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Backpacking is popular for the young adult crowd travelling on a budget. It is not without risks, something made worse by the lack of resources and mindset of the backpackers who may still be new to independence. Advice can help here.

Matters are easier today with the internet. Always research your destinations beforehand. Look for anything that other travellers have considered a scam. Also look for what they recommend; there is always some worthwhile foreign site that gets minimal publicity; it’s terrible to get home and find you missed something significant.

The advantages of the internet can also work against you; there are numerous scams and illegitimate sites online. Look for any ulterior motive when offered services, and remember that offers too good to be true are probably false. This especially applies to accommodation; sometimes booked rooms don’t exist, and you already paid for them. Look for what returning travellers recommend.

Check very passport and visa situation. Arrange this before you leave. Some countries allow you to say a certain number of weeks or months without a visa, others do not. Woking in another country is usually impossible unless you have a (often special) visa that allows this.

Get travel insurance. If you can’t afford this, you need to delay the trip till you have saved more money. Accidents are very expensive, and some countries do not even provide cover to their own citizens. Travel insurance is essential; at least look into the minimal and cheapest options.

Get a good credit card or two, from a bank that lets you withdraw overseas. Some banks have branches in foreign countries, or affiliated banks. Ask the bank about the countries you will travel in – they can advise the best deal. This will save you considerable amounts on transaction and withdrawal fees.

You can often hire mobile phones overseas, which will be cheaper than using you Australian phone when travelling. Else, you can buy a local prepaid SIM card. Remember, you may need the Australian phone in the airport when you return.

Print out hard copies of any maps before you go. Internet connections may not work everywhere. You can dispose of these as you leave each site.

You always accumulate luggage and souvenirs. Compensate for is by taking disposable items from home. Buy cheap socks, underwear and shirts; you can abandon these on you last day and use the extra room in your backpack.

Take a photo of your passport and any other document with your mobile phone. Email copies of these photos to you email address. Even if you have everything stolen you will be able to access your details online.

Never leave drinks or luggage unattended; spiking drinks and planting drugs in luggage is a real problem. Some ‘soft drugs’ carry very heavy penalties in some countries. Drinking ages are higher in some countries; Australians under 21 are breaking the law if they drink alcohol in places such as the USA.

Hitchhiking is dangerous no matter where you are. Always avoid this.

Leave contact information and a travel plan with trusted friends and relatives back home. Update them with email as often as possible.

If you use an airport shuttle Sydney based Plan B shuttle is recommended. Money is always tight when traveling, but so are schedules. A small group using a shuttle works out cheaper than most alternatives, and makes sure you don’t miss your flight.

Sydney airport shuttle – Airport Lounges

If you have to spend some time at an airport, because of a stopover or transport connection times, an airport lounge is a consideration. These lounges were once restricted to those with first class or business tickets. Now they are open to all paying customers, though it sometimes depends on who you are flying with.

There is a distinction to be made between pay–per-use lounges and airline lounges.  Airline lounges are for those who are travelling with that specific airline. Travellers with high end tickets receive complimentary lounge access; economy travellers need to pay a fee.  Pay-per-use lounges are open to any fee paying traveller on any airline. Facilities at these lounges vary a great deal.

Airport lounges usually have:

  • Comfortable seating
  • Good WiFi access
  • Meal and drink facilities, which can be complimentary at high end facilities.
  • Showers

Some airport lounges have:

  • Massage facilities
  • Sleep rooms
  • Recreational facilities like pool tables.

Another variation on this system is lounges for holders of various credit cards. Sydney Airport has a lounge open to users of American express.

If you are on a business trip and want to stay in good spirits, or if you want to keep a vacation as smooth as possible, use a Sydney airport shuttle and consider spending any stopover time in an airport lounge.

Sydney Airport Transfers Service – Travel Tricks –

If there are several queues the one on the extreme the left seems to move faster. Right handed people choose the right handed queues, though there are other factors.

If there is a web based check in service at the airport it will be much quicker than using the queue.

Security lines with single attendants seem to move faster. The theory is that the additional staff member is being trained, which makes the security check process slower.

