Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

Feel­ing un­well on a TransAt­lantic cruise, the cruise di­rec­tor told me to go to the guest re­la­tions desk and ask for ear plugs. He said that if you are right-handed to put an ear plug in your left ear and if you are left-handed to put one in your right ear. I did this and im­me­di­ately felt bet­ter.

My hus­band and I told many peo­ple who were also un­well about this and not one per­son said it didn’t work. We were get­ting the thumbs up from peo­ple through­out the en­tire cruise.

We also had a few laughs about the bright flu­oro fash­ion state­ment of the one-ear-plug look. DI­ANE REILLY


For a great mo­tel deal, ask for a se­niors’ dis­count. I’ve never been knocked back and it takes an­other 10-15 per cent off the price. You only need to be 55 years or older and whether you are work­ing or not is ir­rel­e­vant, as is your na­tion­al­ity. Rarely have I been asked for proof of age and an Aus­tralian driver’s li­cence or pass­port will do if you are asked. JUDI ROBERTS


A re­cent cor­re­spon­dent (March 11) help­fully in­formed read­ers that trav­ellers are no longer cov­ered by the Travel Com­pen­sa­tion Fund in the event of the fi­nan­cial fail­ure of a travel agent or car­rier. But it isn’t cor­rect to say this has left no al­ter­na­tive. After dereg­u­la­tion of the sec­tor, some travel agents have been able to ar­range in­sur­ance cover that pro­vides pro­tec­tion for clients should a travel sup­plier or they them­selves be­come in­sol­vent. This now pro­vides an im­por­tant point of dif­fer­ence in travel of­fer­ings. Also, the Aus­tralian Fed­er­a­tion of Travel Agents has set up ATAS, a na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion

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