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.

Tesla

  • 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).

Jaguar

  • 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.

Hyundai

  • 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.

Renault

  • 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.

BMW

  • 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.

Nissan

  • 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.

Mercedes-Benz

  • 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.

Audi

  • 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.

Kia

  • 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.”

Toiletries

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.

Symptoms

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.

HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE

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

A day in the life of a chauffeur

There are taxi drivers, ride-sharing drivers – and then there are chauffeurs. So what’s the difference? Drivers are often casually dressed and remain in the vehicle while the paying passenger opens his or her door and manages their own luggage. Chauffeurs on the other hand are smartly dressed and well-groomed, open and close doors for their clients, carry their bags and are far more attentive and professional without being intrusive. They drive luxury vehicles that are immaculately presented and maintained.

 

The term ‘chauffeur’ sounds French and it is. It comes from the French word for ‘stoker’, when the early steam-powered vehicles required the driver to stoke the firebox with coal. A female chauffeur is known as a ‘chauffeuse’ but the term has largely faded from use.

 

During the first half of the 20th century a chauffeur would most likely be employed by a wealthy family to drive and maintain the owner’s car. We’ve all seen the cliché images portrayed in old movies — an older gentleman with a white moustache polishing the Rolls Royce in a sweeping driveway and waiting patiently for his employer to emerge from the mansion. Some wealthy individuals and celebrities still employ their own chauffeur. But these days a chauffeur is more likely to be an owner-driver with just one or two cars, or to be employed full- or part-time by a large company with a fleet of vehicles.

 

So what does it take to be a successful chauffeur? Well, they must enjoy driving – after all, they will spend most of their day behind the wheel. They must also know how to interact with individual clients and be prepared to respond to any request. A great chauffeur will be able to read their clients’ body language and mood and anticipate when to speak or stay silent. A chauffeur who is constantly on the speaker-phone, or who asks prying questions of the client, won’t last long in the business. VIP clients pay for and expect a premium service and for their privacy to be respected.

 

Some clients may be regulars and the chauffeur will have already established a rapport with them. The chauffeur will know their habits and preferences and respond accordingly. A great chauffeur must deliver a standard of service that will turn a first time client into repeat business.

 

A chauffeur’s working day may start at 3 am if there is a client departing or arriving on an early flight at Sydney Airport. Arrivals can be tricky. The chauffeur will either track the flight he’s meeting on a phone app to ensure it’s not delayed, or have it monitored by someone at his base. A very late arrival can throw the rest of his or her day’s schedule into chaos.

 

 

“What a buzz it was when I joined the queue of black hire cars in my pearl-white Tesla at the Sydney International Airport for the first time. There I was in my white suit amongst all those males dressed in black. I could see heads turning. A few walked over to greet me with a friendly smile and to admire the car. Others were more aloof and I could sense that there was a touch of envy that such a beautiful and exciting car was being driven by a woman. I guess I’ve always felt special being a woman in a male dominated domain but that day I felt like a rock star“.  ………….. Mel

 

 

There should be time for a quick breakfast before more airport transfers and point-to-point bookings. Early afternoons can be less busy and the chauffeur can usually take an extended break and check that the vehicle is still spotless. Evening shifts are usually busy, especially Friday and Saturday nights or when there are major sporting events and concerts in town. An experienced chauffeur will know how to avoid the worst of the traffic and use bus lanes to get clients to their destination on time. Often functions do not end until well after midnight and a chauffeur on the night shift may not finish until after 3 am.

 

 

Not all jobs are as routine as airport and point-to-point transfers. Being a chauffeur for a wedding party requires additional skills. It’s often the case that the chauffeur will provide and serve champagne and finger food during the couple’s photo session. He or she may also need to roll out the red carpet at the wedding venue and reception, attend to any requests by the wedding party, and to have available a sewing kit, hair spray and other items in case of last minute mishaps.

 

 

“I hold down a full-time job but have had a long association with hire cars, particularly wedding cars. Imagine how delighted I was when I was offered the opportunity to drive one of Revel’s high-tech, zero-emission Teslas occasionally on weekends or during holidays. It’s a great feeling being back behind the wheel, especially for special occasions like weddings”. …………. Dave

 

 

Sightseeing trips with clients can present other challenges for a chauffeur. Not only will the chauffeur’s driving and navigation skills be on display but they must have a thorough knowledge of the history and significance of the places they visit. Tours may sometimes run for as long as eight hours so a chauffeur must have the right personality to keep the clients happy and engaged. Not all chauffeurs have the aptitude or temperament to be a successful tour guide as well.

