Archive for June, 2017


Tash McGill: Taken for a rental ride

June 30th, 2017 by

Among some, I am considered a travel professional. I can do three weeks in a single carry-on, shampoo included. Security lines don’t phase me, translating train schedules is achievable and delays are just to be dealt with. I am rarely…

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Flying from Vancouver to Auckland with Air New Zealand

June 30th, 2017 by

The plane: Boeing 777-200. Class: Economy. Price: One-way Economy fares are on sale from $859, until July 3. Flight time: Listed as 14 hours. Actually about 30 minutes less. But add on two hours for the plane to get out…

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Staying at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Vietnam

June 30th, 2017 by

Location: This 5-star Sofitel is in a colonial-style building in Hanoi’s French Quarter, on the steps of the Hanoi Opera House, on the eastern side of Hoan Kiem Lake. Check-in experience: We didn’t arrive until 3pm and our room…

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The reason why it is always freezing on planes

June 30th, 2017 by

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is or what tropical destination you are flying to in the world, it’s always winter on a plane.Turns out, there is actually a very important reason why the in-flight temperatures are kept so…

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Staying at the Washington Westin in Washington DC

June 29th, 2017 by

Check-in experience: Slick — as any half-decent business hotel should be. What’s in the neighbourhood: The hotel is right by Thomas Circle, a 10-minute walk from the White House. Head the other way and you’re in The District,…

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Budget airline slammed for trying to charge little girl’s doll an airline seat

June 29th, 2017 by

A budget airline has been shamed after it tried to charge a little girl’s doll the cost of a seat on the plane. The 4-year-old — named only as Lida by local media in Yekaterinburg, in central Russia’s Sverdlovsk Oblast region…

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These once-dodgy destinations are now safe for holidaymakers

June 29th, 2017 by

Rarely a week goes by without news of a terrorist attack somewhere in the world. Distressing scenes are relayed to our living rooms and comment¬≠ators remind us how dangerous the planet has become. The carnage and loss of life is horrifying…

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Christmas Island wants to be the next big tourist hotspot

June 29th, 2017 by

Christmas Island, the remote Australian territory well known for its immigration detention centre, is on a mission to change its image and reinvent itself as a tourist hotspot.The island has been granted approval to build an eco-lodge…

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Crazy way to make airfares cheaper

June 28th, 2017 by

THIS airline is considering a novel way of making flying even cheaper – by removing seats and making passengers stand up during their flight.It’s not the first time an airline has floated the idea, but low-budget carrier VivaColombia…

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He Tangata: Eve Reilly of Poronui Lodge

June 28th, 2017 by

I grew up in Ireland, in County Tipperary with three older brothers and a younger sister. Growing up in the country, my childhood was very rural, riding horses, cooking on campfires and having adventures. I remember from a very…

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