Grace is sitting on the plane looking out the window, relaxed, she lets out a sigh. She rummages for her list of things that she had to bring and runs through them all, with a smile on her face Grace exhales knowing that she has got everything she needs and she can sit back and have a relaxed holiday with nothing to worry about. Have you ever stressed about what to bring in a holiday? Well..stress no longer.
What to bring on your holiday/Tips:
If you have been travelling before you no doubt know that it can be quite daunting to think about. There is so much you need to remember to bring on your holiday to make it relaxing and fun. Siobhan Bull, a travel consultant at House of Travel in Northlands, talked about some things to bring on your holiday. “Travel Insurance, universal plug adapters if required, mosquito repellent, and a good book”. Other things to consider packing include, Ibuprofen, neck pillow, money belt, extra cash, jandals,camera, portable charger, travel ear plugs and a scarf.
We all want to know the best way to get the most out of our travelling experience. Patience is key. Travelling can be stressful, the best thing is to just take it as it comes and don’t stress the small stuff. Meet the locals, make an effort to make conversations with other people, as you can learn from the people you talk to. Take lots of photos, these will be with you forever, you may only see these places and people once, make the most of it. Keep an open mind, don’t close yourself off to the way other people live, you might actually find you enjoy it. Get lost on purpose. This is the best way to explore as you don’t know what you are going to expect, it’s unpredictable and exciting. Siobhan also stated, “Always have three forms of payment when you travel, Eg. cash, credit card and one other, just in case. Contact your bank before you go so they don’t block your card, always pack another pair of clothes in your carry on luggage in case your luggage goes missing and know where your passport is at all times.” This is definitely helpful advice as there have been many cases where people tend to lose their passports or have their luggage stolen.
For those that have travelled before they have had good and bad experiences while on their travels. Sophie Foubister, 16 a year old, high school student remembers “On the 27th of September 2014, my family and I flew to Sydney airport from Christchurch airport here in New Zealand. After arriving in Sydney airport, we were making our way through security to board our next plane to Brisbane. While waiting for our plane, we were sitting at some tables where I then received a message from my friend. I was telling him how I had arrived in Sydney and he then mentioned about ISIS being around but I didn’t think anything of it. 10 minutes before hopping onto our plane a loud voice came over the whole speaker in the airport “lockdown, lockdown” was repeated many times. At this point I was starting to get a little nervous. The whole of Sydney airport was in lockdown and people were screaming becoming very stressed. We were all told that every single person in the airport had to go through security again as there had been weapons that had been passed through security and someone was on the loose with them. I then started to take in what my friend had mentioned about ISIS being around and the thought started to pass through my mind. Everyone was then taken back to security and was in long queues waiting for security while there was police surrounding the building and news operators scattered over the place. Thankfully because our flight was about depart we were pushed to the front to get out of the queues so we were on the planes first, but after landing in Brisbane we were glad to hear that the suspicious weapon man was captured.”
Mary-Anne Colenbrander, Adult remembers, “My brother Gerard and I went to the South of France to a beautiful village named Beaulieu. We met up with an canadian girl called Susan and two French guys called Fred and Claude. They were also on holiday and knew the area very well. We spent a few days camping side by side in our tents. On one of the days we all hired bikes and explored the town and its surroundings. We saw old dwellings and bridges that had been bombed in the war, biked along a very scenic river, and spent many hours that day just exploring all there was to see and settled down at the end of the day at a small village cafe to partake in some french bread and wine. One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to and some of the nicest people that I’d met while on my overseas experience.”
Sander Colenbrander, Adult remembers, “When I was 23 to 26 years old I spent some time in the Netherlands. During that time I was on a visit to Amsterdam, to see my cousin. On the day I was to leave and go back to other side of the country where my mother was, I had a rather unpleasant experience. I was on my way to the train station when I was approached by a very friendly guy, about my own age. To this day I don’t know why I agreed to lend him $20 to pay a fine at the police station. Youthful naivety and a trusting nature I guess. He insisted I go with him to the police station, as proof he was genuine, so I did. At the Police Station he did talk to some policemen, in Dutch of course, and everything seemed to be safe. He then said we would meet up with a friend of his so he could get my money back. We took the tube to meet his friend but when we got out of the tube train, on a very quiet underground platform, they produced a knife and demanded I hand over my wallet. They took the $75, scattered the remaining contents all over platform and ran off. By this point I was very angry, mostly with myself I think, but I quickly picked everything up and then immediately raced after them. However the adrenaline was flowing and I was shouting at them as I ran. I caught up with them and confronted them. In the back of my mind I was very mindful of the knife they had but we were out in the open now and there were a lot of people around. I was yelling at them to give my money back, making a bit of scene. They were suddenly quite concerned. They told me to keep it down as I demanded my money. After some negotiation during which I threatened to go to the police, which did seem to concern them quite a bit, they agreed to give me $25 of my money back. I felt some relief at this point because no I had enough money to pay for the train back to Winterswijk. I walked away with very mixed emotions, some shock at the realisation of what just happened, some relief that I was not stabbed and that I had some money to get home, a small sense of victory and pride that I had stood up for myself and a sense of shame that I could have been that stupid. I think the shame may have been the overwhelming emotion for a while because I didn’t reveal this incident to anyone until quite sometime later.”
Desired Location – Melbourne: As a beginner traveller it can be quite intimidating to know where to go to get the best experiences, Siobhan Bull (travel consultant) said “some clients like to start with travelling to Australia and the islands first, whereas other clients choose to go further such as America and Europe.” Because New Zealand is close to Australia, here are some reasons to travel to Melbourne. The Yarra River, this is a special place for Melbourne and is a good place to go on a nice day it has bike tracks and walking tracks following the river along the side, you can take flat bottoms barge or ferry, and if you have your own boat you can use that. The Melbourne cricket ground, the MCG is the home of the Australian Football League and the birthplace of test cricket. With a capacity of 100,000, it draws more than four million spectators each year. The Regent theatre is a special place to go in Melbourne because it was built in 1929, it was considered one of the most lavish cinemas in the world. The Lui Bar and Vue de Monde restaurants are based on the 55th floor of the Rialto Tower. You can enjoy a 360-degree panorama over Melbourne and the scenic Port Phillip Bay. Vue de Monde is Australia’s first carbon-neutral restaurant, with furniture made from recycled material. Melbourne is becoming well known around the world for street art, this can make for an interesting walk around the city. Also Melbourne’s museum has been recognised as the largest and the most innovative museum in the southern hemisphere. If you’re more of a nature lover than city lover then going to the Twelve Apostles would be a great experience as the views are most likely going to be stunning, the sea and erosion has slowly created these rock formations made of limestone stacks.The things you could do in Melbourne is endless, with shopping to nature, Melbourne holds it all.
Travelling can have its ups and downs but overall it’s something that you should experience. If you do it right, travelling can be fun and not stressful. All you need to do is make sure you have everything you need so that there is nothing you need to stress about.