Travel Checklist

Life is simpler with a checklist. This is what I use before my travels:

Checklist

  • My passport is valid for more than 6 months from my return date
  • All names on my booking match passport names of all travellers
  • I have the correct visa and passport type for my destination
  • My travel insurance policy number is
  • My itinerary is correct
  • Seating and meal requests for flights advised to my consultant
  • Frequent flyer number has been advised to my travel consultant
  • I have advised my bank of international travel plans
  • I have overseas mobile SIM card for data, disable roaming
  • I have arranged my mail to be collected
  • I have organised for someone to water my plants and collect the garbage bins
  • Turned off unused electricity power plugged
  • I have visited w.smartraceller.gov.au to be informed and prepared for my travel

Important Information

The Department of Foreign Affairs and trade recommend you register your travel plans and contact online with Smart Traveller before you travel.

The Australian Government provides 24 hour consular assistance
Overseas: +61 2 62613305
From within Australia: 1300 555 135
Via SMS: +61 421 269 080

Australian passport information service
Overseas: +61 2 6261 3305
From within Australia: 131 232
Website: passport.gov.au

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Travel Bucket List

  1. Soak in the Pamukkale thermal pools, Turkey

  2. Explore the fascinating Salar de Uyuni salt flats, Bolivia

  3. Find paradise on Palawan Island, the Philippines

  4. See the spectacular Northern Lights

  5. Discover the “temple that is a city” at Angkor Wat in Cambodia 6. Scale Japan’s highest peak, Mount Fuji

  6. Take a trip into the wilderness on an African safari

  7. Ascend the arch of Sydney Harbour Bridge Continue reading “Travel Bucket List”

台湾是吃货的天堂

以前学校教科书里有一句话:“台湾是中国的宝岛”。去了台湾以后我觉得台湾的确是个宝,特别是吃货们的宝地。

我站在台北的马路上,不由觉得特别亲切,感觉跟我小时候离开时的中国很像。我对台湾的第一印象因此特别的好。我出国多年以后回国,小时候记忆中的很多街道、小巷都已经改变了很多,我都不识路了。真是:

少小离家老大回,乡音无改鬓毛衰。儿童相见不相识,笑问客从何处来。(《回乡偶书二首》唐代,贺知章

可虽然是一片高楼大厦,车水马龙的繁华景象,对我来说,却少了那小街小巷的亲切气息,觉得挺陌生的。我脑海中的那个中国是我记忆中的永恒了,现在得以机会回顾,我还挺欢喜的。我真希望这里不会改变,可惜我知道这个世界上,只有变化才是永恒。

小区的菜市场

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La Petite France

I’m joining a 10 days La Petite France trip with Albatross Tours. So excited!!! 😻😻😻

Tour Overview

Sleep in a picturesque château in the Loire Valley, walk amongst the flowers of Monet’s Gardens and Château Villandry and dine on exquisite seafood in the ‘pirate town’ of St Malo. Stand on the Normandy beaches, visit magnificent Mont-Saint-Michel and sip Benedictine in a palace! C’est magnifique…

Tour Map

Highlights

  • Stay 3 nights on the verdant Normandy Coast in the classic seaside resort of Cabourg
  • Wander through Monet’s glorious gardens in Giverny
  • Explore the pretty harbourside town of Honfleur
  • Sip Benedictine in Fécamp where it was invented
  • Stay 2 nights in the ‘pirate town’ of St Malo
  • Explore the magnificent 11th century Mont-Saint-Michel (I always wanted to visit!!)
  • Enjoy time relaxing in the ‘oyster village’ of Cancale
  • Visit the famous city of Tours and explore the old town
  • Enjoy a relaxing evening in the pretty village of Langeais
  • Enjoy the gardens and interior of the elegant Château Chenonceau
  • Visit Da Vinci’s residence – Château du Clos Lucé in historical Amboise
  • Visit the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, the largest in Western Europe
  • Visit the classic 16th and 18th century gardens of Château Villandry
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner in your Château

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European Gems Cruise with Travel Marvel

Map for the cruise
Cruise itineray

Day 1: Arrive in the enthralling city of Budapest, where your premium river ship awaits on the Danube River. Enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and meet your fellow travellers and Cruise Director before a relaxing twilight cruise following dinner.

Day 2: Awake to views of one of the Danube’s most enchanting cities this morning. Disembark and learn the vibrant history of Budapest as your local guide takes you to a host of impressive sights such as Matthias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion, Heroes’ Square and Buda Castle. Back on board this evening, enjoy a delightful Gala Dinner while you cruise.

Day 3: Embrace the elegance of Vienna as you drive around the Ringstrasse this morning, taking in some of the city’s most famous buildings – the Vienna State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts and more. On arrival in the city centre, a walking tour will provide an insider’s view of sights such as St Stephen’s Cathedral, the Graben, Hofburg Palace and the Albertina.

Day 4: With the day at leisure, you may like to further explore the Hofburg area – home to the Imperial Treasury and the Spanish Riding School – or wander along Karntnerstrasse, the city’s famous shopping strip. Continue reading “European Gems Cruise with Travel Marvel”

up There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal. down

– Lord Byron

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悉尼2日攻略

如果你在悉尼只有2天的时间,干什么好呢?怎么玩?玩法当然很多,我们这次选择的是Bondi+Bay的行程,属于自由散漫的消闲游。(注:Bondi=Bondi beach=邦迪海滩,Bay=Watson’s Bay=沃森的海湾

悉尼->邦迪海滩->沃森的海湾->悉尼

第一天,到了悉尼的市区以后,就开始压马路。顺着伊丽莎白路从Central Station一直向北走,走走看看,走饿了就停下来吃饭,一切随意,反正沿路的餐厅多的是,各种风味。平时我都会从乔治街走,但是自从乔治街开始施工🚧要盖轻轨以后,一直闹哄哄的,上下班时间更加拥挤。因为施工,我们这次去悉尼也没有住在市区,怕吵!

红烧肉面
酸菜鱼面

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I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear. I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. What I am grateful for is the gift of intelligence, and for life, love, wonder, and laughter. You can’t say it wasn’t interesting. My lifetime’s memories are what I have brought home from the trip. I will require them for eternity no more than that little souvenir of the Eiffel Tower I brought home from Paris.

– Roger Ebert