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”

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”

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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Road Trip WA 2016 – Denmark

Road Trip Day 2


After a good night sleep, I woke up to cool crisp air. I put on a jacket, picked up a cup of coffee and walked out of our chalet. It was a bit cloudy and the air was the mix of the tree, the flowers and the grass. I wished that I could put them into jars for late (or sell them to China and make millions! 🙂 ). The front lawn felt like a green carpet, slightly wet. The kookaburras and some other birds were already singing and playing amongst the trees. I walked straight down to the river side. The water flows south in a steady pace and on the other side, it was a national park. Giant trees stood there along the banks. The more I looked at them, the more mysterious they seemed. I was fully expecting some kind of monster jumping out of the woods – thank goodness that there was a river protecting me. LOL! What would the monster look like? I hoped that it could not fly! 🙂 Continue reading “Road Trip WA 2016 – Denmark”

Road Trip WA 2016 – Valley of the Giants

The Tree Top Walk 600-metre walk has a gentle gradient, suitable for children and all ages, including wheelchairs and strollers.
A walk trail links the Tree Top Walk to the Ancient Empire boardwalk where you can get up close and personal to the 400-year-old giants of the forest.

This is the first time I come to the Tree Top Walk in Western Australia.

The Tree Top Walk is located at the Valley of the Giants. Don’t you just love the name! Whenever I saw the name, I always had the image of the Ent from the Lord of the Rings in my mind.

The Valley of the Giants’ website contain good information about the place and everything else related to it. Head over there if you would like to plan for a trip too.

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Road Trip WA 2016 – Walpole & Nornalop

Road Trip Day 1

We planned to leave Perth at 8am. We actually left Perth around 9.30am due to the last minute search of a GPS. I decided not to get upset about it. 🙂

Our first resting stop: Bunbury. It’s been years since I last visited Bunbury. We drove straight to the Marlston Hill Lookout Tower. It was a bit windy at the top of the tower but the view was stunning (see featured photo). It’s a great resting point.

Lighthouse at Bunbury
Bunbury, WA
Bunbury beach

The sandy beach of Bunbury. I took this photo while dad ran onto the beach to chase his hat. 🙂 I caught a photo of him with his arms in the air (trying to hold onto his hat) and his hat floating in the air too (flying away). I laughed every time when I saw that photo.

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Road Trip WA 2016 – Planning

2016 Easter. Another year and another Easter, time goes fast. Couple of us decided to take a road trip to the Western Australia’s Southern Forest Region. We all knew the region pretty well so the trip was roughly planned and the accommodation was booked a few days before the trip.

The itinerary:

road_trip_wa_map
Itinerary Map

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Asia Trip 2015 – I Love Taipei

I was exhausted when I arrived in Taipei after my unplanned stay in Hong Kong. I was still the first of my group to arrive in Taipei. This time, my luggage finally arrived too! I found a charger and hogged the free airport wifi, no surprise there!

Just a few funny wifi names

It turned out that my flight from Hong Kong was considered domestic so I arrived in the Terminal 1. Meanwhile, everyone else from my group who flew over from Australia had arrived in the international Terminal 2. There were only 2 terminals in Taipei airport but you would need to catch a train to get from one to another. Grrr, I waited for 30 minutes in the wrong Terminal until one of them called me on Skype. Actually, it was not a total wast of time, I managed to charge my phone and checked my email! 😃

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