 

Safety, comfort and punctuality are the hallmarks of what a good chauffeur offers their clients. But there’s a twist in the tail to being a chauffeur; they will spend a large part of their day in the company of the rich and famous but will most likely never be wealthy themselves.

Selecting the right wedding car

So, you’re planning for the big day and wedding cars are on your ‘to do’ list. Let’s see if we can help you with some of the ‘do’s and don’ts’ and make some suggestions that will eliminate part of the stress.

 

Number of cars required

Both the size of your wedding party and the style of car will determine the number of cars you will need. Most often it’s one sedan-style car for the bride and her father and another for the bridesmaids. Of course, you may decide that one car is adequate if it’s only the bride and two or three bridesmaids. On the other hand, you may wish to provide cars for the groom and his party as well as the parents of both the bride and groom. If you have guests who have flown in from interstate or overseas, do they need transport? You may also choose to have a car available when you leave the reception. The options are many but you need to keep in mind your budget.

 

Selecting the right style of car

It’s best to book your wedding cars at least six months in advance so you have the widest choice and avoid disappointment. Sometimes it’s left to the groom to arrange the wedding cars but the bride should also be involved in selecting the right cars for the occasion. While a muscle-car with loud exhausts might be the groom’s preference, it may not evoke the right mood for your wedding.

 

There are hundreds of cars to select from so it’s a good idea to first have in mind the style of cars that you think will best fit with your wedding. Sports cars, classic and vintage cars, stretched limos, even Kombi Vans as well as conventional modern sedans are amongst the choices. A great place to start your search is on the Easy Weddings website <http://www.easyweddings.com.au/WeddingCars/Sydney/>. You’ll find Revel Drive’s luxury zero-emission cars listed there together with dozens of others, all offering different styles and models of cars.

 

There are a couple of important points to consider when selecting the right style of car for your wedding. Open-top sports cars might be flashy but your wedding is probably months away and you can’t predict the weather on the day. They can also be cramped, more difficult to enter and exit gracefully and can play havoc with a bride’s hairstyle. Also remember that some vintage and sports cars won’t have air conditioning, which is essential if you’re to arrive feeling fresh and comfortable on a hot day. While vintage cars are usually impeccably maintained, breakdowns are not unheard of. Ask the vintage car hire company if they have had any problems with their cars in the past and what car they will supply if the one you’ve chosen is not available on the day.

 

Now create a shortlist of the providers that offer the style of car that suits you and begin to narrow your search from there. A good place to start is with those companies that are within a reasonable distance of your wedding, but don’t overlook others further afield if they provide exactly what you want. We’re based on Sydney’s Northern Beaches but cover the Greater Sydney metropolitan area as well as the Central Coast, Blue Mountains and Illawarra.

 

Once you believe you have selected the right car and hire company, ask to inspect one of their cars to ensure you’ve made the right choice before you make the booking and most companies will be happy to arrange a time and place for you to view their cars. Although often overlooked, this is also the ideal time to check that the car hire company has all the necessary licences and insurance, and that their drivers are experienced and fully accredited chauffeurs.

 

Your budget

Let’s consider your budget. It could cost as little as being driven to the ceremony in a friend’s car at minimal expense, or as lavish as having four, five or more chauffeur-driven cars costing many thousand of dollars. The length of time you require the cars will also be a major factor in the total cost although most providers will offer discounted hourly rates for bookings longer than two hours. Many car-hire companies will have a two-hour minimum and you can expect to pay between $150 and $300 an hour for each car (depending on the type of car and inclusions) for the first two hours then less per hour for longer bookings. Your car hire company will require a deposit at the time you make the booking — anything between 10% and 50% of the quoted price. Also ask about their policy regarding cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances as some providers stipulate that the full fee will be forfeited if the booking is cancelled within a certain number of days before the wedding. Read all the fine-print to avoid any unexpected surprises.

 

You need to be aware that if your wedding is running beyond the time that you have the cars booked, there may be additional charges. Most providers will have some built-in flexibility but others may immediately start to charge extra in fifteen-minute increments. Ask your provider about their policy regarding running over time when you make your booking.

