An interesting article in your February 25 edition on travel insurance, however one of the most important points missing was the fact most travel insurance policies do not cover loss as a result of the collapse of your travel agent or tour operator. Previously the Travel Compensation Fund covered these collapses but this was disbanded some years ago with no alternative.
If you paid by credit card, you can claim a charge back for services not received but paid for, but this is the only compensation. This is a big gap in travel insurance policies. PETER WINFIELD
When I travel on long flights I always bring a hand puppet with me in my carry-on luggage in case I get stuck near any small children who can’t seem to settle on the flight. Distraction is nine-tenths of the law and giving little kids something extra to play with not only helps mum but it helps everyone to enjoy their flight more. And it feels good to leave the child with a little gift of a puppet when you leave the flight. That way, there are no tears and everyone enjoys their trip. DEBORAH HAYWARD
My go-to travel tip is to take a supply of heat patches (various brands) available from chemists. The pain relief lasts 8-12 hours and is fantastic to use if you suffer from back pain when you spend a lot of hours walking on tours etc while travelling. For me, it meant I could enjoy my well-earned holiday. MARGARET REJACK
Having recently returned from