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It’s no secret that Aussies love to travel. But what exactly do travellers from Down Under love about a trip? What holiday habits are we guilty of? Do we like to arrive early and are we prone to overpacking? Today we’re getting down and dirty with Aussies travellers and unearthing some of their most curious habits.
Cathay Pacific surveyed Australian holidaymakers on their pre-flight and in-flight travel behaviour and preferences. They’ve captured an interesting snapshot of the findings via an infographic (see below).


Here are some fun flying reports that may surprise you


Guilty of packing too much

When Australians decide to go on holiday it seems we find it hard to part with our precious possessions. In fact, 38% of people surveyed said they are guilty of packing too much when getting away. Almost half believe they get it right every time, while 16% admit to not packing enough.


Sneaking electronic devices onboard

We sure are living in the era of tech travellers. Close to 90% of people admit they pack electronic devices in their carry-on luggage. That’s not to say that books, magazines and paper end up in the bin. Almost 50% percent of high flyers surveyed still pack their paper items when hitting the road.

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We love lounge utopia

Does the perfect airport exist?
According to the Aussie travellers surveyed, they do. This high-flying utopia can include awesome value-adds such as:

  • A noodle bar
  • Travel concierge
  • Free magazines
  • Showers
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Hairdresser
  • Good lounge access
  • Nail salon
  • Stylish bar
  • Quality restaurants
  • Masseuse!

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Prefer a seat without a view

Choosing the best seat in the house is a tried and tested travel battle, but what do we really like? It turns out that almost two-thirds of Aussie flyers surveyed are after the aisle seat. Meanwhile only 37% of travellers want a spot near the window.

StelaDi / Pixabay


Love a good feed

The state of our in-flight food is an important point for hungry holidaymakers. 58% of passengers, and I’m one of them, believe that good tucker makes a huge difference to a flight.

Image Source: Cathay Pacific

Image Source: Cathay Pacific


Enjoy a ‘not too chatty’ chat

Flying solo and meeting a plane friend can be intimidating for even well-travelled people.
But is there such a thing as the perfect flight buddy?
Almost 40% of Aussies do want to talk. But most want to sit next to someone who hits the sweet spot of “interesting but not too chatty.”

geralt / Pixabay

Check out this interesting infographic from Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific_How Aussies Travel Infographic_Combined_FINAL APPROVED

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Towing a car isn’t for the faint hearted. Choose the right tow truck and you’ll make the job easier. Towing services in Perth offer options for towing cars of varying weight and size. The type of transport depends on the type of car damage or problem.

When should you call a tow truck?

Serious damage in an accident

A tilt tray in Perth is one of the the best solutions for towing damaged cars. Titled trucks will load up a car and offer greater support than recovery vehicles. There is a risk cars can veer of the road if towed by recovery vehicles. Further, a cars damaged parts will not fall onto the road and create further risk to other drivers.
Tilt tray towing in Perth’s Executive Towing Services can help. They have experience in moving damaged vehicles with secure recovery vehicles.

Image Source: Executive Towing Services Perth

Image Source: Executive Towing Services Perth

Car starter motor or battery has failed

If a car’s starter motor or the battery has failed tow the car behind a recovery vehicle and try to start the engine. This is a push start, safe and standard practice. Put the car into second gear and switch the engine on with the clutch down. Once the car is moving (when towed), release the clutch so that the engine with fire up and the car will start.
If the engine fails to start after a few tries, tow the car to a mechanic. Your mechanic will assess and fix the problem.

When your car has overheated

A car can overheat if the engine becomes damaged or the cooling system is failing. If the car starts to overheat during a trip, don’t panic. Pull over to the side of the road and call a tow truck. Do not continue driving if your car is starting to overheat. This will cause further damage the engine and risk to your safety. Load your car onto a tilt truck instead.

If a sports car or vintage car needs moving

Sports cars often need towing to race tracks because they are often lower than normal cars. Driving a car which is not designed for city roads can cause damage. It is safer to move a sports cars on the back of a tow truck.
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The same goes for vintage cars. These may only be for display purposes and may not be fit for driving. Fastened a vintage car to a truck and you’ll greatly reduce any risk of damage.

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There’s nothing nicer than curling up on the sofa on a cold winter’s night. Whether you love a good book or watching TV, feeling warm is essential to our happiness. But most of us are on a tight budget. So investigating all options for heating a home is vital.
The challenge is that many people don’t want to economise on heat itself.  As well as heating a home, it is also important to have enough hot water to enjoy a decent lifestyle. There are plenty of ways to save whether you are showering or doing the washing up. Hot water solar panels are a great start and worth serious consideration.


