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Overseas trips that can fit into 5 days

Hawaii is a popular place for a short break. Picture: iStock DO YOU have five days annual leave up your sleeve? Chances are you do. A recent study conducted by Expedia showed that Aussies on average took only 15 days annual leave in 2016, despite receiving 20 from their employers. …

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I was wrong about frequent flyer points

Light-hearted look at the new partnership between Qantas and Airbnb that will allow frequent flyers to earn points on every dollar spent on an Airbnb short-term rental. I was a sceptic of credit cards and frequent flyer programs, but not anymore. Picture: Martin Meissner/AP I’VE just booked a flight to …

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Cheap ways to stay in a five-star hotel

Enjoy the perks of a five-star hotel without blowing your budget. Picture: iStock IS YOUR love of the finer things in life larger than your holiday budget? Here are eight ways to enjoy the sweetest suites, champagne breakfasts, fluffy bathrobes and luxurious extra perks for a bargain price. • THE …

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The horror lurking in hotel beds

A holiday-maker said she was left in excruciating pain after becoming ravaged by bedbugs in her Lisbon hotel room bed. Picture: Mirrorpix/australscope A WOMAN’S romantic getaway with her partner has turned into a nightmare after flesh-eating critters left her in excruciating pain. Scottish holiday-maker Nicola Stone, 20, and her partner …

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Here’s another reason to avoid cruises

A new study suggests cruise ship air pollution could be dangerously high. IS THE air on a cruise ship more toxic than the air we breathe on land? A German environmental association, Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU), has found passengers could be inhaling “60 times higher concentrations of harmful air pollutants” than …

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Why I hate the word glamping

There is nothing better for the soul than spending time outside. Picture: iStock POLISHED floors, luxurious sheets, spectacular views and all the amenities sound like a pretty good combination, right? If you were staying at a luxury hotel, I’d have to agree, but designer facilities have escaped from their natural …

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Your hotel room is fooling you

Travelers complain hotel thermostats never work. It turns out that?s true. WSJ’s Scott McCartney and Tanya Rivero discuss solutions for hotel room guests, including blogs devoted to bypassing hotel room thermostat settings. Photo: Getty But good news: there’s also a handy hack. A NEW study confirms what many frequent flyers …

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Iconic Waldorf Astoria to close

China’s Anbang Insurance Group which owns the Waldorf Astoria in New York City says it plans to close the landmark hotel for up to three years to convert the majority of the hotel’s rooms into private apartments. The WSJ’s Lee Hawkins explains. The entrance to the Waldorf Astoria, on Park …

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‘Quit judging crews by their beauty’

Ranking flight attendants by attractive is offensive and downright creepy. IT’S BEEN more than 50 years since the “Coffee, Tea or Me?” days of flying, when businessmen were openly invited to ogle the lithe, young, unattached stewardesses bedecked in hot pants and go-go boots. The airlines marketed their crews as …

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Flight attendants vent about passengers

Flight attendants put up with a lot of bad, annoying and all-round gross behaviour. Picture: iStock IF YOU think plane journeys are bad, spare a thought for the poor cabin crew who have to deal with badly behaved passengers on a daily basis. Flight attendants have been lifting the lid …

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