RES­O­LU­TIONS START NOW

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - WELCOME THREE CAPES TRACK, TASMANIA -

Hats off to any­one who ac­tu­ally starts their New Year’s res­o­lu­tions on Jan­uary 1. The re­al­is­tic – cyn­i­cal is pos­si­bly a more apt word – among us know that the first day of Fe­bru­ary, af­ter Aus­tralia Day and once the en­tire stu­dent pop­u­la­tion is back at school, is when the real starter gun goes off.

Ac­tu­ally, that’s not true ei­ther, be­cause no one is set­ting off new habits on a Thurs­day. We all know there is only one day of the week to start some­thing new, Mon­day.

Based on that in­stinc­tively ac­cu­rate hunch, to­mor­row is the first day of 2018. That means you have less than 24 hours to lock in am­bi­tious hol­i­day plans and other travel habits for the year ahead. If you’re at a loss, feel free to bor­row some of mine.

1. Re­visit a mar­quee city. In my case, it’s Lon­don. My most re­cent trip there was in the last mil­len­nium, hav­ing pri­ori­tised new places and fam­ily-friendly beach spots. Per­haps I’ll be in­vited to a royal wed­ding ...

2. Pre-or­der my meals for a flight. Eighty per cent of the time I’m happy with the choices of­fered, but there are oc­ca­sions when I’m feel­ing fussy, so if the op­tion is there then why not use it?

3. Fill out the feed­back forms with as much de­tail as pos­si­ble. Tick­ing boxes rang­ing from un­sat­is­fac­tory to amaz­ing is help­ful, but tak­ing the time to write specifics is even bet­ter. Ad­den­dum to this: If you have a gen­uine com­plaint, don’t wait un­til the sur­vey; re­port it as soon as it hap­pens so the travel provider has the chance to rec­tify it straight away.

4. Find the best app for se­curely stor­ing all my travel doc­u­ments on phone and tablet.

5. Book the next hol­i­day as soon as I’m back from the last. That’s now.

JANA FRAWLEY, NA­TIONAL TRAVEL ED­I­TOR

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