Travel

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"Ahh, this is it." It's the sigh we all want to sigh on holiday. Full relaxation, total enjoyment, that pure feeling of doing nothing. But it may turn out that pursuing a holiday ideal — whether it's a perfect sunset, pre-planned trip, or just the expected awe of seeing, say, Uluru in real life — is exactly how not to get the most out of the holiday time you have.

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iOS: You're trying to follow the Google Maps directions to a place you've never been before, and just as things start to get complicated your mum texts. A few seconds later you're put on a group email with everyone at the office and the new message notifications start flying in, as do more texts from your mum who wants to know why you haven't responded to her first text yet. You begin to regret ever teaching your mum how to text.

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Missing a connecting flight is one of the most stressful and frustrating things that can happen to you when flying. If you want to avoid it, you need to give yourself ample time between flights, and do a little homework before you fly.

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If I could have any superpower, it would be the power of flight. But I can't. So I have to fly in a plane like a regular human being and sadly, that costs money! But it doesn't always have to burn a hole in your pocket. Here are five of the best ways to find cheap flights.

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As Hotels.com's regional director for Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, Katherine Cole knows a thing or two about the hotel industry. Travelling on a fortnightly basis to all corners of the globe, she's stayed at hundreds of hotels and has learned a few tricks along the way. We asked Cole to share her top hotel hacks with Lifehacker readers, from the best time to book your hotel to the hidden costs you need to watch out for.

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Android/Web: It's easy to use Google Maps to see how far your office is from your favourite restaurant, or how long it will take to drive from Sydney to Melbourne. Estimating the distance between two locations without relying on winding roads messing up your estimate, however, is a bit more complicated. Sure, you could try and measure it with the distance scale at the bottom corner of your screen, but a little-known trick, as mentioned by Redditor niktemadur, makes estimating distances from point to point (or "as the crow flies") pretty easy, depending on the device you have.

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If you’re going to be trapped in a small box with a few hundred people for hours on end, the least you could do is try and make the ride as comfortable as possible for everybody. But it seems that there are still some of us that don’t quite understand the finer aspects of good air travel etiquette, so it’s time to change that.

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I'm going to go out on a limb and say that a safe 102% of the readers of this site are fans of both cars and a vast and disgusting variety of sexual acts. And that's great. My stand on cars is well established (quite pro) and when it comes to sex, I can't think of a more enjoyable way to get the maximum genetic diversity to my offspring. Plus, it gives my genitals something to do other than pee all the time, which any old stupid catheter could do, and probably better.

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Front-seat car passengers often enjoy resting their feet on the dashboard. It's the ultimate pose for grooving to music in and just seems like a fun, chilled-out thing to do. Unfortunately, in the event of accident it can also result in serious injury - and airbags just make things worse.