PER­FECT TIM­ING

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

Our itineraries tell us flight du­ra­tion to des­ti­na­tion, but when go­ing on a long-haul over­seas flight, in­stead of do­ing the maths in your head to work out how much longer to the des­ti­na­tion, or in­ter­rupt a movie to switch to flight path map, set the count­down timer on your smart­phone on take­off, then see at a glance how much time is left. EILEEN GEN­TLE

WARM­ING SO­LU­TIONS

If only trav­el­ling to cooler cli­mates for a short hol­i­day, thick tights from the su­per­mar­ket are a cost­ef­fec­tive re­place­ment for ex­pen­sive win­ter ther­mals. LYNDA SMITH

FLIGHT FAIL

A friend of mine went to the US. On her long flight home she or­dered a red wine, but within five min­utes of get­ting it the per­son next to her ac­ci­den­tally knocked her and she spilt it down her front – of course she was wear­ing white. An air host­ess was kind and lent her the only thing she could get her hands on, a pair of striped py­ja­mas, which my friend then had to wear off the plane. My tip is to never fly with­out an overnight bag with spare clothes. NATALIE WIL­SON

SPE­CIAL STAYS

I love stay­ing at one of Hong Kong’s most iconic places – the Chungk­ing Man­sions in Tsim Sha Tsu, Kowloon. This thriv­ing lit­tle self-sus­tain­ing me­trop­o­lis stands in stark con­trast to the sta­ple, swanky main­stream ho­tels of Honkers. It’s a unique stay and ex­hil­a­rat­ing life ex­pe­ri­ence to tick off the bucket list. WAYNE WANSTALL

LOOSE ITEMS

When pack­ing jew­ellery for a hol­i­day, use a but­ton to keep your ear­rings to­gether. Fine neck­laces can each be slipped in­side a drink­ing straw to stop them tan­gling. DEE HYDE

UBER EASY

To get around in Egypt (es­pe­cially Cairo and Alexan­dria) use Uber. It is widely avail­able and cheap. For a bet­ter car, re­quest Uber Select – still very af­ford­able. It’s the same sys­tem, se­cure and re­li­able. You’ll need in­ter­net ac­cess and avoid com­mut­ing dur­ing rush hours, es­pe­cially in Cairo. PASSANT ADLY

COM­PE­TI­TION WIN­NER

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Dianne Russ for her thrifty tips on shop­ping in the US. She has won a pair of Maui Jim sun­glasses that are worth $379.

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