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Flight test: Japan Airlines business class

Japan Airlines JAL flight attendant

Flight Test The flight attendants are incredibly polite, courteous and helpful, impeccably groomed and always ready with a smile.

The Tripologist

Should you be worried by the government’s travel warnings?

Comapss

The Tripologist For each country, DFAT assigns one of four risk levels that reflect the potential dangers a traveller might face.

Air safety

Does the brace position on a plane really work?

Conspiracy theories about the so-called real reasons for the brace position abound, but the reality is it could save your life in a plane crash or emergency landing.

Oliver Smith We examine the various conspiracy theories surrounding the brace position, and ask whether it really increases the chance of survival during a plane crash.

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Insider

A simple click will do the trick

Online travel bookings internet

Travel Insider There are so many websites for travel information and bookings, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are some of the sites to use in 2013.

Michael Gebicki

Fifty best-ever travel tips

Woman with suitcase.

The Tripologist So, you’re all packed and ready to go. The Tripologist, Michael Gebicki, shares his secrets to avoid the traps and ensure your next adventure does not become a nightmare.

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Tripologist: How do flight crews beat jet lag?

Flight attendant jet lag

Tripologist If you cross more than four time zones you can expect to feel some effects of jet lag, but if you're smart, you can lessen its effects and duration.

Tips

World's most expensive cities not so bad ... if you're Australian

Statue of Liberty

The cities renowned as the world's most expensive aren't so expensive any more - as long as you have the benefit of coming from Australia, writes Tim Richards.

Insider

Dodgy deals are daylight robbery

Pickpocket thief on beach with woman.

Travel Insider When you've saved up for a trip, the last thing you want is to be ripped off. Be aware of common scams and make sure you're not among the victims.

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Tripologist: Avoid apartment rip-offs in the Big Apple

NYC

Tripologist Short-term apartment rentals violate New York City laws and building regulations, but there are some exceptions.

Air travel

Grounded by liquid laws

Airport selection ... bargains abound but it pays to be up to speed on travel regulations.

Knowing when to buy is critical if you don't want your duty-free alcohol confiscated when boarding, writes Michael Gebicki.

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Flight test: Finnair economy class

Finnair cabin crew

Flight Test The cabin crew are efficient and capable, but it would be nice to see a smile.

Tripologist

Tripologist: How far in advance should I book my flight?

Virgin plane flying. Generic.

Tripologist When should you book your airfare in order to have the best chance of picking up a bargain?

Tips

Why women travellers should not avoid India

Goa woman tourist in market, India

Ute Junker There's no need for solo females to avoid India, if they travel smart, writes Ute Junker.

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Tips

How to complain to an airline ... and get results

Airline complaints

John Walton When things do go wrong with an airline, it's often difficult to get your problems resolved. Here are some tips on how to make sure it happens.

Flight Test

Flight test: Singapore Airlines

Impeccably groomed ... the famed

Flight Test The famed 'Singapore Girl' cabin crew style is professional and courteous, but not inclined towards chit-chat.

Tips

How to get the best treatment at hotels

Concierge

Room upgrades. Free movies. Late checkouts. Hotel insider reveals the secrets to getting red-carpet treatment.

Insider

A relaxed routine can have a cost

NYE

Travel Insider Made a New Year's resolution to be fitter, healthier and less stressed? Don't let an indulgent holiday be your undoing.

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World

Culture on every corner

Art start ... Venice Biennale.

We've trawled the globe to find this year's 10 most compelling cultural events.

Tips

Mind the gap

Backpackers

With a daughter at the end of her own gap year and a shared credit card nearing meltdown, Michael "Tripologist" Gebicki passes on to graduates a few lessons from foreign roads.

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Flight Test: Thai Airways

Thai Airways flight attendants.

Craig Platt The comfort is as good as you'll get in economy class, despite the garish colour scheme.