As Autumn looms and the leaves start to fall, on the other side of the world Spring has been sprung and Summer is on its way. I’m off to Sydney to catch up with some friends and catch some sun before winter sets in.
A long haul needs some planning, and the right size bag is essential on board. The Voyager Rucksack is perfect, easy to carry and slips comfortably on my back for the walk to the gate and wandering around the duty free. It’s then ideal for everyday use whilst away. Having forgotten my sunglasses (I know, what else would be an essential when going to Australia!) the Sunglass Hut has a pair of Ray Bans with my name on that will be perfect for Bondi Beach. It’s going to be a long way to breakfast but I’m looking forward to it.
My essential on board kit:
- A great book
- An easy read magazine
- Toothbrush (and toothpaste of course)
- Hand sanitiser gel
- Top tip - Diflam throat spray (use it before boarding to keep off the germs and deal with the dry air)
- Bottle of water – plenty of fluids required (buy after security of course!)
- Small packet of face wipes
- A pen (take two - when it comes to filling in those immigration forms everyone will be looking for one!)
- Food – there’s always plenty on board but a few simple favorites
- Passport - it's on every list since I forgot to take it to the airport on one occasion. I now use a leather Passport Wallet to keep passport and tickets all together after that experience.
With everything organised into the three zipped compartments I’m ready for the 27 hour voyage. There’s still plenty of spare room for some top-up shopping, some fresh food and water for the flight, and a large bottle of essential sun block.
This time I’m flying all the way with Qantas from London Heathrow via Dubai to Sydney Kingsford Smith. A great airline with great on board service, delivered with the friendly relaxed style you’d expect from the Aussies.
With the weather in Sydney steady in the upper 20’s I’m not packing much, who needs a jumper in Sydney after all, and I can get everything I need in a leather holdall, but to make light work of things I use the wheeled version with pop-up handle, shoulder strap and carry handles it’s multi purpose and my trusted bag of choice. Standing at check in I wonder just what people manage to find to fill 3 or 4 massive suitcases, everyone looks like their emigrating.
27 hours later and I’m in Sydney and heading straight for my favorite breakfast spot, Ripples at Milsons Point, with fabulous views of the Harbour Bridge and a breeze off the water it’s a great place to soak up the dramatic picture of Sydney (even through bleary red eyes).
Sydney is a great place to just be in, a place to wander and experience without trying too hard, experience it the Aussie way, chilled!
Top things to do:
Swim the pool – early mornings at Sydney Olympic pool.
Walk the Bridge – I never get board of the view from the bridge and the juice bar I’m going to find on the other side
Coffee – Aussies love their coffee, I’m amazed they’re so chilled out
Catch the Ferry – Sydney Harbour to Manly. You don’t need the sight seeing trips, just catch the ferry with the locals and head to Manly.
Go to Manly – however you get there spend some time in Manly, a super cool place which is even more chilled out than Sydney. Watch out for the penguins!
Check out the Library – wherever I travel I try and check out the library and the train station; often the grandest buildings in a city.
Night time – one of the best places is around the Opera House although there’s no shortage of night life in Sydney
Time on the beach – it wouldn’t be Australia without the beach and there’s plenty to choose from, my favorite is Manly. Pack an esky and plenty of sun block.
It’s easy to fill as much time as you have in and around Sydney with no effort at all, and I guess that’s what I like (as well as the sunshine and beaches!), so take your leather backpack and:
Explore. Dream. Discover
Abner - Voyager Leather