When packing, use ziplock bags to divide your belongings into categories. This is neat, and much more convenient if you have to open your bag for security. A spare ziplock bag is great when you have to put the contents of your pockets through the security scan.

Liquids on flights are limited, but if you have to take water on the flight bring an empty bottle and fill it up after the inspection. Really though, you can get water on the plane.

You can buy stickers that say ‘I heart baggage handlers’. Apparently putting these on your luggage is better than any ‘fragile’ sticker.

Loyalty programmes are great for frequent flyers. Occasional flyers do well by getting the cheapest flight in an off-peak time; frequent flyers will do better by using the same airline and receiving a discount. Lounge access alone is often worth loyalty membership.

Lounge access often allows a guest/partner. If you sign up for one lounge membership and your partner signs up for another (one is on the credit card, the other is on the airline) you can access more lounges at more airports. You can often eat buffet food for free at lounges, so this may well worthwhile.

Bring a power board. There are usually not enough outlets at airports and there are always people charging phones. Others might appreciate the favour.

If you really are forced to stay at the airport for several hours look up for a few ideas. If you don’t have lounge membership  there are Chapels and prayer rooms at some airports. They are rarely used, so are good for some quiet space. You will probably have to ask staff about them.

Front seat on planes have the most legroom. Seat over the wings are near the emergency exits. The seat at the back will never have somebody kicking it from behind. Carry antibacterial wipes or sanitiser to disinfect armrests and fold up trays on the flight.

Use Sydney airport transfers service. Use a shuttle bus and avoid any problems to and from the airport.

Airport Shuttle Sydney

‘Nothing a foreign visiting tourist likes more than the familiarity of something they could have had back home.’

‘Passport photos are clever. Somehow, in advance, the camera takes an image that looks exactly like you after the end of a long trip.’

‘After months at sea and land looks great. After a 28 hour flight I get the same feeling’.

‘Why don’t blonds like window seats on plane? The breeze might mess up their hair.’

Airplane travel is pretty safe. I asked how often a plane crashes. I was told ‘only once.’’

The propellers on planes keep the pilot cool. If the propeller stops the pilot stars sweating’

‘In life as in flying, when in doubt proceed upward; nobody can collide with the sky.’

Icarus and Daedalus

‘With an aircraft a good landings is one you walk away from. Great landings and you can even use the plane a second time.

‘Learn from other mistakes. I’m not sure how that applies to pilots and parachutes’

‘If you’re lost, then don’t pay your credit card bills. Believe me, the credit card company will know how to find you.’

The bulk of mankind is as well equipped for flying as thinking.

— Jonathon Swift

Which is now a more hopeful statement than Swift intended it to be.

Enjoy travel more with an airport shuttle, Sydney airport or cruise terminal to any part of Sydney CBD.

Improved transport on roads

There are two primary way to improve road transport. One is to improve the infrastructure; the other way is to improve how we use it. These categories overlap to some extent, and advancing technology helps in way that were often not previously possible.

The infrastructure of many modern cities has been limited by factors established generations before; roads and buildings that were constructed when the city was first built can be very hard to change later on. Where a city was originally well served by a two-lane road it may now have expanded to the point where it needs more than four lanes. This is difficult to achieve without removing buildings or other structures, and may be pointless unless every part of the roadway is equally expandable; imagine the bottleneck if a four lane highway funnels into a two lane road. Methods to get around this type of limitation often need to be creative; removing factors such as trams can help speed up traffic flow; installing and encouraging people to use trains can also reduce traffic. Allocating dedicated bus lanes also helps, and though this requires at least two lanes on each side of the road it is more flexible than trains as busses can go almost anywhere that cars can.

Dedicated bus lanes work to the advantage of shuttle busses; they often allow fast transport even when the other traffic lanes are full. The ability to accurately estimate travel times is another advantage here. Accurately estimating travel time is important for airport transfers and other situations where deadlines are imposed.

