ROAD TRIP

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

On our self drive trip through Canada we down­loaded an app called Gypsy Guide. This is like hav­ing your own per­sonal guide in the car with you. You just down­load and when you start your trip the guide will work like a GPS. The au­dio tours use GPS tech­nol­ogy that lets the app know when you are near a fas­ci­nat­ing at­trac­tion or spec­tac­u­lar sight­see­ing point. There is con­tin­u­ous com­men­tary that plays au­to­mat­i­cally, telling you what to look at or when and where to pull over. You don't have to scroll or press any but­tons dur­ing the tour. Some area apps are free and oth­ers av­er­age around $3 to $4 and cover most ar­eas in the United States, Canada and Hawaii.

ROSE

AIR­PORT HACK

When fly­ing into Bangkok’s Su­varn­ab­humi Air­port in Thai­land, don’t go to the exit where all the cabs and taxis are and get ripped off. In­stead, go up­stairs to De­par­tures, walk out and take your pick from the abun­dance of cabs with no line up.

SUNIB GREALY

CAR INSURANCE

For years when we vis­ited the UK we drove a fam­ily mem­ber’s car to get around. For­tu­nately, we were not in­volved in any col­li­sion or dam­age as we later found out that we would not have been in­sured. Only UK res­i­dents can drive UK in­sured pri­vate cars. Hav­ing a UK driver’s li­cence and UK pass­port makes no dif­fer­ence if you are not a res­i­dent of the coun­try. We man­aged to find an on­line car insurance com­pany that cov­ered us just for driv­ing a pri­vate car in the UK Much cheaper than hir­ing a car and we knew we were cov­ered.

GENE BEN­NETT

SNAP IT

When ar­riv­ing at the air­port be­fore check­ing in your suit­case, take pho­tos of them with your phone and, if they ar­rive dam­aged, you have a record of the state of them when they were checked in with date and time.

ANNE O'BRIEN

BAG TAG

At­tach an I.C.E (In Case of Emer­gency) disc to your wal­let or bag. It is an Aus­tralian in­ven­tion that con­tains a USB with your ba­sic med­i­cal his­tory, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion de­tails and emer­gency con­tacts loaded by you us­ing your com­puter.

KAREN FIELD

LIS­BON SIGHTS

Eat Drink Walk, a gourmet food walk­ing tour of Lis­bon was so much more than food and wine, it was also about Lis­bon’s cul­ture, past and present. A great in­tro­duc­tion to Lis­bon, ex­cel­lent value, gen­er­ous with food and drink and per­fectly paced so af­ter the five hours we didn’t want it to end. They only take about 8 peo­ple on the tour so you need to book ahead.

MAREE MCEVOY

FLIGHT TIP

When fly­ing over­seas with your part­ner, put some of your ba­sic clothes in each other’s checked-in bag­gage. If the air­line loses one of your bags – at least you have a change of clothes.

BRUCE EL­LIOTT

DES­TI­NA­TION PRAGUE

Food is awe­some, beer is awe­some and pub­lic trans­port is cheap as chips. We ac­tu­ally rent an apart­ment in the sub­urbs – Zizkov (Prague 3) – and go to the lo­cal su­per­mar­ket for shop­ping. We lived like queens on the Aus­tralian dol­lar. Make sure you do a river cruise in sum­mer and one of the best shows to go to is the La­terna Mag­icka near the Na­tional The­atre.

AG­GIE LUCK

BLOG IT

For­get about send­ing post­cards or in­di­vid­ual emails while trav­el­ling. Set up a blog and post to that reg­u­larly. It is a won­der­ful way of keep­ing a di­ary and shar­ing your ex­pe­ri­ences with friends and fam­ily. You can print the blog off when you get home and have a per­ma­nent hard copy.

PETER TURNER

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