WHAT TO PACK FOR JAPAN
Have just returned from a Japan holiday and would have saved time if I had taken a lanyard to carry my rail pass. You need the pass all the time and taking it in and out of my bag nearly broke my zip! Also they don’t often have paper towel in the bathrooms, so ensure you have a hand towel or facewasher in your bag so you don’t have wet hands. SUSIE COWIE
NAVIGATORS IN CAR HIRE
Thank you for the article on car hire overseas. Here are a few more tips we’ve learned over the years:
1. Hire a car from the airport. In Europe especially, this saves trying to navigate out of busy cities and greatly reduces stress when driving on the opposite side of the road.
2. If possible, pick up and drop off at the same location. This has saved us hundreds of dollars both in car hire fees and return airfares.
3. Buy a road atlas. It’s old-school but my husband and I bought a spiralbound road atlas book of Europe years ago and it’s been the best investment. Not only can we plan days/routes/ timing/sights, we highlight the roads we’ve taken (and still laugh heartily at the spiral course we took trying to exit Paris on our first road trip in Europe). KATE DELANEY
LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE
My top five travelling tips learned from my mistakes:
1. On New York’s subway, hold onto your friend otherwise you may not get on the train together and it could take a whole day to find them (neither of us had SIM cards).