STATES OF SAV­ING

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

If trav­el­ling to the US, you can get some fab­u­lous bar­gains at Good­will stores, which negate the need for tak­ing too many clothes. They’re far su­pe­rior to Aus­tralian thrift shops. I have items in my wardrobe val­ued at $160 for which I paid $4 each. Many ap­pear brand new or only worn briefly. And if you’re near Scotts­boro, Alabama, go to Un­claimed Bag­gage. All lost or un­claimed lug­gage in the US gets sent here where it is un­packed and on­sold. You can buy jew­ellery, elec­tron­ics, sports­wear and cloth­ing at fab­u­lous prices. Set aside four to five hours to browse.

DIANNE RUSS

DOC­TOR’S OR­DERS

Take a doc­tor’s signed let­ter with you if on med­i­ca­tion while trav­el­ling. My hus­band suf­fered from epilepsy and had nu­mer­ous medicines in con­tain­ers la­belled with the days of the week and not in orig­i­nal boxes. We were ques­tioned con­sid­er­ably at cus­toms what they all were.

FE­LIC­ITY ROONEY

SPRAY ’N’ SLEEP

I al­ways pack in my cabin lug­gage a small atom­iser of laven­der spray – laven­der oil di­luted with water. When it’s time for sleep I spray some on a tis­sue and tuck it in my cloth­ing near my face. It’s com­fort­ing and re­lax­ing, and great through­out your hol­i­day to en­hance your sleep.

NINA DOYLE

HAVE BOOT, WILL TRAVEL

Be­fore a trip to Italy, I suf­fered ten­donitis and was given a foot-to-knee moon boot so I could get mo­bile. Here are my travel tips: If you’re ren­dered an in­valid at the 11th hour

be­fore a planned trip, make con­tact with the air­line, as all have wheel­chair as­sis­tance and a sup­port per­son to help dur­ing tran­sit if you are alone. Pace your­self for a long-haul flight by book­ing into an air­port ho­tel lounge.

Also, if you have to wear a black moon boot, don’t wear black jeans. No one can see that you’re dis­abled, which can be a dis­ad­van­tage when get­ting on and off boats, trains and buses in a crowd.

AN­GELA TURNER

COT ON THE CHEAP

Trav­el­ling with small kids can be tricky. Do your re­search be­fore you travel as some­times it’s cheaper to get a por­ta­cot de­liv­ered in Aus­tralia from Kmart rather than pay the ho­tel’s daily rate for the cot. Ho­tels will of­ten buy a por­ta­cot or stroller from you.

LAU­REN PRATT

TOI­LETRIES TIP

When trav­el­ling with just carry-on, leave your big toi­letries bag at home. Put your items in a thin plas­tic bag, and when you get to your ho­tel place on the ho­tel hand towel the things you will use each day. More space in the case, less weight.

JILL MAGUIRE

SAIL PRICES

When book­ing a cruise on­line, keep checking the prices as prices can fluc­tu­ate daily.

KARIN MEAD

COM­PE­TI­TION WIN­NER

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Karen Ross for her tip on kayak­ing in Venice. She has won a $350 voucher for Funkita swimwear.

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