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Step Back In Time At Inle Lake, Myanmar

An ethereal morning mist drapes over Myanmar’s Inle Lake, smudging the horizon to meld water and sky in a silvery-grey monotone. Our canoe edges out from the Novotel jetty, past Asian open-bill storks and black-winged stilts stalking the weedy shoals, before nudging through a thick carpet of water hyacinths sprouting delicate mauve blooms. Reaching open water, the boatman throttles-up the longtail motor and we drone swiftly across the glassy surface, spraying up a feathery fantail ... Continue Reading

British Columbia’s Sea To Sky Gondola Opens A Once Unreachable World

Recently included on the New York Times’ 52 places to see in 2015, the new Sea to Sky Gondola located in the Squamish province of British Columbia offers unique access to some of Canada’s most spectacular mountain scenery. The old logging town of Squamish is nicknamed the ‘Outdoor Recreational Capital of Canada’ and was once a pit stop for skiers heading to Whistler. The area has been inaccessible to most people until recently, but now the epic $22-million Sea to Sky Gondola links ... Continue Reading

Round-The-World Expert Advice

We chatted with expert consultant Karyn Vowles for insider tips and tricks for booking a round-the-world (RTW) flight. The various elements of RTW flights can often make for a confusing experience. Fortunately, Karyn has the expertise to take the hassles out of your planning and let you focus on what's most important: your upcoming holiday. Do you work in a dedicated expert team? Yes. I'm a consultant in the dedicated RTW expert team in Brisbane. We have five expert teams based around ... Continue Reading

8 Must-Do Singapore Attractions For Every Traveller

Boasting plenty of high-quality restaurants, trendy new nightclubs and a stunning water-lined location, there’s so much to see and do in Singapore you won’t know where to start! The landscaped, cage-free Singapore Zoo is a premier attraction, famed as one of the prettiest zoos in the world. Those visitors who don't have the zoo on their list of things to do in Singapore may well be planning to shop. Orchard Road is comparable with New York's Fifth Avenue or Tokyo's Ginza when it ... Continue Reading

City Scoop: Gold Coast

The Gold Coast has established itself as one of the most popular east-coast destinations in Australia. Visitors tend to know the main features that make it so attractive; the exhilarating theme parks, incredible wildlife experiences and sun-soaked beaches. However, there's so much more that makes this part of Queensland a must-visit spot on any itinerary. We chat to one in-the-know about their top tips on where to eat, drink and play. Food Ioesco, Hope Island – This Italian ... Continue Reading

Sydney Vs Melbourne

It's the age-old question every Australian has an opinion on, whether they are Sydneysiders, Melbournians or even Northern Territorians: who does it better, Sydney or Melbourne? It can be a hard call when choosing between Australia's two leading capitals; even the country's decision makers had to introduce Canberra to settle the rivalry. Rather than flip a coin to determine your destination, take your holiday by the horns and make an informed decision! .................................... Continue Reading

4 Landmark Hotels In Singapore

Make your visit to Singapore a memorable one by staying and playing at one of these four iconic hotels where luxury intermingles with history. There's no shortage of pleasant surprises from the moment you step through the front door. As you'll quickly discover, some of the most luxurious accommodation options can be found in Singapore. Raffles Singapore Whether or not you rest your head here, Raffles hotel is an essential on any Singapore must-visit list. Steeped in rich history and ... Continue Reading

Born To Be Wild: Nature Encounters In Queensland

Underwater havens abundant in sea life, native creatures and cute critters, there's so much wildlife to find in Queensland. Attempting to discover it all can take you from one end of Australia's Sunshine State right up to the other end. Nature encounters in Queensland provide an unforgettable adventure year-round. Get to know what wildlife you can see with this extensive guide. ................................................................................................................... Continue Reading

How Rugby World Cup 2015 Will Be Won And Lost

With Super Rugby heading towards the business end, there’s plenty of talk about the make-up of the Wallabies in one of the most important Test campaigns in years. I thought I’d give you five things that could make or break Australia’s chances of winning the Rugby World Cup kicking off in London on September 18. Hopefully after reading this, those of you booking your World Cup experience with Flight Centre will be more optimistic! Obviously we’ll have a better idea of how the ... Continue Reading

8 Must-Do Tours In Kuala Lumpur

As a melting pot of cultures, Kuala Lumpur is a fascinating city with so much to explore. You can see it on your own or you can opt for the expert guidance that comes with a tour. From cultural performances and fun theme parks, to authentic food experiences and historical sites, don’t miss these eight fantastic tours in Kuala Lumpur. 1. Evening Colours Of Kuala Lumpur Tour This private evening tour will have you wandering the lively, sprawling open-air bazaar of Chinatown. Nestled ... Continue Reading

