What you need to know about chauffeur services


Ever wondered what the big deal was about chauffeured services? You might know that it’s not the same as hailing a taxi cab or catching an Uber. That’s also not to say that chauffeured services are only for special occasions, exclusively for high profile individuals (like celebrities) or high earning executives. In fact, chauffeured rides can simplify transport on a night out on the town, it’s a simpler way to go on vacation with the entire family, and you can even enjoy the ultimate road trip with your bestie. What do you need to know about chauffeur services before you make your booking?

Chauffeurs are different from driver services

Generally, a chauffeur’s primary job is to get you from point A to point in as much style and comfort as possible. As such, they are trained individuals who have well-developed soft skills and a knack for navigating difficult routes. A driver service will commute in any type of vehicle and deliver goods as well as people for a fee. They’re generally casual and make use of a fleet of vehicles. A chauffeur, on the other hand, is one highly qualified driver assigned to a high-end vehicle. A booking with a chauffeur ensures you have the driver’s undivided attention for the entire time. 

Chauffeured cars are always luxurious

Yes – we mentioned it, a chauffeured car is always a vehicle with excellent safety ratings. They have all the luxurious trims to make the trip memorable and comfortable. It also means that you step out of the vehicle in style and with an air of prestige. Wifi, airconditioning, a refrigerator, the use of electronic devices is included. Also, enjoy the use of software like Spotify for music. These are some of the considerations that make a chauffeured drive, exceptional. 

Chauffeured drives can be affordable

The sensation that chauffeured drives are elite and only for those who can afford exorbitant prices, is erroneous. This assumption leads many people to opt for the services that have a reputation for being more affordable, but it doesn’ always work out that way. If you are charged per kilometre, you may end up paying more for a cheaper service if they drop you off to go and service others, before fetching you again. A chauffeured service will provide a comprehensive quote alongside your booking with no hidden costs or unforeseen extras. 

Did you know? Chauffeur drivers can be pretty useful


Trained to meet your needs, a chauffeur driver can recommend great restaurants. They can take you to well-rated hotels, safe spaces to meet others. They’re able to find the way to complex destinations without assistance. A chauffeur isn’t a driver that will simply deliver you to your destination. A chauffeur will ensure all passengers are safely received on the other side and luggage is handled on your behalf. If there are any difficulties, a chauffeur is ready for a last-minute change of plans. 

4 Key attributes to look for in a chauffeur service

Planning a wedding? Preparing for prom? Need a reliable means of transport daily? There are many reasons to hire a professional chauffeuring service. Identifying the company that will deliver the service you’re looking for might be challenging if you’re not familiar with the industry standards. Fortunately for you, we’re sharing the inside scoop to help you identify excellent service providers and pay for the ride that doesn’t simply get you there but does it with style and ensures you’re comfortable all the way.

  1. Assess the fleet

What kind of look do you want to portray when you arrive at your destination? Do you want to turn heads? Do you want a less-is-more ride that’s focused on comfort? Are you environmentally-aware and wish to convey this? When you assess the fleet look at the vehicles that best resonate with the look you’re going for. Make sure the vehicles are in superb condition too. What kind of extras can you expect? Don’t settle for anything without airconditioning. Prestigious providers will offer beverages like mineral water, wifi, and the use of electronics like tablets. 

  1. Operational hours

Some chauffeuring service providers will find it difficult to give their full day for an event like a wedding. They may have conflicting jobs pulling them away and resulting in you being driverless for periods of time. You also want to ensure your driver is able to accommodate your needs if they are outside of the usual operational hours. This is where your reliability comes in. Reliability is key when you need to ensure you are able to commute safely and reach your destinations on time (and unfrazzled). 

  1. Safety

Roads are not the safest places. There are so many risk factors at play at the same time. Other reckless drivers, poor conditions on the road, mechanical failures, sudden changes on the road and crime. While most of these elements are largely outside of your control, a car that is well-maintained will greatly reduce the risks of an accident. Choose a chauffeuring service that uses vehicles with excellent independent safety reviews. One example of a car with excellent safety ratings is the Tesla Model S: “Of all vehicles tested, including every major make and model approved for sale in the United States, the Model S set a new record for the lowest likelihood of injury to occupants”.

  1. Consider the environmental impact

Pollution has become a major issue, resulting in more ill health and chronic breathing problems than ever before in history. A chauffeuring service that makes use of vehicles that are low in emissions, or emit no pollutants whatsoever at all, is a company that cares. It is up to consumers to support businesses that are working to improve the health of the world and stop the devastating effects of pollution. 

At Revel Drive, we believe every commute should be smooth, quiet, and comfortable. We also believe sheer luxury shouldn’t come at the cost of the environment. Tha’s why our fleet of vehicles is comprised entirely of superb-quality Tesla vehicles. Alongside our ethical business practices, our clients love our reliability and our excellent customer service.

The amazing future of car travel: 2020 and beyond

Government policy paralysis and a lack of choice from car manufacturers and dealers has lead to Australia having one of the lowest uptakes of electric vehicles in the developed world. So what do the next two decades hold for car transport and electric vehicles in Australia?

The figures speak for themselves. Australia has less than six per cent of electric vehicles per head of population – far fewer than countries like Norway and the Netherlands.

While Australia lags behind, some European countries have already mandated all new vehicles must be electric by 2030. Our lack of uptake is even more puzzling when you consider that the majority of lithium that powers these vehicles comes from mines in Western Australia.

Cars and the public’s attitudes towards them are changing. Concern about their impact on the environment, combined with rapidly evolving technology will have things looking very different by the end of the next decade.

Petrol and diesel cars… a thing of the past? 

