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AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND

An Odyssey Down Under: Australia and New Zealand

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Program #16434RJ
28 Days | 27 Nights
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Andrea Stone Aug 21, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Chet and I just downloaded viber and will have our kids/close contacts do the same. I think we'll bring our iPad and communicate mainly by email.
Noreen McAuley Aug 22, 2014 at 08:25 AM

Andrea, after reading some input on the general discussion board, I have concerns about the ease of access to WiFi. Sim card will not work for me since I have a "closed" phone. Am considering renting a phone.


Chris Cannon Aug 19, 2014 at 01:08 PM

Thank you. I've just picked it off of iTunes and will give it a try.


Andrea Stone Aug 19, 2014 at 11:32 AM

if you have an iphone, there's an app called Viber that lets you call internationally for free. I havent done it yet, but I have used kik for international texting (free) it's amazing!
Noreen McAuley Aug 19, 2014 at 07:34 PM

Thanks, Andrea. I'm headed to the iTunes store right now to check out both.


Chris Cannon Aug 19, 2014 at 08:25 AM

We have confirmation from several friends that bug nets are desirable for Ayers Rock and environs. Thanks for mentioning this, Janice.


Chris Cannon Aug 19, 2014 at 08:22 AM

Haven't thought about the SIM card. But I have another question of those who've already taken this trip.
Is the internet access as limited as is implied in our Road Scholar reading materials? We will be away for our municipal election and can cast our ballots on the internet. But if access is limited, then we will need to consider another means of voting. We have found reliable access to the internet in some of the oddest and quite remote places, such as the jungles of Guyana and isolated lodges on BC's Cassiar Highway, so I wonder about Australia and New Zealand.
Sandra Sucher Aug 19, 2014 at 01:23 PM

I took this trip in October and November 2012. We found that few of the hotels had free wifi available in the rooms. Several did fave free wifi in the lobby for a very limited period of time. I seem to remember 20 minutes being common. We found that adequate, but there were paid plans available.


Noreen McAuley Aug 18, 2014 at 08:08 PM

Anyone oonsidering purchasing a pre-paid international SIM card?


Janice Hoistad Aug 18, 2014 at 07:48 PM

In thin my note got lost. Try again. Re the RS recommended travel books from Eyewitness Travel: Beautiful books, but HEAVY! Will not be taking them along. I've read the RS Info Packet with the daily program and checked the program with the guide. Have read New Zealand, working on Australia. If guidebook info is useful enough, will copy a few pages, otherwise make nots on the iPad. Wished I'd bought the download version.


Andrea Stone Jul 31, 2014 at 09:45 PM

Chet and I are participating in the Jan. 22, 2015 trip. We would love to hear from anyone else taking this journey. Very excited!


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