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The new stress-free way to travel

<p>Jetting off around the world is one of the most rewarding experiences but isn’t always without hassle. Endless hours can be spent comparing the best deals, organising your itinerary and selecting affordable accommodation -  it’s enough to flip a fun holiday into a scarring experience!</p> <p>However, savvy travellers are flocking to a new category of touring that takes away the burden of organising the logistics of your trip but also allows you the freedom to set your own itinerary at your own pace.</p> <p>Cosmos Lite is offering the world’s first <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://goo.gl/MuroYf">à la carte tour style</a></strong></span>, which combines the essential features of their award-winning Cosmos tours with a personalised and independent approach to daily itineraries.  </p> <p>Travellers will be able to choose a holiday package that includes city-to-city transportation, comfortable hotels and daily breakfasts.</p> <p>So, how does it allow travellers to go overseas without the headache?</p> <p><strong>1. Explore on your own when necessary</strong></p> <p>While it is a great bonding experience to travel with a group, sometimes it is valuable to also spend some time alone. Having the opportunity to take breaks from your tour group and schedule in your own enjoyment will give you the perfect opportunity to recharge and reflect on all the fun you will be having. Travelling with <a href="https://goo.gl/MuroYf"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Cosmos Lite</strong></span></a> will allow you to have the perks of travelling with a group, such as meeting new people and greater security, but then also give you the opportunity to explore at your own pace. Breaking away from the group will give you the chance to learn how to enjoy your own company in a foreign place and also force you to get out of your comfort zone. And if you ever get a bit lonely when going solo, you can return to your tour group.</p> <p><strong>2. Freedom to tailor itineraries</strong></p> <p>Cosmos Lite provides a blank canvas for travellers at each destination so that they can customise their experience. Your Tour Director will point out the best sightseeing, dining and entertainment options at each location, so you will never be without a good recommendation.</p> <p>Those who are looking to find trusted local information will also have access to the CosmosGO mobile app at their fingertips. For those who are wanting to spontaneously spend their time completing more activities than they originally thought, they will be able to purchase them on the go with optional excursions.</p> <p>Cosmos Lite excursions typically start later than normal tours, so you can choose to spend your morning however you like – whether you want to get some extra hours of shut eye or set out for an adventure. You can also select solo or group outings, depending on your personal preference.</p> <p><strong>3. Don’t worry about the stressful details</strong></p> <p>One of the painpoints of travelling is making sure you are doing sufficient research to get your hands on the best bargain and avoid getting scammed. Cosmos Lite takes care of city-to-city transport, hotels and daily breakfasts, so you can spend your time and energy on planning the more exciting aspects of your holiday.</p> <p>Cosmos Lite offers travellers transport in private deluxe motorcoaches between destinations with free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. The tour will include clean, comfortable and attractive hotels that offer customers the most for their money.</p> <p>Travellers will also have the most important meal of the day covered in the tour price so that you can start every morning energised with a full stomach.</p> <p>What are your tips for stress-free travel? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p>THIS IS SPONSORED CONTENT BROUGHT TO YOU IN CONJUNCTION WITH <a href="https://goo.gl/MuroYf"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>COSMOS.</strong></span></a></p>

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The $7 Aussie item pregnant Duchess Meghan never travels without

<p>After landing in Sydney and announcing their pregnancy to the world, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex have caused quite the stir, and now, it’s been revealed what the Duchess carried with her on her flight Down Under.</p> <p>Travelling with Australian airline, Qantas, Meghan is said to have brought with her an Aussie cult classic, and it only costs a mere $7.</p> <p>In a resurfaced interview with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.allure.com/story/meghan-markle-suits-beauty-tips" target="_blank"><em>Allure</em></a> magazine, the Duchess revealed that she never travels anywhere without a bottle of Tea Tree oil.</p> <p>“The one thing I cannot live without when I’m travelling is a small container of Tea Tree oil,” she told <em>Allure</em>.</p> <p>“It’s not the most glamorous thing, but if you get a cut, a mosquito bite, a small breakout, no matter what it is, it’s my little cure-all.</p> <p>“It’s inexpensive, it’s small enough to carry on, and I bring it with me all the time.”</p> <p>Having been an Aussie favourite for decades, Tea Tree oil is the cure to almost every problem, and it comes from a myrtle tree that is native to Queensland and NSW. The all-rounder oil works as an antiseptic to cure cuts, grazes and blemishes.</p> <p>The oil is known for its affordable price, with many places retailing the natural remedy for $7. And if it’s good enough for the Duchess, then it’s good enough for us!</p> <p>Do you use Tea Tree oil? If yes, what do you use it for? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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How you can score cheap flights this week

