MARK THE SPOT
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.
SAVE IN KL
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
WHOLE LOTTA LUGGAGE
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
MACGYVER ON HOLIDAY
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, koto.com.au) 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.