Travel

Secure Your Bag Or Backpack Zippers With A Quick Twist

If you’re travelling without a lock for your backpack, try this simple method to secure the zipper. Just pull the tab of one zipper through the other, then the second one back through the first. The end result keeps stray hands out of your gear.


Entrain Schedules Light Exposure To Speed Up Jet Lag Recovery

iOS: Research shows that light exposure is a major factor in your body’s rhythms. Now, mathematicians have built an iPhone app called Entrain that cuts jet lag time and gets your body adjusted to a new time zone faster.


Add A Sternum Strap To Any Backpack For Better Support

There are plenty of well designed backpacks out there with excellent padding and wide shoulder straps — but many don’t have sternum straps. Luckily, you can add one cheaply and get better support from your bag.


Brisbane Court Finds Flight Centre Guilty Of Attempted Price Fixing

It’s hard to find the best price for something if everyone’s agreed to sell said something at a higher than fair price. This is certainly applicable to airfares, as is the case with Flight Centre’s alleged attempts to arrange price-fixing shenanigans with a number of big airlines.


Hide Valuables In A Dental Floss Container

There are lots of spots in your home where you can hide cash and other valuable items. One clever hiding tool that could come in handy, especially when travelling, is a plain old dental floss container.


The 'Australia Tax' Also Applies To Club Sandwiches

The comedian Jerry Seinfeld has an amusing bit about how the entire airport industry is a racket to sell overpriced sandwiches (the airlines and planes are just there to distract you from the outrageously high mark-ups). If you swap the aviation angle for pillow mints and swimming pools, the joke could just as easily apply to hotels — especially when it comes to club sandwiches.


Automated Trains: Good Idea/Bad Idea?

The NSW government has flagged intentions to make sections of Sydney’s Cityrail network fully automated, marking the first use of this kind of automation for Australian commuters, although it’s quite common in many overseas cities. What’s your take on the idea?


Opal Card Starts Sydney Train Trials

It’s been an exceedingly long time coming, but selected Sydney’s train systems will have a tap-on card system, dubbed Opal, from 14 June, with the rest of the train network to be phased in by the end of next year.


Briefly: Victoria Cracks Down On Clueless Taxis, Free Ebooks, Can Xbox One Secretly Spy On You?

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: Melbourne Taxi drivers to take knowledge exam under new reforms, skateboarder films 85km journey from Sydney to Wollongong, is the Xbox One really a surveillance device?


Top 10 Things To Remember When Travelling To The USA

Planning a trip to the United States? You’ll have a much better time and eliminate travel hassles if you remember to adjust to some of the peculiar American quirks. Here are the 10 key issues we advise looking out for.