<p>Welcome to our flight sale wrap. Each week we hunt down the best cheap flights on offer. Many will only be on sale for a few days – so get in quick.</p> <p>Don’t forget – you can always call <a href="https://www.mydiscoveries.com.au/">MyDiscoveries</a> to get them to book flights and custom-made holidays for you –<span> </span><strong>1300 404 606</strong>.</p> <p>This week Jetstar has a beach holiday sale,<span> </span><a href="https://www.familytravel.com.au/places/singapore/?__hstc=224028740.c09cdcc6ef448e3950fd598e7fbbb599.1532048979573.1536210081193.1539296064637.18&amp;__hssc=224028740.1.1539296064637&amp;__hsfp=2463109497">Singapore</a> is offering stopovers for $1 and you could spend New Year’s Eve in Canada for less than $1000 return.</p> <h3><strong>Jetstar’s beach discovery sale</strong></h3> <p>Jetstar announced a huge beach discovery sale this week. The sale starts on 11 October and continues until October 15, unless sold out prior.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img class="size-full wp-image-46699" src="https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/mydiscoveries-wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/shutterstock_418752820.jpg" alt="Cheap flights" width="1000" height="667" /></strong><em>Getaway faster with these great sale fares.</em></p> <p>Here are a few of the best cheap flights on offer.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/cheap-flights/byron-bay" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tlaworldwide.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u%3Dd3dc292960ea3b6d29e70215a%26id%3D1cf218d188%26e%3D6e66902f91&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1539291621602000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGOVc0HRejFVFhjpUeEx-LM8jNHtQ">Sydney to Ballina Byron from $45 one way</a><br /><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/deals" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tlaworldwide.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u%3Dd3dc292960ea3b6d29e70215a%26id%3D6a7280f3d7%26e%3D6e66902f91&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1539291621602000&amp;usg=AFQjCNE7qDwJNm7SqxNkXkSosJ37vE2yhQ">Melbourne (Tullamarine) to Ballina Byron from $65 one way</a><br /><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/deals" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tlaworldwide.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u%3Dd3dc292960ea3b6d29e70215a%26id%3D327cf38916%26e%3D6e66902f91&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1539291621602000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFaDHY9Qp4zm7OG5hKbRwlIU4y92g">Brisbane to Newcastle from $47 one way</a><br /><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/deals" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tlaworldwide.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u%3Dd3dc292960ea3b6d29e70215a%26id%3D20d6545448%26e%3D6e66902f91&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1539291621602000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFxA9y74X9hmSOa2bP9-pkX180-ug">Sydney to Gold Coast from $49 one way</a><br /><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/deals" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tlaworldwide.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u%3Dd3dc292960ea3b6d29e70215a%26id%3D3c009357a5%26e%3D6e66902f91&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1539291621602000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGtw1wgQrBAHafTApfGo7EE6Z0erw">Melbourne (Avalon) to Gold Coast from $52 one way</a><br /><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/deals" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tlaworldwide.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u%3Dd3dc292960ea3b6d29e70215a%26id%3Df703e4bd55%26e%3D6e66902f91&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1539291621602000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFlpRcZrmL45_Xhi8fwZaWgbZw5Lw">Melbourne (Tullamarine) to Gold Coast from $65 one way</a><br /><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/deals" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tlaworldwide.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u%3Dd3dc292960ea3b6d29e70215a%26id%3D25f3f72938%26e%3D6e66902f91&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1539291621602000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEIU8VrLbYsfO4aNpJUivSgUj1-DA">Adelaide to Gold Coast from $82 one way</a><br /><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/deals" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tlaworldwide.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u%3Dd3dc292960ea3b6d29e70215a%26id%3D760d7d6475%26e%3D6e66902f91&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1539291621602000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEllPGta67hyy9kbF49ucjdNo2m3w">Sydney to Sunshine Coast from $59 one way</a><br /><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/deals" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tlaworldwide.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u%3Dd3dc292960ea3b6d29e70215a%26id%3D5ab0dc3b32%26e%3D6e66902f91&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1539291621602000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHR5LbGEIhiI_1WI4lEaQwScK0_Wg">Melbourne (Tullamarine) to Sunshine Coast from $78 one way</a><br /><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/deals" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tlaworldwide.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u%3Dd3dc292960ea3b6d29e70215a%26id%3Df63e8e51c7%26e%3D6e66902f91&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1539291621602000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGmARNGJFVICH2exzI4UIDKrn2d0Q">Melbourne (Tullamarine) to Cairns from $101 one way</a><br /><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/deals" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tlaworldwide.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u%3Dd3dc292960ea3b6d29e70215a%26id%3D1b59be24e6%26e%3D6e66902f91&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1539291621602000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFGLtk2urbSckgodMoAhZHkUPksew">Adelaide to Cairns from $108 one way</a><br /><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/cheap-flights/cairns" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tlaworldwide.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u%3Dd3dc292960ea3b6d29e70215a%26id%3Da7ddc63b92%26e%3D6e66902f91&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1539291621602000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHL6InS1fCv2JUblP9Vr59bF4SYBg">Perth to Cairns from $119 one way</a><br /><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/cheap-flights/hamilton-island" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tlaworldwide.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u%3Dd3dc292960ea3b6d29e70215a%26id%3Df4f27377ad%26e%3D6e66902f91&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1539291621602000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEc82NPSj8Xj3Nga44CIaSciFOhhg">Sydney to Hamilton Island from $85 one way</a><br /><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/cheap-flights/perth" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tlaworldwide.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u%3Dd3dc292960ea3b6d29e70215a%26id%3D9ecf7ff43d%26e%3D6e66902f91&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1539291621603000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEqgJ2OFPme-_LsYQEbGRFMMo6_IA">Adelaide to Perth from $109 one way</a></p> <p>But this sale isn’t limited to domestic flights. International beach destinations are on sale too.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/deals/beach-discovery-sale" target="_blank">Sydney to Phuket from $219</a><br /><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/deals/beach-discovery-sale" target="_blank">Sydney to Bali Denpasar from $219</a><br /><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/deals/beach-discovery-sale" target="_blank">Sydney to Honolulu from $249</a><br /><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/deals/beach-discovery-sale" target="_blank">Melbourne to Phuket from $219</a><br /><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/deals/beach-discovery-sale" target="_blank">Melbourne to Bali Denpasar from $199</a><br /><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/deals/beach-discovery-sale" target="_blank">Melbourne to Honolulu from $249</a><br /><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/deals/beach-discovery-sale" target="_blank">Gold Coast to Honolulu from $318</a><br /><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/deals/beach-discovery-sale" target="_blank">Gold Coast to Bali Denpasar from $288</a><br /><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/deals/beach-discovery-sale" target="_blank">Gold Coast to Phuket from $288. </a></p> <h3><strong>Singapore stopovers for $1</strong></h3> <p>No that is not a joke. Singapore Airlines is offering stopovers in Singapore for just $1.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img class="size-full wp-image-46700" src="https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/mydiscoveries-wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/shutterstock_756788173.jpg" alt="Cheap flights" width="1000" height="515" /><em>You could stay in Singapore for just $1 with this great deal.</em></p> <p>What’s included? A lot!</p> <p><strong>*</strong><span> </span>1-night accommodation at hotel in applicable price category (without breakfast supplement);<br /><strong>*</strong><span> </span>Unlimited rides on the SIA Hop-on Bus operating on 4 different lines – Blue, Brown, Red and Yellow – for the duration of stay;<br /><strong>*</strong><span> </span>Discounts on shopping, dining, sightseeing tours, and tourist attractions as listed in the SIA Boarding Pass Privileges program.</p> <p>To get the deal you need to fly from Australia to Singapore between 5 October 2018 and 12 September 2019.</p> <p>You can read more about the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://ifly.net.au/singapore-airlines" target="_blank">$1 Singapore stopover here</a>.</p> <h3><strong>New Year’s flights to<span> </span><a href="https://www.familytravel.com.au/places/things-to-do-with-kids-and-families-canada-vancouver/?__hstc=224028740.c09cdcc6ef448e3950fd598e7fbbb599.1532048979573.1536210081193.1539296064637.18&amp;__hssc=224028740.1.1539296064637&amp;__hsfp=2463109497">Vancouver</a><span> </span>$979 return</strong></h3> <p>It’s rare to find flights to Canada under $1000 return. Over New Years? That’s unheard of.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img class="size-full wp-image-44811" src="https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/family-travels-wp/~familytr/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/11080716/shutterstock_303473957.jpg" alt="Vancouver Canada" width="1000" height="667" /><em>Stanley Park Vancouver Canada.</em> </p> <p>STA travel has flight sale fares to Vancouver and Toronto available from 26 December through to 19 June 2019. You must book these fares before October 31.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.finder.com.au/sta-travel-promo-codes" target="_blank">For more details click here</a>.</p> <h3><strong>Where do we find our deals?</strong></h3> <p>* Direct emails from Airlines such as Qantas, Virgin Australia and Cathay Pacific<br />* Travel aggregators such as <a href="https://www.finder.com.au/expedia-com-coupon-codes">Expedia</a>, <a href="https://www.finder.com.au/webjet">Webjet</a> &amp; <a href="https://www.finder.com.au/wotif-promo-codes">Wotif.com</a><br />* Budget airlines – Jetstar, Tiger Airways, Scoot and Air Asia<br />* Flight booking deal websites such as Finder.com.au, I want that flight and Cheap flights.<br />* Industry insiders.</p> <h3><strong>Call a travel agent…</strong></h3> <p>Can’t find what you’re looking for? Why search for sale flights for hours when you can get someone else to do it for you.</p> <p>Did you know that <a href="https://www.mydiscoveries.com.au/">MyDiscoveries</a> has a travel agent? <strong>Call us on 1300 404 606</strong> and we’ll help you to create an incredible custom holiday package.</p> <p><em>Written by Alison Godfrey. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.mydiscoveries.com.au/">MyDiscoveries</a>. </em></p>

