GOOD OIL DELIVERS EUCA LIFT
Taking a natural antiseptic that contains eucalyptus, lavender and tea tree is great to spray over arm rests and tray tables, with a relaxing smell too. It can also be used on bedsheets and pillows and on the body to prevent infection of cuts, bites and stings. Well worth $7!
KIRSTEN WALDRON DEAR DIARY …
This may seem unusual as in daily life I wouldn’t entertain the idea of writing in a journal. A friend gave me a travel diary before our first holiday in Europe. Each day I wrote down basic information and what activities we experienced, accommodation, what and where we ate and then rated them. It has been great to look back on and we have been able to share some of the best with other people travelling and also recall some of the amazing memories – a fabulous tool.
MEGAN CAREY AVOID BUSY DATES
When visiting places of interest, check with Google for public holidays.
You can avoid queues, traffic congestion and crowds by visiting all the popular sights outside of busy holiday dates.
BRENDA FAIRBAIRN A MASTERFUL PLAN
We travel all the time and to make sure we don’t leave anything behind I have created a master packing list. Depending on where we are travelling, I adjust the list according to weather, type of travel and length of time, ticking off everything as we pack. It makes travelling hassle free and there is no stress in forgetting to pack an essential item.
JO EMMS SIX WEEKS/7KG
I read with interest Ashley Hart’s experience of travelling lightly (Escape, October 7). I recently returned from six weeks’ holiday travelling to Spain, England and Portugal carrying a total of 7kg of luggage in a carry-on bag. In my bag I included a lightweight backpack to use for day trips. I also took bar shampoos and conditioners to replace the liquid (considerably lighter). My hairdresser worded me up on how to avoid using a straightener and maintain my hair in hot humid environments. Did I wear everything I took? No. On reflection I could have packed lighter, that’s what travelling is all about … learning opportunities.
KAREN ROG IRON FREE
To avoid ironing while on holidays I use a product called Iron Free. This product is available in a travel-pack size from the supermarket for a few dollars and works well. Simply spray clothes the night before and hang to air.
PATRICIA GAUNT STAY PUT IN HK
My partner and I recently went to Hong Kong. We recommend staying at one location, buying an Octopus Card, and getting around on the MTR (subway). It was so cheap and easy to navigate, with trains every five minutes in peak.
Highlights were Lamma Island Family Trail and a stay at Tsing Yi overlooking the local port.
A fishing bonanza for as many as 23 lightning-fast crocs gathered for the feast upstream at Cahill's Crossing on East Alligator River, NT. In this new confectionery wonderland, visitors can sink their teeth into freshly made desserts and beautifully packaged sweets that range from individual decadent cakes to seasonal tarts, creamy mousses, elegant eclairs. There are also organic, healthy options that don’t compromise on taste. The newest kid on the gelato block, Beku (which means frozen in Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Malaysia) offers natural handmade gelato with tropical-influenced flavours including lychee, mint, coconut (with jackfruit bits), teh tarik (the Malaysian condensed-milk tea), aromatic Turkish delight and the king of fruit, durian (if you dare). As the sun sets and sugar lovers go in search of something extra in their sweet treat, a fairy floss martini at Rock Sugar beckons at South Yarra. Diners are served a beaker of martini over a glass of fairy floss. Watch it dissolve into a drink that promises some adult fun.