Weather down under

Typical street greenery in the Redfern area.

Typical street greenery in the Redfern area.

These photos represent a spectrum of the open, green, urban spaces I found in Australia during our first week or so of the recent trip Down Under by UW-Stevens Point’s COMM 373 (Communicating Social Change) class.

I was fortunate to be able to chronicle the trip through my Portage County Gazette column. The first of four weekly posts from Sydney and the surrounding environs is linked here.

Read on to see the photo gallery. Continue reading

Airfare tips for Australia winterim, part III: When to purchase

It only takes a bit of searching around  the web to realize how complex purchasing an airline ticket can become.  A final aspect I’ll deal with, at least for the time being, is when to purchase tickets.

If we really wanted to save on airfare, we'd have to schedule our Australia class in September.

If we really wanted to save on airfare, we’d have to schedule our Australia class in September. (hopper.com on Chicago-Sydney flights)

In a nutshell, check for flight deals on Tuesdays (because airlines post sales on Mondays) and plan on buying soon to be safe.  But keep in mind that prices could go down, according to some reports, and always remember that you’re dealing with a business with lots of data but which is still difficult to predict.

Continue reading

Airfare tips for Australia winterim (part 2)

You can spend all day looking up flight info on the Internet ... good luck!

You can spend all day looking up flight info on the Internet … good luck!

Now that we’ve covered some of the basics for the COMM 373 winterim course, here’s some other information you might find useful.

While I mentioned in Thursday’s post that I thought it unlikely you’d be able to find a cheaper deal than the $2,600 or so my flight is costing, I did find at least one cheaper deal today (Aug. 7) for essentially the same flight.  Read on …

Continue reading

Airfare tips for COMM 373 Winterim in Australia (part 1)

As we approach a new school year, the COMM 373 Australia Winterim trip has almost firmed up its itinerary (with only a couple of minor items not scheduled) and it’s time for students to get their airline tickets. Here are a few critical tips for doing so.

NBC has kindly compiled a slew of editorial cartoons about air travel to give you something to laugh about while you're trying to buy a ticket.

NBC has kindly compiled a slew of editorial cartoons about air travel to give you something to laugh about while you’re trying to buy a ticket.

From everything I’ve been able to gather so far, it’s not particularly likely that you’ll be able to get flights much cheaper than the $2,600 or so that it’s costing for my flight.  I’ll post again on this topic by Saturday with some more tips and links, but for now,  go to the next page to see a bullet-point list of basic reminders.   Continue reading