Search found 68 matches

by bjmarren
January 3rd, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Airport Lounge
Topic: South Africa
Replies: 38
Views: 2106

Re: South Africa

Thanks for all your replies.

I had a similar situation when hiring in Ireland last June. In the end I just presented my old paper license and passport and that was fine with them. I think I'll stick to the same this time. I usually worry too much about these things.

Brendan
by bjmarren
January 3rd, 2019, 8:28 am
Forum: Airport Lounge
Topic: South Africa
Replies: 38
Views: 2106

Re: South Africa

Hi, It's me again with another question, specifically regarding car hire in SA. Is it necessary to have an International driving license to hire a car or is my old paper licence acceptable, as far as anyone knows. My wife has a normal EU card license, with photo etc, being a citizen of Bulgaria, but...
by bjmarren
December 14th, 2018, 3:27 pm
Forum: Airport Lounge
Topic: South Africa
Replies: 38
Views: 2106

Re: South Africa

Hi GS,

Many thanks for your reply. We really like the idea of driving along that route as we will have the time, and it will leave time for a more relaxing perid around CT before we depart back home. Had you booked the car before you arrived in SA?

Cheers!

Brendan
by bjmarren
December 12th, 2018, 4:16 pm
Forum: Airport Lounge
Topic: South Africa
Replies: 38
Views: 2106

Re: South Africa

To add to the above, our original idea was to hire a car in Port Elizabeth and drive to Cape Town taking in the Garden Route on the way stopping overnight in 2 or 3 places and then doing Cape Town and the surrounding area when we are in Cape Town for the last 3 days. It's just that I'm not sure abou...
by bjmarren
December 12th, 2018, 4:03 pm
Forum: Airport Lounge
Topic: South Africa
Replies: 38
Views: 2106

Re: South Africa

Thank you all for replying, Looking at it again, the schedule does look a bit hectic. After some more thought, we are now looking at a 3 night, 4 day Kruger park tour, starting the day after we arrive in SA and after that go to Victoria Falls. If we arrive in Vic Falls in the afternoon, we will have...
by bjmarren
December 9th, 2018, 9:08 am
Forum: Airport Lounge
Topic: South Africa
Replies: 38
Views: 2106

Re: South Africa

Hi Taurus the Bull and Zico, Many thanks for your replies and advice, we''ll take heed. We'll be flying into Joburg on the 26th and want to do Vic Falls, Kruger and Pilanesberg while we're in that part of the country. This'll mean using Joburg as a base at times but we don't see an alternative. We a...
by bjmarren
December 8th, 2018, 7:25 am
Forum: Airport Lounge
Topic: South Africa
Replies: 38
Views: 2106

Re: South Africa

Hi Taurus, Me again! We have booked flights to South Africa, arriving on 25th Jan and departing 12th Feb. We want to go to Victoria Falls and Kruger Park, as part of the visit, but we seem to be getting conflicting information regarding the threat of Malaria in both locations. What was your own own ...
by bjmarren
November 14th, 2018, 10:18 am
Forum: Airport Lounge
Topic: South Africa
Replies: 38
Views: 2106

Re: South Africa

Hi,

Thanks for all your replies. We are still mulling it all over but I hope I can come back with more questions if that is ok.

Cheers!

Brendan
by bjmarren
November 12th, 2018, 3:14 pm
Forum: Airport Lounge
Topic: South Africa
Replies: 38
Views: 2106

Re: South Africa

Hi Taurus, Thanks for replying, and for the suggestions. We know absolutely nothing about South Africa, in terms of visiting there, so your comments were very helpful. We were wondering whether we should use a local travel company to organise trips in country, or is this something we could do as ind...
by bjmarren
November 3rd, 2018, 11:54 am
Forum: Airport Lounge
Topic: South Africa
Replies: 38
Views: 2106

Re: South Africa

Hi Clariman, Did you get to South Africa in the end? Mrs B and I are thinking of a trip to SA towards the end of next Jan so this thread has been really helpful. We'll be travelling from Bulgaria so will probably fly KLM. Given the tips that people have given in the posts below, what would be your a...
by bjmarren
October 9th, 2018, 4:48 pm
Forum: Pensions - Practical Problems
Topic: NI Voluntary Class 2 contributions
Replies: 3
Views: 1506

NI Voluntary Class 2 contributions

Hi all, I contacted HMRC today to find out what the Class 2 NI rates were for 2016/17 and 2017/18 as I wanted to make sure my contributions were up to date. I should add that I've been living and working overseas for the last 20 years and although I had paid enough contributions to qualify for a ful...
by bjmarren
August 16th, 2018, 7:20 am
Forum: Airport Lounge
Topic: Sightseeing in Algier!
Replies: 1
Views: 365

Sightseeing in Algier!

