A few questions to past travellers...
21 Oct 2009 Explorer1098237 said
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21 Oct 2009 Sinead said
I’ve travelled with Contiki twice before, I flew from Europe to Australia for a tour there, and I also did a European tour which started from the Royal National in London so let me see if I can tell you anything<!--graemlin::)-->
- When I flew from Ireland to Australia with Quantas, as far as I remember there were sleeping masks, little pillows and blankets provided. I can’t remember whether there were earplugs so might be worth bringing them if you think you’ll need them.
- People left their main luggage in the room when we were out for the day, but I wouldn’t leave anything valuable in the room when you go out like passports, cameras etc, especially if you’re sharing with strangers, and besides your room-mates you never know who else might be in the room when you’re not there. I took my valuables with me and left the rest of my luggage in the room with a lock on the bag, and so far so good!
-For shoes,forget the ballet flats! Think about comfort and warmth, it’s cold in this part of the world in winter!! You don’t need heels if you don’t want them, Boots are fine for the Moulin Rouge, that’s exactly what I wore, and I wore sporty Sketchers
during the day. Just make sure they’re comfortable enough to walk in, you’ll be walking a lot! And bring warm socks<!--graemlin::)-->
-I have a special diet, I’m allergic to everything and I never had any problems with Contiki. Tell your tour manager at the welcome meeting, or when they come around to take your details, and they’ll let the restaraunts know that you need a different meal. Most places are very accommodating, I only had one or two incidents where they didn’t have anything available for me, but they were the exception. It’s a good idea to pick up some snacks as you go along just in case that happens, but it probably won’t!
- If anyone is thinking of swimming in Europe in winter they need their head checked haha! Unless it’s for an indoor pool…
-Yeah I’ve noticed that smell thing and I’ve never been able to get around it. I tried little scented sachets the last time I travelled and it didn’t work because I think it’s the lack of air when the clothes are stuffed in the bag so much. I just try to leave the case open if I can for a while, and take the clothes out for a while. To be honest every time I’ve returned from travelling I’ve thrown most of my clothes away, it’s just one of those things!
-And last but not least sure you could easily buy a travel hairdryer in London, but you’ll still need to make sure it comes with a European adapter, because the voltage in Ireland and England is one way, and then it changes again in mainland Europe. So either buy one with a European adapter in London, or bring one from Aus but buy a European adapter for it when you get to london, or back home of you can get them there.
Hope some of that helped, you’ll have a great time and don’t worry, there’s usually no problems that can’t be sorted out as you go!
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