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The cheaper way to stay at one of Australia’s iconic outback destinations
★★★★★
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The cheaper way to stay at one of Australia’s iconic outback destinations

What many don’t realise is that only a tiny proportion of visitors to El Questro Station stay at the iconic $2000-a-night Homestead.

  • by James Woodford
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When it comes to bed bugs, not even luxury hotels are safe. I should know

When it comes to bed bugs, not even luxury hotels are safe. I should know

If you’re about to go to Europe amid the current bed bug invasion – or anywhere, really – this strategy might save you from bringing back an unwanted souvenir.

  • by Lee Tulloch
Airline review: Underwhelming flight was good, until it suddenly wasn’t

Airline review: Underwhelming flight was good, until it suddenly wasn’t

A seat covered in crumbs, an overbooked, delayed flight and an unfulfilled promise of compensation undermine this European carrier’s service.

  • by Flip Byrnes
A colourful trip back in time to Australia’s northerly neighbour

A colourful trip back in time to Australia’s northerly neighbour

The Timor-Leste capital Dili’s Catholic Portuguese past is present as soon as we enter the harbour, and its splendour is best taken in by sea.

  • by Helen Pitt
How to travel on a luxury ship for half the price

How to travel on a luxury ship for half the price

Want to try a new cruise line or sample the high life on a luxury ship at below regular cost? A repositioning cruise might bag you a bargain-price holiday.

  • by Brian Johnston
Who’s the creepy old guy staying in a backpacker hostel? It’s me

Who’s the creepy old guy staying in a backpacker hostel? It’s me

Do young people secretly hate older travellers staying in backpacker hostels? A recent viral TikTok indicates the answer might be yes.

  • by Ben Groundwater
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Aussie fashion designer’s new Byron stay gets a perfect score
★★★★★
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Aussie fashion designer’s new Byron stay gets a perfect score

These retro-style off-grid accommodations are ideal for an intimate escape or a big bash with you and your mates.

  • by Nina Karnikowski
When is it OK to return to a country following a disaster?

When is it OK to return to a country following a disaster?

The recent earthquake in Morocco has shattered villages and taken thousands of lives. Money is what’s needed to rebuild but how soon is too soon to return?

  • by Michael Gebicki
Airline review: This premium economy feels close to business class
★★★★
Airline reviews

Airline review: This premium economy feels close to business class

Cathay’s premium economy is ideal for long-haul flights when you don’t want to fork out for business class, but need more space than economy.

  • by Kristie Kellahan
‘Beyond our control’ is a phrase travellers never want to hear

‘Beyond our control’ is a phrase travellers never want to hear

Most travel insurers exclude acts of war, political unrest and acts of terrorism from trip cancellation coverage.

  • by Michael Gebicki
The seven most luxurious first-class cabins for Australian flyers

The seven most luxurious first-class cabins for Australian flyers

For anyone flying out of Australia and looking to sample the last word in luxury at 30,000 feet, these are the picks of the bunch.

  • by Michael Gebicki