AVOID PLAS­TIC BOT­TLES

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Af­ter trav­el­ling to Asia and wit­ness­ing the amount of plas­tic waste pro­duced (par­tic­u­larly around the once pris­tine rivers of the Hi­malayas in In­dia), and much of it sin­gle-use wa­ter bot­tles, my wife and I de­cided to be more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly on a trip.

Take your stain­less-steel wa­ter bot­tles from home and buy a packet of wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion tablets from a camp­ing shop. Buy a 1-litre bot­tle of wa­ter at your des­ti­na­tion and once used, fill it from the tap, add a sin­gle pu­rifi­ca­tion tablet and in 30 min­utes you have safe drink­ing wa­ter.

We would have avoided dis­pos­ing of dozens of plas­tic bot­tles on a re­cent trip to Bhutan via Thai­land. Just keep in mind that you can’t tran­sit through air­port cus­toms/im­mi­gra­tion with your own wa­ter bot­tle with wa­ter in it. NEIL AND JOSEY MCCARTHY

CARABINER CREW

Cara­bin­ers aren’t just for moun­tain climbers. Have a cou­ple in an out­side pocket of your hand lug­gage. They can be used to at­tach things like a hat, neck pil­low, thongs, even the lit­tle bag that has the snacks you just bought. Much eas­ier than jug­gling these items. HOLLY HUMPHREY

DUBAI BY BUS

We re­cently vis­ited Dubai af­ter a trip through Spain and the Greek Is­lands. We had three to four days to look around so we pre-booked a one-day tour of Abu Dhabi which left a few days for Dubai.

We booked a dis­counted three-day pass on the lo­cal Big Bus for $90 through the Vi­a­tor book­ing app. This proved to be ex­tremely good value as the one ticket in­cluded a num­ber of ex­tra ben­e­fits over and above the ho­pon-hop-off bus tours around Dubai.

I rec­om­mend it to all vis­i­tors to the Emi­rates. JOHN BEEVERS

PAY IT FOR­WARD

Buy­ing a pre-read $2 book at the lo­cal op shop is bet­ter value than pur­chas­ing at the air­port. When fin­ished, pass it on to an­other trav­eller. PAM CORLISS

SNAP LUG­GAGE

We have just had a lengthy hol­i­day in Europe and my tip is to pho­to­graph each piece of your lug­gage, in­clud­ing back­packs when you be­gin your trav­els. This was use­ful to show to air­port and tour staff when we had items mis­placed or de­layed. The re­sults were 100 per cent and they ap­pre­ci­ated hav­ing a vis­ual of our bags. DEB STANES

EX­PLORE WITH HANOIKIDS

If ever in Hanoi Viet­nam, check out the stu­dent-run vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion which runs free tours called Hanoikids.org! What a lovely group of young adults. An ex­pe­ri­ence never for­got­ten as they en­thu­si­as­ti­cally showed us their coun­try and wanted to learn about Aus­tralia. KARLI CAPPELLO

COM­PE­TI­TION WIN­NER

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Linda Mon­mouth, Oc­to­ber’s prize win­ner, for her tip on tak­ing elec­trolytes prior to long-haul travel. She has won an Osprey wheeled duf­fel bag worth $320.

PIC OF THE WEEK

PIC­TURE: PAUL HOSKINS

Vis­it­ing the Swiss Alps in June, we were amazed to see skiers on the snow-cov­ered peak of the Bre­i­thorn, near Zer­matt.

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