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It’s late on a Thursday evening about five years ago. After driving from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane and then flying to Melbourne, I’m queued up at Melbourne International Airport to check in my bags for a flight to Kuala Lumpur.
To be honest, I’m a bit in a flap. I have the biggest suitcase known to womankind at my side and I’m thinking that I’ll be pressing it to fly under this budget airline’s baggage limit. I was going away for three nights. OF COURSE I needed every item in that red suitcase.
Behind me is my new best friend. She is also a blogger heading to KL. She’s up for an award and I’ve just been invited along as cheer squad. This is one of the funny things that happen in our line of work. We get to know other bloggers long before we meet them in real life. This despite knowing what their children’s names are and what the inside of their house looks like.
Anyway, let’s call this blogger Sarah … because that’s her real name. Sarah does not have an oversized suitcase. AND she looks effortlessly in-flight chic in her striped long-sleeved top, relaxed pants and scarf. Right at this moment, I want to be Sarah.
It had been so long since I’d travelled internationally that I was the opposite of in-flight chic. I was wearing a jumpsuit and tie-up espadrille wedges for goodness sake – for an overnight flight in the cheap seats on a budget airline.
As I was called up to the check-in counter, I made Sarah come with me, her looking like a woman of the world and all. And a good job I did too. I was over the baggage allowance, on account of my bringing half of Priceline, Mecca Cosmetica and Sephora with me in that big red suitcase.
Keep in mind here, I’ve only JUST met Sarah in real life. She knows me but doesn’t know me. So when I kindly/pleadingly asked if I could offload some of my beauty haul into her suitcase, I saw her hesitation (what if it wasn’t beauty product?) for just a minute. With a quick swap of a sunscreen, shampoo and conditioner from my suitcase to hers, I was under weight and on my way. Well, we were sort of on our way, but that’s another story. Let’s not even speak of spending the night on the floor of the Melbourne Airport domestic terminal, waiting for our connecting flights on our return journey.
They say the only way is up and this check-in counter story was the low point in my travel/packing history. I’ve challenged myself ever since, with the aim to be smart about what I take with me – whether it’s for three weeks overseas or a weekend away with the girls.
I’ve shared many of those challenges with readers on my blog. Those readers have, in turn, shared their tips and tricks when it comes to packing for a trip away. I take my hat off to these women. I’m far from a minimalist packer (I bow down at these creatures that seemingly only exist on Pinterest) but I have got infinitely better.
So when, Allianz Travel Insurance approached me about working with them for 2017, I decided it was time to put all my personal packing challenges and holiday planning advice all in one place.
My e-book, How to plan and pack for your next holiday (confessions of a reformed over-packer) is available now. GET THE E-BOOK HERE
What you’ll find in the e-book
- Simple tips to help you plan and pack for any travel destination or situation.
- What clothing, footwear and accessories should take up most space in your suitcase?
- How to minimise your essential beauty product kit.
- Which extras should you invest in to make your trip away less stressful?
- Specific capsule travel wardrobe advice and examples for multiple destinations.
- Advice for domestic getaways – weekends away, a beach holiday, road trips and conferences.
- Advice for international getaways – northern hemisphere spring, summer, autumn, winter, tropical and sub-tropical island destinations.
- Advice for what to wear on a flight – short and long haul.
- Why travel insurance is as essential as your passport.
- A printable checklist to help you pack and plan your next trip.
Why travel insurance is as essential as your passport
I grew up with travelling parents – teachers who took off around the corner or around the world as soon as the bell rang on the last day of term.
There were road trips to visit cousins in Melbourne, caravan holidays at Hervey Bay and many overseas adventures for two adults motivated by the opportunity to visit somewhere new or re-visit a favourite destination.
To this day, that is their motivation. I log on to Facebook and see them jetting off somewhere new. This is what retirement should look like.
What they instilled in me – and something I’ve carried through with my own travels – is the need for comprehensive travel insurance.
I want to take off knowing that if someone in my family needs it, then I’m backed up with help from my travel insurance company. For my last two trips – to Hawaii and to Bali – I’ve chosen Allianz travel insurance.
What I found was insurance that was not only simple and easy to obtain – I selected and purchased my cover online – but also insurance that was competitive in price for the inclusions.
For me, it’s about having peace of mind when you travel. I want to know that if anything goes wrong that my family is backed up through medical help or simply help with extra accommodation or replacement belongings should something be stolen.
When our son was sick almost five years ago while in New York, we weren’t concerned by the potential expense should we need hospital treatment. When I was in Bali last year, I wasn’t concerned about being potentially out of pocket should any delays occur because of the unforeseen ash cloud. And when I book holidays in advance, I do so with the knowledge that if unexpected cancellations occur, I’m covered.
In short, I don’t leave home – or book a holiday – without it.
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So tell me, have you got travel plans for 2017? Where are you headed?
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