Nov 23 2014

Essential Items Checklist For Your Summer Holiday

Todd Sturm

No other time of year is more loved or enjoyed than summer it seems. It’s a season wrapped in youthful exuberance, romanticized and immortalised in story and song and one that we dream about on a chilly day. Family picnics and backyard barbeques, fun … Continue reading

Nov 23 2014

Virtual Heads Up On No Turn Down Service

Tara Young

The world is divided into two quite distinct camps when it comes to camping: those who love it and those who don’t. I fall into the latter – I am the type of person who thinks camping or roughing it is staying somewhere that … Continue reading

Nov 23 2014

Christmas In New York

Brian Johnston

Yes, the weather outside is frightful but, if you’re prepared to brave the frigid winter temperatures, a December visit to New York can be quite delightful. The tourist crowds are mostly absent, snow decorates Central Park, windows of department stores are crammed with toys … Continue reading

Nov 22 2014

Adelaide: A Delicious, Laidback City

Keren Lavelle

Adelaide manages to be relaxed and funky, buzzy and quaint, all at the same time. Recent changes to liquor laws, allowing small bars to flourish, have certainly upped the scene, and a hipster laneway culture is developing in the city’s West End. “It’s a … Continue reading

Nov 22 2014

Jewel’s Love Affair With Tropical North Queensland

Rachel Surgeoner

For this tropics loving photographer, Tropical North Queensland offers a sense of freedom, adventure and a chance to commune with nature. We caught up with one of our favourite photographers/ Instagrammers, Jewels Lynch (aka @Jewelszee), to chat about her recent trip to Queensland’s tropical … Continue reading

Nov 22 2014

Waiheke: Auckland’s Island Of Wine

Kris Madden

Just a short ferry ride from Auckland, Waiheke Island is a national ‘taonga’ (treasure) of unspoiled beaches, vineyards and olive groves, native forests and laidback seaside villages. Known as the ‘island of wine’, Waiheke produces some of New Zealand’s best red wines, thanks to … Continue reading

Nov 21 2014

Jetstar Cutting Baggage Allowance – What You Need To Know

Jason Dutton-Smith

Budget airline Jetstar has cut the weight of its carry-on baggage allowance from 10 kilos per person to 7 kilos per person effective Tuesday 25 November. The new rules carry a hefty penalty for bags that exceed these new limits. Overweight fees for domestic … Continue reading

Nov 21 2014

How To Avoid Schoolies Shenanigans In Queensland

Ashton Rigg

School’s out for summer. School’s out forever. The concept of ‘schoolies week’ isn’t new, but the Spring Break-like phenomenon that engulfs our popular coastal hubs seems to be growing by the year. Today is the day Queensland Year 12 students have been waiting for. This … Continue reading

Nov 21 2014

Adam Scott Returns To Defend His PGA Crown

Mike Tuckerman

There are worse ways to spend a Sunday afternoon than with a stroll on the Gold Coast. However, when the object of that stroll is to win the Australian PGA Championship, you could be forgiven for displaying a few nerves. Throw in an afternoon … Continue reading

Nov 20 2014

How To Taste The Best Of Peru

Katrina Lobley

Peru is touted as one of the world’s gastronomic hot spots. But how do visitors track down these memorable culinary experiences? What if you don’t speak much Spanish? And what if you don’t have a lavish dining budget? The good news is that Peru … Continue reading

Nov 20 2014

And Baby Makes Seven in Bali

Tara Young

Jordan Albury, a member of the Flight Centre’s Marketing team, with five other burnt out and frazzled thirty-somethings were looking for an escape with a seven-month old baby. But where can you can go for a flop and drop holiday with a small child? The … Continue reading

Nov 20 2014

War & Sanctuary On Rangitoto Island

Ben Stower

My visit to Rangitoto Island was an unassuming one. Other than a small square image in a brochure, I had no idea of what to expect. I’d chosen Rangitoto instead of the five other islands off the coast of Auckland because it was only … Continue reading

Nov 19 2014

Fantasy Island – Craig Tansley Explores Cook Islands

Craig Tansley

Craig Tansley returns to his childhood island home of Rarotonga and discovers new attractions every time that make this the most under-rated island in the Pacific… “Where’s this waterfall?” Call me a sceptic, but I figured I knew every square kilometre of Rarotonga; after … Continue reading

Nov 19 2014

Malaysia Airlines Takes Off With An Early Asia Christmas Sale

Jason Dutton-Smith

Christmas arrived early today with Malaysia Airlines kicking off the silly season with economy sale fares to Asia. If you have been dreaming of an Asian getaway then now is the time to secure these great deals. Four of Asia’s most popular destinations are available: Kuala Lumpur, … Continue reading

Nov 19 2014

6 Exhilarating Auckland Adventures

Deborah Dickson-Smith

The Kiwis like to think they invented adventure, and indeed, they are responsible for a great range of adrenalin-tapping activities including bungee jumping, jet-boating and white water sledging. They’ve also produced a number of great adventurers, including perhaps the world’s most famous adventurer; Sir … Continue reading

Nov 18 2014

Jamie’s Italian Brisbane Now Open

Ashton Rigg

Right now, the first official diners at the Brisbane branch of Jamie’s Italian are walking through the doors, settling in for some fresh antipasto, a serving of squid ink pasta, or a pavlova flecked with peppered berries if they’re feeling particularly decadent. Oliver’s entourage have … Continue reading

Nov 18 2014

An Endless Summer In Raglan, New Zealand

Carla Grossetti

Raglan is like Byron Bay 30 years ago. There are rustic beach shacks, glistening surf, great cafes, and, when there’s no swell, lots of walks, waterfalls and art galleries dotted in and around the volcanic valley. Located just 48 kilometres west of Hamilton and … Continue reading

Nov 17 2014

Putin On The Ritz: Stay In Brisbane G20 Leader Style

Rachel Surgeoner

While the ‘New World City’ doesn’t have a Ritz Hotel per say, Brisbane sure knows how to ‘Put on the Ritz’ with a barrage of it’s classy hotels putting up the 2014’s G20 delegates in style this past weekend. If there’s one thing Tony Abbott didn’t get shirt-fronted … Continue reading

Nov 17 2014

Top 4 Over-The-Top Bali Day Spa Treatments

Deborah Dickson-Smith

Bali has long been known for its affordable luxury and is now getting more and more well known for 5 and 6-star rock star luxury escape options. There is perhaps no luxury more indulgent than a spa treatment that takes several hours to complete, … Continue reading

Nov 17 2014

His & Hers Auckland Sightseeing Guide

Flight Centre's Guest Bloggers

New Zealand’s harbour city of Auckland invites creatures of all habits, whether you prefer holding onto shopping bags or the handlebars of a mountain bike. Most visitors are sold on the city’s go-ahead nature, where you’re enticed to try multiple experiences. On a recent … Continue reading