Made any travel mistakes lately?

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Had a similar but different experience with Google Maps for near airport hotels at Gatwick. Luckily I decided to ring the hotel to confirm my suspicions that GM was wrong.

Turns out GM were correct. The hotel despite being directly over the road from the airport terminal end had no pedestrian access anywhere - you could not physically (safely) go for a walk anywhere from that hotel. No footpaths anywhere. Fences blocking the way immediately adjacent to both sides of the hotel and the (level) start of a motorway on-ramp in front. So even to drive to the terminal required a several km detour onto the motorway, off again, on again in the reverse direction and 2nd exit vs 3rd exit at the roundabout.

BTW - never stayed there. Preferred Premier Inn a pedestrian crossing away from the terminal for normally GBP 39/night (if booked far enough in advance) sleeping up to 4.
 

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Since Covid has disrupted my seemingly simple routine I am on a mistake roll. The latest mistake one, having commuted to MEL (and other eastern seaboard cities) for the past 10+ years I tended to follow eastern seaboard time and the VIC public holiday schedule. This year the Anzac Day holiday differs across states and after MrsM informed me this evening they are not the I came to the realisation I am flying from a state with with a public holiday to work in a state work in another without the public holiday. I may now have to enforce my own MEL Cup holiday from SA to claw back a day.

This leads me to mistake number two - "lets go to PER for the June long weekend, Queens Birthday". To my surprise I thought I had struck gold last weekend when I found and booked upgradable flights for Mrs and MissM with QF to PER and 3 VA (WP) upgrades back to ADL at the government kick back rates and over the long weekend. As I looked up 'the Google' the realisation of mistake one came into play, I happened to notice that the PER long weekend holiday is 7 Jun 21 and a week ahead of Queen's Birthday 14 Jun 21. At the time of booking I did not bother to check this I thought QB was a national holiday. After a quick family discussion we will still head to PER as planned.
 
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Since Covid has disrupted my seemingly simple routine I am on a mistake roll. The latest mistake one, having commuted to MEL (and other eastern seaboard cities) for the past 10+ years I tended to follow eastern seaboard time and the VIC public holiday schedule. This year the Anzac Day holiday differs across states and after MrsM informed me this evening they are not the I came to the realisation I am flying from a state with with a public holiday to work in a state work in another without the public holiday. I may now have to enforce my own MEL Cup holiday from SA to claw back a day.

This leads me to mistake number two - "lets go to PER for the June long weekend, Queens Birthday". To my surprise I thought I had struck gold last weekend when I found and booked upgradable flights for Mrs and MissM with QF to PER and 3 VA (WP) upgrades back to ADL at the government kick back rates and over the long weekend. As I looked up 'the Google' the realisation of mistake one came into play, I happened to notice that the PER long weekend holiday is 7 Jun 21 and a week ahead of Queen's Birthday 14 Jun 21. At the time of booking I did not bother to check this I thought QB was a national holiday. After a quick family discussion we will still head to PER as planned.
You obviously love danger travel, going to WA 🤣🤣🤣!
 

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Since Covid has disrupted my seemingly simple routine I am on a mistake roll. The latest mistake one, having commuted to MEL (and other eastern seaboard cities) for the past 10+ years I tended to follow eastern seaboard time and the VIC public holiday schedule. This year the Anzac Day holiday differs across states and after MrsM informed me this evening they are not the I came to the realisation I am flying from a state with with a public holiday to work in a state work in another without the public holiday. I may now have to enforce my own MEL Cup holiday from SA to claw back a day.

This leads me to mistake number two - "lets go to PER for the June long weekend, Queens Birthday". To my surprise I thought I had struck gold last weekend when I found and booked upgradable flights for Mrs and MissM with QF to PER and 3 VA (WP) upgrades back to ADL at the government kick back rates and over the long weekend. As I looked up 'the Google' the realisation of mistake one came into play, I happened to notice that the PER long weekend holiday is 7 Jun 21 and a week ahead of Queen's Birthday 14 Jun 21. At the time of booking I did not bother to check this I thought QB was a national holiday. After a quick family discussion we will still head to PER as planned.

The WA June long weekend is for what was called Foundation Day, but now called WA Day. WA celebrates the Queen's Birthday on either the last Monday in September or the first Monday in October (proclaimed by the Governor).

Of course, the Queen's actual birthday is 21 April, so the whole lot are wrong. 😜
 

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The WA June long weekend is for what was called Foundation Day, but now called WA Day. WA celebrates the Queen's Birthday on either the last Monday in September or the first Monday in October (proclaimed by the Governor).

Of course, the Queen's actual birthday is 21 April, so the whole lot are wrong. 😜
You can now call it the COVID day long weekend ;)
 

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{Quoting AisleSeat in today's AFF Community Roundup} "Checklist! Passport, tickets, wallet, phone, keys. Everything else you can buy when you're there. I think it's a nice positive mindset to have when you're about to start a journey; not sweating the small stuff. That said, it has not been foolproof."
I've always adopted the same principle (and, in fact, as long as you remember the phone, you can even forget the tickets for most flights now).

I do the self pat-down before I close the front door (because I might have forgotten the keys!) and, before an international flight a few years ago, I left with the confidence that my checklist had been completed. After only 2ks, I repeated the pat-down, and the passport pocket didn't "feel right": yep, I'd picked up my wife's (in those days, slimmer) passport instead of my bulky (max-pages) one.
Time to return home and fix the problem and get to airport for check-in, told the check-in attendant (the "embarrassment-shared is embarrassment-reduced approach") how laughed and let me know it is "terribly common."

My wife, who is a triple passport-holder has been known to set off without the 'appropriate' passport

Minor change to pre-departure checklist: "Correct passport, wallet, phone, keys"
 

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On our first trip in over a year requiring a passport my partner and I were looking forward to replenishing the DF spirits stocks having resorted to paying retail for some essentials...☹️

Anyway, we were pleasantly surprised to hear that contrary to their website, SYD arrivals DF and pre-orders were open. So we grabbed five bottles (one to take with us and four to collect on return). Much better than trying to pack bottles in luggage coming home.

Sitting on the plane(!) my partner is looking at the receipt and realises:
a. We we’re only charged 4x bottles
b. We apparently took 3x bottles with us, and
c. We have 1x bottle waiting for collection 🙀

Expecting a bit of a discussion at the collection point, we were pleasantly surprise and relieved to be handed *the* four bottles we left for collection (in case you ever wondered if you get the same bottles back).

PS
Norfolk Island was entirely out of tonic water - we had considered taking some with us....
 
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Norfolk Island was entirely out of tonic water - we had considered taking some with us....
Entirely OT but I, too have recently been to NLK (over the weekend just gone) and noted the same shortages of a whole variety of grocery items...and the bond store was looking pretty threadbare too...assume this is a COVID related situation? /OT
 

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