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.freeforums.net and trailforums.com 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