4 Ways to Pass the Time While Flying

Long flights are often synonymous with boredom, frustration, and a slight sense of claustrophobia. If you are dreading your next flight and don’t know how to make the hours fly past, take heed of the suggestions below. If these suggestions don’t feel like they will cut it, you can always engage the services of companies like Corporate Traveller, who would surely have a wide range of suggestions for ways to make your flights more bearable.

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1. Indulge in Your Programs

If there is a certain television program that you’re partial to, take the flight as an opportunity to catch up on your show. Intentionally don’t watch the show for a few weeks so that you can binge-watch a few episodes in one sitting. Just be aware of the content of what you’re watching; nothing is private on a plane. The same concept works for movies that you’re keen to watch. Stockpile them on your favourite device and ensure your battery is fully charged and ready to go.

2. Start aNew Hobby

Do you have a hobby that you’ve been waiting to start? If it’s the sort of hobby that can fit in a 1×1 metre space and can pass through airport security, now is the perfect time to start it. Sudoku is very popular and can easily kill some hours, depending on your skill level. Or perhaps you wanted to start sketching or writing a novella. Choose something that fits within your known interests but will be challenging enough to keep you occupied for a while. You don’t want to be bored of it in the first 30 minutes.

3. Strike Up a Conversation

Now this suggestion often strikes fear into the hearts of travellers. Many of us have been the victim of a ‘serial conversationalist’ who is incapable of reading body language and recounts the most boring stories you’ve ever had to sit through. This is not recommended. But if you judge your short-term neighbours to be interesting, friendly and open, by all means introduce yourself. You can bond over the universal hatred of long-haul flights. If you find yourself unsure, a great tip is to wait until the final leg of the journey to kick-start a conversation. That way, if you do find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, you don’t have to stick it out for too long.

4. Snooze

This may seem like a dull suggestion, but you’d be amazed how the time flies by following some shut-eye. Try to time it with the time zone you’re entering, so that it not only makes the flight go faster but also helps your body adapt to the destination. You’ll arrive feeling more rested and slightly more human. Just make sure that when you do fall asleep, you aren’t too hot and you’ve had some water. If you wake feeling hot or thirsty in combination with the altitude and stuffiness of the plane, it can really knock you around.

Do you have any suggestions you could add? Share your tips below and best of luck on your next long-haul flight!

Top 5 Tips for Getting Cheap Flights to Europe

Whether you’re heading overseas to celebrate a college or university graduation, nipping off to get married in secret or are just desperate to get away from it all, you’ll get more holiday for your money if you travel on a low-cost flight.

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These top 5 tips will show to how to get yourself the cheapest flights to Europe:

Shop Around

The internet has made it really easy to find out about European flight routes, timetables and prices and with so many operators offering online bookings, it’s not surprising that a lot of price comparison sites have popped up promising to make your search, quick and simple.

But – if you really want a good deal, don’t rely on them.

Take the time to shop around yourself. Smaller,independent or ethic operators don’t necessarily work with these sites and it’s usually these airlines that have the lowest prices.

Travel at an Awkward Time

If you’re using annual leave to take time away from work, there’s probably nothing stopping you from going mid-week and returning mid-week instead of being off from Monday to Friday.

Mid-week flights are usually less popular, as are flights very late at night or early in the morning and this makes them cheaper.

They might be a little inconvenient, but once you hit that sun-drenched beach with a lot more euros in your pocket, you just won’t care.

Book Ahead

Although it’s nice to jet off at a moment’s notice, it’s cheaper to get organised and plan your travels in advance.

According to industry research, the best time to book a flight to Europe is between 5 and 13 weeks before you want to travel.

Avoid School Holidays

If you don’t yet have children then the smart thing to do is just travel as much as humanly possible, now!

When you’re looking for cheap flights, make sure that your travel dates don’t clash with any school holidays.

A study carried out by Travelzoo showed that when schools close,Airport Passenger Duty (APD) goes up by a whopping 40%.

Not only will your flights during term time be cheaper, but your holiday resort and attractions will be quieter too.

If you’re not sure when the school holidays are, then you can usually find the dates on your local council or government websites.

Get Informed

Getting a cheap flight is much easier if you’re informed and thankfully, most travel operators are keen to send information, promotional offers and discounts to their members, for free.

