Flights & Travel

My near perfect plan for eliminating jet lag to Australia

Image of small people and the flight attendants on Cathay Pacific
We received brilliant service and attention on Cathay Pacific, as did small people

So I think I’ve (finally!) worked out how to manage jet lag when flying to Australia. And be impressed – this is also when travelling with a baby and a toddler!

If I can whip jet lag into shape in these circumstances then any grown-ups on their own should have no problems (my challenge to you!)…

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G’day!

Just a quick “G’day” from Down Under! Yes I am in Australia. I am ‘loving it’.

Have heaps to tell you soon, but first I need a little bit more sleep (oh, and a cold beer!)…

Quick summary of what’s to come…

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Planning your Australia holiday: Booking flights to Australia with babies and children

If you are traveling with infants, toddlers or children to Australia, chances are your criteria for choosing a flight are going to be a little bit different to, say, a backpacker. But if you are after the cheapest fare you can get, you might want to have a quick think about what that might mean… a longer stopover en route, a less comfortable airline, a lower standard of facilities on board, less choice of flight times…, etc.

Flying as a family to Australia is no mean feat and it’s a very good idea to book your flight wisely!

Here are my tips…

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Planning your Australia holiday: Flights with stopovers on the way

Now you have 2 choices here (well, sort of 3)…

  • you can decide where you want to stopover and pick the corresponding national airline
  • you can fly with an airline that has a few different routes to Australia
  • or you can ask an expert…

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Planning your Australia holiday: How to find a cheap flight to Australia

It’s easy to get tempted by the ‘cheap’ airfares you see advertised to Australia, but remember there is sometimes a catch…

And it’s also definitely worth remembering that the cheapest flight to Australia may well not be the most sensible option if you value your sleep, your comfort, and your sanity 🙂

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Planning your Australia holiday: How to book your flights

OK… so if you’ve been following the ‘planning’ tips then so far you know WHEN you want to go to Australia on holiday and also what you need to do BEFORE you book your flights (get a visa!). Now… how to get there!

Technically you can overland most of the way to Australia (see Ozbus) and you can sail there (read to the end)… but most people tend to take a plane. Here’s how I go about booking my (cheap if I can help it!) flights to Australia.

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Planning your Australia holiday: before you book your flights…

… probably a good idea to make sure you’re eligible for a visa!

Unless you have an Australian passport already (which I am guessing unlikely if you’re reading this!), then you will need a visa to visit Australia on holiday. It’s not a headache — don’t worry — and the good news also is that for a lot of visitors it’s free!

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Another good Australia flight offer (book quickly!) from £500 something return

I know I said my next post would be all about booking your flights to Australia (and it will be soon), but in the meantime this offer caught my eye and it has to be booked by the 21st April 2010 so better get your skates on if you fancy it.

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Planning your Australia Holiday – from the beginning: When to go

Image of Cathay Pacific plane flying us to Australia
Only one month to go…

So we’re booked! One month today we’ll be winging our way to the lovely land of Down Under for our next ‘research trip’.

Now for an old hand like me, planning a holiday to Australia is not all that daunting — BUT do not think that means it’s any less complicated 🙂

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Great Australia flight offer (now ’til June, & August ’til November) with FREE stopover holiday

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Cathay Pacific great cheap flights special offer to Australia

Cathay Pacific have just released a great offer on flights to Australia WITH a Hong Kong stopover (including hotel accommodation!) – you can fly into any of Cathay’s Australian destinations for £600-something (and that includes the hotel stay!)…

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