Intelligent cooperative computer systems in cars take everything to another level. We are all familiar with in car GPS, which at least gave us a map and estimate of the shortest route. These progressively improved so that the shortest route factored in the time of day, and then factored in the weather report. Once we had to rely on the radio traffic report; now we are getting use to systems that keep track or far more details. If the Sydney harbour bridge decides to change lane allocations when there is more traffic coming out of the city than going in then the modern car navigation systems will take this into account; a car navigation system knows the shortest route can change or many reasons, and the driver gets rapid updates on the best option.

What has also been researched in Europe is the information going the other way. Intelligent traffic systems will know about approaching vehicles advance and adjust accordingly; lane allocations, traffic signals and recommended car routes will change in order to prevent problems, rather than respond to problems after they have already occurred. Furthermore, the individual car systems will communicate with each other; each car will optimise for the conditions in their immediate vicinity. Estimates about present conditions based on past conditions will be replaced by detailed information about the actual here-and-now.

Sydney airport shuttles, already helped by bus lanes and GPS systems, will benefit further by this improved technology. Airport transfers will be quick and efficient, based on the exact traffic circumstances of the moment.

Easy Go Shuttle – Airport Shuttle Services

Easy Go Shuttle - Airport Shuttle Services

Easy Go Shuttle – Sydney Airport Shuttle Services

Easy Go Shuttle Guest Post

I would like to thank the Sydney airport shuttle bus drivers for their punctuality, professional attitude, excellent service and smooth operation during my stay in Sydney. The air-conditioned shuttle was roomy and perfectly comfortable.

I believe the airport pickup service in Sydney has provided us with the best services, as they made looking after us their only priority. The receptionist knew exactly what she was doing and was a pleasure to deal with. The drivers both from and to the airport were knowledgeable on what to do in Sydney and how to get around. We thought twice about booking both the return and going trip at the same time, lest we changed our minds about the service, but the receptionist reassured us and we’re glad she did.

In total, I would like to wish your company good luck and success in all its future endeavours.

I would greatly recommend your shuttle service to anybody who is visiting Sydney at any time in the future.

Anytime Shuttle – Sydney Airport Shuttle Bus Sydney

Book at the right time: this is twofold. First is finding a time for your vacation that is not in the most popular season of the year. Weekends are more popular than weekdays, and hence more expensive. The same goes for school holidays and the Christmas season. If your destination is not dependant on the time of year you will find it cheaper to book in a less popular season. Else, even in popular seasons the weekdays are less expensive than the weekends. And remember that when it comes to airfares some flights are booked for business travel, not by tourists. If you can find a cheaper time to fly you might still find the tourists venues are not that crowded.

In addition to when you actually go on the vacation, booking in advance often helps. There are websites that let you compare deals, and let you estimate the optimum time to book in advance. The disadvantage being that is may not be possible to change your mind.

For accommodation, try look for something other than traditional hotels. Hostels are cheaper. And for longer term accommodation there are rental homes and apartments. Some owners of time share apartments will rent out their one week once-per-year allotment for a reasonable fee. Many are happy to just get something for the apartment when they can’t use it. Also, accommodation not next to major tourist sites tends to be more economical, though transport costs can be an issue.

Live like the locals do. There’s no excuse for not using the internet and researching your destination. The venues designed to attract tourist tend to take advantage of the situation and overcharge. Find the attractions that the locals use, and lesser known beaches, the non-tourist eateries …etc. You may have a better trip for it.

Avoid restaurants and use other options. Cooking you own food is no more expensive than it is back home; treat meals like a picnic Else, delicatessens are more economical. If you do eat out, you may find lunch menus are cheaper than evening meals. It can help to stock up on discount coupons.

For some trips, especially cruises, it pays to use a travel agent. The money saved on making connections, discounted services, members only events and upgraded facilities can more than compensate for the travel agent fees.

Avoid transport hassles by booking a shuttle bus to and from your flight or cruise. Public transport is time consuming, and quickly eats into your holiday time; and it tends to be most expensive when you are traveling to the Airport. Nothing is neater or cleaner that being picked up and dropped off at your own home; and it’s still quite cheap if you have a small to medium group sized group.