To make this manageable, set up a new email account and use it to register your interest with airlines, airports, travel agencies, tourist information boards and even enter travel competitions.

You’ll find that almost every organisation has a mailing list, a newsletter, Twitter feed or Facebook page that you can follow to get news about cheap travel opportunities,and it really works.

If you were doing it now, you’d know that Travelex just ran a ‘Happy Hour’ with promotional rates on its currency exchange and that Liverpool John Lennon Airport just announced the launch of a new low-cost route to Bucharest.

Deals and promotions are happening all the time and by keeping on top of all sorts of travel information, you can stay one step ahead of other bookers and bag yourself a great deal.

To find out more about the new flights to Bucharest from Liverpool, visit the flight carrier directly at Blue Air and make a booking or see what other cheap flight deals they have on offer, before someone else does.

Terrific Summer Road Trips for Locals in Australia

Australians live in one of the most beautiful, vast and under-populated countries on the planet, but how many of us actually get to experience the beauty of this great land firsthand? If you’d like to see more of our immensely beautiful country, a country we’re all proud to call home, why not look at taking a campervan trip to some breathtaking destinations you’re yet to experience?

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The campervan

As there are quite a few campervans to select from, depending on which campervan hire service you use, be sure to give plenty of thought to the campervan you hire for your trip. When selecting a campervan give the following adequate thought and attention:

  • The size and specifications of the campervan. How many people are travelling and how many berths does the campervan feature?
  • Fuel economy. What’s the approximate fuel consumption (litres/100km) and how much are you prepared to spend on fuel?
  • Power steering and transmission. Does the vehicle have power steering and are you more comfortable driving a manual or an automatic, moreover what about the others who might get behind the wheel?
  • Babies and small children. If there are babies and small children travelling with you, does the campervan have bolster seats or can they be fitted?
  • Kitchens and kitchen kits? Does the campervan have a kitchen and how large is the fridge and water tank?
  • Driver’s cabin and internal walk-through access? Does the campervan have a separate cabin or internal walk-through access and do you need them?

By asking yourself questions such as these when selecting a campervan you’ll find that nothing is overlooked and that you’re better able to select a suitable campervan for your trip.

Suggested routes

Depending on how long you have to spend on holiday and how far you’re interested in travelling, the following are some suggested routes that many people have found immensely rewarding.

  • Short East Coast Trip (4000km): Sydney – Brisbane – Cairns
  • Medium West Coast Trip (7000km): Darwin – Katherine – Broome – Port Hedland – Carnarvon – Perth
  • Medium NSW to NT Trip (8000km): Sydney – Canberra – Melbourne – Adelaide – Alice Springs – Darwin
  • Long Sydney to Ayers Rock (and back) Trip (14,000km): Sydney – Canberra – Melbourne – Adelaide – Ayers Rock – Alice Springs – Darwin – Cairns – Townsville – Brisbane – Sydney

These are only suggested routes, with only the major destinations and cities listed, moreover due to the distances involved between each destination you’ll have to do plenty of planning with regard to where you’ll stop and stay along the way.

Travel tips

If you’re planning a campervan trip don’t overlook websites that offer great travel tips for campervan drivers because accessing these websites will prove advantageous in a number of ways.

Firstly you’ll gain an idea of what other people behind the wheel of a campervan thought about the destinations they travelled to and the campervans they hired from a campervan hire company. Secondly you’ll gain a better idea of the roads that you’ll travel on, which when travelling around a country as vast as Australia will prove extremely advantageous, especially with regard to the isolated roads in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Thirdly, you’ll come across destinations that most of us Australians never knew existed and could therefore provide you with some excellent ideas for your upcoming road trip.

In addition to travelling tips such as these, you’ll also need to source information concerning permits, since permits are required for certain parts of the Northern Territory and Western Australia, two of the remotest parts of Australia and two of the most rewarding to travel to by campervan.

 

About the Author:

Debra Crutchfield writes on a freelance basis for a company whose rental vehicles are unmarked and are provided through a friendly service. Travel Car Centre is a reliable provider of campervan hire in Sydney.

