When to book flights???????when to ship???
I am thinking our visas wont land back until perhaps jan time..and this is optomistic..we will then be looking to fly ASAP. Have you tended to book flights before your visa arrives and take a risk or would you advise to hang on and wait. I know if you leave your flights last minute the price soars as the cheap seats are the 1st to go????
I have a Similar kind of question with regards to shipping..it takes about 6-8 weeks to ship all our wordly goods over but if we ship them as we leave then we are obviously going to be without for a jolly long time... not sure how to tackle this one and could do with some friendly advice....over to you guys;)
Thanks Louise and Craig
Hi Russell, all i can add is that ive seen a few people who have had to cancel flights because things wern't in place mostly not sold the house , not sure if this affects you ? but with the supposed delays you never know .
We want to get out of here ASAP same as you but you never know what might crop up and having to cancel flights would be a right pain in the ass. Cheers Graham
Swings and roundabouts. Whether you send everything early or wait 'til you go you will be without them for the same amount of time. ;)
Originally Posted by russell 12
hi ya all
i will send my stuff from my house before i go and just hope it gets thereafter i arrive, as for flights i know the cheap seat will go first and i wont go economy anymore as i found the last time i went i was stuck at the back of the plane so i have decided i will go first class sod the exspence i will be going with singapore airlines again...:o
We booked our flights online with Singapore (you can then chose where you sit on their seating planner and book your seats) the morning we got our visa granted. Booked the shippers the same time and had our stuff collected just before leaving.
By the time we had a stopover and found a rental we were only without stuff for about 4 weeks but muddled through - all part of the fun We found we still had to buy extra furniture as houses here are bigger so had something to make do til ours arrived.
If you don't have a house to sell or anything to hold you up guess there is nothing stopping you booking the flighs now as long as you are sure you will have your visa in time :v_SPIN:
i Craig and Louise
Just really echo what everyone elses says really. Be very careful about booking flights before your visa arrives, because you never know what might happen.
We regard to shipping your stuff, you actually have to be in Oz so that your container can clear customs, so you can't send your stuff so that it arrives the same time as you (also it may take up to eight weeks to get here), so there will be a delay of the container arriving and you will have to be already here. But you can beg, borrow still stuff on arrival anyway.
We brought airbeds because we knew we would be replacing all our camping stuff anyway and slept on those and did the kitchen out with plastic plates etc. It is all part of the fun like Lisa says ....
Good luck with it all
This is an on going debate in our house to! However as we are still a little iffy about the med's (meg's eye) we have decided to wait untill we have the visa in place and then set dates. As much as we would like to go as soon as we get the visa we figure we have got the 12 months from meds to get theire and a few weeks delay at this end whilst frustrating may be better in the long run. As for furniture margan is going on his own for 4-6 weeks with me and the kids folowing lator so if we send it just after hes gone me and the kid's should only be without for a couple of weeks.:v_SPIN:. As for Morgan hehehehe;)
We waited till we had our visas to book stuff, but then we weren't planning on rushing off as soon as they came through(got them back in April, not leaving till end of the month).
As for shipping we sent our stuff 6 weeks before our departure with the thought that we can borrow stuff easily from friends & rellies over here, and a massive shopping spree is planned for our arrival in Adelaide. We have kept back enough stuff to camp out so to speak at the new house till we can get sorted properly.
PSS told me they can't send our container until we have the visa but you will be without your stuff for the same number of weeks whichever way it is done.
I think we can probably cope better without in OZ if we rent fully furnished for a few weeks.