CARDS THE GO IN SWEDEN
Sweden is moving towards being cashless. On a recent visit our hotel clearly declared itself cashless, the airport transfer bus was card only and even the nearby pizza shop wouldn’t accept cash. So if you are heading that way, be prepared. RAY PITMAN
When travelling Europe in summer I always take ziplock bags full of Epsom salts. Just enough to soak my feet in at the end of the day. It really helps with aching feet and swelling ankles. SUSAN MAFFEI
On long-haul flights I book a window seat so that other passengers don’t have to crawl over me to get out.
I have also been woken in an aisle seat from people knocking me while walking down the aisle.
The window seat has a little extra room between the wall and the armrest. If you fill the space with a pillow or folded jacket it makes things more comfortable. ARMIDA POLI
I read with interest the “keep it simple” tip for China that warned of limited ATMs and cards not being accepted. I have a very close family friend who lives in Chengdu, so I sent her the article and her reply puts a different slant on this advice.
“In a city like Chengdu, local citizens like me don’t carry much cash anymore. We use credit cards, we chat pay or Alipay (the latter two being the most common). Mastercard or Visa is welcome almost everywhere. ATMs can be found quite easily in town. If you come to Chengdu you will be surprised by how much it has developed. In large shopping malls western toilets are adopted and toilet paper is provided. Of course you have to bring your own toilet paper in some public toilets.” JOHN COOPER
The lakes district in southern Chile offered a chance to visit an active volcano in Pucon. How would we get to the base? An Uber of course! So we jumped in and embarked on the crazy uphill adventure, narrowly avoiding washed-away terrain while taking in mind-blowing views on the way to the grassy base of this awe-inspiring, snow-capped natural beauty. Was it worth it? If memories last to our dying days, this one will. YASMIN RAYMEN
In Paris I stay on the Île Saint-Louis. On my last visit I rented an apartment overlooking the Seine. The Île SaintLouis has most everything you would need to enjoy your stay. Cafes, small neighbourhood supermarkets, bakeries to die for, restaurants tucked away in little corners and down basement steps, souvenir shops and the famous Berthillon ice-cream parlour (do not miss this experience).
Most of all it’s the relaxing atmosphere. After a full day of sightseeing in or around Paris take the time to relax and unwind. In the late afternoon or early evening grab a fresh bakery roll fresh cheese, a bottle of your favourite wine and head to the park beside Notre- Dame Cathedral. DENISE TOON