Tuesday, August 30, 2011
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Thursday, August 25, 2011
The average traveller knows that for every great experience had on the journey, there is an equally not-so-great experience to go along with it. Of course, in the grand scheme of things the benefits of travel outweigh the small annoyances that come along with it, but it still must be acknowledged that it’s not all cocktails and sunsets and fine dining. Sometimes it’s delayed flights, getting lost, cramped seats and food poisoning from that dodgy market stall you should have steered clear of! Some travel annoyances can’t be helped, but it is possible to avoid the most common ones. Whether you’re taking a day tour, finding the best bars or checking into your flight online, here are three ways to travel in style.
- Choose Your Seats
Don’t you love it when you manage to get a whole row to yourself and you can stretch out in luxury? There are ways to make this more probable, especially if you’re travelling with a partner. When you check into your flight online, choose your seats towards the back of the plane in a row of three. Choose your seat on the window, and your partner’s on the aisle, leaving the centre seat free. When airlines are allocating seats they generally fill the plane from the front first. Furthermore, people choosing their own seats who are travelling solo are less likely to choose a seat in between two people unless there is no other option, so this gives you the best chance of the seat remaining empty and your partner and yourself having three seats for the price of two! If someone is assigned to the middle seat, however, you can simply offer up the aisle or the window so that you can sit with your partner. Win win!
- Do Your Research
A lot of common travel annoyances come from unexpected or unplanned-for events. Things like arriving in town and discovering that there’s a huge festival on and all the hotels are booked, or failing to realise that a certain hand gesture is offensive in the local culture. Doing a bit of research into your destination can cut out many of these issues, and make for a much smoother travelling experience. Look into things like special events, high/low seasons, cultural traditions and common annoyances. The more educated you are about a certain location the more easily you’ll be able to navigate it—not only physically, but culturally as well.
- Get Your Bearings.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
- Getting there. The cruises leave from Darling Harbour just about all of the time. In some cases, they can leave from Circular Quay, but that is only in extremely rare cases. Darling Harbour is a great place to leave from. You feel like you are on holiday already. If you are coming by car into the city, the best way is to avoid the centre of the city, and go directly to west side of the city, where it is easy to find a place to get down from your ride. After which, you will only have a short walk across the pedestrian bridge (heading East into the city). You will see the cruise ship on your left hand side on the East side of Darling Harbour. If you want to avoid the traffic by using rail into the city, get off at the Town Hall station. From there, just walk North on George St about 300m, and turn left on Market St, and it is 300m to Darling Harbour (also called Cockle Bay on maps). Don’t cross the pedestrian bridge, and your cruise ship will be on your right. It is a little further walk north along the edge of the water towards King Street Wharfs (about 500m). The atmosphere is pleasant and rather enjoyable. Even if you are going on a 7-day cruise or more, you should only have a small suitcase because it is like you are going to be needing anything more than a few clothes for dinner and your swimwear. In the case of Circular Quay, well it is as simple as going to Circular Quay, and heading to the (OPT) Overseas Passenger Terminal. This is another delightful area.
- Immigration and Check. You will have the usual immigration and security checks, which are similar to the airport, but there is certainly not the feel that exists in an airport. There is not the 3-hour advanced check-in as there is with the airports, and you should be ready to check-in 1 hour before departure. I would get there 2 hours before, so you can start enjoying your holiday earlier.
- Passenger Responsibilities. There are the usual conditions, no alcohol to be brought on board, 20kg of luggage (which you will probably not need), be prepared to have a great time.