Dec 21 2014

Christmas Under The Sea at Anantara

Rachel Surgeoner

For most Australians, the idea of Christmas conjures images of sun, surf, sand and Santa in board-shorts. We love the ocean. Then imagine how great it would be to enjoy Christmas dinner literally under the sea, like some kind of elaborate Little Mermaid style … Continue reading

Dec 21 2014

Atiu Cook Islands – George The Birdman

Jason Dutton-Smith

Our small aircraft gently lifted off the ground in Aitutaki heading towards the island of Atiu (pronounced Ah-choo) in the Cook Islands. A short 45 minute flight south west of Aitutaki had us descending towards a small dirt strip that was visible through the … Continue reading

Dec 21 2014

Meet South Africa’s Meerkat Mafia

Steve McKenna

It’s an hour before dawn in the Klein Karoo – a semi-desert, Outback-like region in South Africa‘s Western Cape, about 50km inland from the Garden Route – and the silhouette of a tall, slim figure in a wide-brimmed hat edges towards my parked car. … Continue reading

Dec 20 2014

Duty Free – Is It Worth It?

Rachel Surgeoner

We’ve all be there – the thrill of a bargain and the oft impulsive purchase made within the brightly-lit and time-limited duty free window. But what if duty free shopping isn’t the way to go? Are there better deals on offer from your local … Continue reading

Dec 20 2014

Where To Spend A Date Night In Brisbane

Alison Crisp

Decisions, decisions. It is date night (nights, really) and we are staying in foreign territory. We left Brisbane two-and-a-half years ago and have lost touch with the trendy places of where to eat and drink in the River City. We decided to base ourselves … Continue reading

Dec 20 2014

The Wintry Charms of Budapest

Steve McKenna

One of Europe’s best-value-for-money cities, Budapest is a brilliant place to visit in summer, when the temperatures are balmy and the sun is shining high above the eminently cruisable River Danube. But the Hungarian capital is just as rewarding in the winter – thanks, … Continue reading

Dec 20 2014

Fun Facts – Top USA Trivia

Carlie Tucker

Did you know that the United States is a seemingly endless source of trivia and tid-bits? Well, it is and it’s no wonder! The country is the fourth largest in the world by land size and the third largest by population, with a rich … Continue reading

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