Go underground, go outback, go AWOL: travel deals 19 January 2014


Hanging around at Kamalaya,
Koh Samui, Thailand

Take a Thai spa, check into a cave hotel, rail across Australia or get the kids' skates on with new Skoot luggage.

Go now: Turkey
Explore Istanbul’s palaces, the limestone terraces of Pamukkale and sleep in a Cappadocian cave hotel on a 10-day Turkish Delights tour. Book by February 28 for travel until March and save $100. From $970 a person, twin share. 131 398, travelscene.net.au.

Go sooner: Thailand
Get a post-Christmas detox and save 20 percent at Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa, on Koh Samui. Stay five nights, pay for four, with free yoga, tai chi, qi gong, pilates and a body analysis included, from March 1-April 30. From $955 a person, five nights.  +66 77 429 800, kamalaya.com.

Go later: Trans-Australia
Save 20 percent on 10 holiday packages on The Ghan train journey from Adelaide to Darwin, including the Rock & Rail tour, which adds in two nights and tours in Alice Springs. Book by February 28, travel May 1-October 31. From $1741 a person, twin share. 1800 725 993, greatsouthernrail.com.au.

KIDS
Scoot cute
Cute kids’ luggage abounds, but is it useful? The Skoot is a 13-litre suitcase, a boredom buster and a mode of transport in busy airports. 

The shoulder strap allows parents to sling the scooter over their shoulder and it doubles as a pull cord to rein in recalitrant cruisers. The ride-on hard case also fits most cabin luggage requirements. Suitable for kids from 3-6 years. $79.95, (03) 9824 6770,  littlegulliver.com.au.

This feature by Belinda Jackson was published in the Sun-Herald newspaper.

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