PLATINUM SHOPPING TIP
Most tourists know about the MBK Center in Bangkok for good shopping. What they might not know is Thai locals prefer to buy clothes at the Platinum Fashion Mall. This mall has a better range of clothing and you can get an even better deal by buying multiple items. This mall is also well known for really cheap, high quality luggage. If you’re keen, I suggest you travel to Thailand with a light carry-on backpack and then get yourself some luggage to fill up with gifts/souvenirs for the trip back home. VAN HUYNH
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When travelling on the Eurostar from Europe to the UK you can buy your Oyster travelcard on board from the cafe cars. This will mean you can transfer directly to the tube when arriving in London.
Long layovers can put a dampener on your travels; check out the non-airline aligned lounges at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. They are surprisingly cheap – just $40 per 2 hours – and are spacious, clean and comfortable. With an open bar, snacks, Wi-Fi, and great showering facilities, these lounges are well worth a visit. JEROME OTTON
If you have a few hours to spare in between flights at Singapore airport, pack your swimmers and head for the rooftop pool in Terminal 1. For just $US12 (about $A15) you can cool down, relax on lounges and have a shower with towels provided. The pool also has a bar and food orders. You will then
be fresh and ready for your next flight. Perfect way to wear out children before the next leg of your flights.
On a recent trip I used packing cells for the first time. My bag has never been so neat and organised. Group together items: seasonal, dirty, underwear. Packs can be placed straight into the hotel wardrobe for easy access and then popped back into the bag easily. Also great for compressing items and maximising space.
When travelling to hot, developing countries it is imperative you drink bottled water. This gets boring after a while, so I always travel with my favourite tea bags – lemon and ginger. I boil bottled water with the hotel room electric jug and immerse the tea bags, then return the tea to bottles and freeze overnight in my bar fridge. Next day sip iced tea all day as it slowly defrosts.
Take just one book with you. When you finish, take it to the local library. They often have a book exchange, or old books for sale. Worked well in the US.
Pinterest is great when you’re not sure what to pack. Whether you’re going to Asia or to Europe in winter, you’ll find ideas of how to combine outfits, use layers and, above all, pack light.
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