MAP POINT IN RIGHT DI­REC­TION

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

Ihave cy­cled around and across five con­ti­nents with ab­so­lutely no nat­u­ral sense of di­rec­tion. What most peo­ple don’t know is that Google Maps will show your lo­ca­tion with its “blue dot” no mat­ter where you are and without any in­ter­net. As long as you have checked over or Google-mapped your route when you ac­tu­ally have in­ter­net, it will all be there when you need it. No need to down­load or save any­thing and no need to ever be lost!

LOIS WOLF

AIR­PORT STROLL

When trav­el­ling with kids, some of the main air­ports have um­brella strollers you can use right up un­til you board the plane, which means you can check in your pram and not have to stress about car­ry­ing your baby/tod­dler for an hour-and-a-half be­fore your flight. Mas­sive life saver when you have an un­co­op­er­a­tive tod­dler.

AMELIA SVAN­BERG

’EAR, ’EAR

Af­ter too many sleep­less nights in many a badly sound­proofed ho­tel room, I have fi­nally found the best ear “plugs” to help find those holiday zzs – the mold­able sil­i­cone ear stop­pers, used to stop ear in­fec­tions when swim­ming, found at any good chemist. They work to seal the ear hole rather than hav­ing to shove some­thing deep in­side. I tend to keep them in my car­ryon for long-haul flights too (just in case of an ex­tra noisy seat dur­ing the flight). KIRSTY TRADELL

SMOOTH CRUIS­ING

There is a fab­u­lous coach ser­vice avail­able from re­gional cen­tres di­rect to the cruise ships leav­ing Mel­bourne –

they take your bags and you do not see them un­til in your cabin, and they pick you up dock­side to take you home! When on a cruise I al­ways carry a small Ther­mos so I can take a hot drink to my cabin for later rather than use room ser­vice. It is so con­ve­nient and safe to carry go­ing up in crowded lifts.

ROSE­MARY SUTHER­LAND

HAWAII FOR LESS

Here are some of my top money-saving tips from two weeks on Oahu, Hawaii. We took the pub­lic bus in­stead of hir­ing a car ($5.50 a day) to Haleiwa and the beaches on the North Shore. It can take a while but is a great way to meet peo­ple and see the sights.

Food­land Su­per­mar­ket at Ala Moana Cen­ter and Safe­way on Ka­pahulu Ave give great dis­counts if you sign up for the re­spec­tive store cards, and the ready-to-go meals there are fresh and good for lunch or din­ner.

Rent­ing an apart­ment through HomeAway was eco­nom­i­cally a bet­ter op­tion as it avoided the daily re­sort fees which most ho­tels charge.

CAR­MEN POL­WARTH

WHAT NOT TO TAKE

When trav­el­ling I keep a scrap­book/ diary. The last en­try of any trip is a list of “what did I take but didn’t use”. You know, that T-shirt you tossed in at the last mo­ment, tights in case it got cold (in Dar­win?), a book to read (yes, I do know about e-books) or even small things like four colours of lip­stick for a four-day trip. If you didn’t use them then they didn’t earn the space and maybe, just maybe, I will learn from this next time I pack.

HE­LEN JEF­F­COAT

PIC­TURE: TAHLIA CRINIS/@HERWANDERINGEYES/IN­STA­GRAM

Spec­tac­u­lar Uluru in the heart of NT’s Red Cen­tre: some­times the best travel ex­pe­ri­ences can hap­pen in your own back yard.

PIC­TURE: ISTOCK

Nar­row­boats moored at Gas Street Basin in Birm­ing­ham, where 56km of wa­ter­ways were built by 18th-cen­tury in­dus­tri­al­ists.

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