A few things to prepare before you go
I would advise that you work closely with family travel agencies on this if it is your first time as you prepare before you go overseas. For me, luxury travel experts have always made my planning process less stressful as they have a wealth of knowledge regarding single parent travel, a category in which I fall.
Also, a great idea is to have a spare photograph of each of you available.
Don’t book until your home is old (if you are planning this), or nearly ready to go, as if it is dated, you waste travel time, and may have to re-apply.
International Drivers Licence (IDL)
Emergency Roadside Membership
Change addresses, and supply a forwarding mail address. You will need to suspend your Emergency Roadside Assistance membership once you have your International Drivers Licence, and are ready to leave or have sold your vehicle.
This can be done for the entire period you are away, and just resume on your return.
Change addresses, and supply a forwarding mail address. Make sure this card does not expire while you are away. Our card was damaged, so we had to get a new one anyway, and found this as a perfect way to get the date extended by 5 years. How convenient!
If you do not have a current address when you return, and proof you live in Australia, you can’t just get another card. This is true, as it happened to someone I know. They are Australian, and had moved overseas for a while, and came back just last month, and tried to get their Medicare card again, and alas, they couldn’t.
If you are out of the country and it is going to expire, ask a family member or friend to get a form. If need be they can send to you to sign. You will need an Aussie address to register though.
Australian Drivers Licence
If you fail to advise Centrelink of your departure, Immigration will do so, and you will be caught, and have to pay it back. All outstanding loans and arrears should be settled before you leave Australia where possible.
Advise you banks of the countries you are going to since credit cards may be frozen or canceled.
Open a safety deposit box, and tuck away your valuables – don’t bring them along – valuables including jewelry, are just one more thing to add to your stress, and that is what we are all trying to leave behind.
Travel Card – Commonwealth Bank have a travel card, you top up as you travel, and can use safely at any ATM. Please refer to their website for further details.
To check points, costs and other credit card benefits – you may find this link helpful:
Travel Documents as a Single Parent
- Or a copy of your current Restraining Order Document.
- Or child’s other parent’s Death Certificate if deceased.
Paypal, Amazon, eBay & other online selling and buying
You may also find interesting items to sell overseas.
Airlines and flights: Qantas and any airline Frequent Flyers etc
Want to join for free?
Head to Woolworth’s Supermarket – join their in-house card Everyday Rewards. Not only will you get cheap petrol, but you will also automatically get Free Qantas Frequent Flyer membership.
- Change addresses, and supply a forwarding mail address.
- Transfer points
- Use any existing points on flights – they expire if not used within a timeframe
- Register children for their own Frequent Flyer number
Organize Travel Insurance
Commonwealth Bank has a great MasterCard/Amex 2-in-1 card where you don’t only get 2 or 3 points per $ but also get free travel insurance when you use the card to book return flights. I believe that this is only for return flights; so read carefully.
If you see them handing out meals and you have not received yours, attend to it ‘quick-sticks’, as they can have a shortage. One flight ran out of regular meals and I was stuck with crackers. And my child survived on crackers throughout the journey!
Questions and Comments
- Does the thought of traveling overseas stress you?
- What travel arrangements do you make with your travel agents?
- What are the few necessary items you carry along?
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