An eco-friendly choice

Homes with solar power are eco-friendly. The energy is sustainable energy and the panels are easy to install. They’re place on top of a home’s roof. Or they sit on an area of the home that attracts the most sunlight. onto homes either on the roof or nearby in an area that attracts a lot of sunlight.
Panels are a great choice in warm climates, such as in Western Australia. For example, many WA residents choose to create solar hot water in Perth. This is because of the sheer number of sunny days that occur each year.
Solar panels are also far more affordable than many homeowners realise. Consumers can save thousands savings on utility bills for many years to come.


Different types of hot water production

Solar panels produce hot water in various ways, including the following:

  • Solar panels
  • Electricity
  • Gas

Systems include ‘continuous flow’ or storage tank. Storage tank systems use all three. They use gas, solar panels and electricity to generate heat. In contrast, the majority of continuous flow systems rely on gas to produce heat. Solar and electricity also power these systems.

Source: Peter Stannard Plumbing & Gas

Source: Peter Stannard Plumbing & Gas


Tip: Do your research

It is a good idea to conduct thorough research of the company you intend to use.  Do this before considering installation or repair. Make sure the company has a solid reputation in the industry.
You can find professional hot water repairs in Perth, London, New York and wherever you live. A simple Google search can help you find a supplier near you.

Image Source: Peter Stannard Plumbing & Gas

Image Source: Peter Stannard Plumbing & Gas


Hot water systems

Continuous flow hot water systems have the following benefits:

  • Compact systems
  • Clean water
  • Better heat retention

Many homeowners demand instant hot water. Knowing a reputable supplier ensures that problems with the system get fixed. You’ll also keep costs low in the process.


Harnessing solar power

Solar hot water in Perth by Peter Stannard Plumbing and Gas is such a reputable company. They will install and maintain the efficiency of your solar panels.
Generating hot water from solar panels is a great way to run an eco-friendly home and save money.
The sun is free so the only costs include installation and maintenance. In the long run solar panels are far cheaper than paying the current exorbitant power and gas prices.

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Crane I Help You?

by Penina

Crane trucks have a many distinct advantages over tower cranes. They have become a common site on roads around the world over they years. With a wide range of models, all have their own advantages with regard to certain types of jobs. We will continue to see the proliferation of these amazing machines in many industries.

What are crane trucks?

Truck cranes are mounted on heavier, often modified trucks. A good example of these powerful vehicles are the Hiab trucks which are popular in Perth. In fact, industries across Australia are using them. These include heavy industries and logistic businesses. For example, ports are heavy uses of truck cranes.
Companies use these trucks to transport a wide range of heavy items. For example, the trucks transport other machinery. This is one of the many beneficial reasons they’re used.  Mining companies also use these cranes in their daily activities.

Image Source: Reef Group

Image Source: Reef Group

Easy to manoeuvre

Truck cranes manoeuvre with ease and use little space. One of the biggest advantages of using a truck crane, like the Hiab trucks in Perth from Reef Group, is their size. They are popular with local and regional business owners, especially in urban areas.
In contrast, tower cranes need a great deal of space for assembly and operation.

Faster to set up

There are other advantages to using crane trucks. They are faster to set up, which results in less downtime. This is important if workers and companies must  travel long distances to get to the site.

Reduce downtime

In fast paced, manpower-intensive industries, downtime is expensive. Thus, companies should make every effort to minimise downtime.

Image Source: Reef Group

Image Source: Reef Group

Versatile, strong and sturdy

Crane trucks can also perform a variety of lifting tasks due to their strength and sturdiness. These factors make Hiab crane transport appealing to Perth business owners. They can lift heavy objects, including tower crane components, to great heights with ease. This is possible even on construction sites with little room to move. Heavy industries love crane trucks for the same reason.

An excellent choice

Crane trucks are an excellent choice for companies needing strong, sturdy and capable machinery. Transport and lift heavy objects with ease with a crane truck.

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I’m freezing

Winter weather, especially in Melbourne, is a test. Us mums have been battling the fierce winds of the school run with brellies, hats and puffer jackets on. I’ve been standing at the preppie line shivering with the rest of them. I’ve been giving my daughter extra hugs for warmth and popping my hand out of its pocket into a shivering goodbye semi-wave.
Female hands holding knitted winter mug close up. Woman hands in white and blue mittens holding a cozy knitted cup with hot cocoa, tea or coffee. Winter and Christmas time concept.
I do confess I’ve been using other mums as human windshields in the schoolyard. We chatter on about the price of heating and electricity (always too high), what’s for dinner (can’t be stuffed) and who’s doing what in the school performance (and where is it and when?). We’re chuffed any of us even made it to school in this arctic cold. Trees have actually fallen in the winds this year. Most days, I walk away from that scene feeling like my ears will snap off and craving coffee. Job done.
She did look so damn cute in that line, and I’m so glad I’ll at least remember it 🙂

Domestic not-bliss

Now I am a typical time-poor working mum. In my case, you can put that idea on steroids. I’m in the fourth year of a mammoth home renovation, which hubby and I are now calling ‘a development.’ This week is ‘bathroom and build three walls week.” In between I work on several businesses in the dust and grime that is my nearly done half house. I do it all while ‘on a budget’ scrimping and saving on just about everything along the way.
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The school pick-ups, drop-offs, family admin, groceries, laundry, kids parties and the ‘all-fathom-of-things’ fill the peripheral of my day and weekends. After I’ve cooked dinner, washed the children and dishes, done reading, debriefed with my hubby and crammed in some more work, only then do I crawl into bed (most mornings around 1am) in a heavy mummy heap.
Here’s my silver lining:
I sleep like a polar bear.

