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  1. My wife and I are planning a trip back to the UK later this year with our recently born son, who will be 5 months old when we travel. We're both Aussie PR, and he is dual UK/Australian (with both passports). Our current plan is to fly Vietnam Airlines premium economy, in a bulkhead row with bassinet, with a few hours hotel layover in Vietnam each way for a bit of relaxation and recuperation. We've flown a similar itinerary with Vietnam Airlines before, albeit when it was just the two of us! At the moment our son is exclusively breast fed, but we may have added a few formula feeds to his daily routine by the time we travel. To date he's been a pretty good sleeper. The longest journey we've taken him on so far was a night away in the Blue Mountains (we're in Sydney) which was a lot harder than we expected. I'm really interested to hear anyone else's stories of traveling back to the UK with young babies, along with any recommendations or cautions you might have from your experiences!
  2. SharonCheryl

    Flying my dog from Perth to London

    Hi All, Help! We have a gorgeous 10 year old Bichon Frise dog that we need to fly from Perth to London. Which is the best airline, route, shipping company for him. I am so nervous about his trip that I am frozen and can’t make the decision.
  3. missmouse

    Pet Services from Perth to London?

    Hi everyone. I'm current;y getting quotes to take my cat from Perth to London in Feb next year. I've received prices from JetPets and also the Pet Travel Specialists - I've heard of JetPets and can find out info and reviews for them, but I can't seem to find anything for the Pet Travel Specialists, who are based in Willeton in Perth. Their quote has come in a little cheaper than JetPets, and they also come out to your home to do the rabies vaccination, which I quite like. Apparently both recommended Thai Airways as their preferred choice for my cat's route, but as of next year, Thai Air will only be doing one flight out of Perth, so they are a no go. And Emirates / Qantas charge and extra $300 on top of the $2500 already quotes to hold my cat in Dubai for six hours transit, as that is their policy there. Singapore Air and Malaysian Air don't charge, but I'm not sure how good they are for transporting pets... So may worries and questions!
  4. missmouse

    Flying cat back to the UK

    Hey. Has anyone flown their cat or pet back to the UK from Australia, specifically Perth, and if so, did you use a pet service or organise it yourself? I feel awful for my cat (she's three), but the alternative is to re-home her to a stranger, and Perth is overrun with cats needing homes. I hope she will just curl up and sleep... the good thing is there is no quarantine needed in the UK. I'd love to hear some positive stories of people flying with their pets and everything being fine.
  5. Hiya, just hoping for a bit of advice. We're currently in the process of applying for a Spouse Visa for my OH and estimate it will be processed mid Oct to mid Nov. I am also pregnant and this wait for the visa means that I will probably have to give birth here in December (as we would need to put notice in at work, arrange shipping etc.), then travel over when the baby is about three months old. Has anyone flown with a baby this young? I know they are all different but I'm hoping that he/she will sleep through, leaving both myself and my OH free to handle the temper tantrums of our toddler! Has anyone had any experience of this? (I won't even go into the migraine I get when I think about looking for a rental/jobs/sorting out all the red tape with two young ones...) Any advice very welcome!!
  6. Hi, I will be flying to Oz with Singapore Airlines at the end of July and I've just started looking for the checked luggage... and I'm a bit worried. Everybody keeps talking about the baggage weight, which is obvious enough (apart from the 20-23-32-40kg limits). But after checking on Singapore and then on a few different airlines it seems that they also impose some restrictions on the size of checked baggage. What's more, it seems that if I later wanted to use the same suitcase for flying internally within Australia the size limits for checked luggage are smaller. Here's an example of what I have found: Singapore - max standard IATA bag: 90 x 72 x 45cm British Airways: 90cm x 75cm x 43cm (35.5in x 29.5in x 16 in), including the handle, pockets and wheels.Virgin: Up to 90 x 75 x 43cm / 35.5 x 29.5 x 16ins Quantas domestic: Total dimensions of each piece must not exceed 140cm (54in). Quantas international: no 1 piece exceeding 158cm (62in) Virgin Australia domestic: exceed a total linear dimension (length + width + height) of 140cm Virgin Australia international: Total linear dimension (length + width + height) must not exceed 158cm (62in) per piece Cathay: a bag of 158cm (62in) in size: Does any of you remember if any airline has ever checked the SIZE of the checked luggage? Either on international or domestic Oz flights? I'm just not sure if I can buy the biggest bag that I can carry or if I have to limit myself a bit:-) Thank you!
  7. Hi Me and my partner are making the big move soon and are about to book our flights. We have an 18month old toddler and was wondering if anyone could advise on the best way to plan our flight. We are going to have 1 stop, should we pick a flight that has a short 1 hour stop or a flight that maybe has an 8 hour stop. We don't know if after 20 hours of flying we will just want to get there ASAP or if the stop will do us all good. any advice will be greatly appreciated.
  8. well its official !!,we have been picked to do the pilot episode for a new BBC show,called 'Wanted Down Under'.Fly from Heathrow to Brisbane on wednesday for a couple of weeks filming all courtesy of the BBC,I cant thank them enough as what an insight this should give us into the life we want to lead ,should hopefully be called for our medicals on our return so i guess its one way of passing time.Will let you all know how we get on when we return ,if anyone has any tips on keeping my 2 and 7 year olds occupied for the journey i would be most grateful cal x
  9. Just seeing if anyone is flying out to Perth 3rd Jan from manchester.... might feel better if someone else on the flight is making the big move. xx:biggrin:
  10. emmyb123

    Flying with kids.

