More on the subject of wi-fi access when travelling - recently visiting the Milan Salone, I was shocked to find that there was no wi-fi available at the Fiera. A hazard for international visitors trying to conduct their business affairs at a trade fair. There was also no wi-fi in our pre-booked apartment, so we had to resort to internet dens. But give it a rest! We had a lovely attic apartment in a beautiful area, which I wouldn't like to have missed had I known there was no wi-fi access.
Maybe this is a hazard of pre-booking on the net. It sounds all very efficient, but takes away some of the fun and value of travelling, the surprises, the risks and rewards. We travel light, hand luggage only, so we can move around comfortably and easily. This was the first trip in years that I pre-booked. Having to find the hotel, by train, light rail, taxi or on foot was much more difficult than our usual modus operandi: take train from airport into mid-city, sit in the nearest cafe while we suss out the area, pick a hotel, and walk in. I've had 90 per cent success with this method, but pot luck on wi-fi. So get a map from the station and ask around. Who needs wi-fi? It's fun out there.
Honesty by the bagful
I caught a taxi to Airport Express check-in in Hong Kong last week.
Shock, horror at the counter I realised that I had left my handbag on the floor of the taxi.
I raced across the road to seek the taxi in the long queue heading in the opposite direction; to no avail.
The check-in official tried phoning taxi control (there are many of these) but it was impossible to trace a taxi about which we knew nothing. We were considering postponing our flight and determining how to replace a lost passport when out of the blue appeared our driver with the bag in hand.
What a relief; passport, cameras and Kindle all returned with a smile.
Re the "Such Turkeys" article (Traveller Letters, June 8), the reason Turkey's visa charges are seemingly out of line for Australians versus other countries is that Australia introduced increased charges for Turkish travellers last year. It's called "tit for tat".
You can now get your visa for Turkey on line at www.evisa.gov.tr. You just fill in the application, pay $US60 ($64) and they email you the visa immediately. Turkey is such a wonderful place to visit: historical sites, great food, friendly people and they love Australians. I will be there again in four weeks. I can recommend the Hotel Sultania in the Old Quarter ... a quaint hotel with a lot of charm and central to everything. The best Turkish delight/baklava can be had at Hafiz Mustafa. Eat and enjoy, then load up with Turkish delight to continue the enjoyment at home. Get them to seal the bags and they last 12 months!
Share and share alike
I would like to thank your paper and Elspeth Callender for sharing her experience in Glacier National Park and Whitefish (Traveller, June 8). We have been there twice; once in summer like Elspeth, when we visited The Flathead Valley, Browning (Blackfeet country), GNP, Kalispell, Whitefish and Eureka. We were based in Whitefish and were amazed at the beautiful nature and friendly people.
Our second visit was in winter. Whitefish has a ski resort called Big Mountain. In my opinion, Big Mountain and Whitefish are one of the best skiing areas in North America. I know lots of Australians go to Banff, Canada, but this place can beat that. It is a hidden treasure.
As Callender mentioned, the transport is easy from Australia and Whitefish has plenty of accommodation to offer in any season. Montana should be promoted better in Australia. It is Big Sky Country.
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