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With a couple of six-plus hour trips coming up in the next few months, I’ve been taking notes on how to survive long flights. It’s been a few years since I’ve been on an international trip, and while I was able to nap for more or less the whole trip in university and high school, I have a sneaking suspicion sleep won’t come as easily this time.

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Your mobile boarding pass should always be a tap or two away from your home screen. You have a link to it in your email or your texts, or you’re sure you put it into Apple Wallet. But should isn’t always good enough when it's time to present it and the airport’s Wi-Fi is flaking out. Always take a screenshot.

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I’m a huge fan of taking walking tours when I travel. Walking tours are a great way to see a city, and if you opt for a food tour you get to sample some of the local cuisine, take in the sights, and get a little exercise in the process. It’s a great combo. That is unless you decided to wear the wrong shoes.

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When it comes to surviving a long flight and the ensuing jet lag, we've suggested downloading some podcasts (or TV shows/movies), bringing a book and remembering to get up and move every now and then. You'll also want to stay hydrated, bring some snacks and remember to charge all of your electronics ahead of time. Have a trip of your own coming up? Consider some of these recommendations.

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These days I tend to travel at least two weeks out of every month, which means, amongst other things, that I’ve become a pro at living out of a suitcase. I know exactly what I need to pack for a week away and how to pack it so it all fits comfortably in my carry-on so I can avoid checking a bag at the gate.

The biggest moderately recent add-on to my arsenal: A thin duffle bag I lay at the bottom of my carry-on before I pack it.

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Over the years, readers have given travel tips for cities all over the world. But some tips keep popping up for city after city and should be part of your general travel habits. Not every tip works for every city, but you should run through this checklist next time you're headed somewhere new.

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You almost certainly don’t enjoy flying: The cost, the discomfort, the annoying person in Seat B. Just remember that the flight attendants might be having an even worse experience than you, and they can’t complain about it, because it’s their job.

All of which is to say that, in general, it’s important to be thoughtful about the experience of your flight attendants. And it seems that the call button is a particularly common cause of bad behaviour in transit.

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A few years ago I drove from one side of the country to the other with my dog. I had originally planned to fly for our month-long visit, but at 10kg, my pooch ended up being a bit too heavy to legally fly under my seat in his carrier and I wasn't willing to fly him as cargo. And so: #FatTucker and I went on a cross-country road trip.

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When you budget out your big trip, it’s easy to forget about transportation to and from the airport. It can really cost you if you aren’t careful. Fortunately, all of the world’s busiest airports have affordable options. These are the types of transportation you should look for if you’re hoping to save some cash.

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It started out of necessity — our son didn't want to miss a baseball banquet, so he and I flew out a day later than my husband and daughter for a family reunion. Then it happened again: For a budget-friendly trip to Spain, we cobbled together miles from different frequent flier accounts and credit card reward programs, and to make it all work, we had to split up and fly on different airlines.

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Commercial planes in the US are gradually becoming more and more cramped. About 20 years ago, the average seat pitch - the distance between each seat where your legs are - was around 90 centimetres. Now it's regularly under 80. If you're planning to fly economy and legroom is important to you, look into these airlines and planes.

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I hate aeroplane travel. I know, I know, it's the safest way to travel, cars are far more dangerous, blah blah, but the moment I'm strapped in and we're taking off — into the sky, which is not a place humans should go — all I can think is that I'm trapped in a silver gleaming death machine.

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Catching a plane has changed from being carefree and glamorous into a minefield of rules and regulations. From June 30, there will be another new rule for travellers departing from Australian international airports. You'll now be limited to carrying less than 350 grams of "inorganic powder'.