CANALS BY KAYAK
If you have a sense of adventure and like to be active on holiday you might like to take a kayak tour of Venice. Most travellers take a crowded vaporetto or overpriced gondola to see this fascinating city but sitting low on the canals in a kayak allows a different and a less crowded experience. Not to mention a daring thrill.
My husband and I booked a double kayak and guide for 1½ hours and toured around the lagoon, smaller back canals and large main canals. We crossed the Grand Canal not once but three times. Our guide, Jack, gave clear instructions in fluent English, offered fascinating information and encouraged our confidence in our paddling and navigation ability.
We felt we had learned about Venice in greater detail by getting closer to the bridges and buildings and Jack gave us plenty of local stories to embellish our understanding of Venetian culture.
Reliable and professional kayak tour businesses can be found online and if you like to do things a little differently from the average tourist, I urge you to try it.
My husband and I agree it was the highlight of our time in Italy. KAREN ROSS
My husband and I always pack a light outfit for each other in our suitcase. If one case disappears at least there is a decent outfit available for the one whose case has gone walkabout. JENNIE READ
The Boeing 777 is a long, narrow plane that tapers towards the rear so that instead of a row of three, the last few rows have a two-seat configuration – no being squashed in the middle seat. Even if the airline charges extra it’s worth it. LINDSEY EVANS-HUNTER
Travelling with kids can be challenging so I always arrange a treasure hunt to keep them entertained. It’s as simple as getting a brown paper bag and then noting things that they must observe or collect throughout the trip. Collectables could include a ticket stub, a brochure or sea shell, a leaf larger than your hand – anything really. Items to observe could include particular landmarks, a particular animal, a group of people doing a particular activity.
It’s a great distraction and something that helps them learn about their destination. NAOMI EVANS
If I am travelling for more than four weeks, I make sure I have a new foundation and mascara so they will last. It is hard to get your preferred brand and colour in some places. WENDY MATHESON
Having hired vehicles for a group of six a few times now, I have learnt not to take the agent’s word for capacities. When they suggest a seven-seater for six people, I ask for a nine-seater to accommodate six adults comfortably and luggage, especially when touring. We did this in Great Britain and it worked perfectly. It keeps the luggage out of sight of would-be thieves as well. MICHAEL BISSETT