SWEETENER IN THE AIR
Irecently flew Sydney-Bangkok return. After reading a letter from a traveller about giving the flight crew chocolates on departure, I thought I’d give it a go. The crew were appreciative of this small gesture and I was spoiled for the nine-hour, 30-minute flight. Sitting in row 60 you usually wait for meals and drinks. I was served first while others around me waited for theirs. When walking past, the crew would ask if I would like a drink or a snack. So I’d recommend this to improve your in-flight experience. Just don’t abuse their kindness. STEVE MULHOLLAND
When you are camping use leftover egg cartons for egg cups. Perfect for when the kids want egg and soldiers, and environmentally friendly. MELANIE MARTIN
POWER IN NUMBERS
If travelling with friends, just buy one adaptor for the country you’re staying in, fitted to a power board for all to share. Saved a few dollars on adaptors, space and it kept our devices together. NATALIE ALYMPIC
Cruising the French canals is one of the most relaxing holidays. They are correct in saying “no experience necessary”. I loved the way at lunch time you could pull into a village, go for a stroll, or buy fresh meat, cheese, bread roll and wine for a meal. In the evening, you could have up to three boats moored with English, German, French etc crews. After a glass or two of red, we spoke a universal language. NIEL FABIAN
After swimming with whale sharks in Oslob, it’s worth making the pleasant trek up to the three tiers of Kawasan Falls to swim in cool, clear water. We also loved White Beach, a Boracay beach with crystal-clear water. TONY AND JUDY STRETCH
When visiting Da Lat, Vietnam, we recommend seeing the Queen’s Palace, behind Lam Dong Museum but poorly advertised. It is art deco in style, and gives the impression the family has just moved out – dining table set for a banquet, clothes hang in the wardrobe – just stunning. MARG AND CLEM BREUER
PRINT IT OR PAY
I recently had to travel on a domestic flight before boarding an international flight. The bookings and itinerary were on my phone. Unfortunately, the domestic flight was delayed by six hours. After such a prolonged time the phone was flat and by the time I was able to recharge, the international flight had closed and I missed the connection. The moral is lways carry a printed version of the ticket which is available, flat battery or not. A. F. DE SOUSA
Congratulations to Jaquie Shelton for sharing her best safari tips following her holiday to Kenya and Tanzania. She has won a Navman Drive Duo SUV GPS and Smartbox worth $560.
PIC OF THE WEEK
We made it! View from the top of an observation tower in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, near Tulum, Mexico.