PIL­LOW TALK

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

If you’re trav­el­ling to a win­ter des­ti­na­tion and need your win­ter wool­lies to get to and from the air­port, pack a pil­low­case in your carry-on. Once in the plane fill your pil­low­case with your gloves, jacket, beanie and scarf and en­joy an ex­tra comfy pil­low to catch some sleep on! JENELLE SILVY

TOASTY TOES

When trav­el­ling some­where cold, wear two pairs of light wool socks and two pairs of light wool gloves, or light wool gloves in­side wool mit­tens. The dou­ble layer of wool is mar­vel­lously warm and traps mul­ti­ple lay­ers of air, which the hands and feet can then warm. Got to have toasty warm toes and hands when trav­el­ling in those cold places. CATHER­INE GAUDRY

IN­SUR­ANCE TIPS

If you can’t af­ford in­sur­ance then you can’t af­ford to travel. Some credit cards of­fer com­pli­men­tary travel in­sur­ance so take ad­van­tage of this fa­cil­ity but make sure to check out the cov­er­age of­fered in­clud­ing any ex­cess. Make sure to take your pol­icy with you and have all of the in­surer as­sis­tance and emer­gency con­tact de­tails ac­ces­si­ble. From ex­pe­ri­ence, if you should en­counter any de­lays or can­cel­la­tions try to re­main calm and take pho­tos of any in­for­ma­tion, no­tices or sce­nar­ios as ev­i­dence for an in­sur­ance claim when you re­turn home. Also en­sure you have enough credit avail­able on your credit card (or, even bet­ter, have an emer­gency credit card) to be able to pay for and ab­sorb any un­ex­pected, ad­di­tional and in­terim travel costs, and keep all of your re­ceipts. DEL­PHINE MCLAREN

FLIGHT TUNES

To help get through a long-haul flight, down­load re­lax­ing med­i­ta­tion songs (ex­am­ple, rain­for­est sounds) to your mo­bile or lap­top, pre-flight. It might sound kooky and new-age but, trust me, they pro­vide am­bi­ent sound while not be­ing overly noisy as to dis­rupt your sleep. Don’t rely on the on­board mu­sic se­lec­tion. While the se­lec­tion is de­cent enough, there are fre­quent in­ter­rup­tions and an­nounce­ments on the PA sys­tem. In­vest in noise can­celling head­phones or ear­phones if you are par­tic­u­larly sen­si­tive to noises on the plane. They are worth ev­ery cent. FRAN­CIS CHEAH

POWER UP

Al­ways take an Aus­tralian surge pro­tec­tor power board when trav­el­ling. You then only need one adap­tor to plug it in, and all cam­era, phone, bat­tery charg­ers and lap­tops etc are plugged in at the one lo­ca­tion. They are surge pro­tected and, be­ing all in one lo­ca­tion, it’s quick to pack up and low­ers the risk of los­ing your charg­ers. CAROLYN FARQUHAR

FREE TOURS

We have trav­elled ex­ten­sively in the US, Europe and Asia. We have found that we can get lo­cals who will take you around for a few hours free of charge and give you a few travel tips and eat­ing places. They do not charge and we get them meals and drinks. Most cities have them, so just search for “travel guides”. BRYAN AND SHIRLEY MARTIN

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