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Lifestyle : Travel Essentials 2011
1HERSA1 0006 With Travelvax. Without. Travelvax Australia can provide: Current travel advice and recommendations on our hot line A National network of conveniently located travel health clinics Clinicians and nurses experienced in travel medicine A full range of travel vaccines and medications on-site An extensive range of rst aid kits and travel health accessories for all destinations Warm, friendly, quality service For up-to-date, travel health advice or your nearest Travelvax Centre call 1300 360 164 www.travelvax.com.au DID YOU KNOW? Mosquitoes can transmit diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. Are they a risk on your next holiday? Call 1300 360 164 for more information. 6 SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2011 THE SUN-HERALD essentials special report Planning takes pain out of flying Getting to and from airports can be bad for your health and sanity, so a little thought will ensure your trip begins and ends smoothly, writes Julietta Jameson. Make sure you've factored in enough time for your journey. Traintime. . .it pays to avoid London's traffic. YOU'VE booked flights and secured accommodation; you're all set. Or are you? Flights and hotels can be the easy parts of travel. Once you're on board or checked in, you're someone else's responsibility. It's the bits in between them, getting to and from airports, that are fraught with potential mishaps. You're loaded with luggage, so less agile than usual, or are on a tight schedule. You perhaps don't travel all that often, or you're in a new and foreign place. There are language difficulties, budget considerations and a range of variables that include everything from traffic to tricksters. To avoid stress, research is key. Home to airport Which transport is the best depends on point of departure, number of people travelling, duration of stay and budget. Private car transport and taxi services are often the best alternatives to and from Sydney Airport. The Airport Link train from the city centre costs about $15 for a full adult fare (less for same-day return). But with two-plus people travelling from the city, inner west or eastern suburbs, a taxi won't cost all that much more than your combined train tickets -- maybe less. For those on train lines further afield, Airport Link may prove cost efficient (www.airport.link.com.au). For departures from the inner city and suburbs, shuttles can also be excellent value, with return tickets offering trips for as little as $11. For shuttles outside the city, Google which company picks up in your area. Sydney Buses may also service your area with a connection to the airport (131500.com). A limousine service is a good -- albeit top-dollar -- option for those who are time-poor and might need a car on standby or for people who need help with their luggage. Some savvy folk choose to drive themselves to the airport and use long-term parking. If coming from outside greater Sydney, this is both time- and cost-efficient. Several private parking operators are dotted around the airport, as well as the terminal's own facility (parking .sydneyairport.com.au). The site has a great transport calculator, which, based on postcode and passenger number, gives you the most cost-efficient way to go. One word of warning about long- term parking: I once missed an early flight to Perth as I stood at a shuttle stop watching full peak-hour services from the car park to the terminal go by me. It's a 20-minute extra-time option at best. Peak hours can be worse. And therein lies one of the best tips a traveller can get: whichever mode of transport you choose, make sure you have factored in enough time for your journey, potential hold-ups and check-in processes before boarding
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