Unless you’re taking a trip into the wild, you’re probably going to need to spend some money when you take a trip overseas. Not only that, you need to make sure you have the means to manage your funds while far from home – just in case you (a) need more money, or (b) have to transfer money around or pay bills.
With a bit of planning, this is all simple enough. In fact, travellers have a wealth of options nowadays to help them deal with these challenges.
In summary, here’s what we recommend you do before taking off on your trip.
- Take enough cash so that you can survive a few days with nothing else – just in case your cards don’t work, or there’s an emergency early on in your trip.
- Carry a cash card (e.g. travel money/debit/credit card) so that you can avoid carrying too much cash at all times.
- Keep cash and cards separate wherever possible. Otherwise, you’re leaving yourself open to losing all your money at once.
There’s so much more for you to learn, though! We go into more detail below.
Now more than ever before, senior travellers are venturing abroad and exploring exciting destinations all over the world.
Well, why not?
As a healthy senior, you shouldn’t miss out on overseas travel simply because of your age or a medical condition. Whether you’re in your 60s or 70s, or whether you’ve just turned 85, you deserve to travel freely and, most importantly, with peace of mind.
Using 1MB of data in Australia on your mobile phone can cost as little as 10c. Overseas, it could cost as much as $15.00.
When it comes to travelling abroad, none of us can honestly afford to remain untethered from the internet for long. Sure, a digital detox might be half the reason why we’re taking a trip in the first place, but we have to be honest – can we really get by in a foreign country without a maps app or our instant messaging app…or Instagram?
Most Australian phones should work across the globe, but the cost – as we’ve already outlined – can quickly become more expensive than you’re willing to pay.
The question is…how can you avoid the high price of using your phone internationally? We’ll show you!
Before you take off … Ask your phone carrier if your handset will work overseas. They can tell you if your phone is locked to the carrier, and whether your handset will function with another country’s network.
Whether you are hopping on a plane to soak in the culture of Melbourne, hiking across the Appalachian trail in the US, or just kicking back on the Great Barrier Reef; travelling requires a little bit (or a lot of) careful planning. A well-considered travel checklist can detail everything you might need to pack before departure: clothing, toiletries, documentation, and more.
So, here’s what we consider to be the bare minimum of what you will need as ‘travel essentials’ – whether you are heading overseas, or staying closer to home.
On 18 April 2017, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that the 457 visa would be abolished and replaced by the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa, which the government plans to implement starting March 2018.
Introduced in 1996, the 457 visa is a type of work visa that allows overseas skilled workers to travel to Australia and work in a nominated occupation by an approved sponsor. It lets foreign workers work in Australia for either a 2-year or 4-year period, depending on the classification of the occupation being applied for.
Remember what it was like before retirement? Days, weeks, months and years of work – either for yourself or someone else – to keep other people happy. But now that you’re retired, it’s your happiness that comes first. Research has shown that one of the fastest growing demographics in travel is the senior market. But we have to say; we’re not surprised.
International travel is one of those things that you get better at the more you do. You pick up little tricks along the way to make travelling easier – like the importance of having some spare cash on you at all times, and always keeping plastic bags in your suitcase for dirty clothes – while some travel tips are only learnt by the most frequent of flyers.
But now you don’t need to learn from experience – here we’ve gathered the very best and most useful travel tips and advice, for the ultimate guide to international travel.
Are you trying to choose the best travel apps to help you on your next trip? With so many to choose from, it can certainly be overwhelming trying to go through them all. But never fear: we’ve done all the hard work for you and put together a list of the top 6 apps every Aussie traveller should download before planning their next holiday.
Some of these apps are great for the planning process while others will prove to be invaluable during your travels. Download these apps onto your smartphone or tablet and you’ll have all the tools you’ll need to make your holiday as smooth and hassle-free as possible!
Chances are, someone you know has raved to you about Airbnb. You may or may not know what they are talking about, and even if you’re familiar with the concept, you probably have no idea whether your travel insurance covers this type of accommodation.
Allow us to explain.
Are you hankering for a holiday in 2016? With so many vacation options to choose from, deciding on your next holiday destination can be hard, so let us make the decision easier for you!
We have come up with a list of great holiday destinations just for Aussies in 2016 to ensure you receive more bang for your buck and an unforgettable experience for your next holiday. The destinations we have chosen are not only affordable in 2016, but they are also enjoyable and packed full of attractions that will please even the fussiest traveller.