Traveller Tips


Tripologist: Be prepared for an icy reception in Canada


Tripologist I am having difficulty finding active-style tours of western Canada that run outside the peak summer season.


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.


Is it impossible to get a hotel in New York for under $300?

Romantic Road, 
Germany.  Photograph by Getty Images. 


Tripologist There seem to be no deals on on hotels in New York and it appear impossible to get a reasonalbe room under $300. Can you help?


Get a game plan for Olympic travel

London Olympics travel illustration. Illustration by Michael Mucci.  SHD TRAVEL MARCH 18.


Travel Insider Thinking of heading to London during the world's biggest sporting event? There are a few things you need to know to avoid spending a fortune.

Flight test

Flight test: China Southern premium economy

A China Southern Airlines flight attendant.

Flight Test The Chinese take service seriously and the China Southern crew is consistent with this.


Tourists behaving badly: how to avoid being a travel jerk

Foreign tourists sunbath while Balinese attend the Melasti ceremony prayer at Kuta beach.

Chris Pritchard Aussie tourists make plenty of cultural gaffes, and some travel agents think Bali is to blame.

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Air travel

How to impress a flight attendant

Flight attendant service

Malcolm Ritter Want to impress the flight attendant on your next trip? Make eye contact. Say "please" and "thank you". Remove your earphones when asked a question. Be nice to your fellow passengers.

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Tripologist: SIMs straightforward for laptop-free sojourn

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


Weighing up costs of comfort stops

Melbourne Airport

Travel Insider Airport hotels are springing up at main hubs but there are some points to consider before you book.


Tripologist: No fear when going to Japan

Ornate building and pond
Ornate building and pond
Ornate building and pond
 Ornate building and pond, Tokyo, Japan.  Photograph by Getty Images. SHD TRAVEL MARCH 4 TRIPOLOGIST.  DO NOT ARHCIVE.

Tripologist I would like to go to Tokyo. But after the nuclear plant problems, how safe is it?


There's room for big improvement

Inside out ... the Park Hyatt's Opera Room has neutral tones and harbour views.

Travel Insider The rising cost of hotel rooms could mean that only the well-heeled will be able to afford to stay in Australia's biggest city.

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Tripologist: Legroom a stretch but KL pregnant with possibility

AirAsia X generic undercarriage

Tripologist How can I get the best economy seat that's not an emergency exit?


Driving route a thing of beauty

Tripologist My husband and I are planning to hire a car for two weeks in France in May.


How late is too late for Egypt?

Tripologist We plan to travel to Africa in December this year, with Egypt being an essential part of the trip.

Air travel

Phone off, tray table up: the reasons behind the rules of air travel

Flight attendant with life vest.

Julietta Jameson They can seem draconian, petty and even pointless: the numerous rules that apply to airline passengers. We explain what they're about.

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Keep calm and sort your carry-on

Lord Howe Island. 
Photograph by Getty Images.  SHD TRAVEL FEB 19 TRIPLOGIST.  DO NOT 


Tripologist A lot of the budget airlines are no longer "budget" when they hit me hard with a surcharge for check-in luggage.


Tripologist: Roaming charges don't ring true

You can avoid huge mobil phone roaming charges.

Tripologist It's not too hard to avoid excessive mobile roaming charges with a little extra preparation.


Nuts for travel

Be prepared ... nut allergies can be a problem in Thailand.

Don't let allergies curb your wanderlust, writes Ben Stubbs.


Tripologist: How to get a good seat on the plane

Economy class seat

Tripologist I'm facing a long economy flight to Europe and I'm wondering how I can get a decent seat on the plane.


Tripologist: Prime choices beyond Paris

Map. Sun Herald Travel. Loire Valley. Chateau de Villandry.

Tripologist Our family of six (two adults and four children under 12) is planning a month in France in September.