Essentials

Travel Insurance with Suresave

Elegant Resorts & Villas recommends Suresave for all your insurance needs.

Click here for online travel insurance quotes or call us on 1800 079 965.

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Below are links to other websites with useful information for travellers.

General
Weather
Exchange Rates
World Time
Language translations

Country
Visa Info
Australian Passport Information
Customs – what can I bring back to Australia?
Public Holidays – Worldwide
Metric converter
Dialling codes
Currency calculator

Health & safety
Health / Vaccinations
Smart traveller / DFAT / Travel Advice

Travel information
Flight Arrivals & Departures Sydney Airport
Flight Arrivals & Departures Melbourne Airport
Flight Arrivals & Departures Brisbane Airport
Worldwide Airport Info
Duty Free Allowances
Seat Guru
Visa Waiver Program for the US (ESTA – free of charge)

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Before you go on holiday tips

Here’s some things you might want to think about before you leave for your holiday.

Stopping your mail

If you would like to stop your mail while you are away you will need to fill out a form and lodge it with payment at Australia Post. Click here for more information and to download the form.

Don’t forget to also stop any newspaper deliveries as well!

The garden

Consider asking a neighbour to water your plants and mow the lawn while you are away to keep your garden beautiful.

Pets

Pet-sitting & kennels are available at a cost of around $18 – $25 per day. If you need one call us for a list of recommendations.

Vaccinations

Double check with your doctor if you need any vaccinations but click here for a useful guide to what is recommended.

Check your home & contents insurance

It may be a while since you’ve looked at your policy so it’s best just to check what is covered and what is not while you are out of the country. If you are relying on insurance through your credit card, double check the policy – you might find out it’s not all that you thought. We recommend Suresave for a good cover.

And in case you didn’t know…

Tax refund BEFORE departure (TRS)

For goods valued at over $300 and purchased within 30 days of departure from the one store on a single invoice, it may be possible to be reimbursed for the GST component. The goods must be worn or taken on as hand luggage. For up to date information about this from the Australian Government click here.

On the day that you leave:

  • Remove any perishables from the fridge
  • Put out the garbage
  • Un-plug any non-essential appliances
  • Turn off the heater / air conditioning
  • Put the hot water system into holiday mode
  • Set timers (at random) to turn lights on and off
  • Lock the house (including windows) & garage
  • Turn on the alarm

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Preparing for your holiday

Mobile phones

If you are taking your mobile, ensure you have roaming switched on and that your device will work out of Australia (you may need to call your provider to unlock it). Check call rates to ensure you don’t come home to an enormous bill!

Internet on your mobile while you are away

Just a quick note that roaming data charges can add up pretty quickly, especially if you have a device such as an iPhone with applications that automatically update on the go. We recommend you switch data roaming off while you are away. If you will be using maps then download them before you go. Don’t forget to pack your charger and adaptor.

Skype your friends and family

Skype is one of the wonders of modern travel. Where ever you are, Skype gives you free calls, video calls and instant messaging over the internet, and also allows you to make cheaper calls to landlines and mobiles. You will need to set up an account by downloading it first. Click here to go to the Skype homepage.

ATM / Credit cards

These days your regular ATM / credit card is accepted in most places and are plentiful at airports when you arrive so it’s no longer necessary to take travellers cheques. You may, however, want to get a small amount of your destination’s local currency before you leave just in case. Take a spare card and keep it in a different spot for emergencies.

Getting to the airport

If you haven’t organised a transfer to the airport please give us a call and we will do it for you.

In-flight baggage

Ensure you pack only the allowed limits for liquids, aerosols and gases (100mls) packed in a clear plastic bag for your in-flight luggage. For more detailed information click here.

Medication

Take your medication on your flight (not in your checked luggage in case of delays or lost luggage) and ensure you have a spare prescription in case you run short.

What to pack

Less is more: Save some room for shopping!

Don’t forget:

  • Camera including batteries / adaptor / spare film / memory card
  • A spare pair of prescription glasses (or the prescription) – just in case
  • Your international driver’s licence if you are renting a car
  • A copy of your travel documents & passport
  • Useful extra – a Steripen water steriliser for side trips a little bit out of the way

Prepare for when you arrive

Arriving in a new country can sometimes be a little daunting, despite the excitement of it all. To make things easier, especially after a long flight, we offer the following services:

  • Transfers from the airport to your hotel
  • Making a restaurant reservation for you (we know the secret spots to tantalise your tastebuds!)
  • Booking you into a day spa to rejuvenate your senses and alleviate jet-lag

Arriving home

There is nothing worse than facing the taxi queues at the airport after a 24 hour flight home. Contact us to have our driver waiting for you once you get through customs.