Source: 1000funnypictures.com

My little post drop-off detour

During a Melbourne winter, I occasionally get out of my environment (sanity does prevail sometimes) and find myself a super warm hole to soak in. This is usually the spa pool at my local recreation centre, which costs me little for the luxury I’m about to explain ($7 to be exact).
I broke out of my comfort zone this morning (the car I live in with the kids) – and detoured to my local recreation centre for some well-earned mummy time after the weekend.
This is not actually me – but the happiness in her face does describe the joy I felt on my little ‘detour from life.’ Oh and I was a whole lot colder than this woman…

jill111 / Pixabay


This is a luxury – trust me, which I never do – and I’ll probably pay more than $7 for for it shortly in lost business time.
Care factor: zero. I needed a break.

What happened to me this morning

After I got past myself in a swimsuit (scared me) the hot bubbles did their magic. I was officially defrosted and the core that is me – stopped shivering, I started to see my life differently.
Perspective really is a grand thing. 
Mostly, I try not to look around spa pools much. If I get thinking too much about what could possibly be floating in the water – I start to implode and wish to bound of that place faster than I got myself in there.

Dreams are free

Whilst in a spa pool, I close my eyes and imagine I’m somewhere else. That place I imagine (and take myself to regularly) has always been:

FIJI

Yes, this gorgeous lovely place…

In fact – I imagine this place more than in a spa pool on a freezing weekday morning. Read my ‘super housewife’ story for more examples of where I imagine FIJI.

This is the vision I have of myself in Fiji

This is what I plan to do in Fiji while the kids are in kids club. I also plan to sleep but not like a polar bear.
OK – not quite ready for the swimsuit but you get my drift. I’ll get working on my Fiji body soon and shortly I show you why I have the time to prepare.

And this is the nice man serving me my drink. I’m planning on indulging in plenty ‘Penina Coladas.’

My spa pool epiphany

Anyway, while I was dreaming about ‘FIJI’ in the spa pool this morning – I had an epiphany.
This happened shortly after I opened my eyes momentarily and realised I wasn’t actually in FIJI but in a yikky pool with a bunch of strangers.
Drum roll…
I should go to FIJI. I should simply pack up the hubby and kids and myself and GO there.

Note: I am an eternally positive and self-motivated person – but there’s always a ‘BUT’ with us mums.


So then on the drive back home – I got thinking…

What’s been stopping me?

Here’s what I figured out in my freshly defrosted head.
This is what has stopped me from booking my family and I a trip to FIJI. All in dot points for your reading pleasure:

  1. I don’t have the cash right now due to that awful money-sapping life-sucking renovation I’m in
  2. I’m not putting it on a credit card. I don’t believe in credit cards – Haven’t had one since 2008 and never will (Note: See below for a note on that)
  3. I’ve got so many other things I need to spend the $3000 or so on right now – Dentist visits, a new fridge (mine died), a new phone (that’s dying), car registration (received in the mail – not fun to pay) and the list goes on (Yep – that’s about $3k)
  4. Every time we go on holiday is to visit family (mine in NZ) as that’s usually a priority and the only break we can afford and will fork out for

I like to think of the following as more like ‘not yet a millionaire.’
Kinda softens the blow…


Then – as I’m rummaging around in my handbag for the keys to get back into my grimy dusty house I’m pondering:

Why are my friends not going on holiday either?

And here’s a list of just some of them:

  1. In the middle of a divorce – busy clutching to money, the kids and life
  2. Building a townhouse in their backyard and working two jobs
  3. Driving a 3-hour round trip to work and just trying to get through traffic
  4. Working full-time and part-time just to pay the bills
  5. Running businesses and putting all their money and time into start-up ventures
  6. So busy with little kids the day is a blur (is hard to think a straight thought)

On behalf of them, I say:

Stuff this…

Kids need a holiday too

From their parents!

My one friend who can afford a holiday is sitting on a $400k inheritance, but is a homebody and hates to leave the house.
Go figure – I guess we always want what we can’t have…


So now I’m making coffee (and behind in my day because I took some ‘me-time’ in a spa pool) and I’m thinking this:

So how have we all funded any of the holidays we’ve been on?

