ROAD TRIP

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

On our self-drive trip through Canada we down­loaded an app called Gypsy Guide. This is like hav­ing your own per­sonal guide in the car with you. You just down­load and when you start your trip the guide will work like a GPS.

The au­dio tours use GPS tech­nol­ogy that lets the app know when you are near a fas­ci­nat­ing at­trac­tion or spec­tac­u­lar sight­see­ing point. There is con­tin­u­ous com­men­tary that plays au­to­mat­i­cally, telling you what to look at or when and where to pull over. You don't have to scroll or press any but­tons dur­ing the tour.

Some area apps are free and oth­ers av­er­age about $3 to $4 and cover most ar­eas in the US, Canada and Hawaii. ROSE

AIR­PORT HACK

When fly­ing into Bangkok’s Su­varn­ab­humi Air­port in Thai­land, don’t go to the exit where all the cabs and taxis are and get ripped off. In­stead, go up­stairs to De­par­tures, walk out and take your pick from the abun­dance of cabs with no line-up. SUNIB GREALY

CAR IN­SUR­ANCE

For years when we vis­ited the UK we drove a fam­ily mem­ber’s car to get around. For­tu­nately, we were not in­volved in any col­li­sion or dam­age as we later found out we would not have been in­sured. Only UK res­i­dents can drive UK-in­sured pri­vate cars. Hav­ing a UK driver’s li­cence and UK pass­port makes no dif­fer­ence if you are not a res­i­dent. We man­aged to find an online car in­sur­ance com­pany that cov­ered us just for driv­ing a pri­vate car

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