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This airline has just introduced a new feature that will make flying less stressful

<p>Naturally, one in seven passengers get nervous before stepping on a plane but now, a new program is offering people the support they need to beat the nerves.</p> <p>From early next year, Virgin passengers will be able to identify themselves as a nervous traveller by ticking a box while booking their flight.</p> <p>Those travellers will then be able to receive extra support to cope with their flight, including receiving information about easing anxiety, to having cabin crew drop by to check on them.</p> <p>Virgin Australia’s public manager of operations Libby Armstrong said there was a range of ways travellers could be assisted with their individual fears.</p> <p>Some people may want to know when the aircraft was last serviced, while others want to be assured that they wouldn’t be moved from their seat.</p> <p>“Travelling is stressful, and I think it’s the lack of control people have about travelling,” she said.</p> <p>“If we can give back a bit of control, that will make all the difference.”</p> <p>A new initiative by Virgin Australia will also let nervous flyers receive extra support to cope with their stress mid-flight through meditation.</p> <p>The airline has announced their new in-flight entertainment app with not-for-profit group Smiling Mind to ease flying nerves for passengers.</p> <p>Smiling Mind has created meditation programs now available on Virgin Australia’s in-flight entertainment to fight flying anxiety and foster mindfulness in the air.</p> <p>Ms Armstrong said: “Seven people on every single one of our Boeing 737s experience overwhelming levels of anxiety.</p> <p>“On a scale of 1 to 10, that’s a 8 to 10. That’s something like 2600 people every single day who are crippled by fear.</p> <p>“We see it every day. Panic attacks … it can be that serious.”</p> <p>Speaking to <a href="https://www.news.com.au"><strong><u>news.com.au</u></strong></a>, clinical psychologist and Smiling Mind chief executive Addie Wootten said that sitting on a flight was the perfect opportunity to focus on mental wellbeing.</p> <p>“Often people who are nervous flyers are fearful of what might happen — what if we hit turbulence, what if we don’t make it on time, what if something happens,” Dr Wootten said.</p> <p>“Mindfulness is a practice that helps us learn to not worry so much. To notice those things are happening, but bring our minds back to what we’re doing right now.</p> <p>“It will help them connect with their body, regulate their breathing and slow down the heart rate — which we know is accelerated when people are anxious — and then learn how to stop the thinking or the worrying.”</p> <p>However, Dr Wootten believes the meditation app will benefit all travellers – whether they are feeling anxious or not.</p> <p>“Often people talk about (a flight) being their one bit of downtime in the day, so if we can help them cultivate that mindfulness and hopefully end the flight feeling calmer than when they started, that’s a win for us,” she said.</p> <p>Do you get nervous flying? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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The new airport rule that changes everything at check-in

<p>Many of us may have felt bombarded by boarding announcements as we wait at the airport, listening out for the relevant information for our flight so we don’t miss anything vital. It’s not exactly a relaxing experience, in what can already be a harried experience as all check boxes are ticked for a successful boarding.</p> <p>But next time you visit Sydney International Airport’s T1 terminal, you’ll notice a major change. On September 17, it became a “quiet airport”, ceasing all terminal wide updates over the PA system including flight boarding and closing, and passenger paging, unless they’re “critical”. You’ll see signs noting the change at check-in counters, but all boarding announcements will continue to be made at boarding gates.</p> <p>Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert says the initiative will make for a more relaxing experience for passengers.</p> <p>“Passengers will now be able to relax without being interrupted by constant announcements,” he said in a <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.sydneyairport.com.au/corporate/media/corporate-newsroom/announcements-at-t1-international-reduced" target="_blank">statement</a>.</p> <p>“We’re always looking at how we can make the airport experience even more enjoyable for our passengers. This initiative leapt out as one that would make an immediate and material difference and would align us with the practices of the best airports globally.”</p> <p>He said the move brings the airport in line with other leading world airports like Changi, Dubai, Hong Kong and Helsinki.</p> <p>So, you may need to pay extra attention to the flight information display screens for up-to-date information, and you can keep up-to-date on your flight status through the Sydney Airport and airline websites, as well as on the airport’s social media accounts.</p> <p>You can also set an alarm on your mobile phone to make sure you get moving to your gate on time, and get updates on flight delays on your phone using the app for your relevant airline or the TripCase app, which covers all airlines, writes Amanda Woods, for <a href="https://www.escape.com.au/news/shh-quiet-airport-terminals-have-arrived-in-australia/news-story/2302bb29caa12ec70f52d15d620457b6"><em>Escape</em></a>. According to Woods, it’s not just passengers that are effected by the change, with shop assistants enjoying some much-needed peace from terminal-wide announcements.</p> <p>“When I ask one of the airport’s shop assistants if they’ve noticed much of a change with the new Quiet Terminal rules they say their life is so much easier now,” she wrote. “Before they were constantly being interrupted when they were trying to tell a customer something and had to start again when the announcement finished.”</p> <p>Passengers travelling internationally will still be advised of their gate and boarding time when checking in, and you can always approach airport information desks if you have any queries.</p> <p>For now, announcements are set to continue at domestic airports.</p> <p>What do you think of the new "quiet airport" rule? Tell is in the comments below.</p>

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The new rules that could make flying better for everyone

