PIC­TURE PER­FECT HOL­I­DAYS

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - WELCOME UNIWORLD, SS MARIA THERESA -

Each week, the Es­cape team re­ceives sump­tu­ous, beau­ti­fully de­signed brochures from travel com­pa­nies pro­mot­ing their lat­est itineraries (you can get them too). In a world where so much in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at the press of a but­ton, these tomes with invit­ing glossy pages and stun­ning pho­tos have pleas­ing, tac­tile qual­i­ties which make hol­i­day re­search very sat­is­fy­ing.

Leaf­ing through, you’ll fall in love with the Am­s­ter­dam to Bu­dapest cruise with one com­pany, only to find the lat­est coach tours in Canada, Chile or Cam­bo­dia. The prom­ise of a lux­ury cabin on one ocean liner is sud­denly su­per­seded by a glamp­ing sa­fari in Africa; a week of cul­ture in Paris, Lon­don or New York re­placed by the lure of ad­ven­ture in a South Amer­i­can jun­gle; a nos­tal­gic train trip swapped for ped­alling and pinot in New Zealand or sail­ing and snorkelling through a great reef. We un­der­stand that you soon reach sat­u­ra­tion point with all this in­for­ma­tion and that’s where we step in to of­fer ex­per­tise on how to turn your hol­i­day idea into an ac­tual book­ing and di­ary date.

This week we’re look­ing at Euro­pean river cruis­ing. Any­one who’s trav­elled this way (me in­cluded) will tell you it’s pos­si­bly the most has­sle-free way to get around. That’s be­cause, as with all cruis­ing, your ac­com­mo­da­tion is also your trans­port so once on­board, un­pack and go with the flow. Rest or sleep while the river ship is mov­ing, head to shore for cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences, then back on­board for the next town.

Edi­tor’s note: Last week on this page, the Qan­tas Dream­liner was in­cor­rectly cap­tioned. The plane’s liv­ery is based on Emily Kame Kng­war­r­eye’s Yam Dream­ing.

JANA FRAW­LEY, NA­TIONAL TRAVEL EDI­TOR

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