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
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
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
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
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
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
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.