Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - ASK THE EXPERT DOC HOLIDAY - KIM CULYER

My hus­band, I and two com­pan­ions will be trav­el­ling from Syd­ney to Fair­banks, Alaska, but we have an eight-hour stopover at Seat­tle air­port. We will be ar­riv­ing in Seat­tle about 1pm. Will we be able to leave the air­port to do some sight­see­ing?


Sure you can. The Cen­tral Link light rail con­nects the air­port and down­town Seat­tle in about 30 min­utes and your bag­gage should’ve been checked through to Fair­banks at your first point of en­try into the United States.

If not, then look up Ken’s Bag­gage Stor­age lo­cated on the bag­gage claim level of the air­port. The light rail trains de­part about ev­ery 15 min­utes and will cost about $3.

You should have four to five hours of ex­plor­ing, if you al­ready have your for­ward board­ing passes. This is enough time to head straight to the Pike Place Mar­ket and his­toric district. Here, you can wan­der the mar­kets, then view the city from high up in the Space Nee­dle Sta­tion.

Or, if you feel like some re­tail ther­apy, there’s a good su­per mall, The Com­mons, near the air­port where you can eas­ily spend a few hours.

My hus­band has mesothe­lioma and on his bucket list is a trip to see the Cal­gary Stam­pede. Can you sug­gest the eas­i­est and quick­est way to get there. He does not re­quire oxy­gen and we will be trav­el­ling from Western Aus­tralia.


Your trip from Perth to Cal­gary is go­ing to in­clude at least two stops. Pos­si­ble sce­nar­ios in­clud­ing flying via Syd­ney and Van­cou­ver, Mel­bourne and Los An­ge­les or Hong Kong and Van­cou­ver. The best flights will de­pend on your bud­get and pre­ferred stopover points.



A wel­come sign for many at Pike Place Mar­ket in Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton (main); and the Row­ing Club is nes­tled in scenic Stan­ley Park, Van­cou­ver (right).

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