WHAT TO PACK FOR JA­PAN

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

Have just re­turned from a Ja­pan hol­i­day and would have saved time if I had taken a lan­yard to carry my rail pass. You need the pass all the time and tak­ing it in and out of my bag nearly broke my zip! Also they don’t of­ten have pa­per towel in the bath­rooms, so en­sure you have a hand towel or face­washer in your bag so you don’t have wet hands.

SUSIE COWIE

NAV­I­GA­TORS IN CAR HIRE

Thank you for the ar­ti­cle on car hire over­seas. Here are a few more tips we’ve learned over the years:

1. Hire a car from the air­port. In Europe es­pe­cially, this saves try­ing to nav­i­gate out of busy cities and greatly re­duces stress when driv­ing on the op­po­site side of the road.

2. If pos­si­ble, pick up and drop off at the same lo­ca­tion. This has saved us hun­dreds of dol­lars both in car hire fees and re­turn air­fares.

3. Buy a road at­las. It’s old-school but my hus­band and I bought a spi­ral­bound road at­las book of Europe years ago and it’s been the best in­vest­ment. Not only can we plan days/routes/ tim­ing/sights, we high­light the roads we’ve taken (and still laugh heartily at the spi­ral course we took try­ing to exit Paris on our first road trip in Europe). KATE DE­LANEY

LEARN FROM EX­PE­RI­ENCE

My top five trav­el­ling tips learned from my mis­takes:

1. On New York’s sub­way, hold onto your friend oth­er­wise you may not get on the train to­gether and it could take a whole day to find them (nei­ther of us had SIM cards).

2. Buy SIM cards when trav­el­ling. 3. Book a ho­tel more than a day ahead, as you may end up in the dodgy side of Wash­ing­ton DC at a ho­tel where re­cep­tion has a bul­let­proof win­dow.

4. Don’t go to any tem­ple in Viet­nam that you stum­ble across be­cause some might be a tad creepy.

5. Stand your ground and act tough if the lit­tle old lady pad­dling the boat in Cam­bo­dia tries to scam money off you in the mid­dle of the ocean.

HENRY MAUNG

MO­BILE DATA

Re­search fo­rums such as ozbar­gain.com for what your des­ti­na­tion of­fers in terms of mo­bile data. Too of­ten you get off a plane and are over­whelmed with op­tions and too tired and stressed to shop around for the best deal and cov­er­age. We found that Fiji was of­fer­ing ev­ery visi­tor a 24hour data SIM on ar­rival from Voda­fone at the time we were trav­el­ling. This was handy. Make sure to turn Snapchat and other so­cial me­dia apps on “Travel Mode”. If you have iOS, turn off “Back­ground app re­fresh” and turn fetch email to “push” to re­duce data us­age dras­ti­cally.

AJ CARTER AND MON­ICA FISHER, TOURDECARTER.COM

UP­GRADE FOR LESS

If you are booked in econ­omy or even busi­ness class and you are check­ing in, ask if it is pos­si­ble to be up­graded to pre­mium econ­omy, busi­ness or even first class and ask how much it will cost. Nor­mally they will say it will cost a frac­tion of the price, so just be po­lite and kind as it can’t hurt ask­ing.

MOR­GAN KLUG

PIC­TURE: JAMIE BEZZINA

PIC OF THE WEEK It's not posed – I took this photo of my wife and daugh­ter at Mys­tery Is­land, Van­u­atu, with­out them know­ing.

PIC­TURE: SUP­PLIED

The in­cred­i­ble Titanic Belfast, with nine gal­leries that tell the tragic tale, is the world’s largest Titanic-themed at­trac­tion.

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