Last edited by jimmyskinner; 23-12-2011 at 09:28 PM.
Jayne - Mental Health Nurse
Jim - Joiner
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Teresa congrats on the booked flights!! We fly on 8th Jan with Singapore, sorry but just wondered about the online check in- how long before flights can we do it and also do we need to be at airport 2 or 3 hours before flight?
Teresa I think the airport issue for you is really hard- I suppose alot comes down to how long is the journey to airport? Does your son wana go with his dad? If you live nearish and my son wanted to travel with his dad (as long as I completely trusted him to bring him to airport!!) I would let him drive him but give yourselves extra time to get there and for them to say bye- and try to stick with each other as much as poss! Goodluck with it all and see you on the other side :) xx
I would have much preferred to say our goodbyes before leaving for the airport - but both sets of parents wanted to come to the airport and wave us off. I felt that we owed them that and I let them do so. It was sad for our kids and there were tears ( they were 7 & 10)...but as soon as we got on the plane it was fine and the excitement of our new life took over.
Its emotional whatever you do and its something that will always stay with you..... If it was me - Id let him go to the airport.
Chris, Sarah, Molly & Phoebe - Arrived in Adelaide 21st August 2007, Living in Moana
We come over on 5 March and we are saying good bye before we leave home, its a very hard thing to do! good luck with your move, all the best in the new year.
OMG im crying now just thinking about it and we havent even got our visa yet!!! How old are your kids? Our youngest was 18 months when we visited and we didnt take a pushchair as we thought it was something else to have control over....but lets just say....we took one on our return journey! I took plenty of snacks but my eldest didn't eat anything...the whole time...needless to say as we were landing in Sydney...she was vomiting....so try and get them to snack on something even if they dont feel like their meal...just make sure you leave it and dont end up taking it through quarentine. Lots for the kids to watch and play...although we went with Etihad...would think they would be similar.
Enjoy and hope you enjoy your new adventure!!!
Qantas are fine, don't worry overly. They are usually good with people with kids and if you've younger ones they board you in the first wave so you can get sorted and kids in seats before the masses are boarded.
All meals, snacks and drinks are free. Being on a night flight you'll eat a main meal about an hour or so after take off. Drinks and so on will also be served then. Then they clear away and usually within an hour or two the cabin lights are dimmed and people start snoozing or watching TV for the night. You get a small blanket each but make sure you have some PJ's for your youngest as I do think younger kids and babies sleep better in night clothes. And pack a sweater for them to wear also in case they are chilly in the night. Then its about 8 hours or so of lights down, quiet and before you know it they are coming round with a cooked breakfast and you are a few hours out of Singapore (or wherever else you are flying via). During this time you can nip back and go ask for a drink/snack or just ring the buzzer and one of them will come to you.
Its great fun for the kids (well the ones I've flown with like it) to take them down into the galley area and let them look out the window back there so they can see out the window, especially when flying over Aus and the outback. We got stuck in the middle isle last time so no view so we spent a of time peering out the back windows and my son was keeping the cabin crew amused.
It'll be good. Qantas are a good airline and tbh, economy with any airline long haul flight isn't the most comfortable experience but I've usually found Qantas to be decent. I had one grotty flight with them but that was more because of passengers doing things like puking in the isle outside the loo and then the loo going out of order only a few hours into the first leg. That was a joyous flight :|
Thanks Guys for your replies and support!
Stevo your play area advice for the littlies will be be well used I think they'll need a run about by the time we get to Changi.
Russell and Lyn it won't be long for you now i'm sure. Do you have to sell? We did, needed the capital! but it only took 12 weeks to get a buyer. Hows the market at the moment in Dorset?
The Beacons - not long now how does it feel?
We have now booked accomodatation for our arrival and sorted most of the stuff in the house for the shipping Co. who are due on the 5th Jan.
Off to have a few drinkies now to celebrate our last new year in England. Next year it'll be beach partys all the way!!
Happy new year to you all weather you're already living the dream or still trying to get there.
Online check in can be done from 24 hours befor your flight. Our travel agent has said we can do it in store with them so we can print our boarding passes and the its just baggage drop to contend with.
My son is now def coming with us in the car but his dad is following us up to say goodbye.
And defo make use of the play areas at Changi. TBH the one near Hungry jacks/Burger King is more for toddlers but 5 year olds will find it ok for the slide and stuff. There was also kids TV and a couple of sofas there last time we went through. Although if you guys can find it, head for the Rainforest Lounge (its up the stairs or the lift) and it has free computers/internet that doesn't really have much in the way of people wanting to use them. Also TV there, some quiet space and sofas. You can also grab showers there for $5 Singapore or thereabouts (you can pay in ££ or Aus $$ if need be). Its easy to find and only a minute away from the play area and BurgerKing/Hungry Jacks, just head back down the stairs and across the hall is another staircase with it. You'll also find it on the map. You may find the adults appreciate a shower and a freshen up while the kids kick back.
We went to the airport on our own as none of us could of really have coped with upset of leaving close family and friends.
I t was still hard knowing once you where through the departure gates that's it.
We have now been here 4 month and not had a down point yet.
Both managed to find jobs my daughter has settled into her new school well (port noarlunga primary).
Just completed our 1st xmas a quiet one just the 3 of us but still a good one.
Lifes pretty much what you make here .
Its a new fresh start enjoy it put the effort in to do and see things and its great.