TOO LATE FOR US VISA ALERT

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

Thanks for the ar­ti­cle on ESTA scam­mers on July 31. Un­for­tu­nately I was a vic­tim. The of­fi­cial form (PDF) that came back with the au­tho­rised ap­pli­ca­tion said the cost was $US14 (about $19). It wasn’t un­til I saw the $US89 deb­ited in my bank ac­count state­ment that I re­alised some­thing was amiss. I don’t expect to be com­pen­sated but I have emailed the ESTA peo­ple that pro­cessed the forms sug­gest­ing a “mis­take” has oc­curred. ALAN MILNE

WHOLE LOTTA G’LOVE

When I went to Antarc­tica I was told rub­ber wash­ing up gloves were a good idea to put over your other gloves, so I did it. On that trip I ended up with green gloves that looked ex­actly like wash­ing up ones so I looked slightly ridicu­lous but my hands were al­ways com­pletely dry and warm.

This time I’ve bought a black pair of rub­ber gloves to put over my real ones, so won’t look as crazy, but it will be in­ter­est­ing to see if any­one com­ments this time around! So rather than spend­ing $100 or more on ski­ing gloves, you can just put the gloves you al­ready have in­side wash­ing up ones. Win­ning! AMANDA WOODS

SAVVY PACKERS

When trav­el­ling with my hus­band, I al­ways pack one of my out­fits in his bag and one of his in mine. That way if one of our bags goes miss­ing or is de­layed we have a change of clothes. RITA VELLA

COVER GUAR­AN­TEED

Re­gard­ing the let­ter to Doc Hol­i­day about travel in­sur­ance with the ANZ plat­inum card chang­ing from QBE to Al­lianz, we have had no trou­ble at all get­ting in­sur­ance for our hol­i­day next month. One phone call to Al­lianz as­sured me every­thing was the same as be­fore. I paid my $75 for a pre ex­ist­ing con­di­tion, and was sent a cer­tifi­cate a few days later cov­er­ing me and my hus­band. ROSE­MARY SHERRIFFS

FREE WALK­ING TOUR

The best hol­i­day tip is for­get taxis and use pub­lic trans­port or bet­ter still – walk. You dis­cover and see more than you’ll ever expect and ex­pe­ri­ence more of what a city has to of­fer. DAVID TOMICH

ALOHA ‘REAL’ HAWAII

My dad and his im­me­di­ate and ex­tended fam­ily were born and raised in Hawaii so I have been lucky enough to be shown the “real” Hawaii. If you do visit, top things to do in­clude the ho­pon hop-off bus ser­vices, climb Di­a­mond Head, snorkel at Hanauma Bay, go to the North Shore for a great drive and swim, hike through lush rain­forests and es­carp­ments, go to a semi-pro base­ball game, see the Hula Bowl Col­lege Foot­ball All-Stars game and hire a long­board at Waikiki. TI­MOTHY GOD­BOLD

WRAP IT UP

I place a large piece of bub­ble wrap to cover all my packed clothes; tuck­ing it in also keeps ar­ti­cles from mov­ing and pro­tects break­ables. I then put my toi­letry bag on top of the bub­ble wrap so any spillages would not seep on to my clothes. CH­ERYL HUMPHRIES

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