the people of their destinations. My aim is to create friendships and relationships across borders, see the world and grow personally. I do this by combining days off with leave, public holidays and unpaid leave to maximise the opportunities. Work Hard. Play Hard is definitely my motto! Too many people do…

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113 of my free Travel Tips!

Assembled here is my annual list of travel tips. Am I missing a travel tip or are you looking for tips, advice or ideas? Any suggestions or requests welcomed.   Contents: Getting Ready Getting Best Deals Getting Booked Staying Happy – Accommodation Tips Getting Packed- Luggage Tips Getting Around the airport On Board Getting Around Staying friendly with others Staying Healthy Staying Safe . Staying Comfortable Getting it fixed! At Your Destination  Getting Money Right  Staying Solvent Travelling Green – 1.  Getting Ready Stop Wishing and Do it- Life’s Bucket List Pre-plan your way Be Date…

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My 2016 Travel Tips (In order of popularity)

My goal is to enjoy both travel and destination. I am constantly looking for ways to save money, speed up airport experiences, have better travel experiences and effectively explore my world or find ways of relaxing. One of the reasons I blog, is to share these tips that I learn along the way.   In order of popularity, these were my travel tips that I shared each Monday last year: Getting Exercise- A walking guide to world airports Avoiding weight scale shock We travellers must reduce trash this was a post that I thought would be…

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We travellers must reduce trash

I was walking along this Thailand beach recently and was distressed at how much litter I gathered up in one short 20-minute walk. Beautiful sand was covered with the detritus of broken bottles, glass, plastic bags and more. I found a plastic bag and had soon filled it with crap. It made me reflect on how much trash we travellers create. In the Maldives, Bluepeace estimates that each traveller produces 3.5 kilograms (7.7 pounds) of rubbish a day.  Globally, eight million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans. That is the same as five grocery…

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Flying like a Fijian -tips for all airline passengers, I reckon

A clever way to remind people to behave -including consiering what food you bring on to a plane. I just discovered this fun video from Fiji Airways which engages the Fiji Rugby team to give seven lessons on good flying. Introduced by Fiji Rugby coach Ben Ryan.  (Coach since 2013, Ryan took the team to become 2015 Rugby 7 winners. His work resulted in Fiji winning its first ever Gold Medal at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, for Rugby. Ryan was this year appointed to be Fiji Airways Ambassador. The airline is a sponsor of Fiji…

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Tips for Thailand during Royal Mourning

Having been to Thailand at least 25 times in the last 20 years,  I have some affinity and insights into the country. Many outsiders are confounded about the very real grief being experienced across the country following the death last week of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX). My thought is, imagine if you are staying with a friend and their father dies. You would expect grief and sadness. For Thais, the King has been more than a father to their country. It is only natural and right that there is such grief right now. In…

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Impressive Packing: 12 months (130 items) of necessities into a carry on

In this impressive video, Rachel Grant packs over 100 items including 23 dresses plus shoes and toiletries into a small suitcase. There are some great packing tips including: using space saving packing cubes placing rubber bands around shoes rolling clothes using zip lock bags stuffing shoes with balled socks Lots to learn here even if you have been a long time traveller. I am not sure that the carry on would comply with most airline weight limits, however. (yes I know it is an ad for a bag but its still impressive!)   Related Posts…

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The A to Z of what NOT to pack in your baggage

Following my post warning about checking in batteries, I began thinking through what else should not fly. Out of my 1120+ flights, on five occasions I have checked luggage that has not arrived.  As a result, I have had to report to the “lost luggage room”. I have been amazed at what other people declare what they have in their luggage! In summary, do not put anything valuable, dangerous and illegal in your checked baggage: A. Antiques, Art objects, artifacts, furs, Game trophies, antlers, and pelts, heirlooms and sculptures – ship them home with insurance B. Batteries; car batteries, wet cell…

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Special Meals Decoded- Descriptions and Ticketing Codes

Last week, I covered airline “Special Meals”. If you are ordering a special meal, you may want to know what the code is for one or be ready to read your ticket information for what the airline has scheduled as a meal for you. Just as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) allocates two letter codes for airlines (AA= American Airlines) and  three letter codes for airports (JFK = John F Kennedy, NY), they have created four letter standardised codes for meals which should cover every combination you will ever encounter! AVML – Asian Vegetarian Meal…

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