Issue 39 / October 2014
10 THE PERFECT WINTER SUN DESTINATIONS
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Editorâ€™s Talk Hello, October Winter is coming! This is a favorite season for many people, because of the cold wind, snow and has many special days and festivals. In the Hilight column, due to the winter season which is very cold in many countries, so we provide some destination where you can escape the winter season in your hometown and enjoy the fine weather. For another column, we still has many interesting and useful article for you, such as Tips to packing for travelling aboard, the city that most livable, the unique restaurant in Phuket and more. We hope that you will enjoy our magazine. Good bye.
Lomprayah Team Editor in Chief Photjanard Kantiwong
Executive Editor Wanitcha Sukchet Tinn Chacalanuwattanapong
Editorial Staff Vorapong Vongvarothai Juntiya Laoniyomthai Areeya Pichittanabordeekul Jiraporn Boonta Kitthawat Chaisingthong
Art Director Methakritsada Wanngoen
Graphic Designer Seattakit Meunnak Annop Sawatdipol
10 THE PERFECT
Nothing beats soaking up the sunshine when you should be de-icing your car and shivering on your way to work. Leave the cold weather behind to sunbathe on powdery shores and warm up in the sea on one of our winter sun holidays. Many of the best winter sun destinations offer fun and unique activities at Christmas for those looking for something slightly different. Couples, families and groups alike can split up the long, cold months with some new, sunny surroundings. Take the opportunity and squeeze in a bit of winter sun this season.
RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil Rio de Janeiro is one of the largest cities in Brazil, located along the South Atlantic coast and is best known for its stunning beaches and breathtaking landscape. The laidback beach culture of both cosmopolitan Copacabana and sizzling Ipanema makes this a popular vacation spot. With museums, historical landmarks and a famous annual carnival, there is also something going on 24/7. Donâ€™t miss the mighty Sugar Loaf Mountain, aka Pao de Acucar, which dominates the skyline and hike or cheat and take the train up to witness the imposing statues of Cristo Redentor, aka the Christ the Redeemer, in all its fabulous Art Deco glory.
KO SAMUI Thailand
Ko Samui is a stunning island located off of the coast of Thailand. If you are looking for a beach destination, look no further than Ko Samui. The island is full of various beaches from frequented commercial options to secluded, quiet stretches of wand. Ko Samui is the perfect destination for a relaxing, carefree vacation of lounging on the beach and enjoying a good book and a cold beer. Plan your next destination to Ko Samui to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life at home.
Ref: http://www.puretravel.com/ blog/2013/12/08/5-perfect-winter-sun-destinations/ http://www.essentialtravel.co.uk/magazine/ top-10/winter-sun.asp
JAMAICA Escape the cold weather for some tropical sunlight and head to the Caribbean island of Jamaica. This paradise isle is composed of lush jungles, home to many varieties of native plants and animals. There are a number of beautiful, whitesand beaches on which to relax and sip a cocktail made from the local (delicious) rum. Jamaica is known for its beautiful waterfalls and these attractions provide exciting excursion options to visitors. The most popular holiday resorts on the island are Negril, Montego Bay, and Kingston. Expect laidback culture and beautiful yearround weather.
Ref: http://www.monarch.co.uk/offers/holidays/winter-sun-holidays http://www.rte.ie/lifestyle/travel/ features/2014/0814/637059-winter-sun10places-to-visit/
Will Smith’s song Welcome to Miami sums up the city: “Party in the city where the heat is on/All night on the beach till the break of dawn.” The party never stops on the sandy beaches of Miami and neither does the good weather. Party central is the famous South Beach, an almost exact likeness of a Baywatch set - complete with slow motion jogging and giggly rollerskaters. When the sun goes down, Washington Avenue is where the party is at, but be warned that Miami clubs are notoriously expensive and difficult to get into without some forward planning. It’s always a good idea to have a word with a knowledgeable doorman or concierge to get inside tips.
