GOOD OIL DE­LIV­ERS EUCA LIFT

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

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.

ALI LLOYD

PIC­TURE: JULIE MCAL­LIS­TER

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.

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