Here are two historical examples:

  • My family: A trip in December last year to my brother’s wedding in NZ that took us three months to financially recover from – after we got home (We spent savings we needed for the New Year. (Great wedding – sad wallet)
  • One of my friends: A trip to the U.S on the credit card, then consolidated into the mortgage that they’re still paying off with huge interest

So now I’m at my desk drinking coffee and I’m researching this stuff…

Travelling on a credit card

Here’s something to ponder:
If you are a credit card lover here are some facts about travel you might want to know:

  • Nearly 60%* of Australians don’t pay their credit card in full each month
  • Many pay anywhere from 13.5 to 20.5% + interest on their trips
  • 20% gets wiped out any perceived ‘special deal’
  • A $5000 trip becomes $6000
  • Many people are encouraged to ‘consolidate’ their credit card debt into their mortgages
  • Many holiday-goers end up spending more than the original ticket price and pay their trip off for a much longer period compounding the problem

This begs the question:

What’s it all for – this treadmill of work and no fun?

  1. Surely there’s an answer to this.
  2. Surely I can turn my FIJI dream (I’ve had this dream a long time) into reality.

Here are a few reasons why I need to get to FIJI

  • Because life is for living
  • Tired people need a rest
  • Everyone needs to recharge
  • Life is short
  • The kids need a break – renovations are hard on them
  • I work like a dog and I’m tired
  • I need me, me, me time and more me time
  • Family time
  • I want to lie on a real beach NOT in a spa pool dreaming of one
  • I like the idea of a family friendly holiday
  • I need to go somewhere there’s a kids club

I like people who can turn my dreams into reality

My mother said to me once:
“We always get what we want.”
I love this expression and I find this is true over time. Eventually I believe you can make anything happen.
So another drum roll…
I was absolutely, overwhelmingly chuffed to discover this fantastic concept, idea and website where I can do this:

LAYBY MY HOLIDAY – YEY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously – I felt as happy as these people:

I wasn’t even aware this was possible and in fact, I discovered it’s a brand new new concept in Australia.
In brief – I can Layby my next holiday for as little as $2.14 per person!!!

Yippeee – we’re off to FIJI!!!!!

Here’s the visual of me in FIJI in 12 months time (my kids are at kids club and hubby is out on a boat).

Here’s how this works at Layaway Travel and it’s so simple:

  1. Choose your destination – View the packages or design your own. Travel alone or take a group. It’s up to you.
  2. Select your options – Extra days or extra people? Choose your layby payment period from 3 to 24 months.
  3. Start your payment plan – Daily, weekly or monthly layby schedule. You choose. You focus on the fun stuff.
  4. Time to get packing! They send your tickets and documents and you get on your way.

Important discount for Savings Room subscribers

I was so excited about this site that I got in touch with Layaway Travel and asked them for a discount for my subscribers. So if you submit this code: Savings100Room when booking with them you’ll receive $100 off your booking or credit to go towards a meal, Champagne, facial, jet ski hire or whatever you like. 


Here are the current destinations they have on offer:

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Stay tuned for my next exciting post where I’ll be:

  1. Reviewing best time to go to FIJI (I’m thinking August 2017)
  2. What options we’ll be selecting

I’ll also be posting more about our impending trip on social media – so stay tuned for that too.

We’re all so excited!!!!

Goodbye Melbourne arctic weather – hello sunshine!!!!!

Until then – no more spa pools for me. I’m putting that $7 towards my trip!
Follow my trip on Facebook and Twitter.

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I’m freezing

Winter weather, especially in Melbourne, is a test. Us mums have been battling the fierce winds of the school run with brellies, hats and puffer jackets on. I’ve been standing at the preppie line shivering with the rest of them. I’ve been giving my daughter extra hugs for warmth and popping my hand out of its pocket into a shivering goodbye semi-wave.
Female hands holding knitted winter mug close up. Woman hands in white and blue mittens holding a cozy knitted cup with hot cocoa, tea or coffee. Winter and Christmas time concept.
I do confess I’ve been using other mums as human windshields in the schoolyard. We chatter on about the price of heating and electricity (always too high), what’s for dinner (can’t be stuffed) and who’s doing what in the school performance (and where is it and when?). We’re chuffed any of us even made it to school in this arctic cold. Trees have actually fallen in the winds this year. Most days, I walk away from that scene feeling like my ears will snap off and craving coffee. Job done.
She did look so damn cute in that line, and I’m so glad I’ll at least remember it 🙂

Domestic not-bliss

Now I am a typical time-poor working mum. In my case, you can put that idea on steroids. I’m in the fourth year of a mammoth home renovation, which hubby and I are now calling ‘a development.’ This week is ‘bathroom and build three walls week.” In between I work on several businesses in the dust and grime that is my nearly done half house. I do it all while ‘on a budget’ scrimping and saving on just about everything along the way.