SHARM EL SHEIKH Egypt
Sun, fun and exceptional watersports is what you can expect for a holiday to one of Egyptâ€™s finest Red Sea resorts. Sharm El Sheikh offers a different option to the traditional inland areas and is a modern, well planned resort with a Riviera feel. Add to this deserts, golden sands, warm waters, deep sea diving or snorkelling at Sharkâ€™s Bay. But if you looking for something more peaceful, the upcoming Nabq Bay and Montazah Bay offer unspoilt views over the towering Sinai Mountain. Egypt holidays offer the perfect winter sun holiday with over 9 hours daily sunshine and with average temperatures mostly over 25?.
SPAIN When it comes to Spanish holidays on the mainland, youâ€™re spoilt for choice. For year round sunshine head to the bright lights of Benidorm; itâ€™s action packed with exciting entertainment and at the heart of the region with swathes of long sandy beaches and partying all night. For pretty resorts though, olive groves and a touch of Moorish spice head to Costa del Sol, with resorts such as Nerja, Benalmadena and Torremolinos being popular and only within one hour of the airport. For a chilled out beach package holiday, Fuengirola is ideal, with weekly markets, shopping and serious sunbathing on offer.
Ref: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ destinations/middleeast/11074435/NorthAfrica-and-the-Middle-East-wheres-safefor-winter-sun.html
CAPE TOWN South Africa
Cape Town proves the perfect city break destination and the best time to visit is right in the middle of an Irish winter as the South African city sparkles in the summer sunshine, particularly when viewing from on high, atop Table Mountain, which overlooks the harbour city and Cape peninsula. And you are not going to travel that distance without sampling a bit more of what the southern tip of Africa has to offer, whether hitting the nearby Western Cape vineyards, including the famous Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek and Robertson or travelling the Garden Route. The icy waters around Cape Town are not for the fainthearted but the warm waters of the Indian Ocean can be enjoyed further around the coast towards Port Elizabeth.
Ref: http://www.hayesandjarvis.co.uk/ holiday-types/winter-sun-holidays/ http://blog.housetrip.com/five-warmestplaces-to-spend-winter-in-europe/
Morocco retains a stable politically and varied geographically, from resorts on the Atlantic coast to exotic medinas in the cities, Sahara oases towns to villages in the in the Atlas Mountains. For the best chance of winter sun head south and east, where mountains and greenery give way to desert and the sands and kasbahs are navigable by tourists looking to mix a little adventure with relaxation in villas and guesthouses.
MEXICO Due to the variations in altitude in Mexico, you can come here for a beach stay or cultural break in the winter. The coasts remain warm all year round, while a visit to some of the cities might require you to wrap up at night. Planning a trip around Christmas? Mexicans do it properly, including a procession: La Posada.
ISLAND OF CRETE Greece
Greece’s largest and most populated island is found deep in the sunshine-happy Mediterranean Sea and promises temperatures that stay well above 15 degrees Celsius. While the locals will consider this to be positively chilly, for visitors from colder climes, it’s the perfect temperature for taking a hike or bike ride through the island’s mountainous landscape. Alternatively, stick to the south coast, which is the warmest side of the island and here you’ll find it’s warm enough for the local swallows to stay here all year-round rather than flying off to Africa like their northern European cousins, which tells you how mild it can be during winter. Crete is a great choice for winter-dodging history buffs as the island is considered to the home of the earliest recorded civilisation in Europe and there are several historic sites to explore including ancient Minoan castles and century old churches.
