Sunday 16th January 2022

Travel Tips. 37/52. #LifeThisWeek. 2018.90.

Travel Tips. 37/52. #LifeThisWeek. 2018.90.

Yes, come here to find my tips for travel…..maybe not!

I suggest you are more likely go here to these wonderful bloggers below who know more about travel than I do!

So that IS the end of my post! Not quite.

This is the airline I DID fly in when I travelled in 2006.

I trawled back in the memories (and photos to recall my one and only trip to U.S.of A. You see, I had not travelled overseas at all. My parents had (a lot!) and some of that was related to Dad’s work but once he retired, they travelled until they decided “enough was enough” as the world changed and they aged. My husband’s parents were the same. One of our kids went to the US on a tennis camp in 1993 and the other went to New Zealand first as a school trip and then to stay with the family she loved there.

Ill-health of my husband meant it was extremely unlikely we could ever travel anywhere overseas but we gave it a go to fly to Far North Queensland but the seat was so cramped for a big, tall man with back issues that the only way we reckoned we could get back home was via Business Class. Which we did, and paid a premium for it but he was OK on the way home.

This meant, that if I was to ever travel again, it would be solo and to an overseas destination that I heard about most of my life: Hawaii and then to the cities of the West Coast: LA, Las Vegas and San Francisco. I have written about it here.

My tips are:

  1. Enjoy your own company and you never have a fight about what to do
  2. Take a change of clothes and some items you do not want to lose, in your cabin bag
  3. Be as comfy in the clothes on the plane as possible by dressing in loose layers and always keep your socks on.
  4. Choose a window seat if you can because you can lean up against it
  5. Have a small pillow in your carry on and you will be cosy if you try to sleep
  6. Noise cancelling headphones: a must
  7. Have a friendly attitude and treat cabin crew with kindness
  8. Even if it says it is one season where you are going, take a rain jacket
  9. Choose a great airline where you can join their ‘club’ and have access to a lounge, priority boarding and extra luggage
  10. Do not spend money on gifts for anyone but do buy things that will remind you of your travels

But my biggest tip I leave till last: be able to afford this level of travel and arrive very well. Sigh. My dream!

Katherine here:

Sydney Shop Girl here:

Lydia here:

Joanne here:

Deborah here:

Sue here:

Jo here:

Kathy here:

Jan here:

Leanne here:

Sammie here:

Natalie here:

Min here:

Do you have any travel tips?

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Next Week’s Optional Prompt: 38/52. Have You Ever..? 17/9/18.



  1. Aloha from Hawaii! Great tips – personally I prefer an aisle seat but only because I feel claustrophobic in the middle or by the window. I always have some clean undies, my meds and a mindful colouring in book in my hand luggage! Oh and some boiled sweets to avoid the dreaded ear popping!

    • Oh my. I so could not sit in a middle seat. I have sat in an aisle one. I have also been in exit row seats on some flights within Australia. I have been in a plane (twice) that had single row of seats on one side and two seats on the other. From Sydney to Cobar. The single row was a bit squishy and because the plane was not full, I got to move to the two seat row. Yes it was a twin prop plane. I love flying really because of the window views but I do think it is tiring (aka boring) when it is longer than 3 hours. You do a marvellous job seeing you do not like flying and you go on long distance flights a lot.

      Enjoy Hawaii. Impossible not to!
      Denyse x

  2. Yes to the noise cancelling headphones! Mike got me a pair for Christmas last year and I have used them on every flight I’ve been on this year, they’re the greatest. I found that they make it easier to sleep as well!

    • How much I am an early adopter getting mine waaaaay back in 2006. They were great for tuning out and it helped me feel like I did not need to be sociable either if I did not want to.
      Glad Mike got you some.

      Denyse x

  3. Thank you, Denyse, for mentioning my blog, and sharing your travel tips. I travel solo a few times a year and agree with your tip #1 🙂 I’m still catching up from my trip to France and didn’t write a new post on travel tips yet so I linked one of my older posts today. Have a great week!

    • I am glad we agree on that first tip!! It took me a while to realise how good it was to holiday solo back in 2002 and then when I have I do know it is more what “I” choose to do and see.

      Shall look forward to future posts.

      Denyse x

  4. Fab tips Denyse. I always like to buy unique homewares on my travels to remind me of my trips.

    • Thank you. Yes I know that I brought back too much ‘crap’ for other people and wish I had been more memento based like you. It has been ages and I seem to think anything I did bring the grandkids back then has never been seen since.