Right now, owning a luxury electric car in Australia like a Tesla comes with a hefty price tag. This is beyond the reach of most people but as new manufacturers enter the market costs have begun to fall and EVs are becoming more mainstream.

New model types are also set to enter the market. For example, Tesla, Ford and Rivian in the US currently have electric ute/pick-up trucks in the works, which could become the next ‘must-have for tradespeople.

Tesla, Daimler and other manufacturers are planning to release electric-powered semi-trailers in the next few years. In Victoria, SEA Electric is ramping up to produce home-grown electric trucks and vans.

According to Bloomberg, it will be cheaper to buy an electric car in Australia than one powered by petrol or diesel by 2025. This will be the case as the batteries used to power them become easier to produce and less expensive.

How will electric cars change our lives?

Filling your vehicle with petrol and worrying about the price per litre may be a distant memory sooner than we imagined, with industry insiders saying this routine could be almost phased out within fifteen years.

Instead of filling up at the pump, we will need to charge our electric vehicles. Already, many car parks offer power outlets for charging, while there are specialist fast-charging stations popping up around the country.

The NRMA is installing forty fast-charging stations around NSW and the Queensland government has created what they have dubbed the ‘Electric Highway’ between the Gold Coast and Cairns.

The cost to charge will be minimal … just a few dollars for around 100 kilometres of driving. Most of us will get into the habit of charging our cars overnight at home.

For long trips, we will plan ahead and allow time for a vehicle recharge, which presently takes significantly longer than filling a tank with gas (at least half an hour). However, some industry experts are predicting charging times will dramatically reduce within the next five years.

There are already websites which show you where to charge your electric car in Australia. Click here to find one near you http://myelectriccar.com.au/charge-stations-in-australia

With far fewer moving parts, electric cars need less servicing and are cheaper to maintain than petrol and diesel cars. Dealers will need to rethink their model of selling on small margins and then slugging owners with hefty service and repair bills. The traditional mechanic with a spanner in one hand and an oily rag in the other will be replaced by over-the-air software updates and tech-savvy computer experts.

Self-driving cars

Hot on the heels of electric vehicles are those that drive themselves. Imagine being able to jump in a car and tell it where to go. You can catch up on emails, watch TV or look out the window and enjoy the ride. The technology has already arrived but it needs more work and some legislation before becoming mainstream.

Self-driving cars rely on machine learning and clever technology. They can detect nearby objects and their speed, and interpret signals such as stop signs and traffic lights. The computer in the car controls the brakes and the steering wheel, making split-second ‘decisions’ based on its surroundings. GPS satellite systems help a self-driving vehicle safely reach its destination without human intervention.

Previewing the self-driving car revolution, high-end vehicles like our Teslas already have automatic emergency braking and lane following.

Self-driving cars open the door for a completely new approach to car use. Instead of owning one, we may switch to ‘on-demand’ services, booking cars when we need them and waiting outside our houses for them to arrive. This total transport revolution isn’t imminent but many expect it to happen within our lifetime.

It is possible that the children who are born in 2019 will never have the need for a drivers licence. However, the question of when this type of vehicle will become ubiquitous will depend on legal regulations and further advances in technology.

It is difficult to imagine a world where petrol stations and even driving are things of the past but change is happening quickly. To experience the luxury of an electric car in Australia, why not take a ride in a chauffeur-driven Tesla?

Revel Drive offers these planet-friendly cars for airport transfers, weddings, tours, corporate travel and more. Book now by visiting https://reveldrive.com.au/bookings/


Looking for your next luxury getaway around Sydney? We’ve tracked down some dream
holidays within easy driving distance of the metro area.

Ready to get away from it all? Sometimes a mini-break is all you need to feel refreshed and
relaxed. We’ve researched some of the most impressive luxury getaways near Sydney where
you can enjoy five-star dining, opulent accommodation and incredible views.

Each of these locations is within driving distance of Sydney. Take a look and start planning your
next weekend away.

Whale Beach

One of Sydney’s most iconic luxury getaways, Jonah’s is an ocean retreat perched high above
Whale Beach, about an hour’s drive north of the Sydney CBD. An escape to Jonah’s offers
breathtaking coastal views and first-class customer service in a stunning location.

Known across elite circles for offering a luxurious, private and comfortable getaway, Jonah’s is a
hotspot for celebrities and couples looking to get away from it all in style.

One of the highlights of this destination is Jonah’s Restaurant, which offers contemporary
Australian cuisine created from delicious Australian and international produce. The extensive
wine list includes over 1500 premium selections.

Book at www.jonahs.com.au for your luxury getaway from Sydney, or take advantage of our
partner offer to add to your experience https://www.jonahs.com.au/revel-driving-experience/

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa
Blue Mountains

Transport yourself to a sublime experience in the middle of nowhere. Emirates One&Only
Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa offers first-class accommodation in a “canyon-sized Jurassic
Park of sun-drenched sandstone escarpments, creature comforts and sumptuous styling.”

This resort, located in the Blue Mountains, adjoins extensive World Heritage wilderness but
offers the delights of private villas, plus a world-class spa. Take advantage of the local biking
trails or relax and enjoy your private indoor swimming pool while you take in the majesty of your

Previous guests describe their Wolgan Valley luxury experience as “a dreamlike resort” and “the
most amazing break of our lives.”

For an added bonus, fly one way with Sydney HeliTours taking in spectacular views of Sydney
Harbour and transfer in the reverse direction with Revel Drive stopping at Govetts Leap
overlooking the grandeur of the Grose Valley and then the Jamison Valley and iconic Three
Sisters at Katoomba.

