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htc

Qantas P1

Member since 18 Jan 2012

Total posts 40

Your best travel tip?

Mine, which I've been using for a few years now is to only travel with hand luggage. I invested in a Tumi cabin bag a year or so back and it's well and truly paid for itself. Hear me out..... By not checking in luggage lets assume you save 30mins at both checkin (by not having to arrive early) and at luggage claim (and if you're arriving on a large plane; the customs wait). So all up you save 1hr per sector. Add up how many sectors you fly a year and you'll be astounded with how much time you claim back. I usually checkin internationally 60-75 mins before departure. I do about 120-130 sectors per year so I've claimed back over 120hrs by not having checked luggage. That's 5 WHOLE days or two FULL WORK WEEKS.

Interested to hear others thoughts. Travel is simply a business tool for me. I need to be places and planes take me there. Lounges, while providing comfort, aren't exactly places I'd like to spend 3hrs in.

Oneworldflyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 30 Nov 2011

Total posts 35

Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones, a must have.

David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

Total posts 992

Oh, we have so many tips here at AusBT, but I will share one which was a bit of a 'bleeding ovious' moment for me many years back - when I realised I could stop carrying a few AC adaptors for whatever country I am travelling to, and just carry one adaptor plus an Aussie double-adaptor or a small powerboard (depends on how much tech I am toting).

PS I've also got a Tumi wheeled cabin bag, that plus my Booq laptop bag is enough for a few days depending on the weather where I am travelling to. There's nothing like the sense of freedom you get when you are flying carry-on only!

woganfan

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 13 Sep 2011

Total posts 72

When travelling to cold destinations, never eat yellow snow.

Andie

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 05 Jun 2012

Total posts 27

Definitely maximise your carry-ons.

Carry-on bag and suit bag is my standard. You can push it further with a backpack laptop bag.

Would have loved a Tumi bag but settled for a TravelPro instead - haven't looked back.

Macbook Air - preferring Samsung phone over iPhone with Sensheiser headset

Definitely a 6 plus adaptor with surge protector (fits nicely into your carry on) and a univeral adaptor.

RM boots (with the inner sole removed during the trip for comfort). 

APEC card & new passport for Smart gates (67pages)

Have about $500 in each of the major currencies - although there are ATMs on the way out so you should be ok

Have a couple of credit cards with you - not in the same wallet.

Definitely check-in early and relax in the lounge - even at a relaxed pace it gives me anout 45 minutes of work time before boarding

Some people prefer night flights eg midnight flight from Syd or Melb flight to Singapore. You arrive there about 6am and you can be in most asian destinations by midday. 

I tend to get there the afternoon or latest night before. A good night sleep does wonders.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

Here's perhaps a silly question. But what is so special about a Tumi bag?

David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

Total posts 992

Yes, very impressed with mine. A bit heavier than ideal even when empty, but to me that just speaks to the quality of materials and durability, especially the frame and extending handle which is where other bags can come to grief. Six years of solid travel and still going strong. Oh, and it looks dead classy as well. :)

htc

Qantas P1

Member since 18 Jan 2012

Total posts 40

Good quality and doesn't break. I've tried Samsonsite and Antler (both middle of the range brands) and only got a year or two out of them before being useless.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

Ah right. Thank you htc.

 

watson374

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 17 Aug 2012

Total posts 1,285

Samsonite isn't what it used to be - the older ones (up until the early 2000s) were very good. I have a 1998 one that is still in excellent condition.

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