Traditionally when booking flights the earlybird gets the worm. This is still true, especially if you are wanting to fly in busy holiday periods, such as Christmas and during school holidays etc. As a standard rule of thumb did you know that often the best time to book domestic flights is approximately 3 weeks in advance (Excluding holiday periods).
Another great way to save on flights is checking out their weekly domestic sales. Virgin Australia’s Happy Hour is on every Thursday between 4 – 11pm which has a selection of reduced fares each week offered exclusively during this time. Jetstar also runs a Friday Frenzy from 12 – 8pm every week with their discounted departures.
To get a better deal on international flights booking at least 6 months in advance will help you pay a fairer price. Most airlines allow you to book up to 11-12 months in advance.
As travel habits change, so have the seasons. You can grab a great airfare if you are savvy and know when the airlines release their Sale Fares. Europe Early bird fares are usually released for sale around Sept/Oct for specials for the following year. Canada and the USA are typically on sale around June. Asia and other South Pacific destinations often have sales on throughout the year, if you want to grab a bargain, January always has great New Year sale fares if you are open to any destination that may be on offer.
The best deal is always when you get free flights. Some travel companies offer Free flights when booking one of their exciting land and cruise tours. We have some exclusive Travelmarvel fly free offers available for Europe / Canada /Vietnam and Cambodia. Click through to take advantage of them now. CLICK HERE
Get your children ready for your fun family adventure. Being prepared takes a lot of pressure off and helps get you ready for anything that might come your way.
A checklist is a very helpful way to help your journey go as smoothly as possible. Here are some of our top picks.
Discuss with your children what they should expect. Special meals, flying in the clouds, new adventures and watching movies. If travelling with more than 1 child – You might want to talk about seating prior to the big travel day – Many siblings have had fiery debates about who will get the golden ‘Window Seat’. They will also be required to sit for extended periods of time, we suggest stretching your legs when you can when the seat sign is off.
Keep them entertained :
Packing these items can also be a godsend : Children’s headphones, colouring in pack, a surprise new toy, travel games and don’t forget the fully charged IPad preloaded with all their favourite games and TV shows/movies.
A few of their favourite snacks never go astray and don’t forget special food if child has allergies. When Travelling abroad or interstate just be aware of any quarantine food items you may need to declare on arrival.
Nappies, wipes and change of clothing and extra dummies - it’s not fun accidently dropping a dummy under a plane seat and not having a backup.
Change of Clothes:
Children can be unpredictable at the best of times. You will never know when they might drop a juice bottle or get a crook tummy – We always recommend having a change of clothing in your travel bag for all kinds of mishaps.
Remember to bring your child’s favourite teddy or snuggle blanket, travelling can be overwhelming for some children, bringing a comfort from home can help them adjust to a new environment.
If your child requires medication, please check with your Doctor how best to carry it and if there is any issue bringing the medication into another country.
On longer flights some parents swear by choosing to fly at night with children so they spend a large part of the flight sleeping and wake up in the morning in their destination. This is not always possible depending on the destination or airline but something worth considering.
Child/Baby Equipment hire :
Every country has different rules around child safety restraints in vehicles. We recommend to do some research about the country you are travelling to. If travelling with young children some parents chose to take their own car seats, stroller etc. In many countries you can also hire child/baby products which can be prebooked. Many parents find this option very helpful and are happy not to be lugging around extra baggage.
Request a baby, toddler or child meal when booking flights. Many airlines do not offer this automatically, this can be done at the booking stage or may be added later with your travel agent or direct with the airline. Depending on what type of fare you have purchased and/or airline you are travelling with, there may be an additional cost for meals. If travelling with a small infant it is a good idea to request an infant bassinet at time of booking, these are very limited as they are only available on some aircraft by the bulkheads.
Many major cities around the world don’t always have lift access to underground transport. If travelling with a stroller also be aware that some destinations have uneven footpaths and hilly terrain. If travelling with young infants a study baby carrier is a great way to explore with your children especially if travelling around on local public transport.
While every holiday is different and requires a different packing list, there are a few time-tested items that should make the cut every time you travel, regardless of your destination, the climate or the type of holiday you're going on. These are our top 10 travel essentials we recommend packing for your next holiday.
1. A Daypack
A small, squashable daypack that can easily fit in your luggage will be invaluable on any holiday. You can use it for all of your day trip essentials - water bottles, camera, devices, guidebooks and folding umbrella - rather than carting around a huge bag all day long. Plus, if you go a little overboard in your shopping, you can use it as a spillover bag on the way home.