Aussie Chef Guy Turland travels a lot. Like, a lot, a lot. He's nearly been to every continent while filming his hit SBS TV show - Bondi Harvest.
In 2017, Guy and the Bondi Harvest crew explored 15 countries in 6 months filming, eating and sharing stories. Like a lot of people, Guy wasn’t sure he was really getting the most out of his Credit Card. So, we reached out and helped him compare the best frequent flyer cards on the market.
Next thing you know Guy's travel situation looks like Business Class Upgrades. Lay-down bed. Champagne. Beautiful Food.
Bam. The 14-hour Sydney to San Francisco flight looks pretty good right about now.
This, of course, was all made possible because he compared and chose the right credit card for him. Too easy right?
And...cause Guy is such a stand-up guy, to say thank you for hooking him up - he took us along on Bondi Harvest's very first behind the scenes video.
Sit back, relax and check out 'Bondi Harvest on Tour'.
Want to travel like Guy? Here are his top 4 hacks to travel like a professional
1. Do your research
Ask yourself what, why and how?
What do I want to see / Why am I traveling / How am I experiencing it – and make a list of all these things prior to booking.
This list will help you make decisions on where and how you want to experience your adventure.
Also, wherever you go, research the local food and restaurants before you arrive – nothing gives you a feel for the true local scene then eating where the locals eat.
2. Points matter
Gone are the days of traveller’s cheques or even cash. Getting the right credit card before your travels include some impressive benefits; Travel insurance, financial protection, access to business class lounges and bulk frequent flyer points just to name a few.
Every point matters and can take you one step closer to the ultimate travel experience.
Guy says (and we agree) that you should concentrate on one or two points rewards programs and whenever you can, double dip through the airline’s online shopping malls.
If you want bulk points fast get a good credit card (with a healthy sign-up bonus).
Credit card points can go towards making your flight and travel experience that little bit more affordable and luxe.
- Booking your entire flights on points
- Upgrading to a better seat and even business class
- Buying travel essentials, like noise-cancelling earphones
- Book as far ahead in advance as possible (months) or sometimes it’s better to just leave it a week out in order to snag a seat on the flight you want.
3. Get the right camera
Whether you’re traveling around the globe or heading out on an epic road trip it’s best to travel light.
Picking the right camera for you can be difficult and daunting. There are so many different kinds of cameras on the market and they all offering something different and great.
Don’t get tricked into buying a camera beyond your comfort zone. The perfect travel camera doesn’t have to be uber expensive, over complicated or fancy.
The right camera to capture that special moment can be as simple as your iPhone or a small digital point and shoot.
The key thing to remember is simply something that you’re comfortable using.
Guy takes his phone, a Gopro, and a vintage stills camera everywhere he goes to capture all his adventures.
The Bondi Harvest Travel Kit:
- Go Pro
- Vintage Camera (film)
- Sony A7s2
4. Noise cancelling earphones
Noise cancelling headphones are a must for any long-haul flight
Lonely Planet’s – Chris Zeiher says they’re a non-negotiable, must-have item for anyone spending serious time in the air.
Regular headphones don’t even come close to noise cancellers on a flight. It’s not just the engines and air-conditioning on the flight, you hear everything.
Conversations around you, the food trolley, the person next to you snoring like a beast!
Noise cancellers don’t block everything out, but they're way less intrusive and reduce the noise to a vague background hummmm; making your movie watching experience a million times more enjoyable.
Experts estimate in-flight noise reaches a steady roar of 85 decibels after takeoff, and Sennheiser says high-quality noise-cancelling headphones can more than halve this sound.
They come in at about $400. But if the price puts you off, it’s another reason to purchase those bad boys using points.
The Bondi Harvest Earphones of choice:
- Bose quietcomfort 35 wireless headphones 2
Want to get a great frequent flyer card and travel the world on upgrades like Guy? Start here.