 

The vast majority wedding car companies will provide a high-quality service at a fair and reasonable price. But compare prices and make sure you’re not being charged a hefty premium just because it’s a wedding. We have seen hire car companies charge fifty percent more for the same car as another provided offering the same vehicle. Revel Drive is committed to proving you a superior service with the most advanced vehicles and at a cost to fit your budget.

 

What you should expect

Your cars should come with at least the following:

  • White satin ribbons for the car(s)
  • Large umbrella(s) in case of inclement weather
  • Mist sprayer to freshen bouquets
  • Sewing kit and safety pins
  • Hair spray
  • Tissues and wipes
  • Small mirror for that last-minute makeup check
  • Lint remover roller
  • First aid kit
  • Chilled sparkling or still bottled water

Your provider should also have the following available on request, mostly at an additional charge:

  • A change of ribbon colour for the cars from the traditional white
  • Drivers dressed to match your wedding theme rather than suit and tie
  • Red carpet
  • Soft drinks and juice
  • Champagne
  • Canapés, sandwiches and chocolates to have during the photo shoot.

 

A final word

Lastly, a representative of the car hire company should contact you a week or ten days ahead of your wedding to check that there are no last-minute changes. They should also have checked with you about the availability of parking at your departure point and at the wedding venue. The cars should arrive at least ten minutes ahead of time, washed, polished and with spotless interiors. It’s likely that both the cars and drivers will be in some of your wedding photos so it’s essential that chauffeurs are smartly dressed and well groomed.

 

Revel Drive can provide a wedding package tailored to suite your requirements, see details here Australia Wedding Tesla Limo Service. Call us on 0404 33 77 99, email us at <[email protected]>, or use the contact form on our web page <https://reveldrive.com.au/contact/> to make an enquiry.

 

 

 

 

About Tesla

Tesla Inc. (usually shortened simply to Tesla) was founder in 2003 by a group of engineers in Silicon Valley, California and they were joined the following year by the present CEO, Elon Musk. The company name was inspired by the inventor, Nikola Tesla, who patented the Alternating Current (AC) induction motor in 1888.

 

In 2008, Tesla launched the Tesla Roadster, a two-seater sports car that set a new standard in electric vehicles. While only 2400 were built, the Roadster was notable for being the first street-legal electric car to use lithium-ion battery cells and the first electric car to have a range of more than 300km. Production of the Roadster ceased in 2012.

 

The next model launched by Tesla was its first sedan, the Model S, which became available in 2012. With room for five passengers (with the option of an additional third-row rear-facing seat for two children) and more than 1.8 cubic metres of storage, the Model S combined the comfort and utility of a family sedan with the acceleration of a sports car.

 

In late 2014, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled two dual-motor all-wheel drive configurations of the Model S that further improved the vehicle’s handling and performance. The 85D featured a high-efficiency motor at the front and the rear, giving the car unparalleled traction control in all conditions. The current top-of-the-range Model S P100D has a range of 500km at highway speeds and accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 2.7seconds.

 

A sport utility vehicle (SUV), the Model X, was added to the range in 2016. Tesla claims the Model X is the safest, fastest and most capable SUV ever built. Its most eye-catching feature is its two, rear ‘Falcon Wing’ doors that open out and up to provide unrestricted access to the second and third row seats.

What’s the main differences between a Tesla and another high-end car?

 

Three things distinguish a Tesla from other high performance cars:

  1. The pace of acceleration from 20-60 mph has few peers, and this is probably the most usable window of speed in the Sydney Area for a performance car.
  2. Because it’s silent.  You “could” ( we don’t) shoot down a street without drawing glares from people on the paths.
  3. There’s just something about the electric drivetrain thats different to other prestigious cars.
  4. The car is a head-turner. People are always taking pictures of it; I once walked back to where it was parked and there were three Private School Boys (Shore) taking selfies using it as a backdrop. Almost every day, people give me a “thumbs up” or shout “I love your car!” We hear the same questions repeatedly, and predictably.
  5. “Is it… all electric??” This is the one that always makes me smile. People simply cannot believe that there isn’t a petrol based engine in there somewhere; with many car companies building serial hybrids like the Lexus and the BMW i3 and calling them “electric vehicles,” I can see why there is confusion. So I point out that there is no exhaust pipe on my car. And then add, “No tune-ups. No oil changes. No smog inspections. No fuel pump or transmission to wear out.” “No transmission! What do you mean, no transmission?”
  6.  It’s very low; you ride about six inches away from the concrete road, which makes it feel even faster, like riding a go-kart.