Tricks and treats

Fre­quent trav­ellers re­veal their tips for happy hol­i­days in 2013

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

Pack a pair of thongs in your in-flight hand lug­gage, so you don’t have to con­tort your­self putting your shoes and socks back on to go to the loo. And make sure your carry-on toi­letries bag is di­vided into com­part­ments and can be hung on the door — your tooth­brush and other ne­ces­si­ties will be eas­ily to hand, and you’ll avoid hav­ing to bal­ance the bag on a tiny, of­ten wet, sink top.

Cover more ground on your hol­i­day by fly­ing in and out of dif­fer­ent cities. My 2013 high­light will be a long-awaited road trip, start­ing in Mon­treal, then nip­ping across to Maine in the north­east cor­ner of the US be­fore driv­ing south along the glo­ri­ous New Eng­land coast to New York. Start­ing in Canada also means ne­go­ti­at­ing New York’s of­ten crowded and stress­ful JFK air­port only once. Minh City and this year we’re go­ing to cel­e­brate Hog­manay in Ed­in­burgh — travel is all about con­trasts.

In In­dia, ac­quaint your­self with the lo­cal lit­er­a­ture to get a sense of the na­tional char­ac­ter

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