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‘Headphones Make Food Taste Better!’: 10 Tips From Readers For A Better Vacation | Summer Vacation

Sound and eat well

Noise Canceling Headphones they are my most precious luggage. On busy trains, planes, and ferries, they block out the hum of engines, cries from babies, and sounds leaking from other people’s headphones. They allow me to entertain myself with music, podcasts, or audiobooks when turbulence, bumpy tracks, or heavy surf make reading impossible. Most importantly, they make food taste better. Taste is affected by hearing, and the bottom motor drone is one reason why airplane food tastes so bland. I put my headphones on, and if it’s not fine dining, food does develop taste.
Debbie scrolls

Don’t trust the local internet

Tourists using the navigation application on the mobile phone.
Using offline maps can be very useful. Photograph: Sergey Nivens / Alamy

My best advice is download an app like and the map corresponding to the place you are visiting before leaving. Then when you arrive, if you don’t have internet or are concerned about how much the connection will cost, you can still get your bearings, it will even locate you on the map.


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Trip to the imagination

Glen Coe.
Glen Coe. Photograph: Mark Greenwood / Alamy

The journey from Hertfordshire to the Hebrides is long and arduous. However, the holidays begin at Loch Lomond. From here, the spectacular scenery of each lake, ravine, and mountain peak has a different character. U.S make up stories imagining the brutal battles in the eerie fog at Glen Coe, the bombings at Eilean Donan Castle during the Jacobite uprising, or the “little people” who live among the coniferous cathedrals at Glen Garry. Wildlife changes every step of the way: curlews in the lowlands, eagles in the highlands … and is it an otter or just a rock or a patch of seaweed?
Vanessa wright

Have your boarding pass handy

Jack Russell dog waiting at the airport terminal ready to board the plane
Where to put documents at the airport can be a challenge. Photography: Javier Brosch / Alamy

At the airport, your passport and boarding pass should always be close at hand, but it is difficult to keep them in hand. My husband just uses his “airport shirt”With a top pocket of the right size for these.
Valerie’s stamp

Look for the best ice cream beforehand

Find the best ice cream in town
Always find out where the best ice cream in town is … Photograph: Cavan Images / Getty

I always plan ahead, research the area, and write a list of useful things in my travel notepad, such as directions, tips, places to see and do or the place to try a wonderful ice cream or cake. It stays in my bag or backpack for when I need it and saves me time and effort when I arrive at my destination. It also means that I remember trying the best ice cream in town! I don’t have to follow him, but he’s there to make sure I see and do the best I can.
Victoria Stevens

Think outfits, not clothes

Packing for a coordinated wardrobe. Photograph: Kanchana Chitkhamma / Getty Images

For me, my biggest advice is to pack a coordinated wardrobe. Each item should be able to mix and match within my capsule wardrobe. I put all the clothes that I think I want to wear, pants, skirts and dresses together, then I see how many of the tops can be used with various clothes. If they cannot make at least two sets, they are discarded. Add some scarves and jewelry to change the look, and some neutral shoes that go with everything.

Travel in relaxed style

Railroad tracks with train in the Lavaux vineyard mountains, Switzerland
Let the ever-changing scenery slide past your window (Lake Geneva pictured). Photograph: Yevgen Romanenko / Getty Images

Don’t fly. Enjoy a glass of Prosecco on the terrace while sailing on a ferry. Enjoy a good meal followed by a boogie on the dance floor and let the gentle waves rock you to sleep. Alternatively, take the train and let the ever-changing scenery slide out your window – with a single change in Paris, you can arrive the next day in Venice, Barcelona, ​​or one of dozens of destinations. For a stress-free trip, buy an Interrail ticket and only pay extra for your seat reservation; you can plan your trip in Seat 61.
Monique gadella

No hurry

Slow country trains, like this one in Bulgaria, offer the best experiences.
Slow country trains, like this one in Bulgaria, offer rich experiences. Photograph: John Wreford / Alamy

Go slow and take it easy during the holidays. A lifetime of this simple vacation philosophy has given me years of enjoyable travel alone and with friends and family. Wait until everyone has gotten off the train, bus, or plane; don’t join the stampede to the exit. Decades of walking the aisles (no one cares if you stroll first class as if you were the owner at the end of a trip) has given me the opportunity to pick up discarded novels and magazines to read later on vacation. Wherever I am, I take the slowest regional trains – you see more, get local company, and save money. Drive at slower speeds and stop frequently – enjoy the ride and the destination.
Nigel Cox

Go alone

woman on the beach
Photography: Alamy

There is a simple way to make vacations easier: travel alone! Price? What you want to pay. Where? Wherever you want to go. It’s less stressful not having to worry about other people. Children: send them to summer camp or school. Partner or Friends – Let them make their own way and meet them when you get there.

Play the game

A white Fiat Abart car
License plate sets can make highway trips a bit quicker. Photography: Alamy

Playing the license plate set it is a way to relieve the tedium of long car trips. The idea is to treat the three consecutive letters on UK license plates as three letter abbreviations and come up with what they might represent. For example, BFC could be Big Friendly Car. Kudos to the creator of the cleverest or funniest suggestions. Records that include ‘X’s and’ V’s add an additional challenge – there seem to be a lot of those. Of course, the types of responses vary according to the age of the children (or adults). My children especially liked it when the letters corresponded to the initials of the brothers …
Sharon pinner

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