FOOD FOR THOUGHT
We thoroughly agree with Sue Williams' article on 'The art of avoiding jet lag' (Traveller, March 9). We have found that not eating on flights ( Sydney-LAX, Perth-London) has been the miracle jet lag cure for us too. We always make sure we eat a decent meal a few hours before we board the plane. Another cure for us is getting straight back to work on the day we arrive home. I have arrived in Sydney from Dubai on an early morning flight, had a quick trip home for shower and change of clothes, and then to work. I go to bed around 8pm and sleep through usually.
Kimerley Brown, Pennant Hills, NSW
Reading Sue Williams article I wonder why some people suffer jetlag and others don't.
On my many overseas flights, regardless of travelling economy or business class, I have never suffered from this debilitating condition. I make no special preparations before the flight, eat and drink everything offered, or take medications supposed to alleviate the problem. The only three things I do during the flight are drink plenty of water, sleep, and either stretch or walk whenever I can. Neither do I suffer from sea or any sort of motion sickness.
Do any readers have an explanation for this? I am genuinely interested.
Chris Tiley, Nana Glen, NSW
In your article 'Roam where you're wanted, too' (Traveller, March 9), Louise Southerden has left out Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, in her Jordan piece.
Israel shares quite a long border with Jordan and, there are two crossings between the countries. They are the Allenby Crossing in the centre and the Aqaba Crossing in the south.
We used the Aqaba Crossing after an enjoyable tour of Jordan and it was the easiest border crossing to navigate, with no waiting.
Bette Pulver, Caulfield, VIC
LOVE ACROSS THE DITCH
We have been to New Zealand many times but were not expecting an amazing experience in a place called Bushy Park. It was just outside Whanganui on the North Island, and suggested to us by the information centre. The homestead we stayed in was set in an ancient rainforest with walks for us to enjoy on their 97-hectare grounds. The amazing variety of bird life and plants were an added bonus along the walking paths. The evening meal was prepared and served by Dale, a real character who runs the place, and who made our 47th Valentines Night together the most memorable so far.
Cecily Chittick, Wamberal, NSW
Am I the only one to find it incomprehensible that the random swabbing at Sydney Airport's T2 security, is now done in groups of three (as well as individually). When I was group swabbed recently, only one swab wipe was used for the group. Assuming it is even legal to do it that way, if one person is positive, surely there is a risk the swab will transfer any illicit substance on one person to either or both of the other people. When challenged, security indicated the swab would be redone with individual wipes if the group swab was positive. Too bad if the individual swab picks up the cross contamination.
Robert Postema, Paddington, NSW
We have long realised the power of visiting off season and to less visited countries ('You're Welcome', Traveller, March 9). For the last 15 years or so we have deliberately chosen to holiday in lesser travelled destinations in search of that more "authentic" experience without the jostling crowds of selfie sticks, and usually in the shoulder season. I don't think any destination is un-touristed these days of cheap air travel but this approach has seen us visit more remote destinations far from the madding crowds. We don't pay attention to the current "it", "in" or lists of current places to visit. In fact, we have already visited a lot of them. The "road less travelled" for us continues to be the most rewarding.
Vicki Copping, Oatley, NSW
LETTER OF THE WEEK
LET IT FLOW
My husband and I completed the Franklin River rafting trip a week before your excellent article (Traveller, February 23). It had been on my husband's bucket list for 20 years and I (in a moment of brain freeze) agreed to go. I was very nervous as we set off, having listened to the safety briefing, little water at the drop-off location and rain forecast for most of our trip. By the time we finished the 120 kilometres the Franklin was in flood, the waterfalls and side rivers were in full flow and the rapids were fast, fun and wild. We felt safe, well fed and well looked after by the two very experienced guides, Jordie and Scotty. It is a testament to those who fought for the Franklin River to be saved and the guides who ensure that all those who visit the river "leave no trace" that the river is now in such pristine condition. Although it was one of the toughest things we have done it was also one of the most beautiful and rewarding. We thoroughly enjoyed reliving the trip through Andrew Bain's eyes.
Jane Radcliff, Wahroonga, NSW
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