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How can a aircraft have a ‘technical problem’ two weeks prematurely?


I’ve a flight again to Australia from Phnom Penh this month booked with Singapore Airways. On the time of writing I obtained an e-mail that on account of a “technical downside” I’m now on the scheduled flight that leaves 4 hours later. It is superb {that a} technical downside could be predicted nearly two weeks forward of time and, extra disturbingly, that it may’t be fastened earlier than then. I hope that there isn’t a technical problem throughout my flight up there tomorrow as I refuse to attend two weeks to repair an in-flight gasoline leak.

Duncan Leadbitter, Stanwell Park, NSW



All of us have to journey extra on trains (Traveller, October 22) that are principally cheaper, usually quicker and all the time higher for the surroundings. The lulling consolation of the prepare represents a transparent victory over the hustle and trouble of the aircraft. That travelling from Paris to London by prepare emits 90 per cent much less carbon dioxide than flying the identical journey is a unprecedented statistic. Every time attainable, let’s all benefit from the consolation, leg room, bag area, and inside metropolis arrival pleasantries of rail journey. It is a no brainer.

Amy Hiller, Kew, Vic


Lee Tulloch’s column (Traveller, November 5) concerning the comfort of bus journey was fascinating. We not too long ago used buses in Italy from Bologna to Padua and from Verona to Bergamo Airport. You simply must be ready that in some locations it’s important to know precisely the place the pick-up and drop-off is as not all cities have spectacular stations and is probably not close to the prepare station. It truly is price discovering the pick-up location on the day prior with Verona’s being a dusty kerbside about 300 metres away from the roomy prepare and native bus precinct whereas drop-off at Padua is just a few blocks from the good prepare and tram station. Moist and chilly climate may have been difficult however one benefit of buses is much less fear about baggage area in comparison with getting on a crowded TGV which is usually a little bit of a bun battle.

Tony Sullivan, Adamstown Heights, NSW


We’re 4 girls fortunately travelling in a van for seven weeks on an incredible journey throughout the Nullarbor Plain to Melbourne. We started at Sal Salis Resort in Western Australia – snorkelling, kayaking, bush-walking and swimming with humpback whales after which drove on to Esperance, with its boomerang-shaped bay and spectacular surroundings. In Kalgoorlie we toured Questa Casa, the oldest working (generally) brothel. In South Australia, we ate Coffin Bay oysters, diverted to an historic Indigenous assembly place at Wilpena Pound, drank wine within the Clare Valley, went snorkelling in a sinkhole at Mount Gambier and marvelled at The Nice Ocean Highway in Victoria. We discovered the individuality that’s Australia.

Lynette McGettigan, Lavender Bay, NSW


I can extremely suggest reserving a night tour of a museum as a great way of avoiding queues (Traveller, October 29) at the most effective museums. Some years in the past I booked a tour of the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence to see Michelangelo’s David. Not solely was the tour information informative and entertaining however simply after the tour completed and we had time to ourselves I used to be fortunate sufficient to be the one individual standing in entrance of David for about 5 minutes. It was a beautiful – and uncommon – expertise.

Peta Heffernan, Flemington VIC


I’ve simply returned from Melbourne travelling with Rex for the primary time. We have by no means had such a seamlessly easy journey, from check-in and baggage drop with no queuing and immediate baggage assortment on the different finish, once more with no ready. The crew have been pleasant and useful and even equipped me with a gluten free snack. I would not consider going with another airline.

Robyn Weinberg, Bellevue Hill, NSW


Studying your story (Traveller, October 29), one may very well be forgiven for pondering that South Australia not exists as your numerous writers waxed lyrical concerning the glories of our regional cities. There have been mentions of Ballarat in Victoria, Launceston in Tasmania and even Fremantle in WA rated a point out. What about Mount Gambier in SA with its superb blue lake, superb sinkholes and limitless wine trails?

Helen Rees, Cammeray, NSW


If for some cause you possibly can’t make to the Peak District, as described on David Whitley’s great information (Traveller, October 29), the following smartest thing (with just a few murders thrown in) are Stephen Sales space’s great novels. Stephen lives in and loves the Peak District and his descriptions of the native space add to his mysteries.

Meg Smith, Umina Seaside, NSW


In his article on Cologne (Traveller, October 30), Dan Fallon talked about that the cathedral withstood heavy bombing throughout World Warfare Two. However the constructing’s survival was no accident. The Allies had no want to destroy it and gave strict directions to RAF bomber crews. Skilled aircrew have been ordered to not goal the cathedral and Cologne cathedral nonetheless stands.

