The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - YOUR VIEW - SHAUNA O’BRIEN

On our first trip over­seas we took heaps of pho­tos but when we ar­rived home, we had no idea what half of them were about. I bought a small white­board from a cheap shop for our next trip and ev­ery morn­ing wrote the date at the top, the name of the town we vis­ited, and the at­trac­tions. We then took a photo of the board be­fore tak­ing pho­tos. Set­ting up the al­bum was so easy.



We re­turned re­cently from Kuala Lumpur. Free pink and pur­ple buses called Go KL City Bus are a great way to get around. They have four dif­fer­ent lines that criss-cross the city. Each of the lines have sev­eral stops where you can change to an­other line. It made our week there so easy to nav­i­gate the city. JOHN AND JENNI STRA­CHAN


On our re­cent trip to the US, my fam­ily booked an Am­trak train ride from New York to Philadel­phia. Our eTicket clearly stated we had four re­served coach seats, but on ar­rival, we soon learnt that it was a “free for all”. We found this quite dif­fi­cult as the train was packed with pas­sen­gers and we had to walk through four car­riages while the train was in mo­tion with suit­cases to find any free seats.

For any­one who is el­derly or with young chil­dren, I would rec­om­mend look­ing into this be­fore book­ing your ticket. You may need to book an al­ter­na­tive form of trans­porta­tion. KEL­LIE NEAL


When trav­el­ling over­seas, take a plas­tic zi­plock bag with some safety pins, pegs, Blu Tack, rub­ber bands and pa­per­clips. Ideal for hold­ing cur­tains closed, cloth­ing re­pairs, wash­ing, putting up notes, keep­ing doc­u­ments to­gether, or a myr­iad of other uses.



I al­ways only travel with a medi­um­sized case as these al­ways fit above you when you are us­ing the train in Europe, so never out of your sight. They are also not so hard to lug around and if you use pack­ing cubes (which I love) you can fit so much more into it. AN­DREA HOSKIN


When we travel we love “eat­ing for a cause”, in other words eat­ing at not­for-profit restau­rants like KOTO (Know One, Teach One, in Hanoi that trains street kids. It is lovely to see the young peo­ple de­vel­op­ing con­fi­dence and skills, and they en­joy be­ing able to prac­tise their English while serv­ing you. The food at their restau­rant is beau­ti­ful. They also have a restau­rant in Ho Chi Minh City. CAROL SIMPKINS


If you have a pet that is ei­ther be­ing cared for by a friend or in a board­ing ken­nel while you’re away, make sure you put their de­tails on the col­lars, in case Rover or Fluffy goes walk­a­bout. It’s no use some­one try­ing to con­tact you while you’re away if you don’t have mo­bile cov­er­age.


The view from a hot-air bal­loon over Val­ley of the Kings in Egypt shows how the tombs are sunk deep into the heart of the moun­tain.

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