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I recently spent a week in Scotland, a journey that started for me at 5AM Tuesday and thanks to weather on the US east coast ended in me not arriving in Edinburgh until 9AM on Thursday.

The issue came when my flight from San Francisco to JFK wasn’t allowed to land because of approaching weather, a problem that forced the plane to divert to Philadelphia and sit for three hours, the three hours that just happened to be when my flight to Edinburgh took off. The best news? The next flight wasn’t until 7PM the next day.

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Parents, you've heard the advice: When taking a long flight or road trip with little kids, make sure to bring activities. And so you do. As soon as the young travellers buckle their seat belts, you hand over a backpack or box full of fun stuff to keep them entertained for the duration of the ride, and then recline your seat in bliss. Your job, you believe, is complete. Holiday, here we come!

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Next time you go to book a flight you might want to look at the early-morning options first. Getting out of bed to make that 6am might be a struggle, but Travel and Leisure suggests that you should exclusively fly in the early morning. The reason? You'll have a much better chance of getting to your destination.

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Today, Star Wars: The Last Jedi releases in cinemas. I was lucky enough to head to a preview last night and aside from the usual questions I had ("How delicious would a Porg be?") one of the (many) things I was thinking was "Damn, Luke lives on one of the most stunning islands I've ever seen, I want to go there."

And I can.

Because it's a real place on Earth.

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Whenever a large group of friends and I are planning a big trip, I typically volunteer to purchase the plane tickets. Credit card points are serious business, and throwing a few friends on my itinerary means they get to take advantage of my airline status, depending on our which one we choose to take. It's always seemed like a no-brainer, except as Thrillist points out this week, I might have been overpaying.

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Tigerair are offering two-for-one domestic flights across Australia, which means you can purchase one fare and get the second fare for free. If getting in a giant metal box with wings and travelling across Australia is on your agenda any time soon, then this Tigerair deal is worth considering.

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We joke about Economy being cattle class for a reason. There’s not a lot of room to move. Airlines squeeze as much human mass into the confines of an aircraft as possible, so you want to maximise every centimetre of space you can. I’m pretty small and compact, so I can fit in most seats with ease, but if you’re looking for a little extra room, we’ve done the leg work for you.

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Google Flights is a solid tool for booking travel. You're probably already familiar with its basic functions, like finding the best price for flights and browsing flexible dates that can save you money and time. However, there are some other, lesser-known features that can help you squeeze even more out of your travel budget.

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Sometimes the best things in life are right in front of you but go unnoticed. Take, as today's example, the little hook on aeroplane seats. During a recent flight, my seat neighbour took off her cardigan and hung it on the hook. My mind was blown and I felt silly for not realising this hook had a purpose.