    Hi, I was wondering if anyone could offer me a bit of advice. We are due to move to Victoria next may but my children have never flown before, they are 15, 11 & 7. Is there anything I could do to make it a little easier on them. I know it's not ideal their first time on a plane being such a long flight. I have only ever flown once before myself so I have to admit I'm not that confident with flying. Thankyou in advance :biggrin:
  11. I didn't know the extent of the 'pest menace' in Australia until I read Janine the Party Queen's recent posts. So please please please use this thread to share tips and tricks to deal with these kinda things both preemptively and after the fact...
  12. Guest

    Teacher flying solo...

    Hey everyone, I currently link in the UK and I've just recently decided to emigrate to Australia for a new start in the next 18 months or so. I'm a secondary school teacher in my second year. So far, I've only taken the Online Skilled Visa Assessment which I passed and I'm now starting to think this is something I could really do! I'll be going on my own, which doesn't worry me, but I do want to make sure I plan and prepare as much as possible to make the transition as smooth as possible. Not too sure on the best place for a single young female to relocate to so I'll need to start doing my research. I was planning on emailing various states in Australia to see what was available and then I guess taking my application from there. I'd greatly appreciate some advice about where to settle and how to start the ball rolling. Also, it'd be great to hear from anyone else who has taken the plunge on their own! What was it like? How is it going now? Thanks Ashes
  13. We have flights booked from Manchester with Singapore Airlines and just wondered if there were any PIO members on the same flight? We fly out on Fri 13th Jan :eek: in the morning with the Newlands :wub::biggrin: Mandi x
  14. OK without a doubt one of the best threads on here this year was the May gangs one. As most of us now have our visa when are you making the big step and flying out and where you settling ? I will start the ball rolling we are leaving on 28th November this year and heading to Rockingham initially. Counting down the days!
  15. oldgit

    Flying fox/Zip Wire ride

    Hi, Do any of you Guys Know anywhere in the Brisbane/Brown Plains area that I can get hold of a Flying Fox/Zip Wire ride? I'm looking for one around 40m long and that will take the weight of a normal size adult. I've looked on ebay but I would rather go into a shop and see what I'm buying. Cheers The oldgit
  16. What do you do about it?? Please jump to page 3 for any useful contributions anyone may have - no joke.
  17. cornish78

    Anyone else flying next week...?

    Well the time has finally come...we're flying next Tuesday evening from Heathrow. Virgin flight to Sydney :biggrin: Spending a week there before then flying down to Melbourne to settle. Both of us now have jobs (YAY!) and start work on the 24th, so hoping we can find somewhere to live in that time...:mad: Big party tomorrow night, let the emotional goodbyes begin... Good luck to anyone else who is making the move soon Maddie x
  18. Guest

    Flying with a toddler

    We are due to emigrate from the UK in January and are wondering how we will survive the flight with a 2 year old, very active boy! We are flying heathrow to singapore then onto adelaide. Just wondering if anyone has had this experience and how it was? Only part of emigrating that we are not looking forward to!!!
  19. Guest

    Flying to Perth tonight - OMG!!

    I can't believe today is finally here and we are flying to our new life down under this evening. I really cannot describe how I am feeling at the moment but Im hoping the excitement kicks in when we are on the plane. Good luck to all those awaiting their visas you time will come Gillian xx:hug:
  20. Anyone flown with Emirates? WE're going to Perth via Dubai with them and wondering if anyone can tell me how they got on with them?!!! Company bought the tickets so I think they are the cheapest option. Any input appreciated! :biggrin:
  21. Hi, just wondering if anyone has managed to secure a residential let (unfurnished, not a holiday let) before leaving the uk? Flying out on 14th September to Perth and staying with my brother for the first week or so. Not sure if I'll manage to sort out a rental in such a short space of time so wanted to know if it was possible to arrange one before leaving. Checked a few of the real estate sites and found several suitable properties but they all require a viewing of the property before you can apply. Any help / thoughts will be much appreciated.
  22. Hi, Just wondered if anyone is flying to Melbourne tmw eve with Singapore? X
  23. There has been an uproar up in Queensland at the minute with 9 horses either killed or being PTS'd with the deadly Hendra virus. Now I am sorry but the public seem to think that by culling all the flying foxes (especially those who call Cairns central home) it is going to protect them. Although Hendra is a zoonotic disease it usually needs a host for us to become infected, ie bat to horse then horse to human. It is no where near as serious as Lyssavirus which is a strain of rabies which can come from being bitten or scratched by a bat. Now as far as I know there have still only been two deaths caused by Lyssavirus one was a carer in NSW in 96 and the other was a lady in Mackay in 98. I really think that the public needs educating rather than saying we must kill everything. You have more chance of being struck by lightening than you do of getting either virus, especially if you don't come in to contact with horses and bats. Ok, sorry I will get off my high horse now. Kate
  24. oidara

    Flying with kids

    We are planning a 6-month trip to Oz next March to have a look around before deciding any further about emigrating. By the time of departure, we will have 3 kids: age 4, age 2 and age 4 months. We're wondering how on earth we're going to manage the flight! We're planning to stop in Singapore both ways and are wondering if it's best to opt for a night flight or a daytime flight. We thought night at first in the hope that the kids might sleep so wouldn't be so bored. But now we're worried about what will happen if they don't and they are making a noise in the night and making our fellow passengers angry! We have done a couple of overnight driving trips in the past few months and the eldest hardly slept a wink as she couldn't get comfortable enough in her car seat. In daytime flights, do they also instigate a "sleep time" where we'd have just the same problem? Any other tips for flying with 3 little ones?
  25. waynecaz

    flying 15th of sept

    HI all just wondering if anyone else is flying to adelaide ( via singapore) on the 15th of sept from manchester ???? x