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Lifestyle : Travel Essentials 2011
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I LOVE the feeling of leaving everything behind when I travel -- and that includes most of my belongings. Lugging big suitcases around is not fun and I always figure if you've got a passport, some money and a travel insurance policy, you'll survive. Which is why my No. 1 piece of advice is about learning to pack light. You'll thank me when you don't have the right coins for a luggage trolley at the airport. Or when a taxi driver drops you three blocks from your hotel. Pack light, buy local Toiletries can be the killer when you're trying to pack light. For longer trips, I usually take only what I need for 24 hours and buy the rest on arrival. I also swear by two multitasking skincare products: Cetaphil for a face and body wash and Bio-Oil as a head- to-toe moisturiser (both inexpensive and available from chemists). Buying local can also be a good policy for clothing and shoes if you're going to a different climate. Try to travel with only one or two pairs of shoes -- yes, you can do it -- and make sure all your clothes mix and match, no matter how boring it might seem. For women, beads and scarves can transform a basic wardrobe and for men, a polo shirt is a versatile option if a collar might be needed. Never carry an item that only goes with one outfit or will only be worn for one occasion. Water is life Staying hydrated makes a huge difference to how you feel but leaving a trail of plastic bottles is far from ideal. I recently discovered a water bottle, Fill2Pure (alkaway.com.au) that removes 99.9 per cent of contaminants, including heavy metals and bacteria such as e-coli and giardia. I haven't tested the claim that you can safely fill up from a muddy puddle in India but the bottle has been tested by laboratories and armed forces. Each filter works for hundreds of litres of water so it is a cost-effective way of sanitising your water and you don't have to put up with the taste of iodine or other chemicals. The right shots Carrying a bulky SLR camera can be a pain but sometimes the snapshots taken on your mobile phone don't quite cut it. Unless you're planning to publish your holiday photos on billboards, there are happy compromises between size and quality. All the major camera manufacturers make hybrid models that take quality images and give you some ability to be creative. Some people dismiss them because they don't look the part but for most travellers they are more than enough. You can play with aperture, filters and shooting modes or just set the camera to automatic and shoot. If you are buying a new camera, look for one with GPS technology, which pinpoints the location of each photo and can help you identify and organise your shots later. Talk to the real experts It always pays to do some homework before setting off to a new destination, to understand basics such as local customs and what amounts things should cost. However, once you're on the ground, the best source of information is locals. If you want to know where to eat, what to see, the best markets or why everyone is dressed in a certain colour, stop and ask people in the street. Most people love being asked about their home town and in many countries will jump at the chance to practise their English. Locals can recommend places and experiences you won't find in guidebooks and may invite you to their home. Just a word of warning, though: in many Asian countries it is considered rude to say no or not provide an answer, so people may say yes or make something up just to be polite. Well read I would never leave home without a good supply of reading matter and these days you can carry a library if you use technology. I have fond memories of slicing up Lonely Planets to only take the sections I needed (lessening the weight); now I would just download the guides onto my iPad. Likewise novels. You can have numerous books at hand on a tablet-style computer, as long as you can find somewhere to keep it charged. If you prefer to stick to the paper versions, book exchanges are the way to go; you don't want to be lugging books home again. I still enjoy having a glossy magazine to read on a flight but I always aim to read it on board and then leave it behind. JEF ''I STUFFED a shirt or two into my old carpet bag, tucked it under my arm and started for Cape Horn and the Pacific,'' Herman Melville wrote in Moby Dick. And travel is still the great adventure. Even when the wonders of the world are beamed into our homes courtesy of David Attenborough and the National Geographic channel, nothing beats the moment when you set off along Venice's Grand Canal on a vaporetto or get a hug from an orphaned orang-utan in a Borneo rainforest sanctuary. But travel can also be stressful, damaging to wealth and health and full of pitfalls. The fact that you can do most of the organising yourself using the internet to plan and book your travels might be empowering but it also means you have no-one else to blame when things go wrong. Every trip is different and so is every traveller but here are a few ground
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