 

How to Manage Road Trips Expenses

One thing that keeps many of us from heading out on a road trip is the belief that our car simply won’t be able to make the journey. It’s true that after a certain point in a vehicle’s life it’s a good idea to keep its journeys to a minimum, meaning even though you can happily (and safely) drive it to and from work every day, when it comes to heading out on a longer trip you should consider taking an alternative vehicle.

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When you’re considering the expense of your road trip it may quickly occur to you that it’ll work our cheaper to lease a car rather than risk taking your old car out on a long journey. For affordable leasing plans, contact Leasing Option Ltd or a similar site to see what their rates are. Chances are you may be pleasantly surprised.

Of course, the cost of a leased vehicle isn’t going to be the only cost you’ll face over the duration of your road trip. In order to manage your expenses when you’re on the road, try and budget for the following costs before you even head out:

Fuel

There’s one easy way to roughly budget for the amount of fuel you’ll need on your road trip, but in order to do so you’ll either have to ask the leasing company you’re leasing your car from how many miles it gets to the gallon, or you’ll have to lease it for a week or so ahead of your trip.

If you have to go with the latter option you should ensure the fuel tank is completely full before starting your experiment. Once it’s full, note the mileage figure shown on the car’s odometer and keep this number safe. Now you can use the car as normal, making sure you drive it around (whether to work or elsewhere) until it’s nearly empty. At this point you should check the car’s odometer again, and subtract the first number from the second number, giving you the number of miles you can roughly expect to achieve from a full tank.

With this information you can work out how many full tanks your leased car will need to complete your road trip, and thus work out a fairly accurate estimation of your road trip’s fuel cost.

Food (Your Fuel)

When you’re out on the road your cost of food (your own, personal fuel) is inevitably going to be higher than your food costs back home. Before heading out you should intend to manage your food expenses by:

–    Eating at cheaper restaurants: If you have the luxury of eating from several different places, always choose the most affordable.

–    Taking supermarket (and corner shop) food back to your hotel: If this is allowed you should shop at a nearby supermarket to take advantage of their lower prices, then take said food back to your hotel room to cook if you have a small kitchenette area.

Hotels and Lodging

Your hotel and lodging expenses when you’re on a road trip can sometimes be difficult to control due to your inability to know where you’re going to be ahead of time, meaning you’ll more often than not find yourself paying full price for last minute hotel rooms.

You’ll be able to keep some of your accommodation expenses down during your trip if you:

–    Occasionally sleep in your car,

–    Camp at registered, safe campsites whenever you’re near one,

–    Seek out cheap hostels rather than hotels.

Fun and Entertainment

Firstly, even though this is an article about managing your road trip expenses you should keep in mind that you’re allowed to enjoy yourselves, which is the very reason you were saving for a rainy aday in the first place.

Secondly, your fun and entertainment budget needn’t be large, but you should certainly put aside enough so you’re able to enjoy the local attractions of a city you stop in overnight, or catch a show on a whim if the mood takes you.

In conclusion, if you’ve finally decided to head out on a road trip in a leased vehicle you should take some time beforehand to figure out how you’re going to manage your expenses throughout the trip, putting special focus on your costs for fuel, food, hotels and lodging, and fun and entertainment.

 

Author:

Edward Luke is a freelance writer for Leasing Options, a company that has been delivering value and service for more than 23 years. They aim to provide clients with the best possible car rental deal.

Using Your Frequent Flyer Miles to Travel For Less

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Whether for business or pleasure, people find traveling by airplane the most convenient way to go from one place to another. Because of this, many bank and credit card companies have teamed up with different airline companies to come up with the frequent flyer miles or mileage point reward system. You will discover that you earn these miles faster if you book frequently with only one airline. Some credit card with airline rewards program will earn your mileage with every penny you spend on shopping, groceries, utilities and your travel.

So take advantage of using mileage points in reducing travel expenses and don’t ever let them go to waste. Keep in mind that these miles have an expiry period and you can lose all of them if you haven’t used them before their expiry. Some credit card programs allow transfer of miles to your relative or your friends. Check for different airline policies so you won’t mix up when booking for your next travel. You may also cash in miles so that you can buy a ticket for someone else, which is ideal if you don’t have any travel plans yet and you have expiring miles any time soon. Also keep in mind that only a limited number of seats are allotted for miles users but you may also use this perk to upgrade your booking!

 

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