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Hi there, Erin and Christopher here. Our clients are always either travelling or planning to travel. So, we have compiled some useful tools and tips that we at the office use when travelling. Hopefully you’ll find these useful too!


Communication and Internet

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Google Translate – www.translate.google.com

Whilst you do need internet access for this site, Google has done an amazing job in providing this great tool. I wouldn’t use it verbatim, but it does give you the basics and some.

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Skype – www.skype.com

As I (Christopher) have lived overseas, this is a great way to call back home and friends abroad. You can either use the credit method or sign up for a plan for some better savings. If the other person has Skype, then the call (and/or video call) is free!

Top tip: If you don’t have a strong wifi signal or a very fast connection, just turn off the camera and use the voice feature – it chews up a lot less data.

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Skype Wifi – www.skype.com/en/features/skype-wifi

If you have a Skype account set-up and have credit on it, then you can use your Skype account to buy wifi access at places where they don’t offer free wifi.

This is particularly useful in airports, if you’re not so lucky to get into the lounges where they normally have free wifi.

If you have a Skype account set-up and have credit on it, then you can use your Skype account to buy wifi access at places where they don’t offer free wifi.

This is particularly useful in airports, if you’re not so lucky to get into the lounges where they normally have free wifi.


Holiday Research

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TripAdvisor – www.tripadvisor.com.au

Want a way to see reviews and others comments on places you want to go? This is the site!

But beware on focusing on the negative reviews. Just about all hotels, restaurants that have been around have a few negative reviews, so I’d recommend looking at the balance of negatives and positives (does the negative review talk about something you really care about?).

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Best Flights – www.bestflights.com.au

While there are many flight comparison sites out there, best flights seems to be a good all-rounder

Top tip: After you have done your research with best flights, I would recommend going to see a travel agent to see what deals they have in store as not all airlines have flights listed in best flight and some travel agents have great deals with certain airlines

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Skyscanner – www.skyscanner.com.au

If the layout of Best Flights doesn’t work for you, then Skyscanner might be for you. A good comparison. In our experience, Skyscanner work slightly quicker than best flights too.

Top tip: as mentioned above, going to a travel agent after your research can pay big dividends.

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Lonely Planet – www.lonelyplanet.com

Probably the most famous global company to get travel information from. These guys produce a tonne of information from things to do, places to go, and recommendations on heaps more. A common thing to do is to buy the lonely planet guides. Some guides come with both a book and CD, and plenty of apps on the app store.

Money

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XE Currency – www.xe.com/currencyconverter

A fantastic app for iPhone and android to quickly convert currency. This description is short and to the point. Just like this app.

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Bank Apps

Most banks now have their own app. We recommend downloading your bank app and using it for your mobile device rather than using the standard mobile internet program. These apps are designed specifically for your phone/tablet and are a lot easier to navigate.

Hotels

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Booking.com  – www.booking.com

A solid website for hotel bookings. They board the ability to book at 357, 000+ hotels, B&Bs, apartments and other accommodations. Like tripadvisor, they also have reviews and ratings for the different places which may sway your decision.

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Agoda  – www.agoda.com

The same company that owns Booking.com owns Agoda, however, Agoda sometimes have better sales that Booking.com and if you’re into reward points it also has that too. However, with Agoda you pay upfront, but you can pay in $AUS so there’s no exchange rate fees on your credit card.

Miscellaneous

Dropbox – https://www.dropbox.com/

A genius storage system. If you have your itinerary and important travel documents saved on your computer, you just have dropbox installed on your computer and phone/ipad. When you put a file into dropbox on one device, the other device gets updated as well.

Here’s a link to Dropbox to see how it works in detail:www.dropbox.com/tour

Have you got any more suggestions or tips? Leave a comment below. Happy Holidaying!

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