Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

Ijust re­turned from a trip to Lima, Peru, from Mackay, Queens­land. On the re­turn trip I overnighted in Brisbane. My new suit­case made the long jour­ney without a scratch. The next day, af­ter my short flight home, I dis­cov­ered it was se­verely dam­aged on this flight, look­ing like it had been dragged over the tar­mac on both sides.

I com­pleted the air­line forms for resti­tu­tion and sought out a JP as re­quired, be­fore sub­mit­ting them a week later. The air­line re­sponse was the claim was in­valid since it must be sub­mit­ted within three days of travel. JO PEBERDY


1. Get rid of your mo­bile phone. 2. When in an­other coun­try, don’t com­pare it to Australia. Ap­pre­ci­ate the coun­try for what it is: its peo­ple, cul­ture and food. 3. Get rid of your mo­bile phone. 4. Walk, don’t catch cabs. It is in the back­streets of a town or city where you find those lit­tle hid­den trea­sures. 4. Did I men­tion, get rid of your mo­bile phone? You are on hol­i­days: open your eyes not your Face­book page. Your friends and fam­ily will still be there when you get home. MICHAEL NEILL


On a re­cent trip to Spain, my hus­band and I went to Granada to see the Al­ham­bra. Imag­ine our disappointment when we dis­cov­ered we needed tick­ets which had to be pur­chased via the in­ter­net. We were unaware of this, as was our travel agent. We would like to warn any­one trav­el­ling there to buy their tick­ets be­fore­hand to avoid disappointment. KATH LAM­BERT


Des­per­ate for some last-minute cash, I went to the near­est money ex­change place and con­verted the last of my Aussie dol­lars to eu­ros. The lady was quick with tak­ing my de­tails and my money and re­turned an amount in eu­ros that was sig­nif­i­cantly less than what I was ex­pect­ing. To my hor­ror, I had paid €50 ($80) in com­mis­sion!

Make sure you ask be­fore con­vert­ing any money. It was a les­son well learnt. KIM­BER­LEY KHAW



Write your pass­port num­ber, travel in­surance de­tails and ad­dress of desti­na­tion on a busi­ness size card and lam­i­nate it. Keep this with you so each time you check into a hos­tel or ho­tel, you don’t have to try to find your doc­u­ments. It made check-in much eas­ier for me when back­pack­ing. SONYA CERNY


Re­gard­ing Roslyn Jolly’s ar­ti­cle (De­cem­ber 2) on Sri Lanka: I al­ways get any for­eign cur­rency I need from Australia Post. The rates are com­pet­i­tive, there are no fees and I get the amount I re­quire straight away. In­ter­est­ingly, the Trav­elex web­site says you can­not get hold of Sri Lankan ru­pees out­side of the coun­try. Wrong. MICHAEL BRAD­SHAW


Con­grat­u­la­tions to El­iz­a­beth De­laney for her tips on travel-themed Christ­mas tree dec­o­ra­tions (Dec 16). El­iz­a­beth has won a Vic­tori­nox Werks Trav­eller 6.0 Week­ender and Toi­letry Kit.

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