My top 10 travel tips

Here are my current top 10 travel tips (in no particular order):

  1. Fork out the extra cash to buy a flexible airline ticket. You’ll wish you had if you’re stuck in an airport four hours before your flight.
  2. Put enough music on your IPhone. A song is only as good as the last time you listened to it on “Repeat”.
  3. Check the date on your Qantas club membership card before approaching the lounge desk, in the event that it has expired.
  4. If you’re flying somewhere the night before a meeting, put an extra shirt in your carry-on luggage. There’s nothing worse than a lost bag and nothing to wear.
  5. Wear comfortable shoes at all times in an airport. There’s shopping to be done.
  6. Avoid grumpy airline staff at all cost. If you’re tired, then they’re probably too.
  7. If there’s a door in your hotel room that leads to another room, check that it’s locked. I was woken up at 3 am on a recent trip by the lost guest next door. I’m not kidding.
  8. If you have noisy neighbours in your hotel the night before an important meeting, switch on the air conditioner, it muffles the sound enough to fall asleep. And if you do phone reception to complain, don’t fall asleep too soon – they will always give you a ring back to tell you how they’ve solved the problem.
  9. Wear your good pyjamas while staying at a hotel, in case a guest in another room sets off the fire alarm with bathroom steam. You may have to evacuate.
  10. And the most important one of all: Just roll with whatever happens. It will probably be OK.

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