Dec 19 2014

What To Expect From Your Backyard Breaks In 2015

Ashton Rigg

As 2014 winds to a close, thoughts turn towards the promise of fresh adventures in the New Year. Come late December, our feet may be firmly planted in the present but our minds are floating off somewhere in the future. If Tourism Australia is … Continue reading

Dec 19 2014

The Real Places That Inspired Tolkien’s Fantasy World (Hint: It Wasn’t New Zealand)

Steve McKenna

With the new Hobbit movie out in cinemas on December 26, New Zealand will naturally come under the spotlight again. Like the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the first two Hobbit flicks, The Battle of the Five Armies was filmed in the preposterously … Continue reading

Dec 19 2014

Take Your Seat At The Australian Open Tennis

Mike Tuckerman

Summer in Australia usually means one thing for sports fans: plenty of time on the couch watching the world’s best do battle in our own backyard. Why tune in on television though, when you can follow all the action in the flesh? The Australian … Continue reading

Dec 18 2014

Don’t Let Extra Baggage Slow You Down

Kellie Carty

Every Christmas, travellers run the risk of getting caught out with excess baggage charges and penalty rates that can potentially add hundreds of dollars to the cost of your air travel. Across all airlines, the amount of baggage you can check in or carry … Continue reading

Dec 18 2014

Qantas Opens Brand New First Class Lounge In Los Angeles

James Gregory Wilkinson

Qantas has debuted its new First Class Lounge inside the new $2 billion Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) today (Dec 18) and the result is a facility that’s on par with the airline’s flagship lounges in Sydney and Melbourne. … Continue reading

Dec 18 2014

Honey I Forgot To Book A Holiday For The Kids!

Tara Young

Got caught up with working like a demon for 2014 and have the Christmas Holidays upon you with nothing booked to keep the kids occupied!? Fear not as there are a whole lot of options still available that won’t have  you scrambling  for passports … Continue reading

Dec 18 2014

10 Best Cities For A Literary Pilgrimage

Steve McKenna

One of the great things about travelling is that it gives you time to do stuff you don’t always get to do at home: such as reading loads of books! All those hours spent on trains, planes and buses fly by when you’ve got … Continue reading

Dec 18 2014

How To Choose Your Cruise Cabin

Flight Centre's Guest Bloggers

Your home away from home has to be impeccable, so choosing the right cabin is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when booking a cruise Inside cabins If you’re working with a budget, the cabins located in the internal section of the … Continue reading

Dec 17 2014

From Bondi To Berlin: Top Festive Season Holidays

Kellie Carty

The world around us is celebrating and there’s no reason you can’t celebrate with it. From the white sands of a Bondi Christmas to the snowflakes falling in Berlin, consider this round-up of five festive season holidays bound to get you in the Christmas … Continue reading

Dec 17 2014

Dip Into Luxury At Jupiters’ New Rooftop Pool

Ashton Rigg

With Queensland already sweltering just two weeks into summer, the announcement that a new poolside oasis is set to make a splash on the Gold Coast is refreshing news. The sunlounger pillows have been plumped and spas brought to the bubble, as the lavish … Continue reading

Dec 17 2014

Jetstar Announce Cairns To Bali Non Stop Flights

Jason Dutton-Smith

Jetstar just announced an expansion of their Cairns base this morning with new non-stop flights from the Tropical North Queensland gateway of Cairns to Denpasar, Bali. Utilising a narrow-body A320 aircraft with 180 leather seats, the new route will operate thrice weekly services from 31 … Continue reading

Dec 17 2014

A Family Guide To Australia’s Best Theme Parks

Anna Howard

With school holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about activities to keep the kids entertained during the break. Plan your summer visit to Australia’s best theme parks with our handy guide. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Dreamworld – Gold Coast ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Perfect for all ages, Dreamworld has a … Continue reading

Dec 17 2014

The Westlander Still Has It

John Wright

Ipswich Station, Tuesday 8.00pm. There’s not a lot going on in Ipswich, Queensland, on a Tuesday night… even less at the station. After the commuter traffic, the destination boards show only the times of the last trains to Rosewood and, bright and incongruous against … Continue reading

Dec 16 2014

Garuda Indonesia Score Skytrax’s Highest 5-Star Rating

Jason Dutton-Smith

Garuda Indonesia has been welcomed as the newest member of the elite 5-star airline club awarded by Skytrax. the world’s leading airline and airport review specialists. The highest rank is awarded to airlines that demonstrate consistent high quality performance across product and service. Garuda … Continue reading

Dec 16 2014

Reconnect With Nature – Reconnect With Each Other

Tara Young

Want to wake up to a family of kangaroos making their way to their preferred breakfast spot? Or spot some rabbits bobbing up and down around their favourite tree trunk? Girraween National Park can pretty well guarantee this – whether you are camping or … Continue reading

Dec 16 2014

7 Family-Friendly Things To Do In Auckland

Donna Kramer

Auckland is a prime location for a family holiday with activities to suit all ages, interests and budgets. Most activities in Auckland are also quite affordable, so you can focus entirely on having a great time. Here are seven experiences every family should add … Continue reading

Dec 16 2014

Dropping The Needle On A Vinyl Resurgence

Mike Tuckerman

What makes the best souvenir? For most travellers it’s an object intrinsically related to the place they’re visiting. Yet, for a certain kind of tourist, there’s only one object worth bringing home – vinyl records. “Los Angeles has some great record stores,” says Graham … Continue reading

Dec 15 2014

Auckland’s Great Outdoors

Brian Johnston

With its multicultural population, great dining and many attractions, Auckland is a fine destination, but nothing makes it finer than its magnificent setting. The best way to appreciate the city is to get outdoors, where the wind whips across the gulf, making your cheeks … Continue reading

Dec 15 2014

Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas For Travellers

Ben Stower

You haven’t done your Christmas shopping!? But there are only 10 days left! Now now, there’s no need to hide yourself under tinsel. We’ve got you covered with nine last-minute Christmas gifts that will make the avid travellers in your life think you know … Continue reading

Dec 15 2014

All My Friends Went To Japan

Rachel Surgeoner

In the past three months, no less than eight of my friends have visited Japan. At one point my Instagram and Facebook feed was so jammed up with photos of bento boxes, Shinkansens, green matcha icecreams and Kyoto temples, I thought I’d been transported … Continue reading