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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...

For example,
Did you miss something in a town you wish you'd known about?
Did you pack something, and never used it?
Did you NEED something you didn't pack and had to go in search of it?

In particular, looking for different advice to what is already available on the board...share you experience so others can learn from you 'mistake'.

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  • 4 Jun 2014 Chandre A said

    Chandre A

    Im doing Thai Island Hopper West tour and would like to know what i should take along and what i shouldnt. Anyone some tips please? it will be my first trip to Thailand so not sure what to expect. Thanks

  • 17 Jul 2014 Garousse said


    Great thread! Ive been reading this over the past few days

    I have a question about the Parisian dinner? Does anyone remember what time that started roughly?
    I pre-purchased a ticket for the eiffel tower but the only time available was 3.30pm. From reading travel reviews and forums it seems the bus picks everyone up at 4pm? So I’m pretty sure il end up missing the bus :/ but i was thinking i might be able to take a change of clothes with me and just meet everyone at dinner after my eiffel tower thing..? Any advice? Cheers :)

  • 18 Jul 2014 Rosanna said



    The Contiki group I was wish last week got seated at 7pm. I was running all over the city and missed the meeting time. I ended up taking a taxi and getting to the La Nouvelle Eve place at around 6:30. When I told the host that, he just told me to hang out and wait for my group to go in together. I’m sure from the Eiffel Tower to La Nouvelle Eve won’t be too long. Just make sure you let your tour manager know!

  • 20 Jul 2014 Garousse said


    Thanks for your reply Rosanna (:
    So 7pm for the dinner or the show?

  • 20 Jul 2014 AussieSteph said


    I’m doing The Escape tour through europe at the end of September and i was wondering how much spare time i will have in each city? I plan on doing all the optional extras, but after that will there be time to explore on our own?

  • 14 Aug 2014 Samantha said


    These posts are so helpful, but most of them seem to be about Europe. I am doing the Big Walkabout with Sailing. Does anyone have any tips for travelling in Australia or has anyone been on this trip? Must have’s, do’s and see’s?


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