May 2016: Latest Travel News & Specials

If you have travel plans this year or early next, take a look at the Qantas World Sale. I've included a few of the most popular deals below, but there are over 300 destinations on sale - so wherever you want to go in the world, now is the time to book!

The Qantas World Sale ends on the 16th May, so take a look at the deals and contact me today for more information.

Here in New Zealand, we often have quite a way to travel in order to see the rest of the world, so I've included a few tips and tricks to make your next long-haul flight a little bit easier. If you have any tips of your own, let me know - I'd love to hear them!

Globus Travel Evening - Next Monday 16 May

Also, just a quick reminder about my travel information evening I'm hosting with the Globus family of Brands including; Avalon River Cruising, Globus and Cosmos Touring, and Monograms Independent holidays.

They have hundreds of unique itineraries all over Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Africa - they have a holiday to suit everyone.

If a holiday is on the cards for this year or next, please do come along and find out more about the fantastic range of trips on offer. 

See 12 May 2016 Courier Newspaper for details.

Monday 16th May 2016 at 5.30pm 
Venue: Upstairs Room, Mocca Café, Stafford Street (next to Hallensteins).

Please RSVP by Monday lunchtime for catering purposes.

June Travel Tips Evenings - Back By Popular Demand

Feeling nervous about planning a holiday, not sure how it will all go…  Do you feel like there is so much to think about that you feel confused before you've even got started . . .

Is your mind full of a myriad questions about passports, visas and insurance and money cards and the roaming charges on your phone . . . Well my Travel Tips evenings might be exactly what you need.

I am again running my popular Travel Tips information evenings.  These are particularly intended for those who've done little international travel and would like to fast track their learning. But anyone can benefit, as I share my experience and top travel tips and there will be time for discussion and questions.  

Do you have a lot of travel questions, but aren't quite sure who to ask?

Evenings being held:

Tuesday 14 June 7pm - Timaru
Wednesday 22 June 6:30pm - Waimate
Thursday 30 June 6:30pm - Geraldine

Kind regards,

phone: +64 3 688 8486
mob: +64 27 233 3027


P.S. Please feel free to forward this email along to friends and family!


Qantas World Sale


The Qantas World sale is on NOW, and there are great deals available to over 300 destinations!

If you've got travel plans for later this year or early next year, now is the time to book!

Here's a quick list of the deals on offer:

Premium economy and business class fares are available too, so give me a call today!

Check out more Qantas deals on the website

* flights are return economy class and include taxes. Travel dates and other conditions apply, seats are subject to availability.


Become A Qantas Frequent Flyer Member for Free

Not a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program? Click on the link below and join for free (saving $50).

Find out more about the Qantas Frequent Flyer program here.

Use this link to go to the membership page and skip the fee


Long-Haul Travel Essentials

With the fantastic travel specials available, there's never been a better time to jump on a plane and start checking off items on your travel bucket list!

Here in New Zealand, we often have quite a distance to travel in order to see the rest of the world, so here are a few quick tips to make your next long-haul flight a little easier.

1. If you can't live without it, put it in your carry on bag.

This includes medication, toiletries, phone chargers, snacks, and a change of clothes (or at least underwear). If you're going to be on a 12 + hour flight, it's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it (within reason, of course!)

2. Earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones are sanity savers!

You never know when you're going to be on a noisy flight, and a set of earplugs or headphones can help you get some much needed sleep.

3. Load up your entertainment ahead of time.

If you're bringing along a phone/tablet/laptop/Kindle fill it up with movies/games/books/music a day or two before you travel. In flight wi-fi is becoming increasingly common, but it's not a given - and it's much easier to delete than download. This is doubly important if you're travelling with children. 

4. Keep hydrated!

Cabin humidity is kept very low on aircraft and this will suck moisture out of you. Pick up a bottle of water before you board or bring an empty one from home to fill up.

5. Little things can have a big impact on your comfort.

If you normally wear contact lenses, bring along your glasses (in your carry on!) so you can swap if your contacts become uncomfortable. A travel kit of moisturiser, lip balm and wet wipes can also make a big difference mid-flight.    

Do you have any long-haul travel tips that I haven't covered here? Email me back and let me know!


More Travel Specials


Avalon Waterways 2017 Air Credit Offer

Receive up to $4,000 Air Credit per couple

In conjunction with the release of Avalon Waterways’ brand new 2017 brochure, Avalon has a fantastic Air Credit deal!

It’s easy – simply book and deposit your 2017 European or Southeast Asia river cruise by 31 May 2016 and you'll receive a credit of up to $2,000 per person to put towards your airfare.

Use your Air Credit towards any airfare of your choice, which gives you the freedom to choose:

  • Your preferred airline
  • Your class of travel
  • Your travel dates
  • Your entry and exit points

2017 Air Credit Options:

  1. Europe River Cruises of 15+ days - $2,000 Air Credit per person.
  2. Europe River Cruises of 7 – 14 days - $1,500 Air Credit per person.
  3. All Southeast Asia River Cruises - $1,500 Air Credit per person.

This fantastic deal is available across ALL Europe and Southeast Asia river cruises, for ALL 2017 departures, and ALL cabin categories.

For more details, see the PDF flyer here and contact me today! Conditions apply – contact me for further details.


Topdeck Mega Sale

If a USA road trip or a European adventure is on the card for the 18 to 30-something in your life, you'll want to let them know about the sale Topdeck is having right now!

With up to 30% off selected 2016 European and USA trips, they'll have an amazing adventure at a great price AND on a Topdeck trip there's no tipping or gratuities required so they can spend that money on extra shopping and souvenirs.

View the full list of discounted Europe & USA Topdeck Trips here.

This sale finishes on the 31st May, and spaces are very limited on some trips - so contact me ASAP if you'd like more details on any of the trips.


Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 2016 Packages

Buckle up at Mount Panorama!

Bathurst continues to be the pinnacle of the V8 Supercars calendar and I've got a range of packages available.

4 Nights From $2095 pp Twin Share

SALE ENDS 5 October 2016

Edgewater Resort, Rarotonga Discount & Resort Credit!

Receive 35% off and $100 Resort Credit!

The Edgewater Resort & Spa offers the perfect place for a truly magical tropical escape.

5 nights from $539 pp share twin

SALE ENDS 30 May 2016


Found A Great Deal?

If you see a special advertised elsewhere, give me a call!

I'm able to source the same/similar specials from my network of suppliers and contacts.


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