Find out more at https://www.oneandonlyresorts.com/one-and-only-wolgan-valley-australia

Spicers Sangoma Retreat
Bowen Mountain

Cocooned in natural bushland on the eastern foothills of the Blue Mountains just a 70 minutes
drive from the Sydney CBD, Spicers Sangoma eco-certified retreat lives up to its name – a Zulu
word for ‘healer’. This is an adults-only property that delivers a peaceful and intimate escape in
harmony with nature. Each suite provides the highest level of luxury and comfort with its own
unique character.

Relax by the infinity pool overlooking the valley or pamper yourself with a rejuvenating visit to
the Spa Anise. Rates are fully inclusive with all gourmet meals and matching wines served in
the guest-only restaurant and prepared from fresh seasonal produce sourced from the
Hawkesbury region.

A truly luxury experience in a tranquil bush setting.

Discover more at https://spicersretreats.com/retreats/spicers-sangoma-retreat/

Pretty Beach House
Broken Bay

Just 90 minutes by road north of the Sydney CBD, the Pretty Beach House bespoke
accommodation is set amongst stands of ancient angophora’s and native eucalypts on the crest
of the Bouddi Peninsula.

Here you will find the very best of laid-back luxury with four pavilions surrounding the main
house set on three hectares (7.5 acres) adjacent to Bouddi National Park. The main house is
the shared space that includes the open-plan kitchen, elegant dining room, huge sandstone
fireplace, guest lounge, open bar and wine cellar.

Bouddi National Park is rich in Aboriginal history with more than 100 significant rock shelters,
engraving and art sites scattered throughout the peninsula. In recognition of the traditional
owners of the land, your host will offer you the opportunity to take part in a Welcome to Country
Smoking Ceremony as part of your experience.

Find out more at https://prettybeachhouse.com/

Lilianfels Resort and Spa
Blue Mountains

Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa is situated within the grounds of the historic
homestead and original summer residence of Sir Frederick Darley, the sixth Chief Justice of
NSW.  Set amidst manicured gardens adjacent to Echo Point, this 5-star resort overlooks the
spectacular World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park and is a leisurely 90 minutes
drive from the Sydney CBD.

Unwind and be pampered at the onsite Day Spa or burn off some energy on the tennis court or
in one of two heated pools. And no visit to Lilianfels would be complete without indulging in the
grand English tradition of High Tea served in The Lounge.

Discover more of what Lilianfels offers at https://www.lilianfels.com.au/

The Langham
The Rocks, Sydney

Why not holiday close to the city attractions? Spend some time relaxing in old-world luxury
before exploring the highlights of our central business district, Sydney Opera House, The Royal
Botanic Gardens, museums, and Darling Harbour.

Voted one of the Top 100 Hotels in the World, The Langham is renowned for impeccable
service, cuisine and comfort. Located in the historic Rocks district, you’ll experience harbour
views from a plush haven. The Langham offers the best of both worlds for guests, with close
access to the city from a quiet, secluded location.

Before you leave the hotel, indulge on hand-crafted delights from the in-house patisserie at a
signature Langham Afternoon Tea, or enjoy an evening drink at the cocktail lounge. Diners can
reserve a table at the Kent Street Kitchen, where “old world techniques meet new world

You can book by visiting http://www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/sydney/

Luxury getaway Sydney: how to get there

Why not add to your mini-break with the ultimate hire car experience? Book transfers to and
from your destination in a stylish, eco-friendly Tesla and travel in sustainable luxury. Click now to
book your Tesla transport to your luxury getaway Sydney.

Or, for an even more exclusive experience, contact Splendour Tailored Tours for a unique and
private Sydney excursion. Your host, Carly, will design a bespoke experience which includes
transfers, luxury hotel reservations, sightseeing and sublime dining experiences. To find out
more, visit https://www.splendourtailoredtours.com.au/


corporate travel

7 ways to take the stress out of corporate travel

On the road for a business trip? Here are a few tips to make your journey less stressful, including the right way to hire a corporate car service like Revel Drive in Sydney.

Travelling for work may feel exciting the first few times but anyone who does it regularly will tell you it can quickly become tiring and stressful, particularly if you’re not organised.

Airport delays, confused taxi drivers and poor quality hotels can all make a work trip a nightmare but there are ways to ensure your trip goes smoothly.

Here are some expert tips on making corporate travel a breeze, including hiring a corporate car in Sydney.

1.  Be the early bird

If you don’t mind an early alarm, book the earliest flight possible. These are the least likely to be delayed as they won’t be impacted by unexpected events which build up during the day.

When you travel, it also makes sense to avoid Monday morning or Friday evening flights when the airport is at its busiest.

2. Create the ultimate packing list

The things you take when you travel for work shouldn’t change much. Make a list which includes your chargers, your earplugs and the toiletries you can’t live without. If you travel regularly, buy a ‘travel set’ of these things to leave in your suitcase. This will save you from having to find everything before you leave each time.

3. Bring two credit cards and keep them separately

Losing your luggage or forgetting your wallet at a restaurant can put a real dampener on your trip. Business travel experts recommend you stash an additional credit card in your suitcase when you travel so if you lose your wallet you will still have access to your money.

4. Book your transfers before you leave

Hoping to get a taxi or Uber late at night or at peak travel times can leave you running very late. If you pre-book a corporate car from Revel drive you can rest assured your driver will show up and that they will know where to go (another time saver). This is particularly helpful in Sydney, where there is a lot of competition for taxis and Ubers at peak times.

The other advantage of using Revel Drive, our cars all come equipped with an outlet to charge your phone or laptop, plus cool bottled water and free wifi so you can fire off some important emails while you travel.

5. Pack snacks

When you travel for work, delays happen! This includes waiting for your plane or for business colleagues who are running late. Sometimes you can find yourself jet-lagged, starving and waiting for an hour-long conference presentation to finish so you can eat.

