BEWARE DAMAGE CONTROL
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
ULTIMATE BUSINESS CARD
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
SRI LANKA SAVINGS
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.