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Really Useful Travel Tips, December 2009
December 10, 2009
Dear Traveller

Welcome to the December Edition of the

Really Useful Travel Tips Ezine.

This month's edition focuses on some up and coming events. But as usual there are travel tips and useful updates.

This Months Travel Tips

Packing For Your Trip - Less Is More!

  • Most travelers tend to pack way too much. There's nothing worse than having to carry a large bag. It's back breaking! These days airlines are very strict on baggage allowance. Expect some hefty fines at check in if you are over your limit
  • Weigh your luggage before you leave and make sure you are well within your allowance. Limit the number of pairs of shoes as these tend to be heavy.
  • If you require a larger baggage allowance and are traveling from Europe to Australia, consider flying via the US as this generally doubles your allowance.
  • If traveling on a long haul flight ensure that your carry on includes snacks, facial wipes and a small pot of vaseline (Petroleum jelly.) Believe it or not, putting a small amount on your nostrils could stop harmful germs that circulate the plane's air conditioning, from entering your nose

  • Remember that most countries are very civilised. Heavy items such as shampoo and sunscreen can easily be bought at your destination


  • This Month's Events in Australia

  • December marks the start of the 6 week summer holiday for most Australian kids. Holidays start from mid December and last until the end of January. This is one of the reasons this time of year is peak season.
  • Carols in the sunshine is probably a strange idea for most of you in the northern hemisphere. Singing carols by the sea or in the park is part of the traditional Aussie Christmas. In Sydney check out Carols in the Domain (19th December from 12 noon.) Or Carols on the beach at Coogee on 20th December from 6.30pm. In Perth try Carols by Candlelight at the Supreme Court Gardens on 20th December from 7.30pm.

  • The New Year's Eve Fireworks are certainly not to be missed no matter where you are in Australia. All of the major cities but on a fantastic show but none more so that Sydney.
  • The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is held every year on Boxing Day. The locals find themselves a good view of the harbour to watch the hundreds of boats set sail. A good vantage point is Watsons Bay


  • What's happening on the Real Australia Travel Website

    This month I'd encourage you to check out the page on Australian Wine. There's a great video that tells you all about what makes Australian wine so unique from the rest of the world.

    Given it is Christmas, find out how the Aussie's celebrate Christmas. Do they really cook turkey in 40 degree heat?

    Australian Wine

    Christmas in Australia

    New Articles

    Below you will find links to the latest articles:

    Sydney's Beach Culture

    Australian Wine

    Safe Travelling!

    Johanna from Real Australia Travel

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