Business travellers can end up spending a lot of time on the move. If that sounds like you, the Sydney Morning Herald said it may be worth investing in a few travel items designed to make travelling less onerous and more luxurious:
- You could take the standard sleep mask and pillow offered on board, but Armand Diradourian’s Travel Sleep Kit, in cashmere, is a classier choice.
- The Aesop Jet Set Kit includes travel size hair, face and body products to keep you fresh and stylish.
- An aluminium case will look tough and last for years – the Sydney Morning Herald recommends the Rimowa Topaz carry-on case.
- If you worry about your suitcases going astray, the Trakdot Luggage Tracker will keep an eye on the whereabouts of your bags, for a subscription fee.
- The Rolex GMT Master II might be one for the man who has everything, but it will keep you up to date with three different time zones simultaneously.
Some planes are more luxurious than others. Business class in one plane can mean a reclining seat, whilst in another it means a seat that becomes a completely flat bed when it’s time to sleep. Amazingly, travellers can get the better deal for exactly the same price.
If you plan your flights, says the Sydney Morning Herald, you can book your trip so that you fly on the most comfortable plane. The Qantas Airbus A380 has fully reclining seats and a superior cabin to the Boeing 747. The Sydney Morning Herald also reports a smoother ride with the A380. Both planes fly the same route between Sydney and Hong Kong, but on different days of the week. Book your flight for the beginning of the week and you’ll travel on the 747, go for the second half of the week and experience A380 luxury.
Travelling can sometimes be stressful or boring, especially the time spent waiting in airports after you have cleared security. An enjoyable alternative to the gate area is an airline’s airport lounge. These areas have restricted access and provide guests with various facilities, food and, most importantly, a place to relax pre-flight.
Lounges are also a bonus in the event of a delay, whilst lounge staff can help you with many enquiries, too. There are several ways of accessing these lounges, according to Lifehacker, and it can be well worth it for the peace and quiet.
Whether you’re strapped for cash or feeling flush, you’ll have a great time in Brisbane. No matter what your budget is, see the city with this guide from the Sydney Morning Herald:
If your budget’s tight, the city’s bike scheme should be your starting point. You can get around under your own steam for just $2 a day. Pick up a snack to enjoy by the river then pedal to New Farm Park for a rest.
Women are increasingly choosing to do their travelling without men, for a number of reasons.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, it’s not just single women hitting the travel agent alone. Although relationship break-ups are one of the reasons for travelling solo, women with partners and families are also choosing to get away from it all, citing a desire for “me-time”. Other reasons include widowhood or divorce, health improvement, the pursuit of a passion and businesswomen seeking a break from long hours and a demanding workload.
Travelling has become so much easier now that there is an app for almost everything. As long as you remember to pack your smartphone, these five travel apps will be indispensable on your next trip:
- The perennial favourite TripAdvisor will save you hours of agonising: its user reviews and navigation feature will point you in the right direction of the best places to eat, stay and play in your chosen location.
- Trover is a great way to uncover the secrets of a place, through photos taken by other users that will always show areas in close proximity to your own location.
- Wi-Fi Finder: as the name suggests, this handy app will inform you of nearby wifi hotspots and can even be used offline by downloading the relevant maps before you set off.
- Make yourself understood in more than 50 languages with Better Translator Pro for $1.95 .
- For $10, you can arm yourself with comprehensive flight information, including times, gate numbers and maps.
Brisbane’s attractions include cuddly koalas and relaxing river trips – visitors may find the time passes just too quickly.
According to The Star, Brisbane is a city that can sell itself. However, volunteer greeters are a great option if you want to see the sights from a local’s perspective. You may prefer to do it yourself with the help of the city’s bike hire scheme, which costs only a few dollars for a morning of cycling. There is also a free ferry service to help you get around.
The Gold Coast is renowned for its many theme parks and other tourist attractions. A new campaign sees all the main parks come together to entice visitors to the Gold Coast for a fun-packed holiday.
Movie World, SeaWorld, White Water World, Dreamworld and Wet ‘n’ Wild have joined forces for a major promotion, which tourism bosses hope will have the same impact as in the United States. In Orlando, Disney and Universal use their twin attractions to bring visitors to the area. Now, the Gold Coast’s major players plan to achieve the same result in Australia.
People from Brisbane have their own phrases and their own spaces. Find out where the locals like to spend their time with these top tips from couriermail.com.au:
1. Tree Top Walk at Lamington National Park
Sydney in spring offers the perfect combination of great weather and all the attractions. The Independent highlighted its top picks for spring visitors to the city:
1) The Sydney Tower Eye offers breathtaking views from 309 metres up. Savings can be made by booking in advance.