<p>A new rule could remove one of the most irritating things about long haul flights – the ever-shrinking size of the aeroplane seat.</p> <p>As airlines try to squeeze more and more seats onto one flight, passengers have suffered the impact of legroom seemingly disappearing every year.</p> <p>However, a new law could set a global trend to make sure seat and leg room doesn’t get any smaller.</p> <p>The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which regulates civil aviation in the United States, could soon set a minimum requirement for aircraft seat width and legroom.</p> <p>The regulations were part of a FAA funding plan considered by US Congress this week.</p> <p>Last year, the FAA rejected the idea of setting minimum standards for seat width and legroom but it appears Congress is pushing the aviation authority to go ahead with it.</p> <p>Reportedly, both chambers of Congress were passionate about putting an end to the “ever-shrinking” seat crisis in airlines.</p> <p>“Relief could soon be on the way for weary airline passengers facing smaller and smaller seats,” Democratic senator Bill Nelson said.</p> <p>The proposed bill, which Congress have until Sunday to agree on or to extend, will also stop airlines kicking passengers off overbooked flights.</p> <p>This practice was highlighted after Dr David Dao was dramatically dragged from a United Airlines plane in April 2017.</p> <p>The proposed bill will also ban pets from being stowed in the overheard compartment, following another infamous case this year when a family’s beloved French bulldog died mid-flight.</p> <p>Among other changes, the FAA will also make airlines give refunds to passengers for services not received, such as if their in-flight entertainment system didn’t work.</p> <p>It would also ensure pregnant passengers were boarded early on flights.</p> <p>However, the version of the bill that is being revised by Congress removed a provision to regulate what airlines could charge in extra fees, such as for baggage and seating reservations.</p> <p>According to the <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/congress-allows-airlines-to-continue-passenger-fees-that-cost-46-billion-last-year/2018/09/22/04fc1c96-be8a-11e8-b7d2-0773aa1e33da_story.html?noredirect=on&amp;utm_term=.97a8e662c720"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><u>Washington Post</u></em></strong></a>, US airlines were forecast to make $6.5 billion by the end of the year in extra fees.</p> <p>The provision would’ve allowed the US Department of Transport to decide if extra charges became “unreasonable” or out of line.</p> <p>“Airline travellers are being gouged by exorbitant fees, but the airlines will stop at nothing to protect this billion-dollar profit centre,” Democratic senator Edward J Markey said.</p> <p>Which rule will you be most happy to see implemented in airlines? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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5 travel hacks to stretch your holiday budget

<p>Unless you’re a trust fund kid or you have a bottomless bank account, you need to keep to a budget while travelling. Here are 5 hacks to help you stretch your holiday budget.</p> <p><strong>1. Buy travel insurance</strong></p> <p>When you’re planning a trip, you will look at all the ways you can save money, such as not paying for additional baggage or looking for low-cost carriers.</p> <p>However, you should never, ever scrimp on travel insurance.</p> <p>Travel insurance will save you money should you encounter any emergencies while overseas.</p> <p>For example, if you have a medical emergency while travelling, you can seek treatment at the hospital without worrying if you can afford it as you will be able to claim part of the cost.</p> <p>Buy the best travel insurance you can afford and make sure you read the terms and conditions to understand what it covers.</p> <p>Ensure you <u><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/tips/Top-5-Travel-Insurance-Tips">read the small print carefully</a></u>.</p> <p><strong>2. Make use of free Wi-Fi</strong></p> <p>Unless you need to constantly be on call (and let’s be honest, that kind of defeats the purpose of a holiday), you don’t need to pay for a roaming phone plan or even a local SIM card.</p> <p>You can just rely of free Wi-Fi that’s provided at most cafes and restaurants, and at your accommodation.</p> <p>With apps like FaceTime and WhatsApp for texting and making calls, you don’t have to spend any money to keep in touch with people back home.</p> <p>Check out our tips and tricks for helping stretch your <u><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/money/How-to-Manage-Your-Phone-Data-Use">mobile phone dollar further</a></u>.</p> <p><strong>3. Look for free or cheap activities</strong></p> <p>You don’t have to book expensive tour packages to enjoy your vacation.</p> <p>Instead, look for cheap or free activities.</p> <p>This is especially easy to do in larger cities.</p> <p>London, for example, has over 23 free museums, such as the Tate Modern, British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.</p> <p>And the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain, offers free entry for the last two hours of every day.</p> <p>Search online for more such options.</p> <p>And there’s no better way to really get to know a place than to explore its streets.</p> <p>You can check online for free walking tours that are usually organised by experienced guides.</p> <p>You are free to tip the guide any amount you want at the end of the tour.</p> <p>If money is no object, check out these <u><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/diet/10-leisure-activities-burn-more-calories-you-realise">10 holiday activities that burn calories fast</a></u>. </p> <p><strong>4. Book accommodation with a kitchen</strong></p> <p>This is especially useful in cities where it’s expensive to eat out, such as Paris or London.</p> <p>Even eating in just one meal a day can save you a significant amount of money.</p> <p>The moment you settle in, go for a grocery run to buy ingredients for the duration of your stay.</p> <p>Ingredients like milk, juice, eggs, bread and sandwich meats can help you put together a great and satisfying breakfast.</p> <p>Planning a family trip or solo holiday anytime soon?</p> <p>You may have booked your plane tickets and accommodation, but that doesn’t mean you’re all set to go.</p> <p>Go through this travel checklist to make sure <u><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/avoid-pre-holiday-anxiety-our-travel-tip-checklist">you’ve got everything planned</a></u>.</p> <p><strong>5. Download apps for good deals</strong></p> <p>If you do want to have a little splurge while on holiday, use apps that can help you locate good deals.</p> <p>Sick of homemade sandwiches for lunch?</p> <p>Treat yourself to a great meal in London by using <span><a href="https://www.bookatable.co.uk/">Bookatable</a></span> by Michelin.</p> <p>The app lets you find good value set meals from popular restaurants and even those owned by celebrity chefs.</p> <p>For example, you can enjoy a meal at a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant for under £28 (AUD$50), which is a steal!</p> <p>Do some research before you reach your destination to find more such apps.</p> <p>Check out these 5 clever mobile travel apps that will assist you on <span><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/tips/Useful-Travel-Apps">your next big adventure</a></span>.</p> <p><em>Written by Siti Rohani. This article first appeared in </em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/5-travel-hacks-stretch-your-holiday-budget?items_per_page=All">Reader’s Digest</a></em></strong></span><em>. For more of what you love </em><em>from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><strong><em><u><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestsubscribe?utm_source=readersdigest&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;utm_medium=display&amp;keycode=WRA85S">here’s our best subscription offer</a></u></em></strong><em>.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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The $9 Kmart hack that Aussie travellers swear by

<p>Packing a suitcase is a task that can prove to be quite challenging as you struggle to fit in all your essentials.</p> <p>However, Aussie travellers are now singing the praises of a $9 Kmart product that they claim is their secret trick to organising their suitcase before they travel.</p> <p>Kmart shoppers are encouraging others to purchase ‘packing cubes’ so they can save both time and space when they prepare their luggage for a trip.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 306px; height:254px;" src="/media/7820902/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c9d743d8ec7b4c67a075b4558d4152b1" /></p> <p>The light-weight zip-up bags come in a set of three and allow travellers to compartmentalise their essentials inside a suitcase.</p> <p>Many travellers have revealed how much space the packing cubes saved in their suitcases.</p> <p>“I took this travel opportunity to use the $9 packing cubes and I have to say, I am gobsmacked. So impressed with how much I can fit in my suitcase using them,” a woman, who runs Kmart Styling Facebook page, said.</p> <p>“I love the idea of these cubes – I know where all my things are, they’re easy to access and put back and the best news of all … I still have plenty of room left in my suitcase so I can shop and buy some more stuff to bring back home.”</p> <p>Another said: “Great for organising and can fit so much when clothes are rolled or folded correctly.”</p> <p>One shopper explained that they use their cubes in various circumstances, including organising their nappy bag essentials.</p> <p>“Love love them! Use them for everything and have three sets. I use the smallest pouch to organise my little ones nappy bag essentials,” she wrote.</p> <p>The cubes have also helped travellers keep their belongings neat and tidy once they arrive at their destination.</p> <p>“We found the packing cubes meant NO MORE searching for anything and having to re-pack and re-sort continually. Very much like a suitcase filing cabinet,” one person told <a href="https://www.escape.com.au/"><strong><em><u>Escape</u></em></strong></a>.</p> <p>Another revealed: “My suitcase has never been so neat, compact and organised. Group together items; seasonal, dirty, underwear. Packs can be placed straight into the hotel wardrobe for easy access and then pop back into the bag quickly and easily.”</p> <p>What is your best packing trick? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The simple hack that could slash $500 off your holiday booking

