WHAT TO PACK FOR JA­PAN

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

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).

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