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Go, go gadgets: 22 items every traveller needs

MICHAEL GEBICKI Why travel light when getting kitted up is half the fun.

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Find freedom: How to take a year off to travel

Freedom ... it is possible to spend a year travelling, but you need to prepare.

THE BACKPACKER Don’t pack too much. Turn off your phone. Get good insurance. The dos and don'ts of spending 12 months overseas.

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The one travel insurance mistake you should never make

If you want to keep your holiday happy, make sure you arrange your travel insurance early and avoid the common mistakes.

JANE E FRASER There's one simple and potentially expensive mistake that many of us make on travel insurance.

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How to choose the perfect backpack

A group of overseas backpackers, enjoy a walk through the popular tourist area of Circular Quay in Sydney

THE BACKPACKER The first thing you need to ask yourself is: what kind of traveller am I? This will go a long way to deciding which backpack is best for you.

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Don't go there: the destinations you need to avoid

Thailand coup with tourists

Karen Halabi Which destinations should you cross off your list? Some of them may surprise you.

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Air travel

How to have a perfect flight

First Class in the Qantas A380.

JANE E FRASER Our expert guide on ways to make your flight a pleasure rather than just a pain.

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Air travel

What's the best way to sleep on a plane?

The back of the aircraft is the best place to seek relative solitude.

Natalie Paris What's the best way to sleep on a plane? Ten top tips to help you arrive refreshed.

Air travel

Which frequent flyer scheme should you join?


David Flynn Most airlines today offer frequent flyer schemes, but which one is the best?

Air Travel

Why the most popular seat on a plane isn't the safest


Oliver Smith While the front of the aircraft is favoured, research suggests the back is safer in the event of a crash.


A guide to tipping in the US: when do I tip and how much?

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LANCE RICHARDSON The first rule is to get your hands on a stack of US$1 bills. You’re going to need them.


Ten essential items every traveller should pack

By all means, pack those extra clothes ... but there are other essentials that will come in handy when you're travelling.

MICHAEL GEBICKI Our resident expert, the Tripologist, names the ten essential travel items he won't leave home without.

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Open and shut case: how to pack for a shopping trip

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NINA KARNIKOWSKI Trying to shut your suitcase should not end in tears, writes Nina Karnikowski.

Ten essential travel apps

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THE TRIPOLOGIST Smartphone apps have reshaped the travelscape. Here's Michael Gebicki's top 10.


Pack it in: how to travel with only carry-on luggage

Cabin baggage being put into overhead lockers on plane.

It doesn't matter where you are heading or for how long, you can get by with only carry-on luggage. Here's how.

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Travel Insider

The top five travel illnesses (and how to avoid them)

Traveller?s diarrhoea affects more than 50 per cent of travellers to developing countries and can last for many days.

JANE E FRASER Shall we add it to the list of Dumb Ways to Die? Heading to high risk holiday destinations without vaccinations is about as smart as eating a tube of superglue, but more and more Aussies are doing it.

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The Tripologist

What is the best currency to pay in overseas, local or Aussie dollars?

Pedestrians pass stores as they walk through the Alberto Sordi shopping mall in Rome, Italy, on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011. Italy's economic growth gained pace in the second quarter, with the recovery of Europe's fourth-largest economy now threatened by the sovereign-debt crisis. Photographer: Alessandra Benedetti/Bloomberg

MICHAEL GEBICKI When I make an electronic transaction overseas, sometimes I am offered a choice - pay in local currency or in Aussie dollars. What's the best option?


Travel's biggest questions: answered

Young couple in beach resort, woman taking drink from waiter

THE TRIPOLOGIST Decisions, decisions, decisions ... Never before has the modern-day traveller been blessed with so many choices - and has never, at times, been so confounded. But, wait, Michael Gebicki is here to adjudicate.

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The one item every traveller should carry

It's no secret that faulty zippers result in their fair share of travel snafus ... but a few safety pins can save the day.

Myscha Theriault A vintage solution can come to your rescue when faced with a travel dilemma.

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What’s the best camera to take travelling?


THE TRIPOLOGIST Knowing the right camera to bring could be the difference between a good shot and a great one.

Are travellers cheques still useful?


THE TRIPOLOGIST Is there still a case for using travellers cheques for overseas travel?

Travel Insider

The best insurance policies for Australian travellers

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JANE E FRASER Trying to decide what travel insurance to get can be a real pain.

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Do you need an international driving permit?

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THE TRIPOLOGIST Your Australian licence might not pass muster if you are stopped by the local police.

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