Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

Be­fore em­bark­ing on a hol­i­day, down­load the Bor­rowBox app and use your pub­lic li­brary mem­ber­ship to ac­cess ebooks and au­dio­books. You will need to be con­nected to Wi-Fi to down­load a book, then you can lis­ten to it any­where. Best of all, it’s free. JULIE STEVENS


I’d like to add to your list of tran­quil Tokyo re­treats with my favourite – the lovely old ceme­tery town of Yanaka (JR Ya­man­ote line to Nip­pori, West Exit). Spared the de­struc­tion of the Kanto earth­quake and the World War II fire­bomb­ing, Yanaka re­mains much as it was more than 150 years ago, with its old mer­chant houses and de­light­ful shop­ping street (Yanaka Ginza) where you can feast on delicious snacks and buy tra­di­tional sou­venirs while re­vis­it­ing the past. GARTH CLARKE


Be­fore I go on a hol­i­day, I al­ways fill up a 50ml plas­tic bot­tle of my favourite liq­uid stain re­mover (like Van­ish), and pack it in my shower bag, which is then packed in my main suit­case. I find a lit­tle goes a long way and has let me wear the ar­ti­cle again, with­out the stain. I would not go on hol­i­days with­out it. JANET KENDRIGAN


On a re­cent trip to Viet­nam we found the WithLo­cals app. This was our No.1 go-to so we could talk and see the “real” Viet­nam through the eyes of a lo­cal in a very cost-ef­fec­tive way ($15pp). Our best ex­pe­ri­ence was with Natalie and her friend Rosy in Saigon. We went on the Hid­den Trea­sures tour and our kids, Jack, 9, and Freya, 6, were en­ter­tained and shown new ex­pe­ri­ences like see­ing how cof­fee was made dur­ing the war. That night we were in­vited to Rosy’s neigh­bours’ house to make and eat spring rolls. The night ended in a dance party – with our new friends and their neigh­bours. My kids will never for­get this. MEL CHURCHOUSE


Lunchtime is the best time to visit his­tor­i­cal sites. The sites are of­ten empty and you won’t have to fight for space. ELIZA STE­WART


If you are plan­ning a trip to Ger­many make sure you in­clude the Lake of Con­stance, which bor­ders three coun­tries: Ger­many, Switzer­land and Aus­tria. You can hire bikes and cy­cle along or around the lake within two or three days. Ab­so­lutely mag­nif­i­cent. ME­LANIE BERG


My girl­friend and I were in Prague last month and dis­cov­ered – based on a help­ful tip from an Amer­i­can ex­pat – the Fash­ion Club bar, which is at the top of a mul­ti­storey shop­ping cen­tre with sweep­ing views of the old town. Check out f-club.cz/en/ for de­tails. A great place to un­wind and watch the set­ting sun. MARTIN HASSELBACHER


Con­grat­u­la­tions to Es­cape reader Mick Gib­son. He is the win­ner of an All 4 Ad­ven­ture Rhino Rack Swag for his travel tip.

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