Budget Holidays : Traveller Tips

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?

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.

Why it pays to negotiate

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

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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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.

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.

Insider

Little left to chance as youth fill in the gaps

Gap year travel illustration

Jane E Fraser From teaching English in China to caring for animals in Africa, as well as backpacking and serving beers, gap-year travellers plan more and cram more in.

Tips

Tips on tipping: it's a minefield for Aussie travellers

Tipping tips money

Knowing when and how much to tip can be confusing, not just the in the US. So what are the rules?

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Flight test

Flight test: AirAsia X economy class

AirAsia X under

Passengers are advised to be on time - three hours before take-off.

Tripologist

Manhattan's bargain beds

Tripologist Can you recommend hotels in or near midtown Manhattan we can stay at for up to $150 a night, inclusive of taxes?

Tips

Today, the greenback, tomorrow the world

Travel Australian Dollar illustration

Jane E. Fraser How's your Egyptian? Your Cantonese? Hungarian? The strong Aussie dollar makes many destinations more affordable, beyond the usual haunts in America and Europe.

Youth hostels

Youth hostels: how the dorm became the norm

YHA Sydney Harbour

Jane E. Fraser Dirty, noisy and packed with party hounds? Not any more. Youth hostels have evolved into attractive options for travellers of all ages and stages.

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Famous flyer

Tony Wheeler's best and worst holiday experiences

Tony Wheeler, co-founder of Lonely Planet,

Tony Wheeler ... loves company (even his own) and being able to say he's been to Timbuktu.

Tripologist

Bitten in a five-star bed

Tripologist Is there any way travellers can protect themselves from bedbugs?

Tips

The best things in life are freebies, so take your pick

Illustration: Michael Mucci

Jane E. Fraser Sprinkling some cost-free events into your itinerary can stretch the holiday budget. You just need to know where to look, especially in the big cities.

Tips

Comfort for some in our no-frills addiction

AirAsia underneath

Jane E. Fraser Passengers may grumble about the service but the lure of low fares means budget carriers will continue to expand at the expense of the old guard.

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Case study: top tips on packing your bags

Backpacker illustration

From vacuum packing to cool-weather layering, the canny traveller's luggage mantra is all about economy.

Tips

How to work your way around the world

Sangduen

If you're looking for more than your everyday itinerary involving must-see monuments and unforgettable hostels, there may be a job in it for you.

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Flight test

Flight test: AirAsia X economy class

AirAsia Airbus A320

A few surprises as we put Malaysia's budget carrier to the test.

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Flight test: Jetstar long-haul

Jetstar landing gear

We put Jetstar's 'extra leg room' seat to the test on a long-haul flight to Thailand.

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