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Travellers' Check

What's keeping the airline industry alive

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

The Backpacker

Things that can only happen in Asia

Patong beach, Phuket.

The Backpacker Things that should be illegal, or at least questionable, or that are just silly. They happen here.

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When a country transforms


The Backpacker For me, it's a sight to enjoy. For locals, it's a battle to be won.

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AirAsia versus Jetstar: budget battle looms

Flight attendants pose in front of an AirAsia X A340 passenger jet.

Travellers' Check We're on the verge of a cheap airfare war on flights to South-East Asia.

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The best way to see a country


The Backpacker There are huge positives to this form of travel, but the locals will think you're an idiot.

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Bali's pull defies bad publicity

Bali, Kuta beach

Travellers' Check It doesn't matter how bad the news story, Australians will still keep going to Bali.

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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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South-East Asia for beginners: what you need to know

Foreign tourists look at Balinese people walking near the beach at a Melasti ceremony in Kuta.

The Backpacker Heading to the region for the first time? Here's what you need to know.

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'Are we really allowed to do this?'


The Backpacker Yes, you are allowed to do all sorts of things. That's the joy and craziness of South-East Asia.

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Virgin flights take the long way round to Indonesia

Virgin Australia.

Travellers' Check Virgin Australia is ramping up flights to Indonesia, but there's a problem.

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The Backpacker

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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Travellers' Check

AirAsia X to take on Jetstar on Thailand flights

AirAsia may take on Jetstar directly for the first time on flights to Thailand.

Travellers' Check Price war looming on flights to Thailand as AirAsia X plans first head-to-head battle with Jetstar.

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The party's over as dollar, fuel crimp the good times

Plane tail generic

Clive Dorman Business travellers and frequent fliers will bear the brunt of increases, but there's some hurt for holiday-makers too.

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When a Bali holiday is not enough

Foreign tourists sunbathe on Kuta beach on Indonesia's island of Bali

Travellers' Check We're not just taking holidays in Bali anymore - we're buying it.

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Winter holiday fares on the march

Virgin Australia

Clive Dorman Though it might not be immediately apparent, the graphs of what happened to air fares 18 months ago were foretelling the future.

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Just like old times: Garuda's new Aussie pitch

Garuda Indonesia

Clive Dorman Indonesia's rejuvenated national carrier wants Australian travellers, and lots of them.

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I've become the sort of tourist I don't like

Swissotel Le Concorde Bangkok

Ben Groundwater This is not the best pad thai in Bangkok. That's a fact. It's probably not even the best in Sukhumvit. I can, however, charge this pad thai to my room, so who cares?

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Another airline for Australia?

Lion Air

Clive Dorman One of the fastest-growing airlines in the world could be the next to set up in Australia.

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Are Australians bored with Bali?

Australians love affair with Bali may be coming to an end.

Clive Dorman Australia's love affair with Bali may be coming to an end. And we have an attractive replacement.

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