Travel Tips and Important Info

I regularly provide travellers with news and useful information to help make their trips as enjoyable and as safe as possible. These articles are very helpful for travellers, regardless of their destination. Some of the most recent pieces include Covid-19 Smart Traveller updates,  How to reduce jet lag and most exciting destinations for 2021. Check out my full collection of resources and travel better!

 
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Smart Traveller updates.

Singapore

 

If you're a long-term resident and get approval to enter Singapore, you'll need to wear an electronic monitoring device (similar to a wrist watch) if you self-quarantine outside of a government facility. From 1 September, travellers from Australia must quarantine for seven days only (reduced from 14 days) on arrival. You can't enter Singapore for short-term visits. You can transit Changi Airport if you're travelling between Australian cities and certain locations in Asia, Europe and New Zealand provided you're on Singapore Airlines, Silk Air or Scoot Airlines and connecting with the same airline. You can’t transit on flights operated by other airlines. Transit and flight options to/from Singapore change frequently. Contact Singapore Airlines for the latest flight and transit requirements.

We advise:

Do not travel to Singapore.

Read the full travel advice.

When we can get excited about long journey's again! Here are some tips to reduce Jet Lag

Check out the fantastic jet lag calculator from sleep foundation by clicking on the button below!

  • Select a flight that allows early evening arrival and stay up until 10 p.m. local time. (If you must sleep during the day, take a short nap in the early afternoon, but no longer than two hours. Set an alarm to be sure not to over sleep.)

  • Anticipate the time change for trips by getting up and going to bed earlier several days prior to an eastward trip and later for a westward trip.

  • Upon boarding the plane, change your watch to the destination time zone.

  • Avoid alcohol or caffeine at least three to four hours before bedtime. Both act as “stimulants” and prevent sleep.

  • Upon arrival at a destination, avoid heavy meals (a snack—not chocolate—is okay).

  • Avoid any heavy exercise close to bedtime. (Light exercise earlier in the day is fine.)

  • Bring earplugs and blindfolds to help dampen noise and block out unwanted light while sleeping.

  • Try to get outside in the sunlight whenever possible. Daylight is a powerful stimulant for regulating the biological clock. (Staying indoors worsens jet lag.)

  • Contrary to popular belief, the type of foods we eat have no effect on minimizing jet lag.

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The Most Exciting Destinations of 2021

For the first time in history Saudi Arabia is allowing tourism into it's Kingdom by way of E-visa.  Previously, the Kingdom issued only visitor visas for religious pilgrimage and business visas. When visiting Saudi Arabia make sure you seek permission before photographing locals. Under the public code of conduct it is a punishable offense. Other offenses include vandalism of public property, playing music during prayer times, and dress code violations.
As with any country you travel to, be respectful of local rules and customs. Something worth mentioning is the Kingdom of Saudi is a dry country, meaning it is illegal to sell, purchase or consume alcohol.

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