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Can your hotel kettle make tap water drinkable?

Tripologist: Does boiling water in a kettle make it safe to drink?

Is using your hotel kettle to boil tap water in developing countries enough to make it safe for drinking?

  • by Michael Gebicki
It won’t take many flights before you hear a pilot announce they are doing some “last-minute paperwork”.

‘Last-minute paperwork’: 10 common airline phrases explained

Aviation breeds a language all its own. “Arm doors and cross check”, “codeshare” and “flightmare” need little explanation, but there are plenty that are more opaque.

  • by Michael Gebicki
Qatar Airways has been denied its request to increase flights on its Australian routes.
Air travel

Spineless government is preventing cheaper flights for Australians

With the Australian government, allowing airline lobbyists to dictate terms that override the interests of consumers shows a spineless dereliction of duty.

  • by Michael Gebicki
QANTAS A380 : Economy class . Economy Class on Qantas A380 Thursday 2 October 2008. Picture by Craig Abraham The Age seats, inside

The airlines that offer the most space in economy class

Flying economy class is never going to be particularly comfortable, but an extra couple of centimetres can make a big difference on a long haul.

  • by Michael Gebicki
Melbourne Airport - how long do you need for the domestic-international transfer?

How much time do you really need between flights?

Airlines are still grappling with staff shortages, with delayed flights and slow baggage handling between connecting flights among the consequences.

  • by Michael Gebicki
An economy class ticket to Paris with ANA could cost as much as 270 per cent more if you choose the wrong day to fly.

$2000 one day, $8000 the next: Why airfares vary so much from day to day

Once upon a time, the price an airline charged for a flight depended on whether you were travelling in high or low season. Not any more.

  • by Michael Gebicki
Turquoise water at Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula.

Tripologist: Where should I go on the Yucatan Peninsula?

The big attraction in the Yucatan Peninsula is the Mayan city of Chichen Itza, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

  • by Michael Gebicki
Australians will need to apply and pay for an Electronic Travel Authorisation under upcoming changes to the UK’s entry rules.

Australians to be charged a fee to enter the UK

While you can still arrive at Heathrow, flash your Aussie passport and head off to the nearest pub, those days are ending. We’re going to need an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) to enter the UK.

  • by Michael Gebicki
An increase to the Passenger Movement Charge (PMC) will take effect from July 1, 2024.

How much do we pay in hidden