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Accommodation

If you are looking to book accommodation, we recommend either Hotels.com or Agoda.  They are 2 of the biggest booking sites globally.  Prices between the 2 are very similar but we suggest to try both to see which has the best deal for your specific location.

How do they differ?

Hotels.com has a great inventory of hotels and resorts worldwide.  They are owned by the Expedia group.    The main advantage of hotels.com is the stay 10 nights, get 1 night free deal.  If you do a lot of traveling the benefits do add up.  The 1 night free is based on the average cost per night of the 10 previous nights and you can book a room up to that price on any of the properties listed on their site.


Agoda were a pioneer in non-hotel accommodation, offering villas and homes throughout the Asian region.  Agoda is owned by the Priceline Group which is the largest seller of rooms online.  One of the reasons to choose Agoda would be if you are wanting to earn airline miles.  There are over 40 airlines participating in the bonus miles program  – link to the list of participating airlines here.

Agoda

Sun protection

New Zealand and Australia have the highest rates of melanoma and non melanoma skin cancer rates in the world.  There is a big ozone hole above us.  If you live here, or visiting this part of the world It is crucial that you wear appropriate sun protection every day, including in winter and on cloudy days.  Sand, snow and water all reflect sunlight and amplify the harmful radiation that gets to you.  Even in the USA where the risk of skin cancer is considered much lower, the lifetime risk of skin cancer is still about 1 in 5.

The most effective sun protection is long sleeved clothing, hats and sunglasses, but in addition, a really good sunscreen is essential.  The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you use sunscreen every day that you go outside.  When choosing and using a sunscreen the main factors to consider are:

  1. Broadspectrum – ensure the sunscreen covers both UVA and UVB.  Products that contain avobenzone have the best UVA protection.
  2. High SPF.  A minimum of 30, but usually the higher the better.
  3. High water resistance.  Most sunscreens will wash of in water and come off with sweat.  In general you need to reapply once every 1-2 hours.
  4. You need to use about 1 shot glass worth (30-50mls)  to cover your skin
  5. If using a spray on sunscreen make sure to spray an adequate amount and rub it in to ensure even coverage.  To avoid inhaling spray sunscreen, never spray it around or near the face or mouth, instead spraying the sunscreen into your hands and then apply.

Click here to purchase our recommended neutrogena sunscreen from our affiliate Amazon. It is a great sunscreen for regular use that ticks all the boxes.

If you are spending time at the beach, you could also consider these long sleeved rash vests / beach attire to provide great sun protection whilst still keeping you reasonably cool.  The ‘rash vests’ will help prevent rashes associated with sun burn as well as prevent abrasion from sand and water sports.