KHANAP NAM Khao Khanap Namâ€™s two peaks rise 100 meters above the Krabi River near Krabi Town to form an iconic landmark that can be seen from virtually anywhere in the area and has come to represent Krabi. The site of fers visually stunning stalag mites and stalactites and a large cave with prehistoric paintings. The site is easily accessed by stairwells. There are no admission fees in volved in a visit to Khao Khan- ap Nam, however, most people combine the trip with a visit to local mangrove forests and Koh Klang fishing village. To do this you can rent a boat for around 400 Baht per trip. It takes 15 minutes to reach Khao Khanap Namâ€™s twin peaks by long tail boat from Chao Fa Pier in Krabi. It sits before the city and can be visited by long tail boat from Chao Fa Pier. Travel time is about 20 minutes. From the boat, one climbs a staircase to see caves with stalactites and stalagmites. A boat can be rented around 300 Baht per trip to visit Khao Khanap Nam, mangrove forests and Ko Klang fishery village.
MARUEKHA THAIYAWAN PALACE
The summer seaside palace, often referred to as â€œthe palace of love and hope is located midway between Cha-am and Hua Hin. It was built in 1923 under the royal command of King Rama VI using golden teakwood from the demolished Hat Chao Samran Palace. An Italian architect designed the palace with a dazzling composition of verandahs and latticework in regal proportions. The palace is a two-storied wooden pavilion with a series of connecting halls and a long corridor leading to the sea. Residential halls of royal family members are on the right wing while those for royal retainers are on the left wing. The central group of halls consists of royal drawing, sitting and reading rooms. In addition, a two-story, open pavilion located next to the central hall was once used as a royal meeting place and theatre. Two famous plays performed in 1941 for King Rama VI were Phra Ruang and Wiwah Phra Samut.
HOW TO GET THERE
Maruekhathaiyawan Summer Palace is located almost halfway between Cha-Am and Hua Hin in Petchaburi province, some 10 kilometers South of Cha-Am and 15 kilometers North of Hua Hin inside the Rama VI army camp. From either place, you can easily and quickly reach it by taxi or tuk-tuk. There is also a local orange colored bus between Cha-Am and Hua Hin that will stop there on request.
OPENING HOURS & ADMISSION The Palace can be visited every day except Wednesday from 8 am until 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday until 5 pm. Admission is 60 Thai Baht per person. Please take off your shoes when you go inside the upstairs area of the Palace. You can put your shoes in a cloth bag that is provided at the stairs and carry them until you exit the upper floor of the Palace.
Ref: http://www.gothailand24.com/en/phetchaburi/80-attractions-in-phetchaburi?start=3 http://www.renown-travel.com/palaces/maruekhathaiyawan.html
KA JOK SEE PHU RESTAURANT KET
Ref: Ref: http://www.phuket.com/phuket-magazine/ka-jok-see.htm http://www.bangkokpost.com/lifestyle/23132_info_eat-sense-beach-restaurant.html
It’s not unknown for diners to dance on the tables (so that’s why the newspapers are there…) and the restaurant’s fun reputation is consolidated by nightly hap penings.
Ka Jok See is the sort of place you can stroll past and not even notice, yet it’s one of Phuket’s most popular restaurants. How is this? Well, this enigma is largely due to the fact that Ka Jok See (meaning ‘stained glass window’) does not advertise nor solicit reviews in fancy magazines. The owner, Khun Lek, keeps away from that sort of thing, preferring word of mouth recommendations and, perhaps as a result, the restaurant is packed every night and it’s not dining there. Serving mostly Thai food, for a fixed price you can order as much as you want. The food is served Thai style, meaning that everyone at the table shares and this enhances the fun factor here. But come past nine o’clock at night the fun factor goes through the roof as a camper than camp cabaret kicks in, the mood escalates, shirts are thrown off and absolute party mayhem ensues.
Just how Ka Jok See manages to pull this off on a nightly basis for more years than they’d like to admit is one of Phuket’s great mysteries but handing out bongo drums, party hats and tam bourines and pumping up the volume is a pretty shrewd strategy in getting shy diners to boogie along. Think conga lines, limbo dancing over a candle, hip-swinging partiers swilling mojitos and you’ll have a fair idea of how zany things get here. It’s most certainly not recommended for blue-nosed teetotalers who have to be in the office at eight the next morning as the party swings here till very late indeed.
