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The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - ESCAPE - BY AN­THONY DEN­NIS

QAQI am look­ing at tak­ing my hus­band, 10-year-old daugh­ter and my 70-plus mother away on a short break (two to four nights). We want to keep it in Aus­tralia and won­dered if you can sug­gest places to go. My mother does not like walk­ing too far, my daugh­ter does not want to sit around all day and we want to just have an en­joy­able trip together. Are there places where my mother could join in a bowls game, or there may be some other ac­tiv­i­ties she could do. Where to be­gin? Wendy Buck­ley from the fam­ily hol­i­day ex­perts Travel with Kidz (trav­el­with­kidz.com.au) says the re­fur­bished Blue Moun­tains Fair­mont Re­sort of­fers lots of ac­tiv­i­ties for 10-year olds. The nearby towns of Leura and Ka­toomba should have lawn bowl­ing fa­cil­i­ties, though you’d need to check whether your mother could play as a non-mem­ber. The Gold Coast is an­other op­tion with its range of theme parks and beach ac­tiv­i­ties to keep a 10-year-old (and her par­ents) com­pletely en­ter­tained. There are hun­dreds of fam­ily-friendly apart­ments suit­able for a multi-gen hol­i­day, while grandma will en­joy the scenery and shop­ping and most likely the bowls. If this doesn’t help it may pay to sit down with an ex­pe­ri­enced travel agent, such as a Travel with Kidz rep­re­sen­ta­tive, and ex­plore the mul­ti­tude of other op­tions for an Aus­tralian fam­ily hol­i­day. I am a 21-year-old fe­male and I have been think­ing of ad­ven­tur­ing to Turkey this July by my­self. How­ever, I have been told by a few peo­ple that Turkey might not be the best place for a fe­male to travel alone. EX­PERT WEEKLY TRAVEL AD­VICE ON YOUR TRAVEL DILEMMAS. EMAIL US AT The Aus­tralian Govern­ment’s use­ful Smar­trav­eller (smar­trav­eller.gov.au) web­site, as of the time of writ­ing, rec­om­mends that Aus­tralians ex­er­cise a high de­gree of cau­tion in Turkey and to re­con­sider any need for travel in ar­eas of the coun­try that border hotspots Syria, Iran and Iraq. There have been re­ports of sex­ual as­saults in coastal ar­eas of the coun­try, Smar­trav­eller points out, but it doesn’t of­fer any other spe­cific ad­vice re­gard­ing women trav­el­ling alone. How­ever, there’s some rather good ad­vice for solo fe­male trav­ellers to Turkey at a web­site called Jour­ney­woman (jour­ney­woman.com) in­clud­ing how to deal with “over­friendly men”, how to dress and how to avoid trou­ble in gen­eral. If you’re still ner­vous, you might feel more com­fort­able tak­ing an or­gan­ised tour with a re­spected Aus­tralian-based op­er­a­tor ex­pe­ri­enced enough, and with the right level of local knowl­edge, to en­sure that its clients stay safe. In terms of op­er­a­tors you may want to be­gin with Con­tiki (con­tiki.com), spe­cial­is­ing in or­gan­ised travel for 18 to 35-year-olds. It runs tours which take in Turkey as well as Greece. In­trepid (in­trepid­travel.com) also op­er­ates small-group tours with a large choice of tours ei­ther con­cen­trat­ing on Turkey or in­clud­ing it as part of a multi-coun­try itin­er­ary.

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