At Revel Drive, we love to keep a muesli bar or packaged snack to keep us going until the next opportunity to have a proper meal.

6. Leave wriggle room

Expect the unexpected and don’t plan back-to-back appointments when you’re on the road or you will find yourself stressed out as you try to get from place to place.

This is another area where using Revel Drive can come in handy. Instead of relying on different services, book one provider to take you to your various appointments and back to your hotel at the end of the day.

7. Build relationships

If you visit the same places regularly, try to stick to the same providers. By going to the same hotel and restaurant, using the same booking service and relying on your preferred corporate car service, you can get to know the people supporting you and they can get to know your requirements.

Looking for a corporate car in Sydney? Revel Drive provides a brand new experience, offering chauffeur-driven electric Teslas. We can tailor our service to meet your business travel needs. Contact us to find out more or set up an account.

Should I buy an electric car?

At present, you probably wouldn’t consider purchasing an electric vehicle. Most likely, it hasn’t even been on your radar as an option. But our love affair with petrol and diesel vehicles may be under threat from both increased environmental concerns and rapidly evolving battery technology.

The term ‘EV’ is generally used rather loosely to cover both petrol/electric hybrids (PHEV’s) and vehicles using battery power only (BEV’s). When you see ‘electric vehicle’ or ‘EV’ in this article, it refers to those vehicles powered only by energy stored in the on-board battery and excludes hybrids.

Unlike motorists in many other developed countries, Australians have been slow to embrace electric vehicles. The tyranny of distance (so called ‘range anxiety’), luxury car tax, and local, state and federal governments less than enthusiastic about providing infrastructure and incentives are among the reasons. But that may soon change; battery technology is rapidly improving, less expensive vehicles with greater range are becoming available, and more manufacturers are entering the local electric vehicle market.

In the past, many buyers have been attracted to EV’s mainly by concerns for the environment and reducing emissions. However, electric vehicles have now graduated from this niche market to being a serious proposition for mainstream motorists. With few moving parts requiring service or replacement and no petrol bills, running cost are reduced to a fraction of their internal combustion engine counterparts. Costs would be even further reduced if government incentives were introduced similar to those available in Europe and North America.

The greatest concerns amongst potential EV buyers has been driving range and charging times. In reality, motorists will mostly use their EV for the daily commute or dropping the kids at school and top up the charge overnight. Charging at home can cost as little as $1 a day and charging stations are becoming more numerous in shopping centres, public carparks, hotels and other venues catering to visitors.

Longer trips and faster charging times have become less problematic for those who own EV’s with larger battery capacity like a Tesla. A string of fast chargers now exist from Adelaide all the way to Cairns providing charging rates of 250 to 500km/h. For more information on charging, see the Tesla Owners Club of Australia article Round Australia Electric Highway here.

Owning an EV doesn’t present the challenges it once did. Overwhelmingly, the EV owners we canvassed said they would never return to the dark days of the ‘gas guzzler’.

Here are some of the electric vehicles (BEV’s) already available in Australia and those you’re likely to see on dealer forecourts in the next few years.


  • Model S: Luxury sedan released in Australia December 2014. The following variants are currently available – 75D, 100D, and P100D
  • Model X: Luxury SUV released in Australia mid 2016. The following variants are currently available – 75D, 100D, and P100D
  • Model 3: Mid sized sedan expected to be available in Australia late 2019. Australian reservation holders and fleet buyers (including Revel Drive) were provided the opportunity to view the left-hand-drive version in September 2018. We will make a decision about adding the Model 3 to our fleet closer to the release date.
  • Model Y: Few details available yet for this smaller cross-over SUV.
  • Roadster: Almost 2,500 of the original Roadsters were manufactured before production ceased in 2012. The next generation Roadster is expected to be released in 2020 in the US and it’s claimed it will be the fastest production car ever built (0 – 100km/h in 2.1 seconds).


  • I-PACE: Touted as Jaguar’s answer to the Tesla Model X, the I-PACE will be released in Australia in October 2018. Unlike the Tesla X, only one battery option will be available providing a range of 470km. Under consideration as an addition to our fleet, we’ll bring you a review of the I-PACE as soon as we’ve completed our test drives and evaluation.
  • UPDATE: The price of the I-PACE is expected to be around $120,000 plus on road costs.


  • IONIQ: South Korean manufacturer, Hyundai, will offer three variants of the IONIQ – a petrol hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and a fully electric version. All three versions have undergone extensive testing in Australia and their public release is imminent with an expected price tag between $30,000 and $40,000. The all-electric version will have a range of around 200km, more than enough for the average daily commute.
  • Kona: Based on the internal combustion engine Kona, the all-electric version will come with two battery sizes delivering a range of 312km and 480km respectively although it’s not yet clear if both options will be available in Australia. Deliveries are expected to commence in late 2018 with a price tag around $55,000, about the same as the base model Tesla 3.


  • Zoe: Originally launched in Europe in 2012, the Zoe now supports an increased capacity battery pack providing a real-world driving range of up to 300km. The drive-away price is $51,000. Renault also offers the Kangoo, a small delivery van with a range of 200km.


  • i3: On sale since 2015, the four-seater BMW i3 has been recently updated with extra battery capacity extending driving range to a claimed 200km. At around $70,000 plus on-road costs, it’s expensive and Hyundai represents a better value alternative.


  • LEAF: The second generation LEAF may be available in Australia some time in the first half of 2019. Nissan says they will release the Australian features and specs. for the new LEAF ‘soon’.
  • UPDATE: Nissan released details in early October. The LEAF is expected to have a price tag of around $55,000 and a range of 270km.


