Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

If you are trav­el­ling by train from Cusco to Machu Pic­chu, re­sist the urge to travel straight up to the site by bus that day. In­stead, book into a ho­tel and spend the day and night in the de­light­ful town­ship of Aguas Calientes (also called Machu Pic­chu vil­lage), which is where you leave the train.

Be up early and get one of the first buses up the moun­tain. By do­ing so, you may be among 60 or so peo­ple on site, rather than the 1000 or more who ar­rive at 11am straight from the train. JILL INNES


Hav­ing done many trips as a solo trav­eller, I wanted to hike the 350km John Muir Trail in Cal­i­for­nia.

Fo­rums such as bp­base­camp.freefo­ and trail­fo­ al­lowed me to find two other solo hik­ers want­ing the same dates and time span. Other fo­rums on the site give in­valu­able ad­vice on ev­ery as­pect of plan­ning such as gear, lo­gis­tics, food re­sup­plies and tips. CERENE POIDEVIN


For any­one who has an early flight out of Lon­don Heathrow or who is look­ing for a ho­tel lo­cated close by, aim to book a lo­ca­tion on Bath Rd.

The best ben­e­fit is the abil­ity to use the Lon­don bus sys­tem for free, with no need for an Oys­ter Card be­tween Heathrow and this lo­ca­tion.

Ser­vices run ev­ery 15 min­utes, 24 hours a day and stop close to mul­ti­ple ho­tels along this road.

There’s no need for trans­fers, taxis

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