Business Travel

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One of my favourite guilty pleasures is to read a novel set in the city I'm visiting whenever I travel abroad. Good fiction might not be as practical as a Trip Advisor guide, but it does help to immerse you in your destination - especially if you're stuck in business conferences and hotel rooms the whole time.

With that in mind, here are 150 award-winning books set in 150 countries - from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

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I take a lot of tech with me when I travel for work or pleasure. It's a perk of the job, but also a bit of a pain sometimes. Usually at the very least a couple of phones, a laptop, a camera. I usually take a different gadget each trip, so I'm used to things going wrong with the technology I carry when I'm on the road. But one thing I've learned not to muck around with is my passport.

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Many people are required to travel as part of their job. Work-related travel might be something as simple as a short trip to see a client for an hour or two or a prolonged trip lasting several days interstate or even overseas. Some of these travel expenses can be claimed at tax time - but you need to know which rules to follow.

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One of the most tedious aspects of overseas flying is filling out that annoying green card prior to departure. There are never enough pens to go around and you usually forget your flight and/or passport number. Ain't nobody for time for that!

Well, it appears the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) agrees. From July 1, you will no longer be required to fill out these pesky cards while passing through immigration. Hurrah!

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It may be hard to believe, but most mechanical engineers designing your cars have no clue how to fix them. That's because engineering and automotive repair are two very separate entities. Here's the difference.

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A new application form for people seeking a visa to enter the United States has been approved. And, as suspected, it requests information pertaining to social media accounts. The information is not mandatory but the form does also say that not providing the information may result in your applications being delayed or denied. In other words, it's a section drafted by The Godfather's "Department of Offers That Shouldn't Be Refused".

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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.

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Whether you like it or not, autonomous cars are coming - and Nvidia just made it a lot easier for manufacturers to jump on the self-driving bandwagon. The company's Deep Learning Institute (DLI) is offering advanced hands-on courses to aid in the development of autonomous vehicles. Provided it has enough expertise and money, any company can now build one. Ulp.

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Qantas has revealed the pricing for its first direct flight between Perth and London - and the tickets go on sale today. A non-stop return Economy flight to London will officially set you back $2270, although Qantas is promising prices below $2000 during promotional periods. Here are the details.

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Dear Lifehacker, I've been in a long-term relationship with a UK national for two years. She wants to come to Australia on a one-year work visa so we can spend time together before I move to the UK. However, she gets a bit confused by our government sites. What would be the best visa for her to take as far as working goes? She's a hospitality worker and doesn't earn much so I am willing to pay for it all - just wondering what the costs will be?

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Today, the world woke up to a very disturbing video of a United Airlines passenger being bloodied and dragged off an overbooked flight so that a United employee could fly in his place. The footage has caused outrage with numerous calls to boycott the airline. Many have pointed out that the man was a paying customer who posed no threat, so the airline had no right to forcibly remove him.

There's no question that what happened to this passenger was completely over the top. But on a technical level, it was also entirely legal to eject him. It turns out airlines can kick you off a flight for all sorts of reasons. Let's take a look at the facts.