  • EQ: The German luxury car-marker unveiled its five-seat EQ series SUV in early September 2018. With an advertised range of 320km, the EQ is expected to arrive Down Under in 2020.


  • e-tron: Another German car-maker, Audi, has unveiled the e-tron with an entry level price of US$75,000. Deliveries begin in the US in mid-2019 and it’s unclear when the e-tron will be available in Australia.


  • Niro: Few details yet available but it is possible we will see the five-seat Niro compact utility vehicle (CUV) released in Australia in the near future.




Packing for an overseas trip

We’ve done our fair share of overseas travel over the years … everything from four-day business trips to the US to six weeks at a stretch in Europe and Asia as tourists. Like most of us, we’ve struggled with what to pack and what to leave at home. It would be fair to say that we’ve learned a few lessons the hard way over the years so let us offer a few words of wisdom that should help you with your packing.

Selecting the right bags can be just as important as what you pack. But that deserves an article of its own so we’ll leave that for another Blog post. However, the one thing you must be aware of is the airline’s checked and carry-on baggage weight and dimensions limits. Remember that you may be flying on domestic airlines on some legs of your journey and they may be far less generous with their baggage allowance. A quick check with your airline(s) beforehand will save a load of stress at check-in and hefty excess baggage fees.

TIP  You’ll almost certainly be tempted to purchase a few items overseas so savvy travellers carry a small ‘luggage scale’ with them to check the weight of their bags for internal flights and the return journey. These can be purchased for around $40 from most outdoor and camping stores.

Start with a packing list

Make a packing list and do this well ahead of time. This will give you the opportunity to revisit your list and add or purchase essential items and delete those you decide to go without. Click here to download a comprehensive checklist that we’ve prepared for you and we’ve left space for you to add your own personal items.

Several days before you depart …

Lay out everything you think you need to take at least several days before your departure. It should then be obvious whether you’re taking too much. If in doubt, try a quick packing trial. Don’t be tempted to pack those ‘just in case’ items that you probably won’t need.

TIP  If you intend to purchase some new clothes or shoes while overseas, pack and wear old items you’re willing to part with and then progressively dispose of them during your stay to make room for the new purchases and save weight and space for your return journey.

Pack clothes suitable for your destination

It should be a no-brainer to pack clothes suitable for the climate at your destination. In some regions, days may be very warm or hot but nights close to freezing. Good quality waterproof down jackets are relatively light and can be compressed into a small size for packing.

You should also be mindful that the dress code at your destination may be less casual than at home. In some countries, particularly in the Middle East, men must wear long trousers and long-sleeved buttoned shirts. Women may be legally required to cover their heads and shoulders and wear loose fitting clothing that covers the arms and legs. You can find some good advice on the ‘Smartraveller’ website about the dress code in the Middle East and other regions.

Quick dry, mix-and-match

Pack mix-and-match clothes that you can wear with everything else in your luggage. Easy care drip-dry fabrics are best if you plan to do at least some of your own washing in the bathroom sink. Hang them overnight in your bathroom and use the hotel hairdryer to smooth out any creases.

Three tops for every bottom

You’re more likely to change tops more frequently than bottoms so packing three tops for every bottom is a good general rule.

Roll or fold?

Instinctively, most travellers lay their clothes folded in their suitcase but seasoned travellers swear that rolling will save space and minimise creasing. To save even more space, try placing the rolls into vacuum bags, squeeze out the air and then seal the bags. Alternatively, you can stay organised by placing similar clothing items into separate ‘packing cubes’ (also called packing cells). These can be purchased locally from stores such as Kathmandu but you’ll find them at a much lower price from online stores like Amazon.

TIP  Before packing your clothes, turn them inside out. This will help stop any lint or stains transferring between garments.

Shoes and boots

Shoes and boots are always awkward to pack. Place rolled-up socks and other small items inside the shoes to save space. Shoes are also a great place to protect small, fragile items from damage. Use cheap, disposable shower caps (or save them from your hotel bathroom) to cover the soles to prevent them soiling your other clothing.

Rarely do you need more than two pairs of shoes. Pack only your dress shoes for those formal nights out and wear a comfortable pair on your flight and for sightseeing. If you’re not expecting to be hounded by the paparazzi, leave the stilettos at home. And this is not the time to ‘break in’ new shoes; stick to the comfy shoes you already have and that are sturdy enough for some serious pavement pounding.

TIP  Pack the heaviest items closest to the wheels (if your bag has them) in your check-in luggage. This places the centre of gravity close to the ground when you’re wheeling your bag making it more stable and manageable.

Your medication

Not all medications available over the counter or by prescription in Australia are available in other countries and some medication, such as codeine, may be considered illegal. The Australian Government ‘Smartraveller’ website offers this advice:

“Before you leave Australia, check if your medication is legal in each country you’re travelling to and find out if any quantity restrictions or certification requirements apply. Consult your doctor about alternatives well in advance of travel. Take enough legal prescription medicine with you to last for the duration of your stay so you remain in good health. Carry copies of your prescription and a letter from your doctor stating what the medicine is, how much you’ll take and that it’s for personal use only.”


Pack a few essential toiletries in your carry-on and the rest in your checked luggage. See our downloadable checklist here for the toiletry items you’ll most likely need.

Other items

See through zip-lock bags are handy for keeping all your charging cables and other small items sorted and easily accessible and a laundry bag is essential to keep your dirty clothes separate. We also take a pegless clothes line to hang washing in the hotel bathroom and some laundry detergent.

If you must pack a few gifts for your hosts, make them small and light. We’ve found that small lapel badges with the Ozzy flag or a few miniature Koalas are usually adequate. Don’t make the mistake we once made by packing heavy hard-cover picture books as gifts for our hosts.

