How I Get the Best and Cheapest Accommodation when I Travel …

How I get the Best and Cheapest Price for Accommodation when I Travel

  I’m excited!  In 7 weeks and 4 days, I’m jumping on a plane and flying to London … but who’s counting!  My youngest daughter went to the UK for a Gap Year in late December so I’m heading over for three weeks to see my gorgeous girl and take in some sights at the same time.  You can read a little more about her adventure here:  Bon Voyage … My Sweet Girl …   We will be staying in London for 6 days, travelling to Paris for 6 days, heading up to Edinburgh for 4 days, flying to Ireland for a week and then it will be time to say farewell!  I booked my flights … read more

Simple Hints and Tips for Buying, Using and Organising your Travel Adaptors …

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  These days when I travel, I rarely leave home without my laptop, ipad and mobile.  Add to that my camera and I end up with quite a few electronic devices, all of which need to be charged to be useful.  Therefore, one of my absolute essentials is one (or more) travel adaptors for the country I’m visiting.  It’s simply a plug that allows my devices to work or be charged in overseas powerpoints, which typically have different fittings to the power points here in Australia.   Yet despite their necessity, they are also one of the easiest things to overlook … read more

Organising What to Wear for a Long Distance Flight …

Organising What to Wear for a Long Distance Flight

  Miss 17 recently travelled overseas to play netball. It was such an exciting time for her but she had to plan and pack very carefully as she would be travelling between two totally different climates … the oppressive heat of Singapore to the cold, wet winter of Paris. We busily planned what she would pack but also gave a lot of thought to what she would wear on the plane. Whether your 17 or 70, I think the same general principles apply. It’s about finding a balance between looking good and being comfortable, so here are my tips for organising your clothes and … read more

9 Simple Tips for Labelling your Luggage when you Travel …

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  Until you've had one of your suitcases lost by an airline, it's difficult to imagine that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach you experience when you're the last person waiting beside the luggage carousel and there are no more suitcases circling on the conveyor belt.   It happened to us about ten years ago and I found myself wondering "Has someone taken/stolen my luggage either intentionally or accidentally?" or "Is my luggage on it's way to some remote location in Alaska?"  Either way, as panic sets in, you're next thought will usually be "Am I … read more

A Simple Tip for Packing Makeup Brushes, Makeup Pencils, etc …

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  Hubby and I have just returned from 3 weeks in America so, today I thought I'd share a little packing tip that I've been using for years.  Toiletry bags can get a little messy and disorganised so here's a quick little tip for keeping makeup brushes, lip pencils and other similar sized products organised when you travel ... store them in a toothbrush/toothpaste holder.  This will prevent these items from floating around loosely in your toiletry bag and from potentially becoming broken or damaged because they will be stored securely in a solid container.  Use a … read more

Simple Tips to Help Organise Makeup, Skincare and Hair Products when you Travel …

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  I usually find myself on a plane at least half a dozen times a year including visits to see family and friends interstate, business trips or a conference accompanying my hubby and the occasional holiday. I've learned a few tricks that ensure I travel with only the minimum makeup, skincare and hair products that I can get away with.  I'm keenly aware of the size and weight of those items so I try to reduce what I have to pack and carry ... after all, the less room they take up, the more space I have for my shopping.   So, here we go:   Find … read more

How to Create a Currency Converter to Use when Travelling …

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  Travelling overseas is exciting … new things to see and do, new foods to taste, new experiences to be had and usually some shopping to buy things either not available at home or some souvenirs to remind you of your trip.   But when you’re in another country dealing with another currency, it can be confusing and difficult to judge if you’re getting value for your money. Whenever I buy anything overseas I like to do a quick calculation to figure out how much I’m actually spending in Australian dollars so I can evaluate if what I’m buying is worth it. When … read more

Tips and Options for Washing Clothes on Holidays …

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  Even when your miles from home, how you're going to wash your clothes is one of those practical tasks that you can’t escape when you go on holidays.  Holidays are for sightseeing, adventure and fun and I'm sure some people will consider washing clothes a complete waste of time and that's okay ... I totally get it. However, even if you're not a messy person, sooner or later you’re going to at least need some fresh underwear and socks and, if you're travelling with kids who can get very dirty with spills and stains as well as sweaty from running around, washing … read more

Pre-Travel “To Do” Checklist … Free to Download …

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  Previously I’ve shared with you all a fantastic Travel and Packing Checklist to help you when packing to go on holidays in the hope that you don’t leave home with some really important item. Just in case you missed it, you can download a copy here.         But as well as thinking about what to pack in your suitcases, there are lots of other things and small tasks to think about before leaving home.   Whether your trip is for one week or three months, things you will need to organise might include some of the … read more

9 Tips for Choosing a Suitcase You’ll be Happy with …

9 Tips for Choosing a Suitcase you'll be Happy with ...

    You've saved hard, you've dreamt about that holiday for months, even years but one thing that's easy to overlook in the excitement of planning your dream holiday is your luggage.  Yet, when you travel, the suitcase you choose is really important because it's going to travel as many miles as you do and it needs to arrive in one piece with your possessions intact and undamaged.   Hubby and I travel quite a bit and decided recently that it was time to update our suitcases.  The old ones had travelled many miles, the zip on one suitcase was broken … read more

Simple Tips for Choosing a Travel Handbag …

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  Travelling and going on holidays is so exciting … exploring new places and experiencing new things. It can be loads of fun but having a handbag that isn’t suitable can be really frustrating. So, whether you only travel occasionally or you’re an international jetsetter, you want to carry a handbag that’s perfect for you.   I don’t take my usual handbag when I travel because it’s quite big and not really ideal. Like most Mums, my everyday handbag holds loads of things that I really don’t need when I’m travelling, so I use a smaller … read more

How to Organise Travel Documents …

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    Going on holidays and travelling is a great way to see the world and escape from everyday life. So, if you're lucky enough to get away, it's important to have all your information and travel documents well organised so you can access them quickly and easily.  Nothing's worse than having to dig around in your bag looking for airline tickets and passports when you're trying to check in at the airport or hotel or, worse still, losing some important document.     I usually carry a large bag or backpack when I travel so I can store … read more

Travel and Packing Checklist … Free to Download …

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There is always so much to remember when you’re packing to go on holidays, particularly if you’re a Mum with children.  As well as packing for yourself, you often need to pack for two, three or more people.  I learned the hard way what it means to leave some vital item behind when travelling, so I overcome this now by using my Travel and Packing Checklist.  I print one off as soon as I grab my suitcases, then it’s just a matter of working through the list and ticking things off as you go … so much easier and no more stress!  You’ll be so organised that you will arrive … read more