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The Tripologist

Ten essential travel apps

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The Tripologist Smartphone apps have reshaped the travelscape. Here's Michael Gebicki's top 10.

Travel Insider

What to do when you need a hotel, right now

Hotel illustration Michael Mucci

Jane E Fraser When you find yourself away from home with no accommodation booked, how do you go about finding a bed?

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LIVE Q&A: What's the worst thing about flying?

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The Tripologist What's your biggest gripe about air travel? Tell the Tripologist and he'll advise on a solution.

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Travel Insider

Sorry, your holiday has been cancelled

Cancellation blues ... just because you've booked a tour doesn't mean it is actually going to happen.

Jane E Fraser So, what now? Try to reschedule your leave? Ask for your money back and make other plans?

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Air travel

Big plane, short-haul: world's shortest superjumbo flights

Airbus A380 superjumbo

Kinny Cheng Travellers tend to associate the mighty Airbus A380 with long-haul flights from one corner of the globe to another, but that's not always the case.


Pack it in: how to travel with only carry-on luggage

Cabin baggage being put into overhead lockers on plane.

It doesn't matter where you are heading or for how long, you can get by with only carry-on luggage. Here's how.

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The Tripologist

What does 'commission-free' currency exchange really mean?

Money exchange, Bangkok

The Tripologist What does it mean when a currency exchange bureau offers commission-free transactions?

Travel Insider

Of course you get your bond back - when we're ready

Campervan holiday on the Great Ocean Road.

Jane E Fraser Hotels and hire companies will ask for a bond from your credit card - but why do they take so long to give the money back?

The Tripologist

How to avoid getting robbed overseas

China money yuan currency

The Tripologist Confidence counts - don't make yourself a target when you're travelling.


Don't pay for the minibar: hotel insider's secrets revealed


Veteran front desk agent Jacob Tomsky reveals some of the best-kept secrets of the hotel industry.

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Beating bill shock of global phoning

Global phone roaming rip off

Travel Insider Using a smartphone or tablet overseas can result in a horrendous bill, but you don't have to turn it off. Here are some tips for managing your usage.

Air travel

Fun before you fly

Delayed passengers at airport

Stuck in transit? Feeling bored? Brian Johnston finds 50 fun things to do at the world's airports.


Terminal angst virtually solved

Airport delayed passenger

Travel Insider If we could fly without using airports, travel would be a breeze. You can't avoid them - but you can lessen the hassle.

Air travel

Is a lie-flat plane seat worth the high price?

Qantas A380 business class

Airlines are increasingly offering lie-flat seats at the pointy end, but they don't come cheap.

Air travel

Top tips for scoring an airline upgrade

Air France business class A380

Oliver Smith For most of us, there's only one way we'll ever fly at the front of the plane: get a free upgrade.

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Tripologist: how many nights should I plan for each stop in Europe?


The Tripologist Many try to cram too much into a tight itinerary in Europe, and it's a big mistake.

Travel Insider

Journey through the fine print

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Travel Insider Wading through the language of a travel insurance policy is the worst part of holiday planning. Understanding the most common traps can make it easier.

The Tripologist

What's the best way to take money overseas?

Tourists money currency exchange Thailand

The Tripologist There is no one answer that fits every traveller in every situation, but a few general rules will work most of the time.

Flight Test

Flight test: AirAsia X

Air Asia X

Flight Test Pay the $15 to preselect your seat. We learned the hard way.

Want to beat the annoying beep?

Airport security

Travel Insider Airport security checks can be enough to test the patience of the calmest person.