Your mail and mis­sives: fun on the high seas, Sepik sou­venirs, may­oral schmooz­ing and much more...

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - Contents -

In our mail­bag: why it pays to take your time in Ecuador, re­call­ing your amaz­ing voy­ages, ‘mask­ing’ your frus­tra­tion on the Sepik River, your 10-sec­ond tales of quirky food mar­kets and much, much more...

Choppy trav­els

Your ‘16 Fan­tas­tic Voy­ages’ fea­ture [ June 2018, is­sue 187] brought back mem­o­ries of the five-night jour­ney I took from Panama to Colom­bia via the San Blas archipelago. These are beau­ti­ful is­lands, and it was a priv­i­lege to meet the in­dige­nous peo­ple of these tiny com­mu­ni­ties that are con­nected only by boat.

The first three nights were spent around the re­lax­ing wa­ters of the Caribbean. The spir­its of all 14 pas­sen­gers and three crew were high, de­spite the cramped con­di­tions. Then came the open sea cross­ing to Carta­gena, which was a test of en­durance for two nights. My ship­mates dropped like flies with sick­ness, and I must em­pha­sise to your read­ers to take note of your sur­vival tips – prepa­ra­tion is key!

I don’t re­gret this jour­ney; it was a unique ex­pe­ri­ence with both highs and lows, and the bond I formed with my fel­low trav­ellers has en­dured. Boy, did we party when we hit Carta­gena, but that’s a dif­fer­ent story! Jonny Hopps, Manch­ester

Mask mix-up

Thanks for your su­perb ar­ti­cle on the won­ders of trav­el­ling up the Sepik River in Pa­pua New Guinea [ July/au­gust 2018, is­sue 188]. Hav­ing done a tai­lor-made trip re­cently, I can say that it was the ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time and worth ev­ery penny and mos­quito bite!

How­ever, I was driven to tears when I re­alised I couldn’t take home any masks or arte­facts be­cause I was fly­ing via Aus­tralia. So, be­ware: you’re not al­lowed to take any­thing even re­motely or­ganic (in­clud­ing the shells, wood and fi­bres of which these masks usu­ally com­prise) through any Aus­tralian air­port. Fly via Sin­ga­pore or else­where if you want to pur­chase the very items I so sadly missed out on. Jackie Horse­wood, Telford

Canada catch-up

I re­cently re­turned from Al­berta, where I was visit­ing fam­ily and friends, and was flick­ing through your ‘Canada: Trip Plan­ner’ [ April 2018, is­sue 185] when I re­alised that I had cov­ered the first bit of your ‘Prairies to the Rock­ies’ sec­tion. I vis­ited my school friend in Ed­mon­ton, then went to Cal­gary. I know the Mayor of Cal­gary, who is a friend of my cousin, and it was great to catch up and see the progress with his bid for the 2026 Win­ter Olympics. Lisa Syne Is­ling­ton, via email

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