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Author: rhondajaeger

Joined: 5/4/2011
Posts: 1
Trips Taken: 5
Traveler Since: 2005

May 04, 2011

Anyone else headed out on the 4th of December, 2011?  

Author: jdellal

Joined: 4/14/2011
Posts: 5
Trips Taken: 1
Countries Visited:

Europe (UK, France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Prague, Budapest, Austria, Denmark, Sweden) China, Israel, Turkey, 38 US states, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica

Traveler Since: 2011

July 29, 2011

Rhonda,

I am going on the trip right before yours.  I'm excited. It's my first GCT tour, and I'm traveling as a single.  My main question right now is whether we really need a small daypack - I want a different type of carrryon, and I'm not sure that will all fit.

If anyone is going on the October 28 extension/trip to Australia/NZ and Fiji let me know!

Jilana

Author: pauline

Joined: 3/9/2010
Posts: 970
Trips Taken: 11
Countries Visited:

England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Malta, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, China, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Canada, Russia, Ukraine

Traveler Since: 1999

July 29, 2011

I've never been sure what a daypack really is.  The pictures I've seen look like backpacks, so what's the difference?  For years, my carry-on has been something that was a GCT gift from a long time ago.  It's an unstructured nylon type bag with several compartments.  It does have shoulder straps, so it can be used as a backpack.  But there's nothing to fasten around the waist, so it's not all that secure.  I mostly just carry it with the straps over my shoulder along with my Sportsac shoulder bag.  And I also pack a waistpack to use when I want my arms free.

The great thing about the carry-on is the fact that I can keep stuffing things in, and it just expands.  I usually have my medicines, a change of underwear and a clean tee-shirt, a rain jacket and/or sweater, my Kindle, an umbrella, lots of kleenex, etc.

Toiletries/cosmetics go on the top of my checked luggage in a compartment bag that hangs.

Author: luisa

Joined: 3/13/2010
Posts: 535
Trips Taken: 8
Countries Visited:

Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Canada, Mexico, Spain, France, Monoco, Croatia, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji

Traveler Since: 2006

July 30, 2011

You don't have to take a day pack. I took that trip and there were all kinds of carryons. I remember only one person with a backpack. What is important is the size but any bag that meets the airline requirements should work.

Author: nardothegreat

Joined: 7/30/2011
Posts: 4
Trips Taken: 2
Countries Visited:

USA, Mexico, Caribbean Islands, Switzerland, France, and Italy

Traveler Since: 2011

August 11, 2011

I will also be on the Oct. 28 trip.  Also my first GCT and first solo.

It seems there will be a variety of weather to pack for.  I imagine I will pack too much as usual.

The 50 lb limit is daunting but I have some time to whittle down.  Where are you flying from?

Author: pauline

Joined: 3/9/2010
Posts: 970
Trips Taken: 11
Countries Visited:

England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Malta, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, China, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Canada, Russia, Ukraine

Traveler Since: 1999

August 11, 2011

The first time my friend and I went to Australia and New Zealand was in late October, not on any tour.  We picked that time because we had been invited to a reception at the University of Melbourne and worked around that.  October equals March in the temperate zones of the Northern Hemisphere.  Sydney can be quite warm and Queenstown will be much cooler.  We swam in Cairns in the hotel pool, and a lot of people swam at the Reef.

If you pick a basic color for your slacks and then tops that will coordinate with them, it will be fine.  Sometimes, I choose black and that can include navy and gray.  Or medium brown to taupe.  Solid colors for the pants and then the tops can be as colorful as you want.

We managed to use laundry facilities, but we were moving pretty much at our own pace, and most of our hotels had coin-operated machines.  I always rinse out my undies on any trip.

I've never been to Fiji, but from what I've heard the clothes for there will be much lighter and won't take up much room.

And if you have a Kindle or I-Pad, you won't have to make room for books, which was always my major problem.

