SWEET­ENER IN THE AIR

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - DESTINATION MAUI -

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

CAMP­ING HACK

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

CANAL CON­NEC­TIONS

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

PRIS­TINE PHILIP­PINES

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

VISIT VIET­NAM

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

COM­PE­TI­TION WIN­NER

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.

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P I C T U R E @ E L E A N O R I S DA L E / I N S TAGRAM

We made it! View from the top of an ob­ser­va­tion tower in the Sian Ka’an Bio­sphere Re­serve, near Tu­lum, Mex­ico.

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