Disruption is messy. That's the point - a business rethinks the rules of its industry and forces everyone to scramble and regroup, including customers. Now every purchase you make becomes a choice between two kinds of economy. Buy all your books on Amazon and your local bookstore could disappear; order UberEats and - what!? - your local restaurant might go under. Rent an Airbnb and, yep, you're raising people's rents. But, says The Atlantic's Derek Thompson, only a little.
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With the US becoming a favourite holiday destination with families, on the back of discounted airfares and some great package deals on accomodation it can be tempting to head across the Pacific Ocean. But currency valuations are going to make that cheap flight deal seem like the opening of a sinkhole. With the Aussie dollar tipped to drop below US$0.70, shopping in the land of the free is not going to be nearly as much fun.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Japan is a great place to visit, especially for first-time international travellers. It feels completely different than Western countries, yet totally familiar. I recently got back from a trip there, and while it wasn't my first visit, I still learned a whole lot. Mainly, I figured out what kind of items are best to keep on you at all times.
Your traditional "dopp" kit (or toiletry bag) is a useful travel companion. It's where you stick items like your toothbrush, comb, deodorant, or other grooming items essential for not looking like a slob.
As a parent, you often don't remember how much easier life was pre-kids until you try to do something basic, such as stay in a hotel. Before being with child, you could walk into the room, plop your stuff down, climb into bed, and watch the Reese Witherspoon movie marathon on TV for hours while eating Flaming Hot Cheetos (or, you know, do the things you love). When you have a baby who sleeps on a very particular schedule, under very particular conditions (sunlight is evil!), hotel living can be an ordeal. (Note: If you have a baby who can snooze like a log at a monster truck show and believe it is parents who create delicate infant sleep habits, look, I'm... too tired to fight.)
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.
The Trump administration - you know, the one that was all about making America great for middle-class Americans - has changed the rules about how US airlines disclose luggage fees. From this week, airlines will no longer need to tell you what the luggage fees will be at the start of the booking process. Instead, you'll find out what you're being slugged for baggage after you've chosen your ticket and fare.
Almost everyone has a nightmare travel story from some flight. For some of us, it's about crazy flight delays, mid-air reroutes due to bad weather or unruly passengers going nuts mid-flight. But for others, it's the person you sit next to who's an incessant talker, fidgeter or has the worst bad breath ever. A fiend of mine had a terrible passenger experience on a flight yesterday and shared it with me.
My bag and I have been round the world many times. We’ve seen and experienced amazing things but none stranger than when we flew to Adelaide from Sydney. Flight QF783 landed in Adelaide on Thursday night, November 10, but the bag didn’t arrive at the luggage carousel. The lady at the baggage office tapped at her terminal and then said: "Oh my God, it’s lost."
Travelling to see the world doesn't have to mean taking risks and visiting dangerous places. There are plenty of major cities around the world that are very safe. Here are some great examples.
We're getting to the pointy end of the year when holiday plans are being made and last minute work trips are being organised as jobs that need to be finished before year's end rush on and deals are closed before everyone is away on holidays. That means thinking about how you're going to secure your devices, network connection and all your other tech. Here are my five tips.
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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.
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.
A few weeks ago, travel writer Tim Richards chatted to me about hotel Wi-Fi services. I spend quite a bit of time travelling - I'd rack up about 50-60 nights a year staying in various hotels here and abroad. And that often puts me at the mercy of hotel and airport Wi-Fi. So, Richards asked me which hotel Wi-Fi was better - Australian or overseas?