King’s Cross Bathing Pond: London’s Coolest New Attraction

I wasn’t quite sure which of the senses to engage first when I took the plunge earlier today at London’s hottest new attraction: the extraordinary open-air bathing pond at the northern end of the development surrounding King’s Cross. Hottest is possibly not quite the right word. On a cloudy morning with rain beginning to fall, there was nothing too hot about the temperature of the water – an estimated 13 degrees Celsius – or the surrounding air. It was distinctly chilly. On ... Continue Reading

Where To Find 5-Star Luxury In Kowloon

Bustling, colourful and vibrant Kowloon is a different way to see Hong Kong – a city that melds the best of its attractions with a true local experience. Meaning ‘nine dragons’, the origin of Kowloon’s name is unknown and often disputed. A late bloomer compared with Hong Kong Island, the area’s early history was in farming and fishing, but today it’s a travel destination in itself. Wander Kowloon’s main shopping and entertainment district, Tsim Sha Tsui, populated with ... Continue Reading

Embrace Iceland’s Grassroots Culinary Movement

As soon as I'd popped the dried fish into my mouth, I knew I'd made a mistake. I grimaced as my teeth worked to break down its cardboard texture, shuddering as my guide Birna watched on, giggling. Fishmonger Kari had been introducing me to the local delicacies in the Westfjords town of Isafjordur. While his smoked trout with dill had been a triumph, the dried fish was less revelatory. During my trip to the little-visited Westfjords, whose remote fingers of land grasp the icy waters of the ... Continue Reading

Five Great Stop-Offs Aboard The Queen Of The Mississippi

Leonardo da Vinci once said: “When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come.” The mighty Mississippi River touches you right back with an endless stream of unforgettable history and incredibly fascinating places to stop off and discover between New Orleans and Memphis. Could there be a better way to discover this part of the world than a river cruise? A luxury boutique paddlewheeler, the Queen of ... Continue Reading

Top 5 Big Attractions In Australia

Since the Swinging Sixties, Big Things began popping up at the highway's edge all over the country. From bananas of gigantic proportions to a crocodile you wouldn't want to meet in the wild, imagination is let free when it comes to creating over-sized landmarks. Now something of a cultural institution, these novelty attractions provide perfect photo opportunities from state to state, allowing travellers to document their journey with a quirky touch. The Big Banana One of the first and ... Continue Reading

Lauren Bath Visits Japan’s Fox Village (aka Probably The Cutest Place On Earth)

We caught up with photographer and prolific instagramer Lauren Bath (@laurenepbath) about her whirlwind trip with Flight Centre to Japan earlier this year. A highlight of the trip for Lauren was definitely Zao Fox Village, touted as ‘probably cutest place on earth’. Only in Japan right, a ‘village’ for foxes? That’s right; six different types of foxes along with other furry friends, including bunny rabbits, make up the one hundred-plus animals that call this little patch of land ... Continue Reading

Disney Shines Bright Like A Diamond For 60th Anniversary Celebrations

Oh Mickey, you're so fine. Since his first appearance nearly 90 years ago, Mickey Mouse has become entrenched in our minds as the smiling face of the Disney brand. A brand that is now an empire. Who knew three circles would become so iconic? Maybe Walt did. He was never afraid to dream big. The magic of Mickey and the Walt Disney Company is eternal. From Pinocchio to Pluto, Simba to Sully, Disney's beloved characters have stuck with us well into our adult years until we get the ... Continue Reading

Essentials For Visiting Paris

The City of Light is not just one of Europe's most beautiful capitals. Because of its small size, just 8 kilometres from north to south, Paris is also perfect for exploring on foot. So walk round the winding cobbled streets of panoramic Montmartre or stroll through the historic Marais with its devastatingly chic fashion boutiques. And for budget-conscious foodies — forgo the world-class restaurants in favor of the local artisan shops where you can stock up on delightful cheeses and ... Continue Reading

Inside Guide To Singapore Nightlife

Singapore may not be the first name on lists of celebrated nightlife capitals, but what the Lion City lacks in scale it is rapidly making up in style. This cosmopolitan island nation is fast becoming one of the trendiest destinations for a drink in Asia. Boasting the world-renowned Zouk nightclub, several stunning rooftop bars and even an eponymous cocktail of its own – the colonial-era Singapore Sling – there’s no time like the present to sample Singapore’s booming nightlife ... Continue Reading

The Latest Airline News & Updates

The airline industry is constantly changing, so you've got to be on your toes to stay up to date with it all. Fortunately, we've made life easier by compiling all the latest and greatest airline industry news. From new lounges opening and updates to baggage, to reduced services and business-class changes, everything you need to know is right here. USA Growth The Federal Aviation Authority in the USA has forecast 50 per cent growth in the number of people flying on US airlines in the next 20 ... Continue Reading