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Theredfez
Post subject: Ashes Virgin
PostPosted: 02:02 on 26th Dec 2012

Joined: 01:56 on 26th Dec 2012
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Hi guys,

First time post, so be gentle please!

Looking at making it over for the Ashes next Xmas, probably the Melbourne Test. Currently work in a school so tied in to work til 20th December which doesn't leave me a lot of time to acclimatise and adjust the body clock.
Just wondered if anyone had any hints etc of how I go about it all. I have family and a friend in Melbourne where I can stay for a while, but in terms of Visa's, Booking flights etc I'm pretty sketchy as to when to do what!
I've budgeted for a grand on the flights, the rest is open ended. Like I said I have places to stay for a few days but as I'm travelling alone, I do fancy the idea of staying in a hostel and meet a few like minded people about.
Really keen on not spending Christmas in England in the rain again!
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Ashes Virgin
PostPosted: 10:40 on 26th Dec 2012

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
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Theredfez Wrote:
Hi guys,

First time post, so be gentle please!

Looking at making it over for the Ashes next Xmas, probably the Melbourne Test. Currently work in a school so tied in to work til 20th December which doesn't leave me a lot of time to acclimatise and adjust the body clock.
Just wondered if anyone had any hints etc of how I go about it all. I have family and a friend in Melbourne where I can stay for a while, but in terms of Visa's, Booking flights etc I'm pretty sketchy as to when to do what!
I've budgeted for a grand on the flights, the rest is open ended. Like I said I have places to stay for a few days but as I'm travelling alone, I do fancy the idea of staying in a hostel and meet a few like minded people about.
Really keen on not spending Christmas in England in the rain again!


Re. visas, all you'll need to do for a trip of that length is apply for one of these:

http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/tourist/evisitor/

Because of when you're flying, a grand for the flight might be a bit optimistic. You'll be flying at what is always the busiest time, and to the usual demand airlines get over that time of year, you can add the thousands travelling over to and from the Melbourne and Sydney Tests. Those two Tests are always the most popular with England fans. Flights usually go on sale around 11 months in advance, and for travel at the time you're planning to go, early booking is recommended. Those flying out in November may get a better deal by waiting for a bargain to appear, although it must be stressed that last time out this didn't happen to the same extent as on previous Ashes tours. The best deals tend to come to those who are flexible with dates (a position not everyone's in of course), and are not fussed who they fly with.

It's normally cheapest to buy flights through an agent rather than direct from airlines, although there are sometimes exceptions, so check the airline's own site before booking. There are lots of places to find cheap flights. www.skyscanner.net , www.travelsupermarket.com , and www.kayak.co.uk are examples of price comparison sites. Examples of reputable on-line agents are www.ebookers.co.uk, www.lastminute.com , www.southalltravel.co.uk , www.travelpack.com and www.austravel.com . If you book through an agent you've never heard of, make sure they're Atol bonded. If they are, it will say so on their website or any advertising blurb, and there will be a number that can be checked on Atol's own website for authenticity. Shop around, but because of when you're flying, don't expect miracles. Some sites offer a facility for booking multi-city itineraries, and "open jaw" returns, i.e. flying into one city and out of another, which can be useful. Doing that does tend to restrict your choice of airline though.

Re. accommodation, you should book that well ahead too, at least for the time the cricket's on, plus for New Year celebrations in Sydney if you plan to be there for that. You can do that now, in fact. For in between matches, you can leave that part of your itinerary blank until you've decided what you fancy doing. Hostels can be booked through www.hostelworld.com and www.hostelbookers.com for a 5% deposit. Take time to read reviews, because standards range from good to very, very bad! Hostels are a good way of meeting other cricket fans, and travellers generally.

Good luck!
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