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Beyond five star travel

Travel has a new catch phrase: “Experiential”. Terrible, isn’t it? It’s hard to say and pretty much meaningless without a dictionary explanation. On a scale of phrases I have hated in 2017, it is close behind “fake news” in terms of making the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. Yet despite […]

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Considering a move overseas? Questions to ask and answer

Apparently, there are over one million Australians living and working overseas at any given time. I’m currently one of them. But it took me about five years to actually pluck up the courage to pack my bags, say goodbye to my comfortable life and move halfway around the world to live in Canada (in the […]

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Making friends in a new city

Picture this: you move to a new city and want to make friends. Luckily, your workplace has an active social calendar and is filled with lovely, like-minded colleagues. You already know a handful of people who welcome you with open arms into their social circle. You envision chuckling with your freshly-minted mates at after-work drinks, […]

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Canberra meets world

It’s been a little more than a year since Canberra was officially connected to the world through the introduction of direct flights via the Capital Express. It didn’t take long for the direct flight service run by Singapore Airlines to become as cherished as a lonely housewife’s dog-eared copy of Fifty Shades and we are […]

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Going Solo…like a boss

Being a travel agent I come into contact with dozens of new people every week. As anyone who has been in a customer service role knows, the public can make you laugh and they can make you want to cry and on the worst days they can make you question your entire existence. But every now […]

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Bottles on a Plane: Yes or No?

Most people who have flown internationally in the past few years are aware of the restrictions on flying with liquids, aerosols and gels. Each passenger is allowed one small clip-seal bag of liquids, with each container not larger than 100ml or 100grams. Although it’s undoubtedly annoying to be unable to fly with large bottles of […]

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When you are never too old to travel

Helene Jermolajew was 62 years old when she embarked on a solo trip around the world to heal from loss and grief. She came back a new woman. “She’s gone,” and with those words my life was torn asunder. The last year of Mum’s life was a horror stretch as she became weaker and sicker, […]

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Around the World in 30 Days

Not content to spend school holidays on the Gold Coast, Emma Macdonald packs up a husband and two kids and begins an adventure travelling to bucket list countries in head-spinning succession. Shanghai There is so much logic to breaking up that gruelling flight to Europe with a few days in China. Especially when you have […]

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Cheap tricks: How to make family holidays happen

Keen to plan a summer escape but not sure how to keep the cash from blowing out? Sue White has some tips and tricks. Not to alarm you, but Christmas is not that far away. I say this, not because I want to propel you into shopping lists and thoughts of family reunions, but because […]

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10 ways to Devour Wagga this spring

Spring weekends are just made for road trips, and there’s a delicious destination an easy two-and-a-half hours’ drive away. We round up 10 reasons why devouring Wagga Wagga should be on your ‘must-do’ list this October—live music, a multicultural street festival, al fresco food and wine, divine desserts and more. Oh, and a 12-course bacon […]

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