Traveller Letters: This may clarify Qantas' baggage handler issues



Travelling just lately at evening on a really late and delayed Virgin Australia arrival from Melbourne, I encountered a number of baggage handlers on the shuttle bus to parking who might have defined one purpose baggage is an issue. All used to work for Qantas and misplaced their jobs. All had been re-employed by [the aviation services company] Swissport after a interval with out work, though some obtained Jobkeeper. They had nothing good to say in regards to the disloyalty and misplaced advantages and extra. Has Alan Joyce plucked his golden goose?

Paul Gerrard, Kellyville, NSW


If Qantas desires to enhance its sport it ought to cease flogging wine, insurance coverage, well being care and heaven is aware of what else and simply concentrate on the enterprise of air journey.

John Swanton, Coogee, NSW



Sue Williams’ article “the art of outwitting con artists” (Traveller, July 9) was a wonderful reminder of the difficulties that may be confronted by Australian travellers abroad. As my spouse and I had been boarding a prepare from Lisbon to Porto, Portugal, I used to be struggling to elevate two heavy circumstances onto the prepare when a person provided to assist me. A minute later, the prepare moved away and I stowed the circumstances on a rack and we discovered our seats. It was then that I observed my pockets had gone. I assumed I should have dropped on the ground of the prepare however finally realised I’d been robbed. The conductor’s assistant stated she’d seen two suspicious males operating away because the prepare departed. By the time the prepare had reached Porto some hours later, the robbers had used my bank card and money card with a substantial amount of money additionally misplaced that was within the pockets. We went to the vacationer police in Porto the following morning however it was a waste of time. Robbing vacationers at railway stations is a daily occasion and our journey insurance coverage firm refused to just accept my declare on the premise I wasn’t sufficiently vigilant. A lesson discovered.

John Aarons, Brighton East, VIC


I disagree with the selection in your information to Buenos Aires of Recoleta because the one cemetery to go to there. To go to the tomb of Evita, sure, however if you wish to pay homage to Carlos Gardel, the “king of tango”, you have to go to the La Chacarita cemetery. A prepare or a bus journey from downtown Buenos Aires takes 30 to 40 minutes. It then takes 10 or so minutes to search out the tomb and statue of the good man. When we had been there somebody had positioned a carnation on his swimsuit and a lit cigarette in his hand. It was properly definitely worth the time to pay tribute.

Robert Pallister, Punchbowl, NSW


Regarding Ray Ward’s feedback (Traveller Letters, July 9) about his keep at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport Hilton, we had been confronted with the identical downside of an early morning flight and we selected to remain in Fiumicino city itself. We had been collected by a free shuttle from the airport station to go to our lodging. Fiumicino is a city seemingly devoid of architectural benefit however with no scarcity of cafes and eating places. We spent a day strolling by way of the city, alongside the waterfront and the city canals the place fishermen had been promoting their catch. Later we had pizza at a small cafe earlier than returning to our lodging. Next morning we had been taken by the shuttle again to the airport in time for check-in. It was an attention-grabbing and relatively totally different means of spending our final evening in Italy and value lower than half the airport resort.

Dawn Lumley, Fitzroy, VIC

I’m sorry that Ray Ward was disenchanted with the airport resort in Fiumicino. Our expertise, admittedly not as current, was fairly the reverse. Efficient and handy, our keep there was precisely what we wanted for a departure the following day.

Graham Hannaford, Ainslie, ACT

My spouse and I just lately returned from our third self-drive tour of Italy, this time largely within the south-west. Like Ray Ward, we, too, had a morning flight from Rome airport (Rome-Doha-Melbourne) and as traditional we selected to remain on the Best Western, Rome. The resort is well accessible from the airport with a shuttle bus service even for the earliest of flights. The resort itself is clear and trendy, the employees are pleasant and useful and the restaurant has nice meals and wine at very cheap charges.

Brad Downs, Bairnsdale, Vic

My solely keep in an airport resort was fantastic. Our flight from Johannesburg was delayed in a single day, and we had been transported at midnight to the Southern Sun Airport Hotel. The eating room was saved open for us and the following day, we had been handled to a smorgasbord of South African delicacies at breakfast, tea and lunch. The prepare direct to Sandton City purchasing centre was an added bonus for last-minute purchasing.

