Traveller Tips


Beat the baggage fees: how to shrink your luggage for summer

Guilty of overpacking? You can reduce your luggage.

Put your hand up if you're guilty of overpacking?


Luxury hotels by the numbers: just what do you get for big money?

Hayman Island

Ute Junker Looking to splash some cash? Ute Junker takes a global view of what you can expect if you're willing to fork out for a luxury stay.


Getting frisky is still too risky

Not the place to practice for a shot at the Mile High Club ... Dubai Airport.

Tripologist I have to make a transit stop in Dubai and after reading the recent article (No kissing, no sex, no photos), I was wondering if these same rules apply in the airport?

Cheap escapes

Cheap and full of cheer

Matavera and Muri Lagoon on Raratonga, Cook Islands.

Rejoice, oh disorganised work slaves! Bargains still abound for those who don't book their summer holidays a year ahead, discovers Belinda Jackson.


Yuletide cool in the heat of the season

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Travel Insider Airport queues, heavy traffic and overweight luggage can test the holiday spirit. Here's how to keep your Christmas shirt on.


The truth about high-flying jobs

Little Britain's Carol Beer ... travel agent.

Travel Insider It ain't all cheap seats and free hotels - a new report shows workers in travel face long hours and weekends in the office.


Room rage: when online bookings go horribly wrong

When online hotel room bookings go wrong.

What do you do when the "luxury" hotel you booked online turns out to be anything but? Winsor Dobbin writes from experience.

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

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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.

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Tripologist: picture-perfect Canada

Island in Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park,

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