<p>With summer well and truly around the corner, people all over the country are gearing up to book their holidays, reserving accommodation and coordinating itineraries.</p> <p>Which is why you need to get on board with this one woman’s simple hack that could cut down hundreds of dollars off your final bill.</p> <p>Melbourne mother-of-two Janica Place, 39, spoke to <em><a href="https://www.kidspot.com.au/things-to-do/family-travel/family-holidays/the-private-trick-thatll-save-you-money-when-booking-a-family-holiday/news-story/006ff515ffef3a9b35cdb0eaef6dd434">Kidspot</a> </em>and revealed how she got a discount of $500 on return flights between Melbourne and Helsinki for herself and her two children by doing this one simple thing.</p> <p>“I use two devices in order to make sure that prices aren’t being manipulated,” she said.</p> <p>“I search with my computer for instance, and then I book my flights on my phone.”</p> <p>The mother of two was so surprised to see how much cheaper the flights were that she couldn’t believe it until she returned to her computer to check that they were indeed different.</p> <p>“I’ve since booked all my flights that way,” she said.</p> <p>“I had no idea that searching destinations on different devices had such an effect. It’s crazy!”</p> <p>Another simple trick to nab cheap flights is one that is revealed by savvy travellers.</p> <p>All you need to do is clear your “cookies” – which are small computer files that let websites know if you’ve been on their page previously – on your device so that your details are not stored.</p> <p>When information is stored, then there is a chance that sites may raise their prices as they can see that you’re most likely to book the fare.</p> <p>And this trick doesn’t just work on flights, but on hotels too.</p> <p>Will you be trying out this hack? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The dirtiest place at an airport is not the toilets

<p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__intro sics-component__story__paragraph">The plastic trays used to drop your laptop, keys and phones in at airports as part of their security checkpoints are most likely to harbour viruses and diseases.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Pandemic experts at the University of Nottingham and Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare have revealed the shocking news in a new survey.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">The group swabbed a variety of surfaces at Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Finland during winter in 2016 before studying which areas were the worst.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Viruses were found on 10 per cent of all of the surfaces – but they were most commonly identified on the plastic trays passed among travellers to X-ray hand luggage.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph"><span>The </span><a href="https://bmcinfectdis.biomedcentral.com/">BMC Infectious Diseases journal</a><span> revealed that as well as the trays, viruses were found on shop payment terminals, staircase rails, passport checking counters, children's play areas and in the air. </span></p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">The most common virus found in the survey was rhinovirus, which causes the common cold but the swabs also picked up the influenza A virus.<br /><br />However, no respiratory viruses were found on toilet surfaces.  </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7820709/1-dirty-airport.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1a4f0c5080ce41449a263f8256a5aee1" /></p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Professor of Health Protection, Jonathan Van Tam, from the University's School of Medicine, said: "This study supports the case for improved public awareness of how viral infections spread.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"People can help to minimise contagion by hygienic hand washing and coughing into a handkerchief, tissue or sleeve at all times but especially in public places.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"These simple precautions can help prevent pandemics and are most important in crowded areas like airports that have a high volume of people travelling to and from many different parts of the world."</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Virology expert Niina Ikonen from the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare said: "The presence of microbes in the environment of an airport has not been investigated previously.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"The new findings support preparedness planning for controlling the spread of serious infectious diseases in airports."</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">It's also hoped the new study's shocking results will lead to changes in "technical improvements in airport design and refurbishment".</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph"><em>Republished by permission of <a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/106863548/the-dirtiest-place-at-an-airport-is-not-the-toilets--its-at-security-screening">Stuff.co.nz</a>.</em></p>

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Sneaky carry-on luggage hack you can't get away with anymore

<p>If you’re a serial offender when it comes to sneaking overweight carry-on bags onto flights, then there’s bad news on the horizon. Your days are numbered.</p> <p>The time of hoping the airline staff doesn’t notice your overweight duffel bag and your tactics of sneaking in a few extra kilos are coming to an end as Tigerair is cracking down in Australia.</p> <p>The budget airline is currently trialling a new check-in process that uses a tag system to ensure all carry-on bags have been approved before boarding.</p> <p>The new system works by weighing and checking the size of the bag before giving it the green light. If it passes the test then it’s given a tag, and a bag with no tag means it has not yet been checked.</p> <p>And as your mind is working in overdrive to think of ways to curb the system, you should know that the tag will be stamped with the date. Meaning they can’t be re-used.</p> <p>The trial is currently in operation for the past month at airports in Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.</p> <p><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advice/flights/tigerair-to-weigh-check-and-tag-carryon-bags-before-boarding/news-story/f04586b02d3ba94e5b10c2d20c19d415" target="_blank">News.com.au</a></em> reports that the system will be in place for all Tigerair flights by the end of next year.</p> <p>Speaking with <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advice/flights/tigerair-to-weigh-check-and-tag-carryon-bags-before-boarding/news-story/f04586b02d3ba94e5b10c2d20c19d415" target="_blank">news.com.au</a></em>, a Tigerair spokesperson said that this is a “new and innovative process” that benefited both parties.</p> <p>“[It] not only highlights our crew that luggage has been checked before boarding but helps to educate our customers on where to stow their bags when they board their flight,” the spokesperson said.</p> <p>“The trial has already been very successful in relieving the common issue of congestion in the cabin overhead lockers by creating more awareness around customers being able to store their bags securely under the seat in front of them.</p> <p>“The process being trialled will also make check-in and boarding more convenient, eliminating the need for ground staff to check baggage weight and size twice, which is more convenient for our customers and allows Tigerair to continue to provide a great value, low-cost service.”</p> <p>Tigerair currently allows for passengers to bring a maximum of 7kg in their carry-on, and they also provide the added option of upgrading to cabin+, which allows up to 12kg.</p>

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Jetstar's new travel rule – and why it will cost you