TIP  Can’t do without your favourite comfort food? We take along Vegemite in either single-serve sachets or in a tube for our breakfast toast.

Once you have your clothes, shoes, medication and other essentials squared away, you can add those extra items that you will need specifically for the type of vacation you have planned. You’ll need those hiking boots and other gear if you’re planning on hitting the trail. And what about street and road maps if you’re planning a road trip. Sure, you’ll have GPS on your phone and tablet but we’ve found the good old-fashioned paper maps are indispensable for planning and keeping a record of where you’ve been. On the other hand, guide books can be downloaded from publishers like Lonely Planet and stored on your tablet or you can photocopy just the pages you need from the hardcopy edition.


TIP  We take along an additional soft, light cargo-style bag of about a 50 litre capacity in our carry-on luggage. This won’t consume much space but will be easier to manage for those short side trips you may take away from your main accommodation. Hotels are usually happy to store your main luggage until you return. You can also use this to bring home those items you never really intended to purchase but just couldn’t resist.

Carry-on luggage

We’ve found that a 20 or 30 litre capacity day pack with multiple pockets works best. They’re light, flexible and can be very handy when sightseeing. You can also wear the day pack when you’re in transit leaving your hands free to manage your suitcase. You can find carry-on bag allowance details for Qantas flights here.

Check-in luggage can get lost in transit so it’s essential that your carry-on bag has your passport, travel documents, important valuables and any medication plus a change of clothes suitable for your destination. Pack items that will keep you comfortable and entertained during the flight. An eye mask, earplugs or noise cancelling headphones and a neck pillow will help you get some rest. Back-up entertainment on your tablet or an eBook will help with the boredom. Include hand sanitising wipes and lip balm in your toiletry bag.

Unless you’re a keen amateur or professional photographer, you might consider leaving your bulky DSLR at home. The picture quality on your smartphone is likely to be adequate in most situations. If you must take a camera, stow it safely in your carry-on. Depending on our destination, we also carry a small torch and first-aid kit in our day-pack when out sightseeing.

Make sure you’re familiar with the security restriction for carrying powders, liquids, aerosols and gels on board the aircraft in your carry-on bag. You can find details on the Department of Home Affairs website here.

TIP  Pack photocopies of your passport and travel and insurance documents in your check-in luggage. Pickpockets and bag thieves are often active at tourist hotspots so it’s reassuring to know that you have backup copies in your main luggage at your hotel.

And finally …

The night before or the morning you leave, go over your checklist again to be sure you’ve packed all those last-minute items like your toothbush, toiletries, medication, sunglasses electronic devices and, of course, your passport and travel documents.

Happy travels and we hope you found this article helpful. Download your free packing checklist here.

Dealing with Jet-Lag

Jet-lag can ruin the start of your overseas holiday or turn that important business meeting into a sleep-deprived marathon. If you don’t have the hefty bank balance for a plush flat bed at the pointy end of the aircraft and you’re stuck in ‘cattle class’, here are some helpful tips to minimise the effects of jet-lag.

What is jet-lag?

Jet-lag (desynchronosis) is a physiological condition that results from the disruption of the body’s circadian rhythm (body clock). Put simply, our bodies are programmed to follow a routine during any 24 hour cycle. Jet-lag occurs when you fly across multiple time zones and your normal sleep-wake patterns are knocked out of sync.

The more time zones you cross, the more severe the symptoms. You’ll cross eight time zones between Perth and London and six from Sydney to Los Angeles. Flying from Australia to Asia will usually mean only crossing a couple of time zones and the effect will be minimal … you’ll just need to adjust to the change in seasons.

The effects are usually worse when travelling from west to east. Why is this? Basically, travelllers flying west ‘gain’ time and usually find it easier to adjust. Those travelling east ‘lose’ time and their daily routine for meals, sleep and body functions are pushed ahead by many hours. Still don’t follow … just take our word for it. But not everyone is the same; if you find it better the other way around, we’d love to hear your thoughts.


Jet-lag can be more severe in older people and those less physically fit. Children usually have milder symptoms and recover more quickly than adults.

Symptoms may include:

  • fatigue during the day
  • insomnia at night
  • loss of appetite
  • irritability
  • gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea or constipation

Jet-lag is only temporary and even those severely affected should recover in a few days. Complications are extremely rare but may occur in certain predisposed individuals such as those with preexisting heart conditions. Always consult your medical professional if you think you may be at risk.

Prepare in advance

Preparing for a long-haul flight should really start several days before you depart. If you’re flying east, gradually move the time you go to bed forward (earlier). If travelling west, delay going to bed until later. Be conscious of what you eat in the hours before your flight. Avoid starchy, salty and fatty foods or those that can leave you feeling bloated and uncomfortable during the flight.

Don’t leave all your preparations until the last minute. Navigating your way through check-in, security, and customs and immigration is difficult enough without already feeling pressured and stressed. The more relaxed you are, the better you’ll manage jet-lag.

As soon as you arrive at the departure lounge, set your watch to the destination time. Starting to think in the new time zone will help you to mentally and physically prepare.

Reducing the effects of jet-lag

Almost all travellers on long-haul flights will suffer the symptoms of jet-lag to a lesser or greater extent. Of course, the added comfort of a seat in Premium Economy, Business or First class will help but for those in Economy, it’s a matter of making the most of what you can afford and how well you prepare yourself for the flight.

The more comfortable and less stressed you are during the flight, the better you will feel when you arrive. Aircraft manufacturers and airlines have made some significant improvements in recent years that help with Economy Class comfort and our ability to cope with jet-lag. The Qantas 787 Dreamliner, for instance, has slightly higher cabin pressure and humidity and cabin lighting that adjusts to mimic the time of day at your destination. In-flight meals have improved and are now served at intervals that act as ‘time cues’ for our body.

