Most Popular Travel Posts Of 2014

Whether for commuting, interstate business trips or overseas pleasure jaunts, a little organisational savvy (and the right tech) go a long way towards making travel more enjoyable. These are the 10 most popular travel posts from Lifehacker in 2014.

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How I Survived The 33-Hour Flight From Hell

I hate flying. I hate the cramped seats, I hate the food and I hate the hurry-up-and-wait mentality of airports. Imagine my delight then after spending 33-hours trapped on a Cathay Pacific flight from New York to Hong Kong thanks to bad weather and the bad Chinese government. Welcome to the flight from hell.


How To Save Money Using The Opal Card

Sydney's Opal public transport smart card is about to become the default option for a lot more people, with 14 current paper tickets no longer available as of September 1. Here's how to make the most of it so you can minimise your spend and maximise your value.


How To Order A Beer In Every Australian State

Ask for a schooner in Victoria and you'll get a blank look. Ask for a pot in Darwin and you'll probably be arrested. This is a handy guide to the different names for beer glass sizes around Australia.


'Opal Or Not?' Lets You Compare Sydney Ticket Prices To Opal Fares

NSW's burgeoning "tap-to-pay" public transport card system, dubbed Opal, will be replacing a range of regular train tickets from September. According to Transport For NSW, most customers will be financially better off using Opal, but many commuters remain dubious. To find how much your weekly commute will really cost under the new system, head to the "Opal Or Not?" web app.


The Best (And Worst) States To Live In Australia

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has just released a tool which ranks cities in its 34 member countries in terms of overall well-being. How do Australia's states and territories rate?


Ask LH: What Are The Laws About Jaywalking In Australia?

Hi Lifehacker, I was reading recently about a guy who crossed the road (not at an intersection) in front of a police car and they fined him for jaywalking. I was wondering what exactly constitutes jaywalking in each state?


Extreme Commuting: When The Journey To Work Takes Three Hours

It's not unusual to spend an hour travelling to work and the same heading home. But what about the extreme commuters: the people who are prepared to spend three hours or more just to get to their jobs? Over January, I've been testing that out by journeying to the furthest extremes of the Sydney train network. Welcome to the land that timetables forgot.


The Flights Qantas Is Getting Rid Of And Changing

As part of a massive restructure that will see 5000 jobs lost and orders for new planes deferred and cancelled, Qantas is also dumping and altering some flights, including direct flights between Perth and Singapore. Here's what frequent flyers need to know.


Sneaky Ways To Save Money With Transport Smart Cards

Almost every Australian capital city now uses travel smart cards as its main ticketing method. Looking to save money while using one of these cards? Check out these tips.


The Madness Of Traffic Roundabouts Explained For Every State

No matter how experienced a driver you are, there's a pretty good chance you have no idea what you're doing when it comes to roundabouts. Are you allowed to turn right from any lane? What happens when multiple cars enter at the same time? And what's the deal with all those weird clock face analogies?


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