CHOOSING THE RIGHT CASE As I grow older it becomes harder to move my luggage around, especially on overseas trips. The purchase of the correct luggage becomes all important. Travelling with one case would be perfect, but what if it is lost by shipping lines, airlines, hotels or one of the many that handle it. Thousands of pieces of luggage go missing every day. One cannot afford to take the chance of losing precious medication, battery charges, cameras etc, so we really do need a carry/wheel on, that should never leave our side. Wheels on luggage were a great invention (why did it take so long?), but now, as my strength wains, I find that the 2 wheel suitcases pose a weight and portability problem. The newer style 4 wheel models glide effortlessly through airports and take all the worry away. Don’t buy “cheap” cases, they have “cheap” wheels that usually don’t do the job and break down sooner than later. Buy a well known brand, for a few dollars more they last a lot longer and do the job so much better.
Attached are photos of two new models from Paklite that illustrate my idea of the close to perfect case.
Available in black or turquoise and in three sizes, the duffels are as lightweight and stylish as they are practical. The Escape duffle boasts large capacity with strong and durable hardware, fabric and components including a lockable external sleeve pocket, great for passports and valuables. The small and medium sizes may easily be slipped over one’s main suitcase handle by using the built in cloth handle. This makes wheeling 2 bags at once a breeze without weight as the bottom bags 4 wheels glide effortlessly, especially on airport floors. Whether old or young, these bags take the strain out of travelling.
The art of travelling well in Spain with Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific recently introduced four direct flights to Madrid and to help you travel well in Spain here are four tips to get you on your way:
- Slip into a new time zone – We don’t just mean the time difference. Expect things to open later in the morning and social activities including dining to kick off much later and carry on into the night. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself eating dinner at 10pm.
- Embrace the graze – Instead of a meal at just one restaurant, enjoy a touring banquet of tapas. Walk along the street hopping from one tapas bar to the next, sampling different tapas at different establishments. One place may be known for one particular dish or another, so look out for what the locals are eating.
- Pucker up – In Spain, greetings are with two kisses to the cheek, starting with the right cheek. Generally it’s a light peck but if you are uncomfortable, a cheek to cheek is acceptable.
With four direct flights a week to Madrid from Hong Kong and over 70 flights a week from Australia, you will be travelling well when you choose to fly with Cathay Pacific. The great connections mean that the total travel time (including transfers) is less than 24 hours from Sydney to Madrid.
Mystical Myanmar – Reasons to Visit From temple-dotted plains to golden stupas, floating gardens to colonial gems, Myanmar has so much to see and experience. Yet there is no denying the country is changing. Here are five of Myanmar’s myriad sights that should not be missed:
Shwedagon Pagoda. No journey to Myanmar is complete without a visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. Thought to have been built by the Mon people during the 6th century, this is one of the most impressive Buddhist sites in Southeast Asia and a true religious wonder of the world. Besides the beauty of the temple itself, the Shwedagon Pagoda is a fantastic spot for people-watching, with devotees making offerings, worshiping and meditating before the golden stupas.
Inle Lake. Cruising the waters of this peaceful lake, flanked by floating gardens and wooden stilt-houses, is an unmissable experience. The antics of its famous leg-rowing fisherman, whose distinctive method can be observed nowhere else in the world, is a major draw for visitors to this tranquil oasis in the Shan Hills. When compared to the bustle of Yangon, Inle Lake is a place to relax, unwind, and observe communities and customs little-changed for thousands of years.
Colonial architecture. As a result of British rule between 1824 and 1948, and its relative isolation in the years that followed, Myanmar is home to some of the finest colonial architecture in the world. As the country has been opening up to tourists, development has been inevitable; Yangon is changing at a rapid pace so my advice to travellers who want to see Yangon’s unique heritage buildings is they should visit now.
The temples of Bagan. Where else on earth can you watch the sun set over more than two thousand temples? The temples of Bagan are truly unique. For a truly spectacular view, the temples should be seen from above – in the luxury of a hot air balloon. Due to demand, it’s really important to book the hot air balloon before travelling to Myanmar, at the same time as booking into a small group journey or making private travel arrangements.
Ngapali Beach. Having explored temples and colonial wonders in Yangon, cruised Inle Lake and watched the sun go down over Bagan’s mesmerising plains, travellers deserve some time to unwind at the beach. Few people realise Myanmar shares the same incredible stretch of coastline as its better-known neighbour Thailand, with white sand and the famed azure waters of the Andaman Sea. This tranquil coastline and its quaint smattering of fishing villages is the perfect way to end a visit to Myanmar. For details, visit: Ph: 1300 138 755 http://www.insiderjourneys.com.au
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PHOTOS: Suitcases at OPT (John Pond) Inie Lake Fisherman (Ian Richards)
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