Daily Archives: 1 May, 2008

Oodles.com – Australian car rental comparison engine

TrabantOodles.com is a comparison site for car rentals in Australia and New Zealand which will search for prices from Hertz, Budget, EuropCar, Avis and Thrifty. My only criticisms are that I had some difficulty getting results the more complex searches for one-way rentals and it’s unfortunately not possible to search for cars from several suburbs simultaneously or locations in an area of the city. Still a very worth while tool.


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Qantas Aussie Getaway Sale

Qantas KoalaQantas domestic sale on now until midnight (AEST) Monday 5 May 2008. Price includes a minimum 1,000 Frequent Flyer points.

These great deals are available for travel between:

  • 20 May and 26 June,
  • 23 July and 17 September, and
  • 15 October and 10 December 2008.
Sydney to One-way from
Canberra $85
Brisbane $95
Gold Coast $95
Melbourne $99
Adelaide $120
Hobart $125
Cairns $169
Alice Springs $198
Ayers Rock (Uluru) $198
Perth $209
Canberra to One-way from
Sydney $85
Melbourne $95
Adelaide $105
Brisbane $115
Melbourne to One-way from
Adelaide $75
Canberra $95
Sydney $99
Hobart $99
Brisbane $119
Alice Springs $179
Ayers Rock (Uluru) $185
Perth $198
Brisbane to One-way from
Sydney $95
Canberra $115
Melbourne $119
Cairns $129
Adelaide $135
Alice Springs $209
Perth $299
Cairns to One-way from
Brisbane $129
Sydney $169
Alice Springs $229
Gold Coast to One-way from
Sydney $95

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The Universal Packing List

SuitcasesLike a battered suitcase emerging from the darkness of Heatrow’s Terminal 5 the Universal Packing List seems to have returned from hell of 404. A long time favorite of mine, the site produces a customised packing based on criteria such as trip length, style, conditions, activities you intend to undertake, bag size and it its latest incarnation destination.

The script spits out some genarl before-you-go tips and a list of luaggage stuffing items based on your criteria. Specialising in useful (but space-taking and weight-adding) travel knick naks like nylon cord, a rubber door wedge for securing hostel/hotel doors (a good tip in itself) and even two-way radios the site (particularly if you choose the “I’m taking a sherpa” option) will leave you youinundated with potentially useful items you’re sure you cannot now travel without!

If you share my preference for travelling only with carry on luggage the ‘exteremly small’ size bag is a good list to start with, although it is still ripe for trimming (e.g. buying toiletries, clothes, especially t-shirts, on the road).

Got any great packing tips? Share ’em in the comments!

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[Image via Bryan Ledgard on Flickr]