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Tripologist: Best options for travel money

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

Tips

Ten of the best new Australian travel apps

iPhone travel app plane

Robert Upe It seems Australian travel apps are coming out faster than you can fold a tourist map. Here are some of the most nifty available, many of them free.

Tripologist

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?

Insider

Hefty charges fuelling angst

Economy class seat

Travel Insider High taxes and fees on frequent flyer seats are causing angst among passengers, who have the national carrier foremost in their sights.

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Tripologist: Ticking the boxes in Thailand

Thailand, Krabi Province, Ko Pee Pee, Phi Phi Le Ao

Tripologist After Phuket, wee want somewhere warm and relaxing with great food.

Flight Test: Cathay Pacific premium economy

Cathay Pacific Premium Economy

Flight Test There's a bit of magic engineered in the recline — the seat base lifts and slides forward, leaving me in a cradled position.

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Tripologist: Hip-pocket help for hire-car country hopping

Amsterdam

Tripologist If you return your hire car in another country from the one you hired it in, your operator is going to crunch you with a one-way fee.

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.

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A stopover to soak up some Japanese culture

Hoshi Onsen

Tripologist The Japanese were enjoying the soothing effects of communal soaking many centuries before it occurred to Californians.

Room Service

Hotels preach to the converted

Liberty Hotel.

Converted hotels are catching on, according to virtualtourist.com, which has released a list of the world's best hotels in buildings once used for other purposes.

Hotels

Who's been sleeping in your (hotel) bed?

Hotel bed, shocked woman.

Josh Noel Do you have any idea what happened on that hotel bed before you walked into the room? You don't want to know.

Flight test

Flight Test: LAN business class

LAN business class.

Flight Test The Bulgari amenity bag is exceptional but the entertainment is disappointing.

Tripologist

Tripologist: In and out of Heathrow with bags of time

Ross Castle, Killarney, Ireland

Tripologist Have we left enough time for our transit at Heathrow Airport?

Thailand

Rain falls, prices drop

Trisara Resort

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

Air travel

Plane price list made plain

Qantas economy class A380.

Economy-class passengers can sign up for key extras the frequent flyers enjoy. Steve Dow outlines who offers what.

USA

New York appetites

A New York cocktail.

From culinary genius to classic restaurants to street snacks, Douglas Rogers savours the city's finest dishes.

Air travel

Bumpy ride: the truth about turbulence

Woman on flight, turbulence

Turbulence can strike terror into even the most seasoned flyer. But do we actually have reason to be worried? Julietta Jameson investigates the things that go bump in the flight.

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Air travel

Plane gross: beware of the germ factories when travelling

Airport passenger with flu mask

Airports and planes are major gathering places for microbes from around the world. Here are five ways to avoid them.

Tripologist

Tripologist: Age an issue on exit row seats

Stretching out ... AirAsia X CEO, Azran Osman-Rani.

Tripologist When I tried to book an exit row seat aboard with Air Asia, I was shocked to discover that I am over the age limit.

Tripologist: Eurail will put you on track for European fun

Eurail

Tripologist Spain is a hot place in late August, especially the cities, so make sure you get rooms with airconditioning.