<p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Packing for trips is hard enough as it is and having the added pressure to keep your carry-on weight to 7 kilograms just makes things that much more difficult.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">There’s no getting past airport staff, as vigorous checking</span><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif;"> procedure<span style="color: black;">s and strict rules make sure that passengers do not pass the 7kg limit when they’re travelling, but there is hope on the horizon.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Budget airline Jetstar has announced the option for customers to increase their baggage limit to 10k</span><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif;">g </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif;">– </span><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">for a price.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Starting from today, customers are able to purchase an extra 3 kilograms of weight for $13 on Starter Fares.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Chief Customer Officer for Jetstar Group, Catriona Larritt</span><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif;">,<span style="color: black;"> said that the reasoning behind the initiative is to give customers more options.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">“Customers told us that they would like the option to carry more on board and so we are pleased to be able to offer them the option to purchase an extra three kilos.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">“The extra carry-on allowance is particularly useful for those travelling with a laptop or camera bag or those travelling on short trips with an overnight bag who are after a quick departure from the airport without a wait at the baggage carousel.”</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Currently, Jetstar customers are given 7kg of combined carry-on weight between two items. And those who purchase a FlexiBiz fare are given 10kg to take on-board as part of the bundle’s benefits.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Carry-on luggage must be small enough to fit in the overhead compartment and if you’re bringing an extra small item, it must be able to fit under the seat in front of you.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Are you willing to pay for an extra 3 kilos? Let us know in the comments below.</span></p>

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16 travel hacks to save you time and money

<p>You take a holiday to relax. But often many of us feel like we "need a holiday to get over the holiday". </p> <p>The three main causes of post-holiday stress are worries about money, the constant to organise and over-planning activities. </p> <p>So, how do you make it easier on yourself? These travel hacks will help. </p> <p><strong>1. Book a package deal or a tour</strong></p> <p>Leave the organisation to someone else. Package deals often come with significant discounts. You don't need to plan. You just need to turn up and go. </p> <p><strong>2. Use a travel agent</strong></p> <p>Travel agents can do all the organisation for you. Come prepared with your wish-list, your budget and your must-haves and they will do all the research. This takes a great deal of planning stress off your shoulders. It also means that if something does go wrong - the travel agent can help to sort it out.</p> <p><strong>3.</strong> <strong>Go far, far away</strong></p> <p>If you are going on holiday to de-stress, get as far away from home as possible. Remove the possibility that you could "just duck back and get something".</p> <p><strong>4. Find the fast airport security line</strong></p> <p>One airport security line always seems to move faster than the others. Here's how to pick it. Avoid lines with children or families. Scan the passengers - pick the one where the people have removed items such as laptops ahead of the scanners. Avoid lines with large groups. Instead, pick one with more singles. </p> <p><strong>5. Pack your charger in your hand luggage</strong></p> <p>These days many planes have USB ports in the seats. If you pack your charger in your carry-on you will have a fully charged device when you step off the flight. </p> <p><strong>6. Portable power</strong></p> <p>Taking a lot of photos with your phone will zap your batteries power. Don't stress about it. Simply pop a portable phone charger in your bag. You can use it to recharge when needed. </p> <p><strong>7. Packing cells</strong></p> <p>These small plastic or fibre pockets allow you to separate your luggage into different containers. They save you serious time searching through and unpacking your luggage. Keep your underpants in one, your T-shirts in another. If you are travelling with family and share a bag you can colour-code each person's belongings. </p> <p><strong>8. Don't pay twice for insurance</strong></p> <p>Sometimes your travel insurance package will cover car insurance while overseas. If it does, you do not need to pay the insurance for the hire car. Make sure you check your policy</p> <p><strong>9. Have adequate insurance</strong></p> <p>Make sure your travel insurance policy covers as much as possible. You never know when you might need it. </p> <p><strong>10. Carry-on essentials</strong></p> <p>Put all your medications into your carry-on luggage. We also recommend adding a spare pair of underpants and socks, swimwear and a toothbrush.</p> <p><strong>11. Tap into free Wifi</strong></p> <p>Mobile phone data is expensive. Keep a look out for places that have free WiFi and tap into those while overseas. Another great option is to buy a local Sim card at the airport. You can use social media to keep up to date with most friends and family. </p> <p><strong>12. Register with Smart Traveller</strong></p> <p>Always register your details with Smart Traveller. If there is an emergency, the Australian Government can provide assistance faster if they know where you are. </p> <p><strong>13. Reduce jet lag</strong></p> <p>Pick your flight times well to minimise jet lag. The best flights are the ones that arrive in the early evening. That allows you to go to bed in a reasonable time and sleep off the tiredness. Excercise, such as a light walk, will also help. </p> <p><strong>14. Map your destination</strong></p> <p>Download Google maps for your destination before you leave. The GPS in your phone will work without using mobile data and you will be able to quickly navigate foreign streets. </p> <p><strong>15. Bring a water bottle</strong></p> <p>Bottled water costs add up on an overseas trip. Save some of that money by bringing your own water bottle. Fill it up at safe drinking locations. Boil water in your hotel room. </p> <p><strong>16. Pack a medical kit</strong></p> <p>Your first aid kit should include painkillers, electrolyte powder, diarrhoea tablets, Band-Aids and allergy tablets at a minimum. </p> <p><em>Written by Alison Godfrey. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.mydiscoveries.com.au/stories/travel-hacks-to-save-you-time-and-money"><strong><u>My Discoveries.</u></strong> </a></em></p>

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Popular travel company misleading consumers by falsely claiming to offer “best prices”

<p>Hotel comparison site Trivago has been accused of misleading customers by falsely claiming to offer the “best price” when the website is instead favouring businesses who pay the most.</p> <p>The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has taken the company to Federal Court, saying that the travel website has been prioritising advertisers who are paying the highest per click.</p> <p>ACCC chairman Rod Sims told the <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;">ABC</em></strong></span></a> that Trivago’s advertising claims to offer the best priced-hotels on its site, which he says is “deliberately designed” to be misleading.</p> <p>Mr Sims said Trivago gave “the impression they're there to help consumers when in fact they're there to help suppliers who pay them the most money”.</p> <p>“We looked at Trivago algorithm and formed the view that it was misleading in terms of the way it presented options to consumers,” he said. </p> <p>The ACCC started an investigation into the company after they received complaints from hotel operators who said their prices were cheaper, yet they were not being prioritised on the website.</p> <p>Mr Sims said Trivago’s prices were often misleading because they compared the cost of a ‘luxury’ room with a ‘basic’ room.</p> <p>“By not making genuine room price comparisons, consumers would likely have paid more than they otherwise would have for the same hotel. Further, hotels may have lost potential business as a result of this alleged conduct,” he said.</p> <p>Speaking with the <a href="http://www.smh.com.au"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;">Sydney Morning Herald</em></strong></span></a>, Mr Sims said Trivago was focused on servicing the needs of suppliers, rather than those of consumers.</p> <p><span style="font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit !important;">“We would allege it's all to do with Trivago making their site look more attractive to the suppliers. Not the consumers, the suppliers,” Mr Sims said. </span></p> <p>“(The hotels were) looking at the fact that they figured they had the best price, but they could see that advertiser payments had the dominant role in the search.”</p> <p>Trivago’s ads an on TV from 2013 until April this year and claimed that the website had the “best price” for hotel rooms.</p> <p>A spokesman for Trivago said the company would be “vigorously” defending the allegations and was “disappointed by the action the ACCC had chosen to take”.</p> <p>“We agree with the ACCC's earlier public statement that 'comparator websites can assist consumers to make more informed purchasing decisions when comparing what are often quite complex products, and can promote healthy competition by assisting small or new service providers to compete more effectively,” he said.</p> <p>“Our priority is to enable Australian travellers to find their ideal hotel.”</p> <p>Do you use Trivago? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Popular travel company misleading consumers by falsely claiming to offer “best prices”