18:30 – late, Tuesday – Saturday
26 Takua Pa Road, Phuket Town (off Rassada Road, past Michael’s bar)
TEL: 076 217 903
Travel Thailand Travel World is the travel exhibition that gathers a lot of hotel/resort and tour operators from all regions in Thailand. This is the good opportunity for the people who love travelling and looking for the travel package and you will be offered many interesting package in the special prices.
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We also sorely missed the storage area for the camera bag we brought along, which we reluctantly took turns wearing on our backs. As for traveling, we were stuck putt-putting on the shoulder of the main road as big tanker trucks and cars flew by. It took us a little over two hours on the motorbike to finally make it safely to Ao Manao.
During our short vacation to Hua Hin, we took a road trip to Ao Manao. One of Thailand’s nicest beaches along the inner coast, Ao Manao is roughly 90 km (55 miles) south of Hua Hin in the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, and is not often visited by foreign tourists. It was our second road trip since coming to Thailand, but this time it wasn’t on our comfortable, road cruisin’ 300cc Honda Forza. Instead, it was on a 115cc Yamaha Mio Fino rental scooter, which made the questionable roads and weather a bit of a battle. It is not something we’ll want to go through again, but it makes for a good story. First of all, riding 90 km on a small rental motorbike with dinky helmets is nothing like riding 90 km on our own larger motorbike with full faced helmets. We realized how much we took it all for granted! Our rental helmets offered no protection against the elements. The wind dried out our eyes and roared in our ears, and there was a thin film of dirt on our faces by the time we reached Ao Manao.
First Impressions of Ao Manao Ao Manao was not as expansive or as commercialized as we thought it would be, even though the beach is quite famous for its unique crescent shape. The narrow strip of beach slightly curves around the clear, dark blue-green water of the cove, and there are islands off the coast that make for a gorgeous and unique backdrop. Even though we visited on a holiday weekend, there were no large crowds of people visiting Ao Manao and there were no other foreigners but us. The beach itself was impeccably clean and free from typical tourist trash (even driftwood and seaweed), and had unique light pink patches along the sand. Closer inspection revealed deposits of millions of small white and pink swirled shells.
To our surprise, Ao Manao is lined with evergreen trees rather than palm trees, which offer plenty of shade for those looking for relief from the sun. On the south end of the crescent, there were even fewer visitors and several deserted boats anchored in the shallow waters. The beach has ample parking, stands from which to rent beach chairs for a few baht, and bathrooms. The bathrooms aren’t in great condition, but it is a place to go if you really need to. Showers are also provided to rinse away the beach sand. There are several permanent outdoor food courts in which seafood, coffee, beer, and ice cream are sold. We enjoyed some of the best seafood we have eaten in Thailand here!
Unfortunately, we got to Ao Manao in the late afternoon and were only able to enjoy about two and a half hours of the beach before it got dark. On a future visit, we would like to walk along the entire length of the beach and even jump at the opportunity to go up the mountains to capture a picturesque shot of the famous crescent beach.
The Ride Home from Ao Manao We left Ao Manao shortly after sunset, but our nice trip ended ten minutes into our drive home when it started to rain. With no visors on our helmets, no rain jackets, and a dim headlight on our motorbike, we had a long journey ahead of us. We ended up buying ponchos (the best $4 spent on our trip) that saved us from a miserably wet and cold ride home, and our camera from water damage. We both agree that our ride back was uncomfortable and slightly dangerous, and we don’t plan on doing something like that again if at all avoidable. Although we enjoyed our day trip to a quiet, beautiful beach, and ate some amazing seafood, we won’t be visiting by way of under powered motorbike again. We will definitely look for alternative transportation, likely by train or car, the next time we want to visit Ao Manao.
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WORLD’S MOST LIVABLE CITY Melbourne has been named the world’s most liveable city for the fourth year in a row, by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability survey of 140 cities.
