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What do you wish you'd known?

18 Jul 2007 ashleightara asked

I'm curious to know what ppl wish they'd known before they went on their trips, and only discovered afterwards...<BR><BR>For example, <BR>Did you miss something in a town you wish you'd known about? <BR>Did you pack something, and never used it?<BR>Did you NEED something you didn't pack and had to go in search of it?<BR><BR>In particular, looking for different advice to what is already available on the board...share you experience so others can learn from you 'mistake'.<BR><BR>Thanks <img src="" alt="Smiler" width="15" height="15"><!--graemlin::)-->
  • 30 Mar 2011 EmmaEmily said


    oh! another question…
    when people go out at night in winter..what do they do with their big jackets when they go to clubs? do they have cloakrooms or something similar?

  • 31 Mar 2011 Justine said


    Hey EmmaEmily – Bracelet Charms – I can’t say I really saw any the only thing close is the charms they try to get you to buy in Florence. But I mean if you take some time and check out the shops when your not sightseeing you might find something. I noticed more Jewellery in Italy cause its “Italian Gold” and there are heaps of nice things, I think in Venice they had Ventian glass charms and cocktail rings that were cute.

    Jennieva30 – I organised my Travelex Cards prior to leaving and loaded them up before I left, I got my from my travel agent but you can get them from any post office. I had one with pounds only and the other was only Euro, I made sure I had organised some cash notes before I went for when I got there and if i need cash for a taxi or to catch the tube/metro. If there is one thing I would recommend to any traveller that is Travelex cards – the worked everywhere. Some of my friends from my tour missed out on buying stuff cause there normal bank cards wouldn’t work and those that did charged huge conversion rates. Hope this helps!!!

  • 31 Mar 2011 Niksta said


    I collected bracelet charms while in europe. i got one for every country i went to. The only country I had trouble was italy and i ended up buying one when i got home to ‘represent’ italy because i couldnt find one.
    but try actual jewellery stores, not just touristy stores, that’s where you will find the best ones.

  • 31 Mar 2011 NicsAdventure said


    Hi Justine!
    I have been wondering about money. I was going to go through ANZ (my bank) and get a travel card through them or should I get the Travellex Cards? I don’t want to be stranded over there and can’t buy anything or have no access to my money or have to pay insane bank fees! haha. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated :) I have a credit card and that’s just for emergencies! Thanks!!

  • 31 Mar 2011 EmmaEmily said


    thanx SO much Niksta!! yay! i know when my mother was younger and travelled she did the same and now it has been passed down to me. i’d like to start my own for my future kids.

    I CAN’T WAIT! so excited for my trip but so much to do first!!

  • 31 Mar 2011 Justine said


    EmmaEmily – I forgot to let you know about Cloak Rooms with Night Clubs – The only time I checked my coat properly was at the Mozart Concert in Vienna and at the Space Night Club in Florence – The only reason I check them was because you had to. Most times when we went out to a club if the bus was with you for dinner – you would leave it on the bus when you got dropped off into town. Or there we got a table/s and whoever didn’t want to dance looked after them.

    NicsAdventure – I would definately recommend Travelex Cards they never let me down. I tried to use my Westpac card to book a tour and it wouldn’t accept it, so I tell anyone who travels how reliable they were. Work every time no matter what EFTPOS or ATM I used. Sometimes I used my pin or they made me sign for purchases. I hope this helps :-)

  • 31 Mar 2011 NicsAdventure said


    Lovely, thank you so much Justine! I was a bit unsure about what do with the money! haha. Is there many fees involved with Travelex cards? Cheers!

  • 1 Apr 2011 Lana:) said


    I wish that i had packed more warm clothes, we did europe in sept / oct and i FROZE! specially in Berlin.
    I wish i had packed more dressy clothes for night outings
    I WISH i has packed a small handbag for night outings I had to stick money in my bra and when they give you back coins this becomes difficult lol.

  • 2 Apr 2011 nursekaff said


    Nicsadventure- My friend went to europe 18 months ago and she took an ANZ card and she said if you used eftpos it didnt charge you but if you took money out of atms they charged you a fee so you just make sure you take out enough to last a few days. its practically the same as a travelex card and she was able to use it everywhere :P

  • 3 Apr 2011 NicsAdventure said


    Ok cool. I will look into it. I m heading to Thailand in 2 1/2 weeks and will be getting a Travelex card, I think I might use an ANZ one for Europe :)
    Thanks a millon Nursekaff!!

  • 11 Apr 2011 grantham12 said


    This thread is amazing! Im going on the European Vista tour leaving may 12, 2011, and i was wondering if people had any comments on it? How is the weather normally in may in europe? =)

  • 11 Apr 2011 cdm115 said


    The weather is hit or miss in May. I went on a tour starting on May 8 back in, gasp, 2005. It was pretty chilly everywhere except Italy where it was warm. But then I know people who traveled the same time the following year and it was warm everywhere.

  • 11 Apr 2011 Rhys said


    I didn’t go inside the Coloseum, it was about to rain and I didn’t want to wait in the rain…. I’m so glad I’m going back to see it again.

  • 11 Apr 2011 grantham12 said


    okay thanks!!

  • 15 Apr 2011 Brooke2010 said


    there are so many differest money belts.. are the ones that go under your shirt good? i dont want one too bulky ..
    wud i just keep my passport and money in there then money for the day in my small wallet in the bag?

  • 15 Apr 2011 NicsAdventure said


    I am taking like a overnight bag as my carry on luggage on the bus and then inside that bag I will have a small over the shoulder bag to hold my passport, phone, camera and wallet. Only something small so I don’t have it lugg it around all day but big enough to have the nessecities.
    Is anyone doing the July 10th European Contrasts tour?? We have a facebook page if you are on this group!

  • 16 Apr 2011 JackDarcy said


    Once your travel is booked, you should look into placing “stop” orders on any regularly occurring deliveries or services. If you’re traveling domestically, be sure to hit your own bank before leaving for your trip; that way you won’t arrive short on cash and have to immediately search for an ATM.

  • 16 Apr 2011 Madison.Faithe said


    This thread has been amazing! thank you so much to everyone who has posted on it.
    I have previously travel to france on a tour and the money belt was a great idea. I had one that just hung around my neck under my clothes. It wasn’t to bulky and if i ever had issues with it I could always take it off and put it in my carry bag. I would highly recommend one though. It means your money and passport are always on you and you don’t have to worry about getting pick pocketed. We had a few issues with gypies following us and people of previous trips have has their money taken out of their wallets which were in their pockets so that shows how crafty some people are. It took a lot of stress off my mind knowing my money was on me at all times and I would think it would be hard to pickpocket someone from inside the front of their shirt!
    I am going on the European Escapade tour on the 3rd of August, it would be great to know of anyone else going on this trip!

  • 17 Apr 2011 EmmaEmily said


    Kat. i’m planning on doing a european tour over dec’11-jan ‘12. i’m planning on just taking my knee high leather boots. and thongs for kicking round the hotels. i wear them day in, day out in winter here so i know i can wear them for long periods without feet getting tired. i don’t know what shoes i’ll take as far as going out at night goes. prob just stick with the boots and tights with my dresses. hope that helps a little!!

  • 18 Apr 2011 EmmaEmily said


    Hey Kat. yes i’m organising early…but that’s just coz i’m SO excited! haha. I’m thinking just my boots. my feet don’t get tired in them and they’re nice enough to wear with tights and a dress for going out. i’m not really a heels type girl…but i guess i might take a pair of flats or 2 as well. and my thongs…and maybe ugg boots..idk. haha.

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