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The Tripologist

What does 'commission-free' currency exchange really mean?

The Tripologist What does it mean when a currency exchange bureau offers commission-free transactions?

Accommodation

Don't pay for the minibar: hotel insider's secrets revealed

Concierge

Veteran front desk agent Jacob Tomsky reveals some of the best-kept secrets of the hotel industry.

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Insider

Beating bill shock of global phoning

Global phone roaming rip off

Travel Insider Using a smartphone or tablet overseas can result in a horrendous bill, but you don't have to turn it off. Here are some tips for managing your usage.

Air travel

Is a lie-flat plane seat worth the high price?

Qantas A380 business class

Airlines are increasingly offering lie-flat seats at the pointy end, but they don't come cheap.

Air travel

Top tips for scoring an airline upgrade

Air France business class A380

Oliver Smith For most of us, there's only one way we'll ever fly at the front of the plane: get a free upgrade.

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Why it pays to negotiate

Travel

Travel Insider To get the best travel deals, it's time to sharpen up your haggling skills.

Tips

How to complain to an airline ... and get results

Airline complaints

John Walton When things do go wrong with an airline, it's often difficult to get your problems resolved. Here are some tips on how to make sure it happens.

Tips

Mind the gap

Backpackers

With a daughter at the end of her own gap year and a shared credit card nearing meltdown, Michael "Tripologist" Gebicki passes on to graduates a few lessons from foreign roads.

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Tripologist

Tripologist: SIM-ple fix for iPads overseas

Qantas iPad

Michael Gebicki What is the best data SIM card for my iPad while I'm travelling overseas?

Ages and stages the key to holiday plans

Happy travellers ... a family affair.

Travel Insider If you're travelling with toddlers or temperamental teenagers, it's all about choosing the right sort of trip.

Thailand

Rain falls, prices drop

Trisara Resort

Thailand's monsoon season signals the arrival of affordable luxury-hotel packages, writes Leisa Tyler.

Insider

Whizzes when it comes to kids

Children on flights. Which is the best airline for children?

Travel Insider There's more than one way to keep an in-transit family happy, as this year's finalists for the family-friendly airline award demonstrate.

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Hotels

Check-in, with luggage and whims

Nick Galvin No request is too frivolous or challenging as hotels redouble efforts to please guests, writes Nick Galvin.

Tripologist

Tripologist: SIMs straightforward for laptop-free sojourn

Tripologist I need to have reliable, low-cost internet but want to travel without a laptop.

INSIDER

When adventurers give until it hurts

Voluntourism travel illustration by Michael Mucci for Insider.

Travel Insider Could the surge in volunteer tourism be doing more harm than good?

Air travel

Come cry with me

Baby crying plane

Flying with a toddler? Fasten your seatbelt, advises Dugald Jellie. There's a white-knuckle ride ahead.

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Travel tips

All the buzz on a budget

Phra Nang beach, Krabi. Thailand.

From Hobart to Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Groundwater picks the new year's best affordable breaks.

Luxury

Luxury hotels by the numbers: just what do you get for big money?

Hayman Island

Ute Junker Looking to splash some cash? Ute Junker takes a global view of what you can expect if you're willing to fork out for a luxury stay.

Tripologist

Tripologist: In Britain for work or pleasure

Campania, 
Amalfi Coast.

Tripologist My partner and I plan to backpack through Britain and Europe for six months.

Tips

States of intolerance beaten

Illustration: Michael Mucci.

Travelling overseas with children suffering food allergies ain't easy but can be done with some forward planning, write Matt and Eli Martel.