<p>Hotel comparison site Trivago has been accused of misleading customers by falsely claiming to offer the “best price” when the website is instead favouring businesses who pay the most.</p> <p>The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has taken the company to Federal Court, saying that the travel website has been prioritising advertisers who are paying the highest per click.</p> <p>ACCC chairman Rod Sims told the <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;">ABC</em></strong></span></a> that Trivago’s advertising claims to offer the best priced-hotels on its site, which he says is “deliberately designed” to be misleading.</p> <p>Mr Sims said Trivago gave “the impression they're there to help consumers when in fact they're there to help suppliers who pay them the most money”.</p> <p>“We looked at Trivago algorithm and formed the view that it was misleading in terms of the way it presented options to consumers,” he said. </p> <p>The ACCC started an investigation into the company after they received complaints from hotel operators who said their prices were cheaper, yet they were not being prioritised on the website.</p> <p>Mr Sims said Trivago’s prices were often misleading because they compared the cost of a ‘luxury’ room with a ‘basic’ room.</p> <p>“By not making genuine room price comparisons, consumers would likely have paid more than they otherwise would have for the same hotel. Further, hotels may have lost potential business as a result of this alleged conduct,” he said.</p> <p>Speaking with the <a href="http://www.smh.com.au"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;">Sydney Morning Herald</em></strong></span></a>, Mr Sims said Trivago was focused on servicing the needs of suppliers, rather than those of consumers.</p> <p><span style="font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit !important;">“We would allege it's all to do with Trivago making their site look more attractive to the suppliers. Not the consumers, the suppliers,” Mr Sims said. </span></p> <p>“(The hotels were) looking at the fact that they figured they had the best price, but they could see that advertiser payments had the dominant role in the search.”</p> <p>Trivago’s ads an on TV from 2013 until April this year and claimed that the website had the “best price” for hotel rooms.</p> <p>A spokesman for Trivago said the company would be “vigorously” defending the allegations and was “disappointed by the action the ACCC had chosen to take”.</p> <p>“We agree with the ACCC's earlier public statement that 'comparator websites can assist consumers to make more informed purchasing decisions when comparing what are often quite complex products, and can promote healthy competition by assisting small or new service providers to compete more effectively,” he said.</p> <p>“Our priority is to enable Australian travellers to find their ideal hotel.”</p> <p>Do you use Trivago? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Popular travel company misleading consumers by falsely claiming to offer “best prices”

<p>Hotel comparison site Trivago has been accused of misleading customers by falsely claiming to offer the “best price” when the website is instead favouring businesses who pay the most.</p> <p>The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has taken the company to Federal Court, saying that the travel website has been prioritising advertisers who are paying the highest per click.</p> <p>ACCC chairman Rod Sims told the <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;">ABC</em></strong></span></a> that Trivago’s advertising claims to offer the best priced-hotels on its site, which he says is “deliberately designed” to be misleading.</p> <p>Mr Sims said Trivago gave “the impression they're there to help consumers when in fact they're there to help suppliers who pay them the most money”.</p> <p>“We looked at Trivago algorithm and formed the view that it was misleading in terms of the way it presented options to consumers,” he said. </p> <p>The ACCC started an investigation into the company after they received complaints from hotel operators who said their prices were cheaper, yet they were not being prioritised on the website.</p> <p>Mr Sims said Trivago’s prices were often misleading because they compared the cost of a ‘luxury’ room with a ‘basic’ room.</p> <p>“By not making genuine room price comparisons, consumers would likely have paid more than they otherwise would have for the same hotel. Further, hotels may have lost potential business as a result of this alleged conduct,” he said.</p> <p>Speaking with the <a href="http://www.smh.com.au"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;">Sydney Morning Herald</em></strong></span></a>, Mr Sims said Trivago was focused on servicing the needs of suppliers, rather than those of consumers.</p> <p><span style="font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit !important;">“We would allege it's all to do with Trivago making their site look more attractive to the suppliers. Not the consumers, the suppliers,” Mr Sims said. </span></p> <p>“(The hotels were) looking at the fact that they figured they had the best price, but they could see that advertiser payments had the dominant role in the search.”</p> <p>Trivago’s ads an on TV from 2013 until April this year and claimed that the website had the “best price” for hotel rooms.</p> <p>A spokesman for Trivago said the company would be “vigorously” defending the allegations and was “disappointed by the action the ACCC had chosen to take”.</p> <p>“We agree with the ACCC's earlier public statement that 'comparator websites can assist consumers to make more informed purchasing decisions when comparing what are often quite complex products, and can promote healthy competition by assisting small or new service providers to compete more effectively,” he said.</p> <p>“Our priority is to enable Australian travellers to find their ideal hotel.”</p> <p>Do you use Trivago? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Is this the end of ID cards? The new change coming to your driver’s license

<p>Say goodbye to your ID cards because digital driver's licences are set to be trialled in Sydney from November.</p> <p>The opt-in scheme will be available to more than 140,000 drivers across the city's eastern suburbs.</p> <p>The trial will have licenses available on drivers’ smartphones and can be used to gain entry to pubs and clubs, as well as for roadside police checks within the trial area.   </p> <p><img id="i-2be3c8ddaca6f1ed" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/08/20/09/4F3B4AA900000578-6077835-image-a-2_1534755428456.jpg" alt="Digital driver's licences are set to be trialled in Sydney as part of an opt-in scheme " width="634" height="317" /></p> <p>Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello announced the new trial on Monday.  </p> <p>“Smartphones have become de facto wallets and we're using cutting edge technology so that drivers can use a digital licence in everyday scenarios,” Mr Dominello said. </p> <p>“If you're going to the movies you can use your phone to get in, if you’re going to the airport you can get an eticket. Now we're making it even more convenient if you go to a pub or club in the trail area, you can use your digital driver's license.”</p> <p>The digital license will have increased protection against identity fraud, said Mr Dominello</p> <p>“A digital driver's license is far more secure than a plastic card because you can't lose your digital ID,” he added.</p> <p>“Parliament has approved new laws to enable a state-wide roll-out of the technology. This trial will bring us a step closer to delivering on that promise.”</p> <p>Drivers who opt-in for the trial will still have to carry their physical licence with them. </p> <p>The Sydney scheme follows a successful <strong><u><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/insurance/aussie-state-to-introduce-digital-drivers-licences">trial in NSW’s Dubbo</a></u></strong>, which included 1400 participants and a 83 per cent customer satisfaction rating.</p>

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The bargain Kmart carry-on suitcase flyers swear by

