I get different colours when buying packing cells. When I pack, my blue packing cell contains my tops, my yellow one holds pants and skirts, etc. This way, everything is super quick and easy to find as opposed to having to search through all of your same colour packing cells to find the item you want. ALI FRASER
I travel regularly to Asia, mostly Vietnam and find packaging materials non-existent, mostly newspaper is used. So remembering to pack a piece of bubble wrap is extremely handy if I buy or want to post a fragile item. It takes up no space and weighs nothing. TERESA LISS
As well as checking out public holidays while overseas, you should also check when daylight saving begins and ends. We were caught out once, and missed our booked train, as we hadn’t realised when it began and nobody, even at our hotel, had mentioned it to us.
I wrote out a packing list and laminated it. As you pack, simply cross the items out with a white board marker and wipe clean after, ready for your next adventure. You can add to the list if necessary with a permanent marker. I have been using the same laminated list for many years.
If you want a reliable guide when visiting new cities look for Tours By Locals (toursbylocals.com). They operate all around the world and are a great alternative to going on a bus with a large group of other people on an inflexible itinerary. Tours by locals’ guides will tailormake a tour for you and offer suggestions to see places not usually seen by tourists. If you wish to stay longer at an interesting place on the day of the tour, the guide is happy to do that. They provide their own transport, are accredited and you can read their tour options, prices and feedback on the website.
It’s also a great alternative to some of the overpriced shore excursions offered by cruise ships, especially if there is a group of three or four people. GILLIAN LEWIS
My travel tip is to pack a plastic door wedge that can be picked up at a cheap variety shop for a few dollars. When you lock your door at night it can be used under the door for added security and peace of mind. This is helpful in hostels or areas where security and safety may be compromised or for women travelling alone.
Teachers travelling to Madrid, Spain, should take evidence of your teacher’s registration. Teachers are admitted free to museums and art galleries. Save €15 euro (about $24) at Prado Museum and €11 at the Royal Place, to name two. TERRY JACKA
Congratulations to Diane Reilly who is the winner of a Code Republic worklife bag worth $349 for her quirky tip on curing seasickness on a cruise.
PIC OF THE WEEK I’ve never felt as rested as I do right now after a week away from real life at Ulpotha Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat, Sri Lanka.