TRAVEL MUG’S THE SHOT

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - LINER NOTES -

When cruis­ing, take a travel mug – that way you can make a cuppa at the free sta­tion and take it back to your room. My hubby did this on our last cruise and af­ter the first stop all the men he’d met re­turned with one. They thought it was a great idea. MICHELLE SMITH

RE­SORT TO CAR HIRE

Hire a car through the re­sort/ho­tel you are stay­ing at for a much bet­ter rate than what you would get oth­er­wise. Re­ally easy and con­ve­nient too, as you can col­lect and drop off the car to your re­sort carpark out­side busi­ness hours and just hand in the keys at re­cep­tion. TANYA DUDA

COPY THAT, TRAV­ELLERS

Take a two-way walkie talkie on your trav­els. Give one to a fel­low trav­eller and stay in touch as you wan­der off to ex­plore. Good for hik­ers, walk­ers and in­quis­i­tive trav­ellers who wan­der the mar­kets. No need for a phone or Wi-Fi and you can al­ways stay in touch. Safe and sound: walk and talk. GENE BEN­NETT

KISS AND TRAVEL

Go on a date! Most peo­ple (hope­fully sin­gle ones) have dat­ing apps so, when trav­el­ling, get out and meet peo­ple. Ob­vi­ously take the pre­cau­tion of meet­ing some­where pub­lic, po­ten­tially dur­ing the day, let a friend know where you are, don’t share per­sonal in­for­ma­tion and have a chat with them be­fore you meet.

But, fun­da­men­tally, we’re all just hu­mans try­ing to get along. I met up with a per­son from a dat­ing app and it was great to get some­one’s per­spec­tive of a coun­try you’d only oth­er­wise see as an out­sider. FYI things are still go­ing well two months later … JESS BOUYAMOURN

GEARED FOR THE BEST RE­SULT

Af­ter com­plet­ing sev­eral driv­ing hol­i­days in the US and Europe our tip is to ar­rive the day be­fore you are pick­ing up your hire car and con­tact the hire com­pany to check if they have the car you paid for in Aus­tralia. This elim­i­nates the like­li­hood of your car not be­ing avail­able on the day you want to leave. Also, if you’ve booked a one-way hire, check if there are any cars need­ing to be re­turned to your fi­nal des­ti­na­tion, as they may re­fund the one-way hire fee. Plus, the car may be an up­grade. AN­NETTE & MICHAEL O’LEARY

PIC OF THE WEEK COM­PE­TI­TION WIN­NER

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Karli Cappello for her tip on Hanoikids (Novem­ber 18).

“If ever in Hanoi Viet­nam check out the stu­dent-run vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion which runs free tours called Hanoikids.org.

“We did and 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 has won an es­sen­tials pack from Black­Wolf, Ea­gle Creek and Vig­i­lante worth $465.

PIC­TURE: PE­TER AND SHERRILL CARR

The Greek is­lands’ iconic blue domes of San­torini and stun­ning Aegean Sea views, en­joyed while on a cruise last month.

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