Contents

“Get Packing” – Blueprint

Why Travel?

  • A Brief history of travel
  • Thomas Cook – The First Tours
  • Expand Your Life Experiences
  • Keep On Learning
    • Learn By Doing / Seeing
    • Learn About History
    • Learn About Cultures
    • Learn About Geography
    • Personal Growth
  • The Time Is Now Right
  • Suddenly You Have The Means And Freedom
  • Something You Have Always Wanted To Do
  • See For Yourself – First Hand
  • Meet New Friends
  • Get Away From The Hum Drum
  • Something To Tell Others About
  • Seek Out Your Roots
  • Find Out What Others Talk About
  • Face Your Fears
  • Overcome Anxiety And Self-Centredness

Planning My Travels

  • Tools Available To Help Planning
  • What Kind Of Traveller Am I?
  • What Sort Of Trip Suits My Needs?
  • Where To Look For Assistance
  • How Do I Get There?
  • Planning Pitfalls
  • Who Can Help Me?
  • Visas and Passports
  • Insurance
  • Who Will Be Travelling?
  • Single, Family Or Group Travel?
  • Itinerary And Contact Processes

Where Should I Go?

  • What Do I Enjoy – Busy Or Chilled Out?
  • What Is My Age Group?
  • How Long Do I Have?
  • Extending My Business Trips
  • What Experiences Do I Hope For?
  • How Can I Get There?
  • The Destination Or The Trip?
  • Expect The Unexpected
  • Need For An Open Mind
  • Seasonal Influences
  • Language Issues
  • Cultural Issues
  • Top 100 Destinations Around The World
  • How To Choose From A Wide Selection
  • Visiting Friends And Family
  • Examples Of Where We’ve Been

When To Travel

  • Best and Worst Seasons
  • Weather Patterns
  • Public Holidays
  • Deal Opportunities
  • Opportunities For Budget Holidays
  • Conferences and Major Events
  • Festivals, etc
  • Shoulder Seasons
  • Is The Time Right For You?
  • What Dates Suit Your Needs?
  • Days Of The Week
  • Overcoming Age Issues
  • Stop Procrastinating
  • When Not To Travel

How To Sight See

  • What Do You Want To See?
  • How To Check Out What May Be Available
  • Research Before You Leave
  • Pre-Planning
  • Guide Books Prior To Departure
  • What To Wear and Carry
  • Should You Seek Out A Guide?
  • How Much Will It Cost
  • Pre-pay Before Your Trip?
  • Multi-Location and multi-day Packages
  • How To Get Around While You’re There
  • To Book Or Not To Book?
  • Personal Guides Or Group Tours?
  • Respecting Local Customs and Traditions
  • Self-Guided Tours
  • Recording Your Experiences

Traveller’s Tales: Good, Bad And (Occasionally) Ugly

  • Inishbofin – boats and bog 
  • Politeness paying off – flight upgrade 
  • Navigating through France – badly 
  • Land mines in Rio 
  • Offending the French with Vegemite 
  • The Christmas dinner that wasn’t 
  • Trust the Turks – sure can! 
  • Cross dressing in Wenceslas Square 
  • Table service comes at a price 
  • Don’t jump on the wrong train 
  • Notre Dame baby scam 
  • Decision point – Brocken: yes or no? 

Where Should I Stay?

  • What Suits My Needs?
  • Crowds Or Solitude?
  • 2 star, 6 star – or somewhere in between?
  • How Much Can I Afford?
  • Fully Catered Or Self-Catering?
  • Hotel Or Farmstay?
  • B & B’s
  • Youth Hostels
  • Accommodation Clubs
  • Pre-paid or pay-as-you-go?
  • Inclusive Package Options
  • Where To Seek Infomation And Booking Options
  • Last Minute Bookings
  • Unpack Once Options
  • Business or Leisure?

Money Matters

  • How To Get More For Less
  • Travelling On A Budget
  • Where Should I Splurge?
  • How Should I Carry Funds?
  • Local Currency Issues
  • How To Avoid Being Conned
  • Tipping – Yes Or No?
  • How Much Is Reasonable?
  • Shopping Guidelines
  • Should I Carry Cash Around?
  • Where To Look For Deals
  • Budgeting For My Trip
  • Local Taxes and Charges
  • High, Shoulder and Low Seasons

Staying Healthy 

  • Travel Insurance
  • Research Before You Go
  • Travel Advisories
  • Talk To Your Doctor
  • Vaccinations, etc
  • Paperwork
  • Medical Necessities
  • Travellers First Aid Kit
  • Keep Yourself Well
  • Exercises For Travellers
  • What To Do In An Emergency
  • Protecting Against Travel Disabilities
  • Jetlag And What To Do
  • Tummie Troubles
  • Protecting Yourself Against Nasties
  • Language Issues
  • High Risk Activities