      Love your idea.
      Denyse x

  5. Great tips for travelling Denyse! I agree with the noise cancelling headphones, so good to have on any trip!! I look forward to reading the tips from others as I love to travel. I’ve made my post about middle age adventure bucket lists, hope you enjoy. Thanks again for the opportunity to link up.

    • I look forward to reading. I have never been a bucket list maker probably because of my life’s circumstances but when I consider what I have done or achieved, not necessarily in the travel area then maybe I have!

      Love seeing your name and blog here too.

      Denyse x

  6. Great tips. I’ve never been overseas and only travelled three times in my life, so I have no tips. I wish I had done more traveling in my early 20s, though.

    • There is your number one tip! Travel early and don’t regret it.

      My daughter chose education (degree) and marriage over an overseas trip and I suspect has regretted that at times. She is a modern history buff and I know she would love to travel to Gallipoli and places like that.

      Denyse x

  7. Oh Denyse

    Thank you ever so much for the special mention.

    Your own travel tips made me think and reflect on what I’ve written. I realise now that I’ve overlooked what you discussed about enjoying your own company on your travels and also to buy mementoes for yourself of your travels. The solitude on some of my travels and the little knick knacks I pick up on my trips are two things I value about travel.

    SSG xxx

    • That is my pleasure. Interesting to note just how many of my regular blogging friends do travel so it seemed a good idea to include you all.

      My first trip by myself was to Far North Queensland for a conference and then a holiday in 2002 and from then on, I preferred solo travel. As the wife and mum for all family holidays back in the day my routine did not differ much from being at home.

      Denyse x

  8. That class of travel is my dream too. Ho hum. I used to travel business class internationally for work. That was more than a decade ago. The closest I’ve come since is premium economy which is pretty snazzy on the right airline – can be a total farce on other airlines. Virgin flights on a virgin plane to the USA have great premium economy internationally. But if you book premium and end up on a Delta plane instead, it’s sucky. A whole lot of money for very little change in space.

    • That IS a good travel tip. IF I ever had the chance to get to the UK it would only be in a premium economy seat AND I would need to save a lot more than I have now… whilst ever we are holding out till we get our own house again,albeit smaller,it will not happen. You had a pretty good experience with business class travel back in the day. Sigh! Denyse x

  9. Hi Denyse, I agree with all of your tips and wouldn’t First Class be a wonderful way to travel. I remember once, Mike used his frequent flyer points for us to travel Business Class to New Zealand and yes, I think I was born to travel that way LOL:) Unfortunately, Economy is my limit if I want to travel. Thank you for mentioning ST60 & Beyond and I actually used a post today that I had written some time ago so thanks for the prompt. Have a great week! xx

    • Yes we all need those thousands of dollar to travel well. I know Mum and Dad did that final around the world travel in First Class as an end to dad’s working life and a beginning of retirement and it was a wonderful memory for them.

      I am glad the prompt worked well for you!

      Thank you for your good wishes. The day brought me the knowledge that I do not need to go back to the prosthodontist for 4 weeks I am going so well. Yay.

      Denyse x

  10. I love to be able to see out the window on a plane, I love looking down at the differing landscape. I do love to travel, it’s the organising I don’t like. We are looking for a cruise for the family, so many options, it hard to choose. I’d love a ocean view or a balcony, but they are expensive, and I am thinking maybe it would be better not to see the big rough sees out my window.

    • Yes, me too. Going from Sydney to Cobar in a pretty small plane, I liked being able to look outside and do my best to recognise land marks and see the changing landscape once we were over the Blue Mountains. I took pics once coming over Sydney to land where I could ‘see’ my family home, the nearby parks and more. Fascinating.

      I sure hope you get your Cruise sorted!!

      Denyse x

  11. Love your travelling tips. I’m a Sagittarean and love to travel, whether it’s just up the road, or overseas. I don’t get enough time to do much of that any more so my tip is to travel whenever you can, whether it’s on your own, with kids, parents, friends, or however you can. Doing it in luxury is great, but you can travel quite cheaply as well, and depending on where you’re heading, sometimes it is even cheaper than staying at home! I also know that there’s a lot to be said for keeping memories in your head, but having loved ones with dementia, (and my late mum had that very bad), I think taking memories are very important, so don’t feel guilty about taking photos, videos, blogging, posting instagram pics etc. Even these days, I’ll often have a Facebook memory pop up with a photo from ten years ago of an experience I’ve forgotten, and it’s a nice reminder. If not for you, for your family and friends to have one day.

    • Thanks Bronnie. I know you have written a lot about your travels and you provide a lot of helpful information based on your wide experience. I am glad I can be out and about again and would like to travel more but baby steps in terms of recovery and waiting for ‘the ship with the money to dock’.
      Denyse x