<p>A cheap suitcase might be just as good as high-end brands that set you back thousands of dollars, according to a <em><strong><u><a href="https://www.choice.com.au/travel/on-holidays/luggage/review-and-compare/carry-on-suitcases">Choice</a></u></strong> </em>review of 27 different brands of carry-on luggage.</p> <p>Testing carry-on luggage for water resistance, durability, stability and more, Choice found the American Tourister Curio, which costs $239, to be the best carry-on luggage, with a score of 87 per cent.</p> <p>However, there were some bargain suitcases that rated highly including a Big W Jetstream that will set you back just $70, with a score of 86 per cent. Kmart’s $49 carry-on bag also came highly recommended, scoring 86 per cent overall, although it only scored 65 per cent on the rain test.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://www.choice.com.au/Assets/Choice/imgs/product/kmart-active-co_1.JPG?w=696&amp;h=391&amp;jq=80" alt="" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The Kmart Active &amp; Co costs just $49 and scored 86% in Choice's review. </em></p> <p>“I recently bought the $49 Kmart carry-on case and it’s fantastic,” Sydney’s Tim Melwood, who travels globally for 40 per cent of the year, told <em><strong><u><a href="https://www.escape.com.au/travel-advice/best-cheap-suitcases-under-200/news-story/c344ac898bd3bb823a176ef3bf3a3a00">Escape</a></u></strong>.</em></p> <p>“It’s lightweight, versatile and a bargain price – it’s honestly the best bag I’ve ever had.”</p> <p>Another Kmart hard case suitcase (which costs only $38) scored 86 per cent – the same score as the Samsonite 72 Hours DLX, a bag that comes with a $329 price tag.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://www.choice.com.au/Assets/Choice/imgs/product/kmart-hard-case_1.JPG?w=696&amp;h=391&amp;jq=80" alt="" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The Kmart Hard Case costs only $38 and rated 86% in Choice's review. </em></p> <p>Here’s the full <strong><a href="https://www.choice.com.au/travel/on-holidays/luggage/review-and-compare/carry-on-suitcases"><em>Choice</em> list:</a></strong></p> <ol> <li>American Tourister Curio — 87 per cent score. RRP $239</li> <li>Flylite Pro-Lite 54cm — 86 per cent score. RRP $200</li> <li>Samsonite 72 Hours DLX — 86 per cent score. RRP $329</li> <li>Kmart Active &amp; Co — 86 per cent score. RRP $49</li> <li>Big W Jetstream — 86 per cent score. RRP $70</li> <li>Kmart Hard Case — 86 per cent score. RRP $38</li> <li>Skylite 56cm Spinner Carry On — 86 per cent score. RRP $40</li> <li>Delsey Chatelet 55cm — 85 per cent score. RRP $499</li> <li>Delsey Montmartre Air — 85 per cent score. RRP $289</li> <li>Antler Oxygen — 85 per cent score. RRP $289</li> <li>Crumpler Vis-a-Vis, Cabin — 84 per cent score. RRP $289</li> <li>Samsonite Cosmolite 3.0 — 84 per cent score. RRP $579</li> <li>Samsonite Octolite — 84 per cent score. RRP $299</li> <li>American Tourister Applite 3.0 S — 84 per cent score. $219</li> <li>Australian Luggage Co So Lite 2.0 AIR3033/18″ — 82 per cent score. RRP $160</li> <li>Flylite Quartz 20″ case — 49 per cent score. RRP $199</li> </ol>

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The $2 Kmart item that solves everyone’s biggest packing problem

<p>Don’t lug a suitcase full of clothes around when you can cut down on suitcase size by doing laundry on the road. You might retort that no one wants to do laundry on holidays but it’s much easier than you probably think, especially with a cheap Kmart hack that will save you time, hassle and expense when doing laundry on the road.</p> <p>Rhonda Crawford shared her $2 Kmart essential with <strong><u><a href="https://www.escape.com.au/travel-advice/top-laundry-hacks-travellers-love/news-story/eaace99df7aa9bbd3b13b37f68d378e3">Escape</a></u></strong>, writing: “Before you travel go to Kmart. They have a pegless clothes line with suction caps either end, great for drying items in your hotel bathroom. Saves having wet clothes around the room, and they’re only $2 each.”</p> <p><img id="productMainImage" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="product_main_image" src="https://www.kmart.com.au/wcsstore/Kmart/images/ncatalog/f/1/42442851-1-f.jpg" border="0" alt="Pegless Clothes Line" title="Pegless Clothes Line" /></p> <p>The pegless clothes line, which can be found on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.kmart.com.au/product/pegless-clothes-line/1143818" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Kmart's website</strong></span></a>, is 1.2 metres in length and includes two suction clips.</p> <p>As the Kmart site enthuses, it’s “ideal to carry on a vacation” and a “great solution to easily dry your clothes”.</p>

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The world’s best new airline revealed

<p>Singapore Airlines has been named as the world’s best airline in a prestigious award by Skytrax.</p> <p>The airline, which was once known as the Queen of the Skies, took the top spot from last year’s winner Qatar.</p> <p>Qatar came in second place followed by ANA All Nippon Airways, Emirates and EVA Air.</p> <p>The awards, which included more than 335 airlines, are based on the ratings of more than 20 million travellers between August 2017 and May 2018.</p> <p>Singapore Airlines also received the Best First Class award and the Best First Class Airline Seat.</p> <p>The airline also received the title of the world’s best airline in March by TripAdvisor, after vowing to win back customers.</p> <p>Singapore’s vice president of customer experience, Yeoh Phee Teik, told <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/worlds-best-airlines-2018/index.html"><strong><u>CNN</u></strong></a>: “We’re very ecstatic.</p> <p>“I think we can attribute this to the hardworking team, which has continued to elevate the customer experience. We’re glad that our work has been recognised and our customers have voted for us to be the world’s best.”</p> <p>The win comes just one year after Singapore Airlines introduced a revamped first class product.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BjCDDazB2BO/" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 62.5% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BjCDDazB2BO/" target="_blank">A post shared by Singapore Airlines (@singaporeair)</a> on May 21, 2018 at 1:00am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted said: “We congratulate Singapore Airlines on this fabulous achievement, being voted the World’s Best Airline by customers for a fourth time in the awards history.</p> <p>“A key ‘wow’ factor for customers is consistency and this proved to be a real asset for Singapore Airlines who scored highly across both product and service. I am sure Singapore Airlines will also take great pride in winning the World’s Best First Class award, less than one year after they introduced their new first-class suites.”</p> <p>World’s best airlines:</p> <ol> <li>Singapore Airlines</li> <li>Qatar Airways</li> <li>ANA All Nippon Airways</li> <li>Emirates</li> <li>EVA Air</li> <li>Cathay Pacific Airways</li> <li>Lufthansa</li> <li>Hainan Airlines</li> <li>Garuda Indonesia</li> <li>Thai Airways</li> <li>Qantas Airways</li> <li>Swiss International Airlines</li> <li>Japan Airlines</li> <li>China Southern Airlines</li> <li>Etihad Airways</li> <li>Austrian Airlines</li> <li>Air New Zealand</li> <li>Turkish Airlines</li> <li>KLM Royal Dutch Airlines</li> <li>Hong Kong Airlines</li> </ol>

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