MEMORY TREE IS A JOY
Our Christmas tree is our memory tree. Buying tree decorations is a must when we, or our three adult children, travel. These are proudly hung on our tree along with other milestone memories (baby’s first Christmas, new home etc). They elicit stories and joy as we identify our souvenir and recall its purchase: from Melbourne to Malta, Iceland to Ireland, Cambodia to Canada. ELIZABETH DELANY
Make sure shoes, sandals and thongs you travel with have good tread on their soles. On my recent trip I wore shoes I had at home, only to slip slightly on a few occasions on shiny and slippery cobblestone pavers.
I was lucky I didn’t hurt myself, but it was a big wake-up call to make sure I check my footwear before another trip. GERALDINE HILL
If travelling in Europe during the wet months of winter, take a bright pink umbrella, as my daughter did. It stood out among the black, brown and grey umbrellas, so we could always find her. RHYL VENNING
When booking a cruise we check which way the ship will be going around any mainland areas and then we book on the side of the ship facing the shore to get best views of scenery.
On a cruise to New Zealand, travelling through Milford Sound we were able to take great photos from our balcony without getting wet or having
PIC OF THE WEEK
to queue along the ship’s rails (lots of heads get in the way of good scenes). Being on the shore side of the ship also means we can watch the action on the pier during docking, from our room. MARGARET CAMERON
When my parents were going on a long trip overseas I bought a small notebook and dated each day they were away. I then wrote flight details and arrival and departure times, trains they were catching, transfer details to and from airports, details about hotels they were staying at and tours they were joining with times on the appropriate dates in the book.
They found this extremely handy and could add their own notes as well and check the day before what was coming up for the following day. FAYE GEORGE
FEE FREE CASH
With family living overseas, I travel regularly and hate paying fees to access my money so I now travel with an ING Orange Everyday card.
It has no international transaction
The view of Kosciuszko National Park on a sunrise hike recently. We made it above the tree line just in time for some photos.