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Lifestyle : Travel Essentials 2011
Call toll-free 1800 033 160 (24hrs 7 days) or email email@example.com for your free copy of the brochure www.airadventure.com.au Rod Dyer s Air Adventure Australia has over 30 years experience AFRICAN AIR A N R a a a & a a a • rivate aircraft si ni cantly reduces travel times • itness the Serengeti and Masai Mara durin the awe-inspirin calvin season the be innin of the mi ration • ravel durin the most scenic time of year for those perfect wildlife photos • Stay at Kenya & anzania s most respected boutique lodges and camps. ncludes lsa s op e e a onservancy aruni ara e ala N oron oro la ira and and Rivers od e • xperience the local culture of the colourful Samburu and Maasai • Spectacular scenic ights t Kilimanjaro, asai ara, Seren eti, oron oro Crater, reat ift alley and many more • xperience this wilderness in a small group, away from masses of tourists • Fully hosted and teams of local and indi enous uides at every port • ruly all inclusive (even alcohol and tippin ) THE SUN-HERALD SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2011 5 essentials special report about going Best practice . . . clockwise from above, locals are the experts; Kindle or iPad, not books; small is beautiful in the world of cameras; pack light. Photos: Jupiter Images; Reuters; Getty Images rules that will help you glide through the world with a song in your heart. Insurance Don't leave home without it. If you can't afford it, you shouldn't be walking out the door. If you're heading to Bali for a couple of weeks, just about any policy that covers medical expenses, baggage loss, legal costs, personal liability and cancellation or interruption of your holiday plans will do the job. If you're planning to go trekking in Nepal or scuba diving in the Red Sea, you might need to beef up your cover. Search the web for the best deals but make sure the cover you're getting is adequate to your needs. Compare Travel Insurance (comparetravelinsurance.com.au) is a handy site for one-stop shopping. Choice (choice.com.au) has useful articles devoted to travel insurance, available over the internet. Make air travel as pain-free as possible A blow-up cushion, quality earphones, reading matter, games if there are kids in the picture and maybe chocolate to release that feel- good serotonin will help you get to your destination wearing a smile. Even in economy, some seats are better than others. If your airline allows seat pre- booking, log on to SeatGuru (seatguru.com) and locate the premier real estate. Many international airlines now sell their exit row seats (those highly desirable places with lots of stretch room) and the cost can be minimal. On Singapore Airlines, a ''preferred seat'' costs $US50 ($47) a sector -- even if it happens to be the 13-hour haul from Singapore to London. Scan all documents and email to self If you lose your passport, your travel vouchers or your flight tickets while you're away, life will be a whole lot easier if you can access a copy via email. Include every document you might possibly need -- travel insurance policy, the numbers on your travellers cheques, any passport pages with visas -- and while you're at it, might as well add driver's licence and credit cards. The second-best choice is to photocopy all of the above and leave them with someone you can contact in an emergency. Health About half of all Australians who travel overseas will face some health-related problem. It might be mild such as sunburn but on average, one in every 10,000 international travellers requires medical repatriation. Different food, different climate and exposure to exotic and unfamiliar microbes can breach your body's defences and lay you low. Know before you go. The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has a useful website (cdc.gov/travel) with a comprehensive rundown of the health risks travellers face in more than 200 countries. If you're healthy and heading offshore for a short holiday in a country with advanced medical facilities, you probably don't need to see a doctor before you go. If it's somewhere weird and wonderful, you might need specialist medical advice such as that provided by the Travel Doctor (traveldoctor .com.au). At the very minimum, your medical kit should include headache medication, a small cache of sterile dressings, a tube of antiseptic and a small bottle of antibacterial gels to use when you sit down to eat -- and don't forget the sunblock. Manage your expectations There's nowhere else like home. When you leave it, much will be different. The coffee won't taste the same, the Japanese idea of a pillow is probably not what you're used to and the concept of an orderly queue is unfamiliar to most of the planet. But that's why you're going, right? Because it's not like home. Yours is not necessarily the right way, or the only way, of dressing or driving. They do things differently in other places for good reasons. Make the effort to figure out why and your travels -- and life -- are richer. If travel convinces you there's no place you'd rather be than home, among people who eat, drive and think as you do, that's where you belong. MG
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