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Djemaa el Fna square has been largely unaffected by the earthquake.

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
A force majeure event may not be covered by your travel insurer.

‘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
First class cabins on the A380 are pure luxury.

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
Aranui 5, which cruises French Polynesia, is a hybrid between a cargo ship and a passenger vessel.

Tripologist: Is it possible to travel on a cargo ship as a passenger?

They’re hard to find these days, but one cargo ship sails a spectacular location and takes passengers.

  • by Michael Gebicki
Prague’s Old Town Square in the evening.

Tripologist: What are the must-do things in Prague in five days?

The Sternberg Palace has an outstanding collection of European art, while Prague also has a treasury of art nouveau architecture.

  • by Michael Gebicki
Hundreds of thousands of Australians have applied to renew their passports since borders reopened in November.

Passports are old-fashioned. Some countries are doing something about it

Just about every other important document in your life is now on your phone. Your passport could finally be next.

  • by Michael Gebicki
You could squeeze in a river cruise at Ho Chi Minh City during a stopover.

Tripologist: What can you do on a (short) Vietnam stopover?

“We have a 14½ hour stopover in Ho Chi Minh City and don’t want to spend it sitting in the business class lounge.”

  • by Michael Gebicki
Star Alliance is the largest and oldest of the major airline alliances.

Oneworld or Star Alliance? Which airline alliance is best for Aussie travellers

With the right alliance partner airlines, your next holiday could be in New Orleans, Istanbul or the Seychelles – all on points.

  • by Michael Gebicki
Secret island: Serifos.
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Tripologist: Which Greek islands are best for a family holiday?

If there’s such a thing as secret islands in Greece’s Cycladic group, Serifos and Sifnos are it.

  • by Michael Gebicki
Riding on a Japanese bullet train is one of the truly great pleasures of travel.

Bullet trains will never fire in Australia. Here’s why

They’re comfortable, sleek, exciting and their safety record is second to none. So why don’t we have them here?

  • by Michael Gebicki