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Tripologist

A stopover to soak up some Japanese culture

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.

Tips

Don't throw away cash while travelling

Chinese Yuan money.

If you're wondering how to manage your travel money after arriving at the airport, it's already too late.

Flight Test

Flight Test: Cathay Pacific business class

Cathay Pacific Business Class

Flight Test Cathay's new business-class seats each have direct aisle access, so there's no shuffling or saying 'excuse me' when a passenger stands up.

Insider

Changes coming one click at a time

Facebook twitter

Travel Insider Holidays used to be about getting away from it all. Now you can share your plans — and your personality — by hooking up with like-minded travellers.

Tips

Many hands, light fingers

Pickpockets warning sign in Avignon, France.

Nick Galvin Travellers are leaving nothing to chance in a bid to outwit thieves and scammers. But at what cost, asks Nick Galvin.

Tripologist: chuff-and-puff from England to Scotland

Scotland

Tripologist An itinerary that combines scenery, culture and history with a bit of chuff-and-puff might be the go in Scotland.

Insider

Choice of your seat made easy

The ANA Boeing 787 Dreamliner economy class.

Travel Insider Whether it's the fear of DVT or simply the need for more room to move, long-haul flights can be a challenge. But more options are emerging.

Insider

Live like a local without any fuss

Apartments

Travel Insider A world of alternative accommodation suitable for all budgets is opening up, from humble rooms to fancy apartments, even other people's backyards.

Tripologist

Tripologist: a shipshape way to see spectacular sights

Norway

Tripologist Stunning in scale and majesty, the Norwegian coastline is one of the most magnificent bits of the planet you will ever set eyes on.