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

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

Air travel

Plane pleasure: How to have a perfect flight

First Class in the Qantas A380.

Jane E Fraser Flying used to be fun but nowadays it's an ordeal for most. Here's our expert guide on ways to make your flight a pleasure rather than just a pain.

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US

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

Tipping money

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

USA

Twenty reasons to visit Santa Barbara

California, Santa Barbara

Julie Miller Santa Barbara is a seaside haven epitomising the Californian dream.

The Tripologist

Everyone asks: Do I need an international driving permit?

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The Tripologist You Australian licence might not pass muster if you are stopped by the local police.

Tips

Tourists beware: thievery hotspots around the world

London may not have the reputation for crime that some other cities do, but it's actually one of Europe's worst cities for thieves.

Mark Juddery When a bag containing my laptop and smartphone was stolen in London, it was a shock to me - but not to the locals.

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Ten essential travel apps

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The Tripologist Smartphone apps have reshaped the travelscape. Here's Michael Gebicki's top 10.

Air travel

Fun before you fly

Delayed passengers at airport

Stuck in transit? Feeling bored? Brian Johnston finds 50 fun things to do at the world's airports.

Insider

Terminal angst virtually solved

Airport delayed passenger

Travel Insider If we could fly without using airports, travel would be a breeze. You can't avoid them - but you can lessen the hassle.

Michael Gebicki

Fifty best-ever travel tips

Woman with suitcase.

The Tripologist So, you’re all packed and ready to go. The Tripologist, Michael Gebicki, shares his secrets to avoid the traps and ensure your next adventure does not become a nightmare.

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Tripologist: How do flight crews beat jet lag?

Flight attendant jet lag

Tripologist If you cross more than four time zones you can expect to feel some effects of jet lag, but if you're smart, you can lessen its effects and duration.

Tips

World's most expensive cities not so bad ... if you're Australian

Statue of Liberty

The cities renowned as the world's most expensive aren't so expensive any more - as long as you have the benefit of coming from Australia, writes Tim Richards.

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Tripologist: Avoid apartment rip-offs in the Big Apple

NYC

Tripologist Short-term apartment rentals violate New York City laws and building regulations, but there are some exceptions.

Tips

How to get the best treatment at hotels

Concierge

Room upgrades. Free movies. Late checkouts. Hotel insider reveals the secrets to getting red-carpet treatment.

World

Culture on every corner

Art start ... Venice Biennale.

We've trawled the globe to find this year's 10 most compelling cultural events.

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Flight test: United Airlines economy class

United Airlines 747 jumbo jet

Flight Test There are no individual entertainment screens on this 13-hour jumbo jet long-haul.

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Tripologist: Best way to phone roam in the US

iPhone travel app plane

Tripologist We are heading to the US and would like to use the data roaming on our iPhones to take advantage of the tourist-guide apps.

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Tripologist: Best options for travel money

Money exchange, Bangkok

Tripologist We'll be in a different country every few days - what on earth do we do about money?

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Tripologist: Best way to do a California road trip

California, Pacific Coast Highway Sign Near Big Sur.

Tripologist I was wondering how I can best do a road trip up the California coast?

Tips

Don't let being ill (or obese) stop you travelling

People sometimes think their medical conditions rule out holiday travel - but this isn't necessarily so.