Travel insurance as we know it has changed FOREVER
If you’re one of the unlucky four in five Aussie travellers that’s had an issue claiming back on travel insurance, this news from TravelCard means you’ll never have to wait to be compensated ever again…
The best Airbnb rental stays around the world
Exceeding expectations of the humble local home stay, these five unique Airbnb properties are giving cookie-cutter hotel rooms a run for their money.
Manarola, Cinque Terre
Five of the most romantic travel experiences
Fall head over heels all over again with these partner-perfect experiences. 1. Sunset cruising Nā Pali Coast, Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i It may be a cliché, but sailing away into the sunset with one’s true love is still at the top of many a bucket-list.   Especially somewhere as beautiful as Hawai‘i’s Nā Pali Coast, located on the north shore of Kaua‘i.   This natural wonderland is a unique landscape of rugged terrain and sheer cliffs that drop straight into the aqua-blue water of the Pacific Ocean.   It’s pretty remote, so if you want to discover it you need to hike the 18-kilometre trail or – more pleasantly – hop on a cruise (champagne and loved one in hand).   There are several operating in the area, particularly at sunset, when the afternoon light plays off the turquoise waters. 2. Romance on rails Rovos Rail, Africa A journey by train is surely one of the most evocative forms of travel, and Africa’s Rovos Rail exudes the luxury and charm of a bygone era.   Its fleet of trains carry an intimate 72 guests and boast wood-panelled, Edwardian-style carriages with spacious suites (plus comfortable double beds) and elegant lounge and observation cars.   The food is impeccable and impeccably served on fine china, silver and crisp white linen (read: dress to the nines for dinner).   But the best bit is the view as you head through South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania – the scenery is constantly evolving and endlessly breathtaking. 3. Hot air ballooning Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia The best way to escape the maddening crowds at the temples of Cambodia’s national treasure Angkor and have a quiet moment to yourself is by floating serenely above it all in your own love nest…or hot air balloon.   It’s incredible to see the vastness of the Angkor complex from an aerial perspective, its hundreds of temples spread over some 400 square-kilometres.   Sunrise is our favourite time of day for this amazing experience – the orange glow of the sun breaking on the horizon at the crack of dawn signifying the final moments of quiet before Siem Reap awakens and is alive and bustling again. 4. Walk the path of love Cinque Terre, Italy The Cinque Terre is one of the world’s most dramatic coastlines, consisting of five medieval-era fishing villages built into steep cliffs.   Until the end of the 19th century, when a railway was eventually built, the towns were extremely isolated from each other.   A pathway between Riomaggiore and Manarola was built for the use of railway workers during construction of the tunnel, which became a meeting point for lovers from the two towns. The pathway was coined the Via dell’Amore – the ‘Path of Love’.   Visitors can walk the route as part of the spectacular 12-kilometre clifftop journey between the five pretty villages. 5. Skinny dipping Turtle Island, Fiji This has to be the ultimate spot for cheeky love birds. Turtle Island’s 500-acre privately owned island was the idyllic location for the 1980 film The Blue Lagoon and is one of Fiji’s most beautiful resorts.   It accommodates just 14 couples in its exotic bures (AKA love shacks), each with its own private white, powdery beach with impossibly blue water.   Beach picnics of champagne and lobster, long private walks, and snorkelling excursions (there’s an abundant of colourful sea life) can all be arranged.   The ultimate romantic stay is in the Vonu Point villa, with panoramic views of the island’s pristine landscape.
The BIG mistake 55% of Aussie travellers make
There’s a one in two chance that you’ll have already made this mistake – or will do in time… Booking a holiday on your own can be a daunting thing, especially if it’s a destination-hopping, month-long escapade that sees you needing to marry up dates and flights and hotel bookings – oh my!   Honestly, you almost need to have a degree in nuclear science to work the spreadsheet necessary to pull something like this off – and then once you’ve booked, you need to have the patience and the willpower to check it all off, and ensure you haven’t made a mistake. Preferably before you board the plane. The one BIG mistake Aussie holidaymakers are… erm, making Skyscanner has just released important research that reveals when it comes to booking a holiday, 55 per cent of Aussies are guilty of one treacherous error. It’s not packing aerosols into their luggage either – it’s booking flights on the wrong day or at the wrong time.   Other than being really annoying, some airline sales are final, so your mistake could be potentially punishing you in the form of the full price of your ticket. Ouch.   You see, human error is inevitable, especially on a multi-leg journey – however the way around this blunder is to check, and double check. And that’s where Aussies are going wrong the most. Surprising, given how much we worry about making a mistake The fact that we’re failing to check our work and pick up these errors is surprising – given that the same research revealed that a whopping 70 per cent of Aussie travellers spend their time stressing over making a mistake during the booking phase.  Here are some tips on how to not mess up your booking When it comes to a tricky itinerary, it pays to look at the routes with clear eyes. Once you’ve booked – or are close to booking – give yourself a day, or at least a couple of hours to clear your head, go for a walk, or have a cup of tea. You may just pick up an obvious blunder that you previously missed. The other advice is to get someone else to look over your times and dates, to see if it makes sense to them. Draw out your journey on a map, creating a timeline with dates and times noted down, so that you begin to see your trip come to life, and subsequently make it easier to sniff out any slip-ups. It sounds simple, but remember, check-in dates should be the same as your flight arrival date – and check-out should be the same as your flight departure date. Speaking of travel blunders, here's how to avoid one of the six big travel scams...