Thanks so much for all your help and advice, it has given me a lot more confidence and calmed my nerves somewhat.
I had no idea you could just use your regular ATM card overseas - how easy does that make things??!! I think I will get an amount of HK $ to have on me in cash when I go over, and get money out of the ATM when I am over there. Phew - one less thing to panic about
Though I will definitely contact the bank to tell them I am heading overseas so they don't think my activity is suspicious. I am going to hop on the Aus Post website now and check out the exchange rate there.
I do have to get the travel insurance myself, though work has given us a link to the travel agent doing all their bookings etc if we wish to buy the insurance through them. Will get onto that ASAP.
I am trying to plan my outfits down to a fine art before I go so I am not taking too much. I have a tendency to throw everything in and decide on the day what to wear, but then that works when you don't have a kg luggage limit!
As for carry on bags - what can you usually on board? I have my hand bag which is a decent size and will hold my ipad, kobo, wallet, phone and a multitude of other necessities (!) can I also take a small backpack ? Do I have to put my handbag in the luggage compartment above my head when we fly or can I keep it at my feet? Just curious as I tend to swap between my ipad and kobo quite a bit and didn't want to be forever getting my bag down. I thought also if I can take a small backpack or something on board with me that will give me a bit of extra luggage room on the way back as well.
You can't half tell I am a newbie can you??!!