Valerie Khoo


This is the personal blog of Valerie Khoo – artist, author and podcaster. Valerie is passionate about exploring the worlds of creativity and business. She is co-host of the popular podcasts ‘So you want to be a writer’ and ‘So you want to be a photographer’. Valerie is a mentor to artists, writers and business owners on how they can turn their passions into thriving professional practices. She is author of ‘Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business’. Valerie is also CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre, one of the world’s leading centres for writing courses.

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  1. Simonne

    Love it..
    Thanks for sharing & making it easy!

    1. valeriekhoo

      Rambo looks so cute when he pops out the other end!

  2. Carole Lyden

    This is a real eye-opener for me. I had no idea that travelling with fur babies was so easy and inexpensive. Thanks for the heads up Valerie.

    1. valeriekhoo

      Very easy to fly with them Carole. Give it a go 🙂

    2. guest

      wow. why did you post that scurry photo?

  3. ironore068

    Don’t know how you got yours for $20. Our pooch travels with us all the time in WA and over Eat and the set price for Qantas and Virgin is $75 if you have your own cage.

    1. ironore068

      Sorry. Over East.

      1. valeriekhoo

        Wow. That’s expensive. I flew again today with Rambo and it was $25 this time for the extra piece of luggage. When I have no suitcase, Rambo flies for free.

        1. helen Peipi

          Hi can you help me. I’m moving home to NZ from Sydney. I want to take my babies with me nu-nookey (my lovely dog) and moans (my little princess). Money is limited.

  4. Lea

    I’m not sure if you are still responding to this thread – but recently a man’s dog died on a trip to NZ – 3 hours over the tasman…they traveled with Qantas. Qantas staff put his water bottle too high, and he couldn’t get a drink – he was a French bull dog. I am moving to NZ this year, and want to take my cat. But she is very timid – and I am very concerned about how much exposure to noise there will be – and where exactly they put the animals? If there is someone to tend to them? I don’t like the idea of animals being put in a carriage deparment with luggage. Just the noise, and fuss of that on the tarmac concerns me. Cats are typically not appreciative of being taken out of there normal environment – the added stress of the plane, the tarmac, and the actual journey – and considering all of these points, it doesn’t surprise me in the least that your Rocky looks “suicidal” at the end of a flight. But I could just not fathom putting my cat through that – she is too precious to me. Having had to hand rear her and her litter, because her mother died – we have a really deep bond.

    If you could respond, that would be great. Thank you

  5. helen Peipi

    Hi I’m moving back to NZ. I want to take my dog and cat with me. Can you help and advise me what to do, step by step please

  6. guest

    how often do you travel with your dog? I travel between Melbourne & Auckland every few weeks and would love to take my dog with me.

  7. ruth

    Qantas has changed. Our cat could no longer go through Oversize Baggage. (21/01/15.) He had to go to Qantas Freight, about half a kilometre from the Domestic Terminal (Brisbane).
    You need to drive to Qantas Freight 90 minutes before your flight to book your pet in. (There is no footpath between the two buildings.)
    Our cat had travelled three times in his pet carrier, but they would not let him fly unless we purchased their carrier for $60.
    It cost another $60 to pay for his flight.