RESOLUTIONS START NOW
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