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Travel tips

This section is dedicated to helping you prepare and enjoy your trip! It includes packing lists, downloadable travel guides and jetlag beating tips and more.

Airport Activities

Airport Activity Download our airport spa guide & make the best of your airport transit time!

Hong Kong: If you are part of the One World Frequent Flyer program you must check out Cathay Pacific's Business Class lounge.  Absolutely divine!  Stylish design, excellent internet lounge (complete with soothing water feature), short order chef for delicious dim sum, mini tubs of haagen daz and other treats, lovely showers with molton brown toiletries.

Munich: If you have some time to kill between connections try a napcab, a small but very stylish sleeping and/or working cabin with a bed, desk and internet access.

Beat Jetlag

Beat Jetlag

When you travel the last thing you want is for Jetlag to slow you down. Download our jetlag beating tip-sheet to help you hit the ground running.

Downloadable Travel Guides

InYourPocket, a one-stop travel portal for 50 European Destinations, has free downloads for a very comprehensive list of Central & Eastern European cities.

Ryanair provides free, downloadable travel guides for all of their destinations. The 10 to 15 page guides are written by travel journalists, are regularly updated and contain discount vouchers for tours and activities.

Travel eguides has free downloadable travel guides for a number of destinations. Two formats are available - brief with pretty pictures and in colour or comprehensive in black & white.

Rough Guides' free PodScrolls service lets you download travel content to your iPod. Starting with Eating & Drinking guides to 10 of the world's top cities (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, London, Madrid, NYC, Paris, Prague, Rome, San Francisco). PodScrolls work on all full colour iPods.

Health & Fitness

Health and FitnessSlimtree.com...the broadband gym provides fitness videos you can download.  Including Yoga, Pilates, Cardio and Abs. Handy to help keep fit whilst travelling.

Language Guides

Language GuideUse World Nomads' Travellers Language Guides to "learn the local lingo". They are currently available in 20 languages, contain essential phrases and are free to download. The World Nomads team is working on a language guide application for iPods which should be available shortly.

Lost Luggage

Lost LuggageQantas, Virgin Blue & Jetstar reportedly lose 200,000 pieces of luggage each year. The vast majority are reunited with their owners within 48 hours. Incase your luggage is lost make sure your contact details on your luggage tags include destination, flight and mobile phone numbers.

If you are travelling overseas it is always good to pack a spare pair of underwear in your carry on.  And if you are travelling with a friend or partner you might want to pack an outfit in their bag and vice versa in case one bag is lost.

Packing Tips & Lists

Packing Tips and ListTo help your pre-trip preparation run as smoothly as possible we have compiled some suggested packing tips and lists. Simply download, print and check off.

Shopping

ShoppingIf you are planning to buy Duty Free goods coming back to Australia, check your Duty Free Allowance here.

If you have ever wondered whether its best to buy your duty free products in Australia or while you are overseas then we have found a website for you. You can compare prices on duty free products available from airports and airlines around the world so you get the best deal at www.worlddutyfree.com

If you have a duty free tip, such as an exclusive product only available in a duty free store, we would love to hear from you at info@ciaobellatravel.com.au

When travelling overseas, particularly to a number of countries in one trip, it is easy to forget what the local exchange rate is.  Help is at hand from oanda.com where you can create your own handy, purse size, currency cheat sheet before you depart.  Click on FXCheatSheet and follow the instructions. Alternatively, you can download currency exchange apps under Travel Apps.

What's Happening In Your Destination?

What's Happening In Your Destination? Want to know a bit about what's going on in your destination before you arrive so you can make the most of your time?  Try these fab sites.

Weather Spark - Get detailed weather average for individual month anywhere around the world. This will help you to plan to bring the right clothes with you.

Numbeo -  Provides current and timely information on world living conditions including cost of living, housing indicators, health care, traffic, crime and pollution. This will help you to determine how much to budget for your trip. It gives you a comparison of the consumer price index of various cities in the world.

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