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Everyone asks… Are city passes good value?

Michael Gebicki One persuasive argument in favour of city passes is that they allow you to bypass ticket queues.

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Everyone asks: Should you boycott destinations over government behaviour?

A guide waits for tourist to take them for a ride on his camel in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Michael Gebicki If a government behaves disgracefully, is it legitimate to patronise that country as a tourist?

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The Tripologist: We seen a lot of Asia, where to next?

Japan

Michael Gebicki I suggest Japan because no matter how much you've travelled, Japan is an eye-opener.

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What's the best way to access spending money?

Michael Gebicki My fiance and I are going on holiday in Hawaii, is it better to have a bank card or take cash?

Cruising

Everyone asks: will Medicare cover a cruise ship doctor visit?

Generic pic of a doctor.

Michael Gebicki If I take a cruise along Australia's coastline and need to see the ship's doctor, are my medical expenses covered by Medicare?

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How do I get to Sorrento from Nice?

Positano, Amalfi Coast, Campania, Italy Positano village by night, Mediterranean area, Peninsula of Sorrento, Salerno district, Tyrrhenian sea

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Michael Gebicki I've always said train travel in Europe is relaxing; budget air travel is anything but.

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The Tripologist: South American tours

Machu Picchu.

The Tripologist When you buy your tour here you are dealing with someone who understands Aussies.

Tips

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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The Tripologist: where to go in France?

Saint-Flour

The Tripologist The Lot is a part of France that has not yet been 'discovered'. This is rural France at its best.

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The Tripologist: Driving in New Zealand

Milford Sound

The Tripologist Do Australians need an international driver's license to hire a car in New Zealand?

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Everyone Asks: can cruise ships get any bigger?

Oasis of the Seas.

Michael Gebicki The current record holders top the scales at 220,000 tonnes and can carry more than 8000 passengers and crew.

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The Tripologist: roaming around Europe

The Tripologist Should I get a sim card before I leave home or buy one when I get to Paris, my first stop?

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Everyone asks: shore trips on cruises

Michael Gebicki The shore excursions my cruise line offers are expensive. Should I look for a cheaper alternative?

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The Tripologist: What are the best travel apps?

Michael Gebicki There are so many apps for travel I feel overwhelmed. In your opinion, what is the best app that is simple and quick to use?

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Everyone Asks: why do some hotels charge for internet?

Michael Gebicki Many big hotels installed internet when the only way was via an expensive cabled network.

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Everyone Asks: Can a plane ditch safely at sea?

Michael Gebicki More often than you might think. One of the most celebrated cases took place in 1963.

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Everyone asks: 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?

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The Tripologist: should we squeeze in Cape Town?

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The Tripologist I'm getting a rush of blood to the head just reading your itinerary.

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Everyone asks: Is it legal for a visitor to rent an apartment in New York City?

The Tripologist In most cases, no. Most apartment in New York City are classified as Class A dwellings, and according to Chapter 225 of the Laws of New York, 2010, 'A class A multiple dwelling shall only be used for...

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Everyone asks: What’s the best camera to take travelling?

Photography

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