Selecting a seat with more legroom, wearing loose-fitting cloths, adjusting your sleep patterns, eating light, nutritious meals, and staying hydrated during the flight will give you a head start combating jet-lag (see our previous post Surviving a Long-haul Flight for more details).

Will taking a sleeping tablet or a herbal remedy help? It’s not our roll to provide advise on any sort of medication or alternative remedies. You should consult your medical professional before taking anything that you’re not familiar with. However, the best treatment for jet-lag is to adopt strategies to prevent, or at least minimise, its effects without popping a pill.

Opinions are divided on whether selecting a flight that arrives in the morning or one arriving in the early evening can make a difference. Morning arrivals assumes you’ve had some sleep on the flight and the exposure to sunlight at your destination will help reset your body clock. But don’t make the mistake of diving under the covers as soon as you check into your hotel or you’ll find yourself staring at the ceiling at 2am. And don’t confine yourself to your hotel room when you arrive; get outside and take a walk. If you must have a rest, make it a 20-minute power nap.

Arriving in the late afternoon will allow you to have a light supper and then retire for a good nights sleep in a comfortable bed. In this case, not sleeping on board for at least the last six hours or so will help you adjust to the new time zone.

Of course, your airline’s schedule may not allow you the option to choose your preferred arrival time and you could find yourself landing at your destination at midnight. However, giving some thought about how to prepare yourself and how you spend your time in the air could make the difference between feeling like you’ve gone ten rounds in the ring or feeling relatively refreshed and ready to face the world. And if your schedule permits, don’t throw yourself straight into sightseeing or that business meeting but make the first day a ‘light duties’ day.

Good luck with your holiday or business trip. We hope you found this article helpful and would love to hear your comments on how you dealt with the effects of jet-lag.

Surviving a long-haul flight

When Qantas commenced the Kangaroo Route from Australia to London in 1947, it took four days and nine stops. Now you can fly the 14,500km non-stop from Perth in 17 hours and aircraft are already on the drawing board that will be able to fly even longer routes.

In this article we’ll look at factors that can affect your comfort on a long-haul flight. In follow-up articles we’ll provide tips on minimising jet-lag, packing tips, and how to remain safe on an overseas trip.

If your budget won’t stretch to sitting in the pointy end of the plane in First Class, Business Class or even Premium Economy, then how do you survive being cocooned in a metal (or carbon fibre) tube on a long-hail flight?.

Seat selection

Not all seats in Economy are created equal so the seat you select can make a world of difference to your comfort (and sanity) on a long-haul flight. Nothing is free these days so you’ll pay extra for the some seats, especially those with more legroom. Remember however, that airlines can change your seat allocation even after boarding for operational, safety or security reasons.

Some airlines provide a slightly better seat pitch (the distance between the back of your seat and the back of the seat in front) that should translate into a little more legroom on long-haul flights. You can find the seat pitch for your airline and aircraft type at seatguru.com in the ‘seat map’ menu. Click here to see the seat configuration for a Qantas Airbus A380 and here for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Best section of the cabin, front, middle or rear?

Most frequent flyers agree that the forward section of the cabin is best. It’s quieter in front of the engines and you’ll be the last to board and first to disembark.

Some prefer the middle section over the wings. This is close to the aircrafts centre of gravity and it’s claimed you’ll experience less turbulence here.

The rear section is generally regarded as the least desirable as it’s the noisiest and you’ll feel more turbulence back there. You’ll also be one of the last off the aircraft and possibly (depending on which part of the aircraft galley service starts) the last to be served a meal. However, it has one advantage; if the flight isn’t fully booked, you’re more likely to find an empty row of seats allowing you more space to stretch out. You’ll find savvy travellers snap these up as soon as the doors close but it’s a good practice to ask a flight attendant before changing seats.

Areas to avoid

The obvious seats to avoid are those in high-traffic areas near toilets and galleys.

Aisle, middle or window seat?

This can be a matter of personal choice but it’s wise to avoid the middle seat(s) in a row of three or four if you value some personal space and travelling alone. They can feel claustrophobic and you’ll be sharing your armrests with two others.

Aisle seats are convenient if you regularly get up to move around the cabin but remember that you’ll be the one disturbed if those seated next to you need to visit the toilet or decide to stretch their legs.

Window seats are usually a good choice. Although there’s not much to see from 35,000 feet, you will have the chance to take some photo’s during take-off and on final approach to land. If you want to sleep during the flight with as little disturbance as possible, then a window seat is your best option. You can prop a comfy pillow up against the outer cabin wall to rest your head on.

Of course, if you’re travelling with family or friends, you can always swap seats during the flight to keep everyone happy.

Exit row seats

Airlines have restrictions on who can sit in an exit row. These seats have a minimum age limit and you must be willing and physically able to assist the flight crew and other passengers in case of an emergency.

Exit row seats will give you more legroom but they are also areas where other passengers tend to stretch their legs or congregate to chat. They can also be close to toilets and galleys so it’s best to check the seat plans for your airlines aircraft type on a website like seatguru.com This site also has reviews and comments from previous passengers about their likes and dislikes of particular seats.

Bulkhead seats

Bulkhead seats will give you a few centimeters extra legroom and you won’t have anyone in front of you reclining their seat. On the downside, these seats are usually located near toilets or galleys so it can be a busy area. Your fellow passengers may also treat the extra space this row offers as a convenient cabin cross-over passage.

Without a seat in front to tuck small personal items under, they must be placed in the overhead lockers during takeoff and landing. Entertainment screens and tray tables fold out from your armrest and can prove more restrictive and cumbersome. These rows are also where airlines usually locate bassinets for infants so you will need to accept the possibility that you’ll have a crying baby as a neighbour.

