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Jetstar to replace Qantas? Here's why that's absurd

Travellers' Check When Qantas invented Jetstar a decade ago, it aimed to be everything Qantas wasn’t: a no-frills way airline with dirt cheap fares.

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What's keeping the airline industry alive

Spirit Airlines

Travellers' Check The global airline industry is a basket case, but there's one thing that's keeping it going.

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Premium puts the squeeze on cheap seats

Economy class is about to get more cramped.

Traveller's Check Even as airlines like Etihad unveil even more luxurious seating and sleeping options on their big jets, the outlook has never been bleaker space-wise for those hoping to fly at restricted 'headline'...

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Premium economy: the new (old) business class

Air New Zealand's premium economy 'spaceseat'. Premium economy is a popular choice in the Australasian region.

Travellers' Check It's the affordable compromise between a lie-flat bed and squeezy cattle class. And it's on the rise.

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The only way to really see a city

Barcelona

The Backpacker It's the best way to see a city, but I didn't always do it by choice.

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Eight places you need to visit right now

Colombia beach.

The Backpacker The world is changing: here are eight places you need to get to before they're overrun with tourists.

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Why Europe does Christmas better than us

Revellers in Santa costumes gather to take part in the annual

The Backpacker To Europeans, Australia's summer Christmas just seems wrong. And I can understand why.

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A sacred dessert pilgrimage

ice-cream

The Backpacker Some people prefer to conduct their sacred journey in a state of hardship, trekking countless miles. Me, I prefer a train trip and some ice-cream.

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Travellers, stop being so paranoid

Do you really need to worry so much about security when travelling?

The Backpacker On my first visit to Asia, I could be seen everywhere with a huge bulge ... on my chest.

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How to really stop a nation

Hogmanay, Scotland's New Year celebration, is more than just New Year's Eve. Some revellers brave freezing conditions in the River Forth for a dip during the annual Loony Dook Swim.

The Backpacker Forget the Melbourne Cup - if you really want to see a nation grind to a halt, this is where you should go.

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You're going to regret that...

paradise holiday beach

The Backpacker From saris to sarongs: the overseas purchases that should really be left overseas.

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Europe for beginners: what you need to know

Colosseum, Rome

The Backpacker It can be daunting planning that first trip to Europe, but there are a few tricks to getting it right.

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What happened to London's Aussie expats?

Meeting place ... the Walkabout in Shepherd's Bush, London, has closed its doors.

The Backpacker The Shepherds Bush Walkabout has closed its doors; TNT magazine is in administration. Is this the end for Aussie expats in London?

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Good service from a budget airline?

President of Irish budget carrier Ryanair Michael O'Leary

Travellers' Check Is it possible for a budget airline to also deliver good service? One airline shows the way.

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Where to find Rome's finest food

Parmesan cheeses at Eataly in Rome

The Backpacker When in Rome, do as the Romans do. And Romans don't go to the Colosseum.

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Cheap flights to Europe amid airfare price war

In the past, Singapore Airlines' reputation for superior service meant it could get away with charging significantly more for its flights to Europe. But times have changed.

Travellers' Check Singapore Airlines used to be able to charge more thanks to its superior service. Not anymore.

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Don't mention the war? It's hard not to

Fireworks light the sky above the Quadriga at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin shortly after midnight, greeting the New Year

The Backpacker This city just hosted a night we'll never forget. But right now it looks like a bomb hit it.

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Films that get travel all wrong

LEONARDO DICAPRIO

The Backpacker They're packed with cliches, they're unrealistic, or they're just plain wrong...

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Where weird has become standard

art gallery weird

The Backpacker You can spend your time on a hipster Safari, at a guerilla film event or dining out on Turkish-Indian fusion cuisine.

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What goes around comes around

Lund, Sweden

The Backpacker I let a dreadlocked, kleptomaniac Scotsman stay in my home. But karma repaid me.

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