Rhoda Silber, Manly, NSW


Well executed, Lee Tulloch, for declaring ageism and wrongly held assumptions within the journey trade about older travellers (Traveller, July 9). Spare a thought additionally for single older travellers. Travel articles and promoting place a heavy emphasis on {couples}, but among the many over 50s there are many cashed-up singles who would admire recognition that they exist and have specific lodging wants. Articles, promoting and pictures virtually invariably promote king beds and “romantic getaways”. Older singles often solely want a double mattress at most, and singles travelling collectively admire twin rooms the place the beds usually are not so shut collectively that they could as properly be doubles.

Liz Edwards, Orange, NSW



We are in the course of a ten week journey to Norway and Iceland. An app known as has remodeled our journey. It is a free app, whereby you possibly can obtain totally different nations and use it offline. It has detailed info together with accommodations, ATMs, petrol stations, vacationer websites and grocery shops. The app gives driving, strolling and different transport route choices and estimated instances. It has helped us hike to the very best mountains within the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway with most climbing routes and parking spots marked and the flexibility to trace your progress. A traveller’s should.

Jenni Davidson, Balmain, NSW


Ute Junker, in her story on free points of interest and experiences all over the world (Traveller, July 10), probably hasn’t heard of the International Greeter Association ( Visitors to 130 locations (together with Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane right here in Australia) can meet a neighborhood Greeter for a free strolling tour to discover the greeter’s residence metropolis. They will uncover spots identified solely to locals and get an inside perspective from somebody who lives there. It’s an awesome introduction to town you are visiting with out the expense.

Joanne Karcz, Dangar Island, NSW


Another implausible free expertise so as to add to the checklist is Boston’s Freedom Trail. This self-guided stroll takes you thru the highest 16 historic websites in Boston. There are organised excursions for a small charge however it’s simple to stroll and there’s info at every web site to learn. There are additionally wheelchair accessible routes. The web site ( has many sources that will help you put together your go to. I lived in Boston for eight years and this was my go-to exercise for visiting family and friends and was all the time an enormous hit.

Kay Hartman, Willoughby, NSW


I just lately flew to Bali for a hoped-for enjoyable break however Bali airport was a shemozzle of queues and chaos. First there’s a lengthy queue to point out your vaccination certificates. Then Australians must queue once more to pay $US35 for a visa – an impost just lately reinstated by the Indonesian authorities – with a mass of queues for immigration. My recommendation is to remain calm as a result of, whereas the method took virtually two hours, I additionally nonetheless needed to anticipate my bag earlier than going through the fourth queue to undergo customs. It’s such a pity as a result of the Balinese folks want our assist a lot for the time being and are being let down by their airport.

Simon Benedict, Docklands, Vic


I just lately returned from a visit to Alice Springs the place I had booked a automobile to rent 12 months in the past. The day earlier than I used to be as a consequence of decide up the automobile, I obtained an e mail confirming my reserving. Upon nearer inspection, I happily observed that the fees had elevated by 50 per cent. After a cellphone name, changes had been made in order that the unique cost was honoured. Even with that modification to the automobile rent charge, it proved to be an costly journey to go to the Red Centre however the magnificence and magic of it was compelling. I can not wait to return.

Jane Buckingham, Apollo Bay, Vic


We employed a automobile in Italy just lately by way of the aggregator When renting, the decide up was clearly Rome and the drop off Naples. Be cautious as a result of deep in all of the phrases and situations there was a clause saying the automobile firm used (Locauto) can successfully cost you what they like as a drop off charge, though we thought that this was lined off by nominating decide up and drop off. My bank card was finally charged an extra €100 or so.

Vince Vozzo, Blairgowrie, Vic


One of your current Traveller articles talked about Australians not understanding the US “tip culture”. By means of clarification when travelling within the States, it is necessary to bear in mind that service employees, reminiscent of waiters and baristas, in contrast to right here in Australia, do not obtain an honest wage. Americans doing the identical jobs obtain such a paltry wage that they’re completely depending on the tipping generosity of patrons.

John B. Quinn, Avoca, Vic


The Letter of the Week author wins Hardie Grant journey books price greater than $100. For July, that features Vantastic by Kate Ulman; Great World Wonders by Michael Turtle; and Ultimate Weekends Australia by Emma Shaw.


The Tip of the Week author wins a set of three nice Lonely Planet journey books, together with Ultimate Australia Travel List, The Travel Book and Armchair Explorer.



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