Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

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


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