If you think the extra legroom outweighs the disadvantages and you’re prepared to pay a little extra, then an exit row or bulkhead seat is for you.

Carry-on luggage

Check-in bags can get lost in transit so it’s essential that your carry-on bag has all your travel documents, important valuables and any medication plus a change of cloths suitable for your destination. Pack items that will keep you comfortable and entertained during the flight. An eye-mask, earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones and a neck pillow will help you get some rest. Back-up entertainment on your tablet or an eBook will help with the boredom. Include hand sanitising wipes and lip balm in your toiletry bag.

What to wear

The first rule is to wear comfortable, loose fitting or stretchy cloths on a long-haul flight. You can avoid wearing stiff jeans, tight waistbands and knee-high boots and still look stylish. Cabin temperature can vary from warm to downright chilly during a long flight so take along cloths you can wear in layers as needed. A zip-up hoodie can keep you’re head and neck warm and they usually have pockets you can use to keep your hands warm and store a few snacks. If that’s not your style, then pack a scarf and jumper. Flat, comfy slip-on shoes are a must and a pair of woolen socks will keep you feet warm.

In-flight health

Ultra long flights can take a toll on even the healthiest individual. If you have a medical condition, you should always consult your doctor before flying and in some cases the airline may require a written clearance from your GP or medical specialist. Airlines and some destination countries also have policies regarding pregnant women flying. You can find some good general advice provided by Qantas here.

Hours of inactivity and sitting causes fluid to collect in your lower legs that can result in swollen feet and ankles. And long periods of immobility may be a risk factor in the formation of blood clots in your legs (deep vein thrombosis or DVT).

To reduce the risk, it’s recommended that you walk up and down the aisles at least every hour or so and do some stretching exercises to boost blood flow. Wearing compression stockings may also help reduce the risk of DVT.

Most airlines have a section in their in-flight magazines and on-board entertainment screens with suggested exercises and tips that will help you stay fit and healthy during a long-haul flight.

What to eat and drink

What you eat before the flight can be just as important as what you consume when you’re in the air. Eat a light meal in the hours before your flight and avoid starchy, salty and oily foods. Vegetables like capsicum, carrot cucumber and snow peas are fine but stay away from broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and beans as they will leave you feeling bloated.

Don’t expect five-star silver service in Economy but airlines have improved their menu in recent years. If you want a healthy option and be one of the first served, you can pre-order a vegetarian meal up to 24 hours before your flight (other meal options also available).

Bring some snacks and fruit from home. Bananas and unsalted nuts are good choice. A block of dark, unsalted chocolate will give you an energy boost and sharing it with the cabin crew might just earn you some brownie points.


It’s always tempting but stay off the alcohol, carbonated drinks and coffee; they’ll leave you dehydrated. Water is the way to go … at least a cut every few hours.

There’s one other thing you can do to make the start of your overseas trip less stressful; book a ride with Revel Drive and arrive at the airport feeling fresh and relaxed in one of our Tesla zero emission vehicles. Our chauffeur will assist with your luggage and be there again to collect you when you arrive home. Check here for more details Airport and Cruise Terminal Tesla Transfers.

We hope you found this Blog useful and we would love to hear about your experience on a long-haul flight.

Get me to the church on time.

Wedding cars are about a whole lot more.

Obviously, getting the bride to the ceremony on time is critically important. However, organising wedding cars for the big day is just one part of the transport logistics that needs to be considered when arranging a wedding.

Hens/Bucks night – Getting yourself and your friends safely to and from a number of venues can sometimes be tricky. It may involve travelling out of town, stops at multiple venues and may even extend over several days or a weekend. While hiring a disco bus complete with large TV’s, disco lights, dancing poles, etc may seem like a fun and economical option, it often sets the wrong tone and can lead to behaviour that can prove to be a lot more problematic and costly than anticipated.

Interstate/overseas guests – Some guests may be attending the wedding who need to be picked up at the airport or dropped off after the big event. Organising this amongst all the other activities can be challenging. Revel Drive can arrange to meet those guests and transport them to the event or their accommodation.

Special Guests – Sometimes there may be guests with special needs (a frail aunt or small children) who need to be transported and cared for. We can arrange to collect your special guests where required.

Last Minute Items – Occasionally things can go wrong and you may suddenly run out of time. We can assist by picking up those last minute items for you. Collecting and delivering flowers, chocolates, cakes, decorations, clothes, etc is all part of the service we can provide.

Mayday – Oops, I forgot to bring the wedding ring! Sometimes these things can happen and there may be a need to make an emergency dash to fix something that has been overlooked. Wherever possible, we will assist with any last minute emergencies.

The BIG Day – We will transport the wedding party in styler and comfort to the ceremony, to/from the photo sessions and to the function afterwards.

End of Function – We can transport the newly married couple to their first nights’ accommodation. We can also pre-arrange to transport special guests to their home.

Honeymoon, here we come – Why take the first step of your new life in the back of a cab. We can assist in transporting the newly married couple to/from their hotel, new home, to the airport or other locations to start their honeymoon and new life together.

After arrangements – After the wedding there are often a number of small items that may need to be attended to where we can assist. Collecting the wedding dress, wedding gifts, left over wedding cake, returning suits and equipment are just some of the small items we can assist with.

  • Set up an account for the wedding and use us as much or as little as you require.
  • Rest assured that we will be there for you on your BIG day.
  • We charge based on our standard rates and do NOT include a wedding tax.

To discus all your wedding transport arrangements, visit this page Australia Wedding Tesla Limo Service or call us now on 0404 33 77 99

Blog post written by Steve Halsey