The survey rated cities out of 100 in the areas of healthcare, education, stability, culture and environment and infrastructure. Melbourne received an overall score of 97.5 out of 100, scoring a perfect rating for healthcare, education and infrastructure. Around the world, Melbourne narrowly beat Vienna, in Austria, which scored 97.4 per cent, and Vancouver in Canada, which rated 97.3 for the top spot.
COLUMBUS DAY C
olumbus Day, which is annually on the second Monday of October, remembers Christopher Columbusâ€™ arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492. This holiday is controversial because the European settlement in the Americas led to the demise of the history and culture of the indigenous peoples. Columbus Day originated as a celebration of Italian-American heritage and was first held in San Francisco in 1869. The first state-wide celebration was held in Colorado in 1907. In 1937, Columbus Day become a holiday across the United States. Since 1971, it has been celebrated on the second Monday in October. The date on which Columbus arrived in the Americas is also celebrated as the DĂa de la Raza (Day of the Race) in Latin America and some Latino communities in the USA. However, it is a controversial holiday in some countries and has been re-named in others. Officially, the people of the USA are invited to celebrate the anniversary of the discovery of their country with church services and other activities. In some towns and cities, special church services, parades and large events are held. Most celebrations are concentrated around the Italian-American community. The celebrations in New York and San Francisco are particularly noteworthy. In Hawaii Columbus Day is also known as Landing Day or Discovererâ€™s Day. Not all parts of the United States celebrate Columbus Day.
Ref:http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/mid-autumn-festival Ref: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/columbus-day
Columbus Day is a public holiday in many parts of the United States, but is not observed or is not a holiday in some states. Government offices are generally closed, but businesses may be open. Schools are not required to close and may decide to remain open or closed. People are advised to check with their school districts on Columbus Day school holiday closures. It is a legal observance in Florida. Christopher Columbus is often portrayed as the first European to sail to the Americas. He is sometimes portrayed as the discoverer of the New World. However, this is controversial on many counts. There is evidence that the first Europeans to sail across the Atlantic were Viking explorers from Scandinavia. In addition, the land was already populated by indigenous peoples, who had â€˜discoveredâ€™ the Americas thousands of years before.
Horoscope Predictions for the month of
Rup Krishen Baqaya
Monetary flow will be good. Loans and funds will materialize now. With financial problems off your mind, you can focus on your work and all the concerns close to your heart.
Time to taste success. This month will also bring a dynamic new bond, since an existing one may be dying out. There are journeys, ceremonies and domestic shake ups for you to deal with too. You can say it is a time of new beginnings. So, make a go of it.
You devote a lot of time to both your work and personal relationships. Love is felt deeply. Ideas are shared in an environment that increases affection.
You realise that some gumption and guts are needed to get ahead. A great sense of bravery will develop in you to stand by your convictions. You will take financial risks without worry. However, caution is advised.
You shift from work to relationships. The concept of a beautiful partnership inspires you to better ways of handling them. A growing feeling of security and even prosperity could develop from there. You now feel the need for deeper communication.
Suddenly a lot of spheres of activity will seem to be galvanised. Spirituality, family life, social welfare and emotional needs are what you are surrounded by. To add zest, in comes joyful romance. Issues about inheritance of ancestral property may crop up.
You will get excellent cooperation for your plans and work. Human relations though unpredictable, will be enjoyable and exciting. However, financial issues will need to be sorted out.
You will be able to reach out to and enjoy the world around you. You will mange to handle funds, friendships, family and have dazzling new ideas. Love too is felt in no small measure with a sense of deeper understanding developing.
Your interest in earning and professional advancement may seem to be flagging and hence you look for newer options. New values like environmental causes or religion and prayer may now become important for you and you will gain in these.
You will be involved in various kinds of welfare schemes. Deeper communication comes from your new mood. You will manage all your affairs well.
