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Every time I start to feel even slightly smug about putting together a travel capsule wardrobe, I quickly remind myself that it’s a slippery slope back to the recent history of my over-packing days.
I’ve no desire to become one of those incredible women who can travel for six months with just carry on. Hats off to you if that’s your thing. Me? I want a travel capsule wardrobe that works without my going over the luggage limit or getting bored with my away-from-home clothing options.
To achieve that takes a little planning but, trust me, that effort will not go unrewarded once you reach your destination.
For me, the holiday planning is all part of the excitement and anticipation of being on that escape. I love nothing more than going down the rabbit hole that is the internet looking for inspiration and ideas for what to do at the chosen destination but also for the types of clothes and accessories that will best suit that destination at the time that I’m travelling.
The formula I use for packing is one that can be adapted and applied to every destination and type of holiday. It’s not complicated. If you follow all the steps it’s quite liberating. I can’t ever imagine returning to my bad old days of throwing everything into a suitcase, sitting on said suitcase to get it closed, and hoping that I’d packed what I needed.
Want to get that formula? It’s all in my e-book.
Last year I released my e-book, How to plan and pack for your next holiday (confessions of a reformed over-packer) and I’m excited to let you know that it’s had a 2018 update and an expansion with some new chapters.
Throughout 2018, I’m also excited to once again be working with Allianz Travel Insurance to share more packing and planning tips with you.
I’ve been doing my own travel prepping and booking as well. This year we have trips to Bali and Japan planned and booked. We’ll also be doing some weekend drive getaways and a girls’ weekend away in between.
Travel will always be a part of our family’s life. 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 park 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.
Making memories with my family and friends is a priority for us. Material things can come and go but thinking about the pinch-me moments while away from home, the knowledge that there is a big, wide and wonderful world out there filled with different history, landscapes, people and cultures … that’s the magic of travel and why we do it.
If one of your goals in 2018 is to travel more, then make sure you read my e-book, I’ll have lots of ideas for you.
Get the 2018 edition of Confessions of a Reformed Packer (how to plan your next escape) HERE.
Why travel insurance is as important as your passport
For me, I don’t book a holiday without first taking out travel insurance. Often the time of booking flights and accommodation can be long before the time of travel and you can never be certain of what might happen between then and showing your passport at customs.
I then want to take off knowing that if someone in my family needs it, I’m backed up with help from my travel insurance company. For my last three international trips – to Europe, Hawaii and to Bali – I’ve chosen and paid for Allianz travel insurance. I also take out Allianz travel insurance for any domestic travel or road trips we do.
Obtaining Allianz travel insurance is a simple and easy process. I select and purchase my cover online. I’ve found that the insurance cover is competitive in price for the inclusions I select.
For me, it’s about having peace of mind when we 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 six years ago while in New York, we weren’t concerned by the potential expense should we need hospital treatment. 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 2018? Where are you headed?
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