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prob­lem with re­ly­ing on sat navs or your phone when over­seas is the for­mer will send you on a blind backstreet jour­ney and the lat­ter ei­ther won’t get a sig­nal, or will cost you hun­dreds of dol­lars in charges just to lo­cate the near­est Zara. In­stead, down­load maps, print them out, or in­vest in an ac­tual road map.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Oli San­som rec­om­mends down­load­ing Google Maps to use off­line. Visit Lon­don has an ar­ray of free maps to down­load at vis­it­lon­don.com and Map of Paris off­line app works with­out Wi-Fi.


Book­ing flights through third-party sites might get you a good deal, but not if you miss the plane be­cause the time changed and no­body told you. Make sure you dou­ble-check flights on the air­line’s own site.

“We got a great deal,” says food writer Frances Rivetti, “The only prob­lem was when we got to the air­port the flight had been can­celled and our book­ing site hadn’t told us.”

And while you are brows­ing for flights, put your search en­gine into incog­nito mode, or you might find that the prices in­crease the more you re­fresh. Use pri­vate brows­ing and clear cook­ies.

If you are go­ing on a cruise, lock in your ex­cur­sions and spe­cial meals as soon as you book, ad­vises se­nior vice-pres­i­dent of Princess Cruises Asia Pa­cific, Stu­art Al­li­son. If you leave it un­til you board, you might miss out.

You can also try a cruise ag­gre­ga­tor like CruiseBe.com which will down­load your ship’s sched­ule and plan itin­er­ar­ies for port vis­its.


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