You get involved in spiritual activities. You will simultaneously earn well. If you have any doubts about a financial venture, better check the legal situation.
You will spend money on purchases made to improve the tenor of your beautiful existence. Surprisingly you may soon discover that a professional rival is really on your side.
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Fitted, white, buttondown dress shirt
Dark tailored suit
Having this in your wardrobe will never fail you. A clean-cut white dress shirt is extremely versatile and will never go out of style. It can be dressed up with a suit or made more casual with a pair of denim. When looking for a white dress shirt, avoid collars that button up in order to look more casual. Finding a shirt made from wrinkle-free cotton will also save you time and effort.will not wear out as quickly and will last you many seasons.
The first color that probably comes to your mind is black. Black is a safe bet; itâ€™s classy and it goes well with anything. But other great choices include dark grey, navy and brown which have all seen tremendous growth in popularity. The best way to ensure a great fit is to have it custom tailored. A tailored suit is worth investing into because, aside from looking great, a proper fitting suit will not wear out as quickly and will last you many seasons.
Neck ties Ties are a very powerful piece in a manâ€™s wardrobe. You can never go wrong with dark, solid color because they are versatile year round. For the more fashion forward man, investing into power ties with bold colors, patterns and textures can give your wardrobe a flashy yet subtle edge.
A leather jacket A leather jacket is a statement piece. Adding a leather jacket is smart choice because the leather can be styled in so many different ways. Whether you opt for a cyclist, bomber or classic straight jacket, leather is an iconic staple of cool for any manâ€™s wardrobe.
Well fitted jeans The fit is probably the most crucial factor when buying jeans. Many men make the mistake of choosing the wrong cut for their body type, so choose cautiously. Jeans comes in many varieties, cuts, colors and styles but not all denim is acceptable for all seasons and occasions. However, having a pair of well fitted, dark, solid color denim jeans will prove more versatile than lighter denim because it can often be made dressy or casual.
Tees Tees come in a variety of colors, fabrics, prints and styles. Like everything else, the more simple a t-shirt is in its color, construction and style, the more versatile it is. Having a plain white and a plain black tee is a must. Different neckline styles suit different men differently; so you will need to find which is best for you.
Top notch dress shoes They say the first thing a woman notices on a man is his shoes. Regardless of whether that is true or not, investing into a solid pair of black or brown wigtip dress shoes will keep you looking sharp, whatever the occasion. Ensure that your shoes are taken care off; this means cleaning, buffing, polishing and protecting them. Do this and they will last you years.
A great sweater Whether itâ€™s a Crew, V-neck, Polo, Cardigan or Turtleneck, having one really great sweater that you really like is handy. It also leaves you with a reliable option for those cooler days, or for rush situations where you just need something quick. These can be worn with your denim alone for a more casual look or with a blazer for a formal occasion.
Watch A man needs a great timepiece. Although its function as your primary timekeeper is slowly being overtaken in our modern era of mobile technology, a great watch is a classic fashion piece that will last season after season. The right watch can complement your overall look and say a lot about your personality.
Sneakers Whether they are for casual wear, the gym, relaxing or traveling, having a versatile pair of sneakers will serve you more than any other item. Choose a pair that is both durable and stylish. Designer sneakers have been in for several seasons but that doesnâ€™t mean they have to be expensive.
Lompraya News LOMPRAYAH OFFERS SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE POLICE’S CHILD At the Oath of Allegiance-taking ceremony on the occasion of the Police Day, which was led by Mr. Pipat Kantiwong at the Paknam Chumphon police station, Lomprayah Catamaran Co., Ltd. has offered scholarships for the police’s child.
MINISTRY OF LABOR PAYS A VISIT AT KOH PANGAN The staffs of Lomprayah (Nathon branch), Mr. Utthachai (The Assistant Manager) and Marketing team from Samui, which is led by Ms. Suravi Mayaset (The General Manager) welcomed General Surasak Kanchanarat, the Ministry of Labor and his team who pay a visit at Koh Pangan.
