SCOUTING THE AREA
Ialways do a Google street view in a two- to three-block radius of where I am staying so I can get a feel for what is around before I get there. I also check out the best deals for public transport. For example, the subway in NYC: it is cheaper buying a weekly or monthly pass and less hassle. LISA LEWIS
Recently my wife, mother, mother-inlaw and three children (10-year-old and twins, 8) travelled to the US for a holiday. For our last night we stayed at the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel in California and booked the Citadel Outlets experience for our final day.
A shuttle escorted us to the Outlets where our luggage was secured with centre management. The centre provides a comfortable area with lounges, food and beverages, internet services and luxury bathrooms with showers to freshen up after shopping. A shuttle returns in the evening to escort you to LAX for your the flight home. The Citadel Outlets was a great way to end the trip for young and old. Also a good way to spend any leftover money burning a hole in your pocket. MICHAEL GIBSON
When cruising on those big ocean liners I take my own pillow and an extra pillowcase. Like any hotel, the sheets and pillowcases are clean and changed frequently but not the pillow itself, making me wonder if the previous passenger had a cold or had been sick. JANE MACILWAIN
I always carry my favourite coffee bags and extra tea bags as there is never enough in hotel and motel rooms. I also take packet soup mix for late stopovers that will keep you going until breakfast. EILEEN POWELL
One thing that stuck with me about my travels throughout Europe is that it’s incredibly well connected with transport. You can be scouting a seafood market in Naples one moment, and floating down the Vltava River in Prague the next simply by using trains and buses. Surprisingly, riding around Europe like this is not as expensive as you would think. I strongly recommend using an aggregator website such as goeuro.com to make the most out of the cheap and accessible transportation network in Europe and discover the plentiful nooks and crannies the wonderful Continent has to offer. RAY SERAFIN
On my recent trip to Spain and Portugal I used the train to travel across the country as it was quicker and good value for money. Your carryon can fit into the overhead lockers in the cabin but anything larger needs to go into the luggage racks. I always try to sit close to the racks so I can keep an eye on my suitcase, especially if there are several stops. Try to purchase tickets online and look at the seat map and choose your seat accordingly.
This will save you a lot of unnecessary stress worrying about someone stealing your suitcase. AGGIE DE