It looks as if I'll be in Algier in the 2nd week of September running a workshop. My wife is interested in accompanying me, as a tourist, and I was wondering if anyone had any experience of being in Algier, as a tourist. She would on her own during the day and we're obviously interested in issues su...
by bjmarren
July 15th, 2018, 9:13 pm
Forum: Airport Lounge
Topic: Car Hire in Ireland
Replies: 12
Views: 1628

Re: Car Hire in Ireland

Hi All, I thought I would let you know what happened regarding my car hire in Ireland. First of all I should say that my paper passport has my last UK address on it dating back over 20 years ago, even though I have been living abroad since 1997. It could be that I'm not even legally entitled to stil...
by bjmarren
June 22nd, 2018, 9:53 am
Forum: Airport Lounge
Topic: Car Hire in Ireland
Replies: 12
Views: 1628

Re: Car Hire in Ireland

Hi again, Thanks for all your replies. According to the Carhire.ie website, I need my driving licence of course, a bank statement, copy of utility payment, confirming address and a printout from the DLVA confirming any points deduction, as I have a paper version of the license. Apart from my driving...
by bjmarren
June 20th, 2018, 9:12 am
Forum: Airport Lounge
Topic: Car Hire in Ireland
Replies: 12
Views: 1628

Re: Car Hire in Ireland

Hi All,
When picking up a hire car, have you ever been asked for any documentation other than your driving licence? Would be interested to know.

Brendan
by bjmarren
June 12th, 2018, 9:00 am
Forum: Bank Accounts Savings & ISAs
Topic: ISAs for children living overseas
Replies: 1
Views: 368

ISAs for children living overseas

Hi All, A colleague of mine, we are both working overseas and regarded as non-resident for tax purposes, has started to think about saving for his children's future, i.e. Uni fees etc. and wanted to know good ways to do this. I suggested that their Grandparents, both UK residents could possibly set ...
by bjmarren
June 11th, 2018, 5:57 pm
Forum: Does anyone know?
Topic: Airbnb requesting photo identification
Replies: 7
Views: 556

Re: Airbnb requesting photo identification

Yes, it is obvious that hotels would want to check IDs, either as a result of the law of the country but also wanting details of a guest should they do a runner or something like that. We booked an apartment in Portugal last year for 10 days without any such requirement from the owner, but if you've...
by bjmarren
June 11th, 2018, 3:32 pm
Forum: Does anyone know?
Topic: Airbnb requesting photo identification
Replies: 7
Views: 556

Re: Airbnb requesting photo identification

Hi all, Thank you for all your replies. We've established that it is airbnb that is asking for this and not the host. The decision about whether a person is asked to provide this can be as a result of the country you are coming from, in our case Bulgaria, according to airbnb's info on this, so it do...
by bjmarren
June 11th, 2018, 9:25 am
Forum: Does anyone know?
Topic: Airbnb requesting photo identification
Replies: 7
Views: 556

Airbnb requesting photo identification

Hi all, We've used Airbnb a number of times and have been very pleased with them. We're in the process of booking places in Ireland for a trip next month and my wife was asked, by airbnb, to authenticate her identification by providing a a photo copy of her ID. Has anybody here had a similar experie...
by bjmarren
June 3rd, 2018, 3:27 pm
Forum: Airport Lounge
Topic: Car Hire in Ireland
Replies: 12
Views: 1628

Car Hire in Ireland

Hi All, We're off to Ireland in early July for a 9 day visit. We'll have 3 days in Dublin at the beginning and then drive around the South West for 5 or 6 days days, for which we'll hire a car. For the last 3 years we've used Europcar for trips to Sardinia, Spain and Portugal and have been generally...

Go to advanced search