Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 14, 2013 8:59 AM Last Post By: jedgerandclyde
Oct 4, 2013 5:09 AM
Looking for any advice or guidance, please. My nine year old son and I are taking off for seven weeks to Australia, June and July 2014. He is type 1 diabetic so reliant on medical pump materials and insulin. Although previously well travelled, it's our first trip since his diagnosis two years ago. I looking for anyone who can offer any tips or advice perhaps from their own experiences. In particular, I am planning to arrive in Melbourne and travel up the East Coast and into Queensland as we have friends along that route and I am torn between internal flights; easy, quick, cost effective, and hiring a camper van; more expensive (fuel and days when it's not used) but self contained and independent.
Appreciate any views. Thanks, Kevin
Oct 4, 2013 12:31 PM
1can't see any real problems, it is hardly an uncivilised part of the world. The guidance you will need will be coping with the jet lag and time change, but your doctor should be able to advise with that. Obviously you will need suitable travel insurance too.
as for travel - fly. Far too far to drive.
Oct 5, 2013 7:53 AM
2Kev, you have two months to see one smallish part of Australia. Drive, you have heaps of time for what you plan so SEE it, not fly over it. Two months?....WHAT jet lag?
As for the Diabetes it's exactly the same as at home although you will have problems getting required meds in small towns so carry supplies.
Who could resist the adventure of driving the coast of Aust with their boy.
Enjoy....... and don't listen to the wet blankets.
Oct 5, 2013 9:46 AM
Oct 5, 2013 9:58 AM
Oct 5, 2013 11:30 PM
5We are just back in Australia from Europe, and did not have any problems with my medication as all were labeled by my chemist and as a back up i took a letter from my doctor.
You should not have any problems either, if you make it plain what they are for.
And from this wet blanket do remember the distances you have to travel, putting them in time periods from point A to B if traveling on the road may help you to put them in a better perspective.
Oct 8, 2013 5:53 AM
Oct 8, 2013 6:29 AM
7#6, we recently started our trip back to Australia from Tromso in Norway, and we flew more than 2 hours via SAS to Oslo, after a break there we flew on to Hearhrow, London that was also over 2 hours, then after about another 4 hours on the ground we boarded a Virgin Atlantic aircraft for a 13 and a half hour flight to Hong Kong, and after a stopover there of about a couple of hours we resumed our journey by traveling on to Sydney that took 9 and a half hours.
I can assure you about jet lag, it does exist.
Oct 14, 2013 2:58 AM
Oct 14, 2013 8:57 AM
9Jet lag has never troubled me in the past, after countless long haul flights from Australia and i did think the answer was to just keeping on going the day i arrived, however early in the day it was, and not giving in to the temptation to sleep, and having a good long, deep sleep that night giving your body time to adjust to the different time zone.
But i must admit that this last flight has knocked me my sleeping paterns for six despite being in businnes class, and IMO this 'Dumb Traveler' sees it is just plain stupid to say that jet lag does not exist.
And i think in what YOU say about travel being 'Tiring' proves indeed that it does exist, and i don't understand your rather cryptic remark about a hammer and being allergic to steel, do you care to explain it?
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