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Mobile phones and handy travel apps

Mobile phones

If you are taking your mobile, ensure you have roaming switched on and that your device will work out of Australia (you may need to call your provider to unlock it). Check call rates to ensure you don’t come home to an enormous bill!

Internet on your mobile while you are away

Just a quick note that roaming data charges can add up pretty quickly, especially if you have a device such as an iphone with applications that automatically update on the go. We recommend you switch data roaming off while you are away. If you will be using maps then download them before you go. Don’t forget to pack your charger and adaptor!

Some handy travel apps

You can download any of these apps from the itunes apps store.

Packing Pro
More than just a digital packing list. It’s more like a personal packing assistant that is always by your side. It features an extensive, customizable catalog, several handy sample lists that can be used as templates, and unlimited, 100% customizable packing lists. A plethora of special functions include:

Trip it
Keeps you organized with all your trip details in one place

Around Me
Find both necessary and recreational services nearby, such as hospitals, banks, petrol stations, movie theaters and hotels.

Air Sharing
Among many features, it lets you locally store, load, and view PDF files. Buy the PDF files from LonelyPlanet.com, then load them onto your iPhone. Then when you’re traveling, instead of staring at a guidebook like a tourist, you stare at your cell phone like a local.

Wifi Trak
Especially if you’re traveling internationally and don’t want to pile up roaming charges, WifiTrak can help find open wi-fi hotspots.

Google Earth
Having satellite images from all over the world is great, but this app goes even further by linking you to restaurant reviews, hotels, and uploaded photos from landmarks nearby.

CardStar
Keep all of your membership numbers in ones place. Includes all frequent flier and hotel programs as well as retailers and grocery stores. Some of these include barcodes so you never have to carry the member cards again. Scan the barcodes right from your phone.

Airport Status
Find out which airports have delays and how that may affect your travel.

Citysearch
Easy way to find local information while traveling, i.e., restaurants, banks, shopping, petrol stations, entertainment, attractions, etc.

LocalPicks
Created by Trip Advisor, this is only for local restaurants but includes ratings for each one as well as links and maps to the restaurants.

Urbanspoon
A staple of the App store since it’s inception, finding restaurants is as easy as shaking your phone. Almost whatever you’re in the mood for, Urbanspoon can find it.

World Nomads
Available in numerous languages, offers translations for numbers and many common travel phrases.

Skype
The least expensive way for phone calls and it works internationally, too. The only limitation is that both must be logged into Skype at the same time.

The Weather Channel
Gives you local weather reports, extended forecasts, radar maps and video reports.

World Customs
This app is essential for any traveller. It includes customs, cultural information, and facts on over 165 different countries. Easily browsable by flag, by index, or just by scrolling, you’ll be able to find the exact country you’re in.

PowerPlug
A reference guide to the power plugs and electrical power systems of the world. Each country is listed along with its commonly found outlet types and power requirements. Search by map, country, or outlet type.

xe.com
Convert 180+ currencies on the go with the XE Currency converter by XE.com – the world’s favorite currency site.

Gowalla
Gowalla is a remarkable way to share and discover eateries, coffeehouses, nightlife hotspots, hipster hangouts, retail meccas, famous landmarks, notable architecture, parks, museums and more.

ToiletFinder

Beanhunter
Finding great coffee has never been so easy! Beanhunter allows users to add and review cafes from around the world, helping each other find “Coffee worth travelling for”.

Motion Alarm

OffMaps
OffMaps allows you to access maps and location bookmarks wherever you are, even offline and abroad. OffMaps stores maps directly on your device for any area and lets you search the map offline.

Locly
You don’t know where you are. You don’t know what’s nearby.

WIKITUDE
Wikitude World Browser presents the user with real-time data about their surroundings, nearby landmarks and other points of interest by overlaying information on the screen of the iPhone.

G-Park
1. Park your car and hit the ‘Park Me!’ button. 2. Get lost. 3. Hit the ‘Where Did I Park?’ button.