Global News PATA reveals trends of the French outbound market to Asia Pacific Daniela Wagner, Managing Director Europe for PATA and President of PATA French Chapter, was talking about trends on the French market with experts from Forward Keys, TCI Research and Tripadvisor during IFTM Top Resa. In a difficult economic climate, French travellers continue to plebiscite Asia due to the excellent reputation of most countries in the region.
Sydney named as World Festival and Event City five years in a row It is the 5th time Sydney has been bestowed the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) World Festival and Event City Award, announced at this yearâ€™s IFEA 59th Annual Convention and Expo in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Air China to increase London service STARTING October 26 this year, Air China will increase its Beijing â€“ London (Heathrow) service to two daily flights. The newly added flights will further promote the exchanges between China and the UK, and offer more flight options to travellers to other European cities. The newly added flights are scheduled to service travellers who depart from Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea, and connect in Beijing onto flights to Europe.
Thanks : http://www.traveldailynews.asia/news/article/56769/pata-reveals-trends-of-the
WHAT TO PACK
Tip to Trip
WHEN TRAVELLING ABROAD 1
This may seem silly, but a lot of people forget to pack their most vital documents when travelling. Never leave without your passport, plane ticket, ID, travel insurance papers, and print outs of any bookings (especially if done by email).
Copies of all documents
It’s important to keep a copy of your travel documents in a separate place to your originals as it won’t help if they’re both stuck in your stolen luggage. Print out copies of your credit cards, passport, ID, plane ticket, email bookings, and a photo of your luggage contents and lay them in the bottom of your suitcase. Also keep virtual copies on a flash disk in your hand luggage.
Fill a day bag with all of the necessities you’ll need on the off chance your baggage goes missing, such as a change of clothes, clean underwear, basic toiletries, ID/passport, cell phone, medication, etc. Remember that most airlines won’t allow you to take liquids over 100ml in your hand luggage.
One thing I can recommend in terms of packing for overseas holidays is: take as little as you can! You’re going to need the space for bringing back new clothing items, gifts, and souvenirs you’ll pick up on your travels.
Your holiday may be the only time you’re going to get enough time off to actually enjoy a good book. Although not technically reading material, you should also include a notebook and pen and a phrase book in the language spoken in the country you’re visiting (if foreign to your own).
Keep all of your liquid toiletries (face wash, shampoo, conditioner, etc) in travel sized bottles. This way, you’ll be able to keep them in your hand luggage for a quick refresher once you land. Other toiletries include toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser, deodorant, a brush, personal hygiene items, tweezers, dental floss, contact lenses, and a small bottle of washing detergent.
When travelling overseas, it’s very likely the plugs are going to be different to the ones at home. Make sure you’re not stuck with dead cell phone batteries by packing an international plug adapter that will fit all plugs. You can get these from most travel stores.
As shoes are the bulkiest items, they’ll also take on most of the weight in your baggage. Pack only two pairs of shoes – casual shoes and a dressy pair.
The moment you land on the other side of the world is not the best time to remember you’ve left your camera at home. Other electronics to pack include a GPS (if you’re driving overseas), cell phone, laptop, iPod with earphones, as well as the charging equipment for all of these items.
Keep all of your credit, debit, and ATM cards in a wallet or a “super attractive” money belt, but leave at least one in a different location – so you’ll have funds in case your wallet gets stolen (never have all your eggs in one basket – you know the drill). It’s also a good idea to have some local currency on hand so you’re able to pay for a taxi or purchase a sim card in the airport. Other ways to keep funds include investing in a cash passport or traveller’s cheques.
Make a note of the details of your emergency contact, be it mom, dad, sister, or friend. Keeping a little address book full of your friends and family’s addresses is also great if you’re going to be sending back postcards of your travels.
Published on Oct 30, 2014
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