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Clue to deadly disease traveller missed

David Koch explains how to pick a policy that’s right for you AN AUSTRALIAN backpacker who thought her numb toes and hair loss was due to lots of walking and swimming on her dream world trip actually had diabetes — and could have died every time she worked out. Carly …

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What happens when pilots hate each other?

Inside the QANTAS flight simulator The secret ‘do not pair’ system for pilots. THERE’S nothing worse than spending a long haul flight sat next to somebody who’s getting on your nerves — especially if they’re helping you fly the plane. Because of this, airlines have adapted a secret system which …

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Hostie’s ultimate kind gesture for widower

A caring flight attendant can make all the difference to a journey. AIRLINES and flight attendants tend to cop a fair bit of flak, whether it be the fallout from flying horror stories to dealing with passengers’ bizarre requests. So it’s refreshing to see a heartwarming story involving a flight …

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Why it’s ok to take the hotel room slippers

The best tips and tricks to get the most from your travel experience. You can take the slippers – but leave the robe behind. They’re our home away from homes around the world but sometimes there are things we’re not too sure about when we check into a hotel. To …

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Places where tipping is not a good idea

MELISSA HOYER shares the genius travel hacks that will save you time and change the way you holiday. How much you should be tipping in different countries. TIPPING is an etiquette nightmare when you’re on holiday — who do you pay and how much should you hand over? What you …

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The $3 item travellers swear by

The Cuban government is planning to open love hotels to prevent lovemaking in open spaces such as Havana’s Malecon waterfront. STAYING safe while on holiday is a big concern for most tourists and as a result, there are now hundreds of pricey gadgets that claim to deter would-be thieves and …

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Harrowing new terror warning video

A video advising UK holidaymakers what to do in the event of a terror attack abroad has been released by police. The four-minute film depicts a firearms attack unfolding at a hotel and uses the “run, hide, tell” safety message. What to do in terror attack, according to UK police. …

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Passport info leaked by Flight Centre

Flight Centre says human error is to blame for the accidental leak of passport details. HUMAN error has been blamed for Flight Centre’s unintentional release of Australian customers’ passport information to third-party developers. In a letter to affected customers, the travel agency said “passport details” of some retail customers were …

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Warning about killer jet blast

A jet blast blew people away at Maho Beach, St. Maarten, on January 20, 2014. The KLM Jumbo was departing to Amsterdam, according to reports. This video shows the moment the jet blast swept into onlookers. This video was posted to YouTube after a tourist was killed in Maho Beach, …

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Why you shouldn’t trust hotel star ratings

Don’t let yourself in for a nasty shock when you book a “five-star” hotel. EACH September in the 1980s my family made an annual pilgrimage north from Victoria to spend our school holidays in the Queensland sunshine. Every afternoon on the three or four-day drive my parents would predict the …

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