June 2, 2019 Susie Rutz

Winter News 2019

Hello Travellers,

Welcome to Winter, the chilly season has definitely arrived!

Apologies in the delay in getting this newsletter out to you, we are still quite busy with everyone wanting to escape the cold (including me!)

Our dearest Robyn has returned from her European Adventures and I have, as usual, forced her to tell us all about it.   You can read about her trip here.

Now whilst the major booking season settles for a little bit around this time of year, there definitely is no shortage of things to keep us busy.   As most of our clients are travelling now or are due to depart soon we start to deal with all sorts of fun things like lost/expired passports, airline schedule changes/cancellations, missed transfers, lost documents and everything imaginable in between.   We would just like to highlight the importance of checking all your documents well in advance of your departure, please dont leave it to the day before you are due to depart.

It’s a great idea to also check airline websites for up to date flight departure & arrival times, even once you have started travelling.   Most of the time we are notified of time changes but sometimes they can happen in the middle of the night or on a weekend due to time differences.

On that note, IATA (The International Air Transport Association) has made it a requirement that all passenger emails and mobile phone numbers be entered into flight booking as of 1st June 2019.   You can of course deny to have these details entered (please advise us at the time of booking if you prefer to omit your details) but by advising the airlines of your contact details they can quickly contact you directly if any disruptions occur which is very helpful when it is out of office hours.

Next important reminder – travel insurance.
Recently we have seen a surge of unfortunate and unforeseen illnesses and medical emergencies resulting in last minute cancellations of well laid holiday plans.   We would like remind everyone of the importance of having adequate and active travel insurance well in advance of travel.   Unexpected situations can, and do, pop up from time to time and without insurance you are not only left with the disappointment of a cancelled holiday but often a financial deficit too.   We always recommend taking insurance at the time of making your first payment for your holiday to be sure you are covered right from the beginning.

That’s about it from us this time.   As always if you have any suggestions on what you would like to see more of in our newsletters please send them to me; you can reply to this email or email me directly on susie@eastivanhoetravel.com.au

I will be taking a longer holiday this July and will return in August so I cant wait to share my trip with you.   I will be posting on Instagram & Facebook regularly if you would like to follow along.

As usual our regular sections are below for your enjoyment.

Susie & The Team
(Jannene, Robyn & Rochelle) 

 

 

 

 

TRAVELLING TIPS

ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation – USA) MUST now be done at least 72 hours prior to travel
Please ONLY use this website and ONLY pay $14USD per person

The DFAT website has some brilliant information on all countries around the world.

Check out the Smart Traveller Website

Did you know you can get your International Drivers Permit online with RACV now?

 

FUN FACTS

Interesting read on how airlines save fuel by modifying some of the simplest things on board.

Ganvie in Africa is the country’s largest city built entirely on stilts.

The whole of China operates on Beijing time, even though the country covers five time zones.

 

 

TRAVELLERS PHOTOS ( FROM REAL PEOPLE ) 
Top Left – Symi, Greece   Top Right, – Blenheim Palace, UK
Bottom Left – Church of the Savoir on Blood, Russia  Bottom Right – Na’Pali Coast. Maui

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