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Tripologist: Legroom a stretch but KL pregnant with possibility

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

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Driving route a thing of beauty

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

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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

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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

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

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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.

Tips

Nuts for travel

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

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

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Tripologist: How to get a good seat on the plane

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

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Tripologist: Prime choices beyond Paris

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

INSIDER

When adventurers give until it hurts

Voluntourism travel illustration by Michael Mucci for Insider.

Travel Insider Could the surge in volunteer tourism be doing more harm than good?

Europe

Keys to the cities

When in room ... and from Hotel Le Continental, Bordeaux.

A Bordeaux bolthole for $120 a night? A riverside retreat in Lisbon for the same? Here's our guide to some of Europe's best-value hotels and guesthouses this season.

Tips

How to beat the post-holiday blues

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Has the end of the holiday period got you down already? It's all a matter of attitude, writes Bronwyn McNulty.

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Can I believe what I read on TripAdvisor?

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Tripologist I've read that TripAdvisor reviews should be treated with caution, since hotels will sometimes employ public relations agencies to submit inflated reviews.

Flight test

Flight test: Air Pacific economy class

Friendly service is the best feature on Air Pacific.

Flight Test The TV screens don't work, but at least the service is warm and friendly.

Tips

Technology's a hot ticket to the future

Chinese tourist

Travel Insider In a fast-changing world, here's five things you'll need to keep up with in 2012.

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Tripologist: Island hop

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Tripologist I have a conference in July on Hamilton Island and would like to fly the family up for a holiday nearby.

Air travel

Come cry with me

Baby crying plane

Flying with a toddler? Fasten your seatbelt, advises Dugald Jellie. There's a white-knuckle ride ahead.

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Don't leave home without: six must-haves for travellers

Passenger sleeping on plane, eye mask.

If you're planning on getting away this summer, no matter how you get there, you need a list of travel must-haves, which should help with the most common discomforts.

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Air travel

Device advice: what to read on a plane

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Leah McLennan In the age of e-readers, tablet computers and smartphones, what's the best option when you want to read during a flight?

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.