Travel

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Hotel living is sweet, especially if you leave room in your luggage for all the mini-shampoos and towels that come with it. Too bad that taking a break from your apartment for a night is so expensive you'd be better off just buying expensive shampoos and towels. That is, unless you can learn to scam your way into a free home away from home in a way that's totally legal.

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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.

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Travelling with a group can be exhausting. There's always a danger that you'll end up trapped for hours in a store or museum that no one wants to be at, because you're all politely waiting for each other to finish browsing. It's a form of the Abilene paradox, where everyone goes along with a bad plan to please each other.

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Sun's out, promos out.

I am not a big fan of the beach. My skin is a pale, pasty white that does not do well in the sun. Also, sand. But if you are a fan of the beach and want to get to some of the world's best, Jetstar have some great prices for you.

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It can feel nearly impossible to you access a sense of wonder in today's all-the-information-any-time-you-want-it environment, but the answer, I find, is often in the natural world. Whether it's feeling the strange cool breeze that arises during the totality of an eclipse, watching a thousand-strong starling murmuration swirl in the sky, or tasting fresh mango plucked from the tree in front of you, our sensory experience of Earth's pleasures -- even if we know exactly how and why they happen -- can reacquaint us with wonder.

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In the 1950s, holidaying while black in America was dangerous. The commonplace discrimination occurring during the Jim Crow era meant black travellers struggled to find a hotel room in which to stay, or a restaurant where they could grab a meal. Too often they were met with met with hostility, refused service or worse. So when a brother like me wanted to get out of town, that meant grabbing a Green Book -- a guidebook for black travellers offering tips on how to tour the country safely, as well as a directory of safe holiday destinations.

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Bike sharing giants ofo has chosen Adelaide as their first Australian city as the company seeks to expand their footprint into the southern hemisphere. The bikes use GPS-enabled geofence technology which guides users to park bikes within the current area in which ofo is operating and where the pre-determined preferred parking zones are located. Charges start at $1.00 for 30 minutes, with an individual ride cap of $5.00.

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Petrol prices are notorious for fluctuating wildly in the lead up to a long weekend. The "official" explanation is tied into the economics of supply and demand - but we all know price gouging plays a part too. (Citation needed.)

Fortunately, it's possible to predict when to avoid the bowser and when to fill up your tank by engaging in a little market research. The math boffins at comparethemarket.com.au have done the hard work for us. Here's a petrol cheat sheet for Australia's major cities this Labour Day weekend.

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Booking free or discounted flights is one of the most popular ways to redeem Qantas points. However, the Qantas Frequent Flyer website has never been particularly user-friendly. Qantas is looking to fix this issue with the introduction of 'Where Can I Go?'; an interactive map that allows customers to search and explore travel destinations using Classic Flight Rewards, Points Plus Pay or cash. Here are the details.

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When you're visiting a town for the first time, it can be pretty tough to get the lay of the land. Especially if you're moving to a new place, it's hard to tell whether one neighbourhood would be better for you to live in than another, or whether you're accidentally (or intentionally) renting in the most hipster neighbourhood in town. Now, there's an app for that. Or a website, actually.