Author: nanaandpapa

Joined: 3/30/2011
Posts: 493
Trips Taken: 15
Countries Visited:

Aruba, Austria, Australia, Bermuda, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Egypt, England, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, St. Marten (fr), St. Martin (nd), Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Vatican, Zimbabwe

Traveler Since: 2002

August 18, 2011

We took this trip in June and July of 2010, and experienced temperatures from sub-freezing to around 100F. Even then we had no problem with the 50# limit.Layers are key, with a fleece and a windbreaker, as well as rain gear. Nylon convertible pants are invaluable on all trips, as they zip off to shorts, are generlly impervious to wind and rinse out and dry overnight.

Author: jdellal

Joined: 4/14/2011
Posts: 5
Trips Taken: 1
Countries Visited:

Europe (UK, France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Prague, Budapest, Austria, Denmark, Sweden) China, Israel, Turkey, 38 US states, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica

Traveler Since: 2011

September 07, 2011

This reply is really for nardothegreat.  I am happy to hear there is someone else on my tour (October 28) who is posting on the Community site.  I am traveling as a "single" (my husband couldn't arrange the time) so I am looking to meet people before the trip.  I am in NJ and flying through LA that morning so I have some time on the ground between flights.  I'm not sure of the ettiquette of getting information on people other than through this forum.  So far, I've been trying to read and watch movies from and about OZ.

 

Author: nardothegreat

Joined: 7/30/2011
Posts: 4
Trips Taken: 2
Countries Visited:

USA, Mexico, Caribbean Islands, Switzerland, France, and Italy

Traveler Since: 2011

September 17, 2011

I am on the Oct. 28 trip but staying over in LA the night before.  I have just been in touch with a representative who sent me the day-by-day itinerary that was lacking in my packet.   I am also reading and learning as much about the area as I can.   This is a big trip for me, the first with a tour group, the first as a solo traveler.    There are less than six weeks before we start the journey and I expect to meet friendly and congenial people who are open to sharing their thoughts about our adventures.   Looking forward to some exciting days...........

Author: jdellal

Joined: 4/14/2011
Posts: 5
Trips Taken: 1
Countries Visited:

Europe (UK, France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Prague, Budapest, Austria, Denmark, Sweden) China, Israel, Turkey, 38 US states, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica

Traveler Since: 2011

September 19, 2011

Dear Nardothegreat.

It sounds like you are doing the exact same things I am to prepare - I've been reading, watching movies from the two countries and generally studying up.  I look forward to meeting you - probably in the departure gate in LA.  I am also very excited about the trip. This is about the biggest I have been on. 

Author: porkchop55

Joined: 2/6/2011
Posts: 70
Trips Taken: 11
Countries Visited:

Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Spain, Turkey, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Tunisia, China, Peru, Canada, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, Fiji, American Samoa, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea

Traveler Since: 2004

September 20, 2011

An alternative to using a day pack for your carry on is to take a light weight backpack packed in you bag. I've have used the Rick Steves Civita Day Pack for years.   It is well made and very light weight.  It foldes up small  and was designed to be put inside you checked beg. .  You can purchase it at www.ricksteves.com  in his travel store.   I like it better than the over the sholder bags because it leaves my hands free and I don't get one sore shoulder when I use it for longer walks.

Author: ladylois123

Joined: 10/11/2011
Posts: 1
Trips Taken: 6
Traveler Since: 2004

October 10, 2011

Hi! I'm planning to take a backpack too but be careful not to put a passport, monies etc. in them as they can too easily be stolen. They are easier on shoulders & backs & that's important on long travels. Another good thing are travel bags that clothing can be deflated in especially on the way back home- saves room in the luggage which we all need! Also, I wear some old clothes & leave them as I go- makes more room too! I am planning a trip to Australia/New Zealand/Figi in Aug.(2012) Has anyone traveled then & can tell me about the weather? I hope it won't be too cold! Hope to hear from you- Thanks for all the good info! LadyLois123

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