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Complimentary Qantas lounge cross not such a helpful reward


NOT-SO-FINE-PRINT

How excited we had been to be despatched complimentary lounge passes by Qantas as they might make our upcoming 10 hour LA stopover tolerable. Then the wonderful print…Tom Bradley Worldwide Enterprise Lounge is excluded. How acceptable that LA native Tom Waits growled that “the big print giveth, and the small print taketh away”. Possibly Qantas may really make their reward a helpful one?

Greg Malcher, Hepburn, Vic

LETTER OF THE WEEK

TALK TO MY AGENT

My spouse and I spent a stunning summer season in Europe this yr. We hardly ever use a journey agent however did on this journey as a result of uncertainty of reserving forward, particularly for transport. We had fairly a number of hiccups over the 4 months we spent there with many prepare, bus and flight cancellations. Attempting to work out Greek ferry timetables to the Sporades beneath these circumstances was a nightmare. Nevertheless, we had the pleasure to take care of Dimitrious of Jetatours (.jeta-tours.gr/) in Athens, which specialises on this area. There have been many alterations to our plans alongside the way in which however we had been saved properly knowledgeable by this firm with refunds dealt with promptly. All of it labored out fantastically for us with all our tickets ready for us once we checked in to our Athens resort. Nice experience and repair. We extremely advocate this firm.

Peter O’Keefe, Collingwood, Vic

JET SET

We’ve got simply returned from visits to our household in Europe and the USA. Over 4 weeks we took 18 flights via 9 totally different airports with 4 totally different airways. Most flights had a barely delayed departure (aside from one home flight in Australia that left 20 minutes early), and most arrived inside quarter-hour of their schedule. Immigration and safety queues had been normally prolonged however moved shortly. Service was good, Qantas virtually being on a par with Lufthansa and our baggage was by no means misplaced or delayed. It was so good to see household once more and really feel the exhilaration of experiencing life in different nations. Now to save lots of up for the following go to.

Anthea and Chris Kenyon, Googong, NSW

HOSTEL LIFE

Michael Fowler’s impressions of backpacker lodging struck some resonance (Traveller, September 10). None of those choices (pub periods, shared rooms and the free group meals cabinet or fridge) are obligatory. You’ll be able to safe a single room with out an en suite and share hall amenities with these in bunk rooms. The communal kitchen is what it’s and one can at all times get intelligence on the place it is at within the city. Some cheaper hostels want extra service than their particular person visitors. Pack a way of humour and an open thoughts.

Mike Fogarty, Weston, ACT

KEEPING IT CLASSE

Angela Michaelis (Traveller Letters, September 10) has found what each traveller to Italy ought to know – should you miss Ravenna, you miss a masterpiece. And whilst you’re there, do not miss Classe, particularly its basilica, simply down the highway.

Margaret Callinan, Hawthorn Vic

FIRA NOT

Your author Kristie Kellahan (Traveller, September 10) along with her snapshot of Santorini, Greece, gave a information to getting as much as Fira. A a lot simpler approach that beats a lot of the crowds is to take a ship from the jetty at Fira to Oia. Guarantee that the ticket for the bus to take you as much as Oia and on to Fira is included. You get time to discover Oia free from the big crowds which arrive on a number of coaches simply as your bus is because of depart for Fira. After a drive across the “different aspect” of the island you arrive on the bus terminal in Fira, only a quick stroll from the cable automotive. You’ll be able to then catch the cable automotive again down – or stroll if you’re sport, however at the very least it is going to be downhill.

Chris Smith, Newcastle, NSW

MORE AFRICA, PLEASE,

I believed it was fascinating that your latest fifteenth anniversary particular (Traveller, August 28) didn’t embody articles on any of the 54 nations in Africa, aside from a quick reference to South Africa. From Cairo to Casablanca to Cape City, Africa has a variety of fascinating choices, and never only for the extra adventurous traveller.

Arch Cruttenden, Tugun,Qld

TIP OF THE WEEK

LIGHTEN THE LOAD

Reminiscing over a month-long journey from the Greek Isles to the Swiss Alps in June this yr, my associate’s greatest journey tip (for the following journey) was to journey mild and easily ask the resort reception to do your laundry – drop it off within the morning, do your day journey and are available again to a bag of recent garments. In reality, we would each fully over-packed and had been the fools on the finish of the journey, throwing away the extra weathered clothes to make room for souvenirs for the household, which after all entailed a final minute rush via the streets of Chamonix on our last day.

Elisia Richard, Bondim, NSW

AGE NO BARRIER

Good on you octogenarian David Lloyd (Traveller Letters, August 21). I’m in my 70s and have travelled a number of occasions, pre-COVID-19, to Spain and Portugal, Italy and France with my husband and to Italy with my daughter and 20-month previous grandson and likewise with my teenage granddaughter. Every time we travelled solely by prepare, stayed in a single nation for all the go to and at all times booked the primary three nights’ lodging earlier than leaving residence. We stayed a minimal of three days in every place, permitting us to really feel accustomed to the place we’re. We’ve got additionally stayed per week in Paris flats and travelled by regional prepare to locations comparable to Versaille and Chartres. Travelling by prepare means you usually find yourself within the metropolis centre and we at all times get lodging close by with many locations of curiosity accessible by foot. Do not be afraid to make use of public transport as it is simple after your first try.

Patricia Harrington, Kerang, Vic

FAST-TRACKED PASSPORT

I confer with your correspondence from Carol Murphy (Traveller Letters, August 27) concerning passport renewal wait time. We utilized for renewal of our passports early August, and obtained them inside three weeks, with no reference to explicit dates of booked journey plans. We had no plans, simply wished the reassurance of present passports as our daughter lives abroad and in case we took a cruise in Australian waters, the place a passport is required on boarding a ship. Possibly they picked up on our respective ages (85 and 82), and determined to expedite our utility in case we fell off the perch! Simply questioning if they’re attempting to assist us oldies?

Peter Pulver, Caulfield, Vic

DEEP DIVE

I just lately did a brand new PADI (Skilled Affiliation of Diving Instructors) scuba diving course to be prepared for the migration of blue whales after I go to East Timor in a number of weeks’ time. I put in the PADI app on my telephone to replace my course historical past to indicate dive outlets my {qualifications} to permit me to dive. Guess what I discovered – PADI prices $US37 ($55) simply to add a digital certificates to their app for programs I’ve already accomplished and paid for. That is simply PADI exploiting their market energy as they’ve a monopoly over leisure dive programs for vacationers.

Simon Benedict, Docklands, Vic

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The Letter of the Week author wins Hardie Grant journey books value greater than $100. For September, that features We Stay in a Caravan; Life Unhurried; and Paris or Die. See hardiegrant.com

The Tip of the Week author wins a set of three nice Lonely Planet journey books, together with Epic Hikes of Australia and New Zealand, Epic Street Journeys of Europe, and Epic Street journeys of the Americas. See store.lonelyplanet.com



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