Road Worrier Tests The American Tourister Combimax Suitcase

I used to be one of those people who swanned into airports with a single bag and cast a judgemental glare at the people grappling enormo-luggage. Now I’m roaming around the US with a 75cm suitcase and worrying about whether I’ll be over the weight limit. Welcome to life on four suitcase wheels.


If My Hotel Room Doesn't Get Cleaned, What Should Happen Next?

So this is entirely #firstworldproblems, but I’m curious to see what readers think: I came back to my hotel room in Houston today and found an apologetic note, explaining that the room had not been serviced because of a staff shortage.


Every Airline Should Do This When They Lose Your Luggage

Earlier this week, American Airlines lost my luggage en route from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. That’s an annoying inevitability when you’re a frequent flyer. What surprised and impressed me was the wash bag they gave me to ensure I could clean up once I hit my hotel.


Extreme Commuting: The Trials Of Traralgon

After an unexpected week-long delay because I am a moron who can’t read trackwork notices properly, I finally finished my Victorian extreme commuting experiment with a trip to Traralgon. How could you not love a route with stations called Bunyip, Moe and Nar Nar Goon?


How Does The STM Trust Messenger Bag Stack Up?

As a regular traveller, I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect bag that can handle a day or two of clothing, my laptop, a few accessories and still look decent. I’ve been road testing the STM Trust for the last month.


Who Won The Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones?

Thanks to everyone who entered our recent competition to win one of three pairs of Bose QuietComfort 15 acoustic noise cancelling headphones. We had hundreds of entries and lots of great suggestions for the unusual essential you always pack for a business trip — these are the winners.


Extreme Commuting: I Am An Extreme Moron

I’m a planner. I plan stuff in ridiculous detail. And yet despite having mapped out every element of my trips for this week’s Victorian extreme commuting experiment, I foolishly forgot to fully check one of the most obvious factors: trackwork.


Extreme Commuting: High Price For Wendouree

Day 3 of my Victorian extreme commuting experiment sees me venturing to the Ballarat suburb of Wendouree, some 120 kilometres from Melbourne itself. This seems like a good time to reflect on the relative cost of tickets in Melbourne and Sydney.


Extreme Commuting: Long Road To Eaglehawk, Speeding To Marshall

If it’s mildly stupid to test the longest train commuter journeys in Victoria, as I’m doing this week, then it’s definitely questionable to do that twice in one day, including the most time-consuming trip you can possibly take. But that’s what I did over the past 24 hours.


Extreme Commuting Victoria: From Southern Cross To Seymour

Back in January I carried out an extreme commuting experiment where I travelled to the furthest reaches of the Sydney commuter train network to see how feasible/exhausting/attractive those journeys were. This week I’m armed with a Myki card and repeating the experiment in Victoria — but with a few new twists.