DBT Corporate Travel Information - Travel
Tips for those longer holidays
* Get a medical and dental check up (obtain
enough prescription medicines for the journey).
* Make sure you can access your answer machine
from overseas. If you want to stay in touch with your family,
keep your telephone answering service on and tell your relatives
to leave messages when necessary. Call home every day or
two to retrieve and then erase the messages - that way,
if there is an emergency at home you will know about it.
* Organise a Phone card or Calling Card a
month prior. You can purchase one of these from your DBT
* Do you need a mobile that works overseas?
Check with your phone provider that you have call roaming
in the areaís you will be visiting
* Cancel regular incoming emails. You can
start them up when you return. Get a hotmail email address
so you can access it from anywhere in the world eg Internet
cafes or your hotel. It's free and easy to get, just go
to hotmail.com and follow the instruction. Your ISP will
automatically channel your emails into your hotmail address.
* Arrange for someone to mow the lawns and
pick up junk mail. Have someone come in to water the plants
and close and open curtains daily.
* Consider having a house sitter - they will
do all these things in return for free rent and power. Let
your neighbours know you will be away and if you are having
a house sitter.
* In some cases home insurance policies are
not valid if you are absent for more than two months without
telling the company.
* Before leaving, make sure you give your
travel itinerary and contact numbers to close family and
friends. If anything happens while your travelling they
will know where you are and have a better chance of getting
hold of you.
* Itís a good idea to leave a copy of your
passport and travel documents with family or a close friend
in case of emergency or loss of documents
* Access a copy of the Australian Embassies
in the areas you will be travelling to by logging onto http://www.dfat.gov.au/missions/
* If you're worried about your house not
looking lived in, buy timers for lamps and radios. Set them
to turn on in the evening so from the outside it looks like
there is someone home. (Don't forget to set the radio to
a talk show so it's more talk than music - makes it more
* Turn TV, video and anything on standby
off at the wall - otherwise they use "phantom power"
and will cost you money.
* Compile an address and phone list of people
to contact overseas, as well as those you may need to contact
* Use a small digital diary with addresses,
pin numbers and credit card details or print and laminate
half a dozen credit card size cards with important telephone
numbers, insurance policy numbers, flight numbers, travellers'
cheque numbers, etc. They can be easily put in wallets,
baggage and clothing.
* Put accommodation vouchers, maps and other
information in a clear file or document folder. It makes
finding things easier and you can add souvenir brochures
that you collect on the way.
* Photocopy the pages of travel books relevant
to the area you are visiting rather than take entire books
- to cut down on weight.
* Always find out the number of the terminal
where you will be flying out. Large airports such as Los
Angeles have many terminals and the larger airlines are
in more than one terminal. In some cases eg Dallas, those
terminals are 800m apart.
* If you hope to bring back that special
souvenir - a rug, fabric for your house etc. Take small
samples of colour from paint store colour charts that match
your existing colour schemes, as well as important measurements
and carry them with you.
* To avoid airport long stay parking charges,
take an airport shuttle and leave your car at home.
* Although you don't have to reconfirm flights,
check just in case there has been a time change.
* If you wear glasses or contact lenses,
take an extra pair with you.