Pack Your Stuff Well 

  • Why You Should Pack Light
  • Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush!
  • What to Carry On-Board
  • Efficient Packing Hints
  • Paperwork To Carry With You
  • Security Concerns
  • Medical Items
  • What is Allowed?
  • Electrical and Communications Essentials
  • What Sort Of Luggage Do I Need?
  • Packing For The Family
  • Golfing/Surfing/Cycling Holiday Options
  • Meeting Quarantine and Customs Requirements
  • Travelling With Technology – Computers And Cameras
  • Wardrobe Planning
  • Your Personal Packing List
  • Packing For Outdoor Activities

Taste Temptations

  • What To Eat
  • Where To Eat
  • When To Eat
  • Local Food Delicacies
  • Protect Against Tummy Ailments
  • Markets
  • Street Vendors
  • Eating Out
  • Quarantine Issues
  • Safe Drinking Practices
  • Understand The Lingo
  • Tipping And Couveres
  • When To Splurge

Experiences Of Shopping Overseas 

  • VAT
  • Maintaining Control
  • Remember Getting It Home
  • Comparing costs
  • Haggling
  • Where To Shop
  • Value For Dollar
  • Research First, Buy Second
  • Remembering those At Home
  • Where Not To Shop
  • How To Ship It Home
  • Don’t Blow The Budget
  • Spread Out Your Shopping Activities
  • Will It Work At Home?
  • Warranty Considerations
  • What About Duties?

Flying Through The Air 

  • DVT And Other Matters
  • Where To Find The Best Deals
  • Fares: Comparing Apples With Apples
  • The Airline Safety, Reliability And Service Riddle
  • Airport Choices
  • Budget Travel Options
  • Which End Of The Plane Suits Me?
  • What To Wear
  • How To Prepare
  • Long-Haul Or Short-Haul?
  • Airport Transfer Options
  • Security – What It Means For Me
  • What Can I Take On-Board
  • Dealing With Fellow Passengers
  • Staying Cool Under Heat
  • Travel Safety
  • Keep Hydrated

See The World From The Water

  • Ferry Trips Around The World
  • To Cruise Or Not To Cruise?
  • Chartering My Own Boat
  • Sailing Into The Sunset
  • Waterways Of The World
  • Barge Holidays
  • River Cruising
  • Seasickness!
  • Renting A Houseboat
  • What To Pack For A Cruise
  • When Should I Be Travelling
  • How To Save Money When Cruising
  • Which Cruise Line For Me?
  • Unique Cruise Destinations
  • Etiquette At Sea
  • Paperwork
  • Group Travel
  • Safety At Sea

Highways, Byways and Laneways

  • Planning Your Journey
  • The Need For Prior Research
  • Car Rentals Around The World
  • To Rent Or To Lease – European Options
  • Lease/Purchase Options
  • Taxi Travel
  • Why Consider Renting A Motor Home?
  • Driving Internationally
  • Don’t Discount Fuel Costs
  • Road Travel Safety
  • Know The Local Rules Of The Road
  • Navigating Away From Home
  • GPS – Why You Need It
  • Parking Implications And Costs
  • Packing For Your Road Trip
  • Dealing With Emergencies

Ride The Rails Or Ride The Bus 

  • So Much More To See When Someone Else Is Driving
  • Planning Your Holiday
  • Research Your Options
  • European Rail Passes
  • High Speed Trips
  • Which Class Is Right For Me?
  • Seat Reservations
  • Long Distance Coaches
  • Short-Haul Bus Trips
  • Timetables And Punctuality
  • People You May Meet
  • What To Carry On Board
  • Amusements To Keep You Occupied
  • Protecting Your Belongings
  • Buying Your Tickets Before You Leave Home

Travels Not For The Faint-Hearted

  • Will I Be Covered?
  • Am I Fit Enough?
  • What Do I Need To Bring?
  • Who Should I Go To?
  • What Is The Total Cost?
  • Where Should I Go?
  • Is It Safe?
  • Are The Operators Experienced Enough?
  • What Is The Right Time Of The Year?
  • Single Or In A Group?
  • Package Deal Or Individual Experience?
  • Momentos Of The Experience?
  • Build Up New Friendships
  • What Is Included In The Experience?

References

  • Travel Websites
  • Embassy and Consulate Contacts
  • Tourism Contacts
  • Medical References
  • Short Courses in Foreign Languages
  • Holiday and Festival Calendars
  • Mapping Resources
  • Timetables
  • OAG Website
  • Thomas Cook Timetable
  • Acommodation guides and resources
  • Ferry Timetables
  • Cruise Lines Resources
  • Sightseeing Guides
  • Bus and Coach Timetables