Traveller Tips

Tripologist: please the fussiest teenager

Worth the walk ... hiking in the Dolomites.

Tripologist We are a family of four (two adults and two teenage children) visiting Japan in April.

Air travel

Plane annoying: how to cope with being stuck on the tarmac

Plane annoying.

Josh Noel How would you cope if you were stuck on a plane for hours? Would you lose your mind and temper? Or could I keep your cool?


Tripologist: how can Qantas justify its high surcharges?

Qantas passengers.

Tripologist Having just booked two Qantas frequent flyer economy tickets, I am at a loss to understand the high surcharges.


Hot and happening

Hayman Island.

The carefree days of summer are coming - Lee Atkinson compiles a wish-list of some of the country's best new adventures.

Flight test

Flight test: LAN business class

LAN offers seamless service in business class.

Flight Test Service is seamless on this long-haul to South America.


Tripologist: from the Cape to Cairo

Tourists, Victoria Falls, 

Michael Gebicki My husband and I fly to Cape Town in July 2012 .

Flight test

Flight test: China Southern business class

China Southern business class.

Flight Test China Southern is embarking on rapid internationalisation and operates 35 flights a week from Australia.


No kissing, no sex, no photos - how to avoid arrest in Dubai

Dubai ... where public displays of affection are unacceptable.

At the quayside in the centre of Dubai, mountains of goods are left unguarded for days as they wait to be loaded onto boats bound for Iran.


Tripologist: In Britain for work or pleasure

Amalfi Coast.

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


Down Under dreams of a white Christmas

Illustration for sun herald travel. Illustration by Michael Mucci.  SHD TRAVEL NOV 13.whiteXmasTravel.jpg

Travel Insider More Australians are spurning traditional gatherings at home and heading overseas, often with several generations in tow.


Guiding principles

Tour guide

DIY apps and Googling will never replace a fine tour leader, writes Kate Humble.


Shaking it up many apps at a time

iPhone travel app plane

Travel Insider From finding last-minute deals to virtual tours of the world, smartphone applications continue to proliferate.

Comments 11

Tripologist: picture-perfect Canada

Island in Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park,

Tripologist I am taking my mother to Banff and Lake Louise in Canada.

Golf getaway

Prepare for a driving holiday

Don't handicap your holiday ... be prepared.

Packing for a golfing getaway can add to the experience and subtract from your score, writes Daniel Fallon.

Tripologist: Hong Kong stopover

Hong Kong

Tripologist We are a senior couple planning a stopover of about five nights in Hong Kong.

Tripologist: birthday skiing in Japan

Japan, Niseko, man downhill skiing

Michael Gebicki For my 40th birthday, my husband is sending me to Japan skiing with my best friend, no kids.

Tripologist: Venice in the off season

Venice, St. Mark's Square.

Michael Gebicki I am travelling to Kent in England next month to visit my daughter and family.

Tripologist: Fun Barcelona a must-visit

Spain, Barcelona

Michael Gebicki Two of my friends and I are going on a 14-day tour of Europe in December.

See Asia, on the double

Oceania Regatta cruise ship.

Joanna Hall CRUISE EXPRESS has a package combining two cruises featuring Australia and Asia, with a stopover in between.

Deals: Turkish treasures, unwind in Bali

Istanbul's Blue Mosque.

Jane Reddy Stay in cave hotels, Ottoman mansions and boutique hotels in eastern Turkey.