Michael Challinger, Nunawading, VIC


In Brian Johnston’s in any other case compelling article on Freeway 61 stops within the US (Traveller, October 29), within the Memphis part I assumed it reasonably unkind to check with Graceland as a “hideous” dwelling of Elvis. Somewhat the “religious” dwelling of Elvis would have been extra correct.

Drew Porter, Wagga Wagga, NSW


Our nationwide provider has copped a good quantity of criticism these days, a few of which little question is nicely deserved. Nevertheless, our current expertise confirmed them to be marvellous. My husband and I wanted two enterprise class tickets from Perth to Sydney for a medical emergency. Qantas to their credit score discovered two enterprise class seats on the purple eye service from Perth and gave me meals so I may take my treatment upon arrival. The crew have been fabulous, attentive however not intrusive. We feared having to pay the total fare for our early return, however Qantas stated there could be no further cost. We’re not necessary folks, we do not know anybody who works for Qantas, nor are we excessive on the checklist of frequent flyers. Generally, huge companies do the proper factor and it must be acknowledged.

Anne Layman, Cronulla, NSW



Might I extremely suggest the four-day Maria Island hike in Tasmania? Simply off the east coast of the island and north of Hobart, lies a pure wonderland of wombats, wallabies and waterbirds. Our group of 9 girls was led ably by Pete and Reef whose guiding expertise and data of plant and chook life was solely surpassed by their culinary expertise. Cooking in bush tents they managed to supply gourmand delicacies accompanied by nice Tasmanian wines and beers. The corporate’s robust conservation regard meant our fundamental tents and composting bogs have been greater than sufficient leaving barely a footprint on the panorama. The spotlight although was a three-sided, water-only, bush bathe permitting you to marvel on the Aussie bush whereas washing your cares away.

Sally Spurr, Lane Cove, NSW


In response to your story on seashores that stole our hearts (Traveller, November 6) I beloved Anse supply d’argent seashore on La Digue, Seychelles. Whitest of white sand, heat water, palms, easy rocks which seem like they’ve been put there by a panorama gardener. Distant, uncrowded and simply stunning.

Louise Kloot, Doncaster, VIC


It is nearly negligent to commit three pages to a narrative about seashores and never give Cable Seaside, Western Australia, a point out. Do one among your writers an enormous favour and ship them to Broome, to expertise what might be the most effective seashore on the planet.

Ian Maddison, Parkdale, Vic


In response to Lillian Horsnby (Traveller Letters, November 5), I too have been to the Islamic Arts museum in Kuala Lumpur, it is without doubt one of the finest curated museums in Asia. The constructing itself can be a nice piece of structure. It’s situated close to the prepare station, as the author factors out, but additionally subsequent to the Nationwide Mosque, which is an unimaginable constructing and could be seen exterior of prayer instances. Whereas on the topic Malaysia, it’s a fascinating nation with nice seashores, meals and multiculturalism on steroids. It is a most underrated vacation spot for Australians and less expensive than its sterile overpriced cousin Singapore. Do your self a favour and go to quickly.

Stephen Trevarrow, New Farm, Qld


In response to Eva Havas’s request for recommendation (Traveller Letters, October 30) on methods to finest journey to New York from Madison, Wisconsin. Madison has flights to each La Guardia (LGA), New York and Newark (EWR) airports and through connections to JFK in New York. Relying on when you find yourself travelling it may be probably the most price efficient and handy selection. In any other case there’s a bus connection ( from the College of Wisconsin campus (downtown Madison) to each Chicago O’Hare airport (ORD) and Milwaukee Gen. Mitchell airport (MKE) the place cheaper direct flights to New York could also be obtainable. Good luck along with your journey, Eva, and revel in Madison.

Jenice Con Foo, Madison, Wisconsin, US


We learn your evaluate of the Virgin Lodge, Edinburgh (Traveller, November 6) with a smile this morning as we have been current friends there. We might booked a fort view room on the new Virgin Lodge. We arrived late within the day and have been proven to our room. Whereas it was properly fitted out it was critically disappointing as we had a small window looking to a brick wall. I indicated our disappointment to the Virgin employees member who promptly obtained us two glasses of French champagne then escorted us to “Sir Richards Flat”, the suite utilized by Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson when on the town. It was decadent, luxurious and attractive. A good way to begin our week in Scotland.

Tracy Mackey, Clovelly, NSW


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