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

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 (tours­by­lo­ 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.

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