When my kid was an infant, I found myself in a deep relationship with something called a Boppy. A ubiquitous baby product, it is a pillow designed to help nursing mums breastfeed — you basically wear it around your body like a four-year-old going swimming.
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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.
You've checked in online and printed out your boarding pass. You arrive at the airport to find that your flight has been cancelled or severely delayed. Don't panic. Rather than lining up at your airline's check-in counter for answers, going through the security screening process may be your best option.
When I travel, being able to strength train is my second priority (the first is having good internet), but I can't always count on finding a gym. So I've come to depend on my suspension trainers and MacGyver-like sensibilities for my strength-focused bodyweight workouts, no matter where I am. You can do the same.
iOS/Android: Google has been tiptoeing around the travel game for a while now with useful tools like Google Flights and their hotel search function. Today, they completely jumped in with a new app that manages and helps plan your trip from start to finish.
Even if you plan your trip to avoid your destination's busy season, there are just some sites that are so popular they will always have a crowd. Take advantage of the natural thinning around lunchtime so at least you can see the sights with fewer people.
When Sydney Trains first made the switch from paper tickets to Opal cards, it actively encouraged commuters to exploit a free travel loophole. It seems that too many people took the government up on its offer. From today, the number of transfers needed to make a journey has been raised to stop people "improperly earning" free travel. Tch.
The type of cabin you choose and, more importantly, its location could greatly influence how enjoyable your cruise will be. This database of cruise deck plans includes photos and cabin descriptions to help you pick the best cabin.
Business trips are bittersweet. You go to London for a few days, you think that means exploring the city, but nope -- you've got work to do. It's still possible to make some time for pleasure, though. It's not like you want to score a free holiday on the company dime, but with some planning, you can make the most of your business trip and still find time for fun.
If you're planning a trip to the US, museums are a great, relaxing way to learn about the country's history. They can also be a frugal way to spend an afternoon -- many American museum admission prices are cheap or better yet, free. Cheapism offers a list of highly affordable museums in every US state.
If you're travelling interstate, working out the most cost effective transport method can be tricky -- do you grab a taxi from Sydney airport or take the train? Is the skybus your best bet in Melbourne or regular buses? This infographic lists the cheapest, fastest and most luxurious transport options for Australia's eight major airports.
The problem with overseas travel from Australia is that everything is so bloody far. By the time you reach your destination, you're usually grumpy, jet lagged and sleep-deprived, which isn't an ideal way to start a work trip or holiday. A good night's sleep can make a world of difference -- but that's easier said that done. The following infographic from Work the World explains everything you need to sleep on planes effectively; including some novel positions that you might not have thought of.