ive been busy jotting down notes on all your replies inbetween laughing at your story stu! that would be us! thanks for the info re the credit card fiona - i wouldnt have thought of that either.

feel quite happy now instead of nervous. its gonna be a big adventure. thanks everyone. let you know how it went after the trip.

ps do they have hairdryers and ghds (joking)at the airport? do i have to take mine in my bag with an adaptor - cant land in oz with a messy head!! hubby will be shaking his head at this point if he reads this.

a very grateful jeannie x