Generation Changes in Air Travel

Air travel changes with technology, social situations and politics. Since a generation ago there have been many changes.

Jet Lag

The world is still the same size, but technology has compensated to changing time zones in a few ways. Just having a better flight condition, so we don’t get dehydrated, so we might get some sleep, makes all the difference when we arrive. Carbon fibre components in aircraft help this situation considerably.


In the 1980s it cost the average person three weeks wages to fly to the USE or UK. Now it is about one week’s wage.

Booking Online

It is much more convenient to book with the internet than it ever was to use a travel agent or book over the phone. This reduces the cost as we are not paying for an individual to serve us. Sydney airport transfers are easily made on the internet.

Book an airport shuttle Sydney wide on the net, and save time and money.

Much more strict that a generation ago. Who would have thought there would ever be a restriction on bringing liquids on board?

At the same time the security checks are actually quicker than before. And baggage weight allowances have increased.


In the 1990s everybody in the plane watch the same film(s). Now it is common for each seat to have its own screen and a wide choice of films. It is also becoming increasingly common to use Wi-Fi on a plane.

Politics of the Destination

US President Trump has tried to set limitations on travel from some countries. This was hardly an issue in the 1990s. Though most of these proposed restrictions have not been upheld.

Dress Regulations

Long ago people dressed up when they took a plane trip. After plane travel became commonplace they started to dress for comfort, and in anticipation for the weather at their destination. We have tended to become neatly casual when dressing for aircraft, and do not have high expectations of others.

In early 2017 a pair of teenagers were turned away from a flight because of inappropriate attire. Many people were surprised by this, and surprised that airlines still had dress regulations. What is underreported is that the two teenagers were flying on an employee pass, so were considered to be representatives of the airline; restrictions are more severe and more likely to be reinforced in these situations.

Most airlines do have dress codes, but they are fairly tolerant when it comes to reinforcing them. As long as passengers are reasonably attired there is nothing said.

Dress for you destination. 


There are more flight and airlines than ever before, yet accidents are becoming even less common.

Sydney Airport Shuttle Services

A Sydney Airport Shuttle is always a good way to start or return from a trip, no matter your attire or expectations. Let your vacation or business trip start the moment you leave your home.


What To Avoid


Don’t eat near a major tourist Site. These places will be expensive; you are paying for the view and location. A few of them have decent food, but the places the local frequent will be better food at a better price. North Korea tours won’t give you a choice- you eat where the tour eats. Some Japanese Package tours also choose the restaurant for you, but this can be an advantage- the package tours will get a group discount in return for providing regular customers, and the food will tend to be something that the tourists appreciate. Package tours will often use lesser known eateries rather than the tourist traps as


Don’t use Money Changers at the airport – the exchange rate and fees are too high. An ATM will get you a good deal, especially if it is linked to the same bank you have at home. Citibank operates in South Korea, so you can use a Citibank account from Australia. Find a card system without fees.


Don’t limit yourself to the same internet search engines. Search engines in your country will not give all the best results for a foreign country. And a foreign country will not always be in your language. But use different search engines for more results. And do look for suggestions from returning travellers.


Don’t compromise time to save money. You will only be on vacation for a few weeks or so. If you save $10.oo but have to walk for an hour, or wait for a connection, you are wasting vacation time. You probably aren’t coming back soon, so make use of the opportunities.

North Korea Tours and Japan Tours


North Korea Tours

You cannot travel to North Korea without being part of a guided tour, that’s the law of the land. You literally cannot leave the group, you feel like you live on the tour bus. Two guides will show you everything that you are supposed to see, and not let you see anything that interferes with the image that they want to present to the world.  It is a very different form of travel.


Pyongyang, the capital, could almost pass for a pleasant city in another part of the world; this is misleading. It has the skyscrapers, hotels, factories and housing seen in so many places. It seems open and well-spaced. But of course this is part of what the West is expected to see. Apart from propaganda posters and statures of the president it almost looks normal. We are not meant to be aware that most of the population does not live here, and the shop fronts appear to be all closed.


Outside the capital the run-down buildings are frequent, as are buildings under construction. As this is not dwelt on by the tour group, and as asking questions doesn’t seem like a good idea, the extent of the poverty here is hard to ascertain.


What stands in contrast to this is the countryside, which looks green and impressive. This is both farmland and natural landscape. You would think that this land has the food and supplies to look the whole country. Apparently, North Korea admits to limits in its farming practice here. Not sure what to make of this situation.


The North Korea tours are very different to the Japan tours. In Japan one is aware of the foreign culture, and wary of offending the customs of those locals who are actually very likable. There is freedom of movement, but the knowledge that you are expected to already know how to act. North Korea tours, by contrast, keep you on the local straight and narrow. The rules are spelt out, and you are kept from breaking them. Then again, as much is hidden it is hard to be sure about too much in North Korea.

The JSA Tour

The Joint Security Area Tour (JSA tour) is different to the DMZ tour. As they both cover similar areas they are often undertaken on the same journey.

The JSA tour focuses on the northern most part of South Korea, which meets the southernmost part of North Korea. This is technically an active warzone, where neither side of Korea has jurisdiction.

The JSA tour concentrates on the 800 metre square location where the 1953 armistice agreement was signed. Presently controlled by United Nations and North Korean forces this area was one neutral ground for both sides of Korea, designated as a place where both sides could meet. After the murder of two American military personnel in 1976 further dividing lines were imposed, preventing military access to some parts of the area.

The JSA has several building of historical importance, including freedom house. Several of these buildings extend equally into North and South Korea. Tourists may enter and exit a building by the Southern doors, but cannot exit by the northern doors as these lead to North Korea.

The Bridge of no return crosses the line between North and South Korea. It was previously used for prisoner exchanges between the two sides. Its name comes from the policy that would not allow North Korean prisoners who crossed the bridge to ever return to South Korea. The site appears briefly near the beginning of the James Bond Film Die Another Day.

The JSA tour requires all visitors to have current passports, and all individuals must sign a document that acknowledges the possibility of serious or fatal injury from possible military action.

By law all tourists must wear neat clothing that completely covers arms and legs.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Today marks the 5th month working for my company and it’s been a lovely experience. I’ve been learning heaps, unfortunately I don’t know if what I learn will be applicable to my studies at university.

Every day I have to wake up at 6 am to get ready for work. I leave the house at 6:30 and then catch a train from 6:45 – 7:50. During these travel times I spend a portion of it watching TV shows or movies and sometimes I think about everything around me. How things work, what’s going to happen next, things like that. Straight after the train there’s a bus from Town Hall to work, everyday I pass the Sydney Harbour Bridge but I never had the chance to climb it.

I remember during the lights festival in Sydney, the bridge lit up. You could see it from far away, it was such a lovely sight. I believe it would have been great to be able to climb the bridge during that lights festival. You get to see the world around you, the cars, buses, ships, water. You can see everything. You feel like you are at the top of the world. I haven’t climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge before but this is what I think it would be like.

I’m still quite sceptical about climbing the bridge because of my fear of heights but if someone can convince me to do it then I’d do it hands down.


So PJ Tours is the brand I will be turning to if I end up climbing the bridge. I know that they have other services such as tours. Blue Mountains Tours, Dolphin Watching, Winery Tours, etc..

The one I’m most interested about though is the Bridge Climbs. I’d like to know when I’m going to work that I climbed that structure, maybe even give me a story to tell people on the bus to work.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge was first opened back in 1932 and was able to be climbed in 1989. Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge has been recognised by Lonely Planet as one of the world’s top 10 “biggest Adrenaline rush” experiences as well as the top “10 best things to climb”.

Experience a 360 degree panorama view of Sydney on a 3 hour journey over the catwalks and ladders of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The Bridge Climb tours are conducted at various times throughout the day. Choose between a morning sunrise over Sydney, a night lit Sydney view, or a day view of the city during its peak hours. There are also shorter and more intense tours available for those more adventurous with a shorter time schedule.

For more information, feel free to head over to their website. If you have previously purchased services from PJ Tours and would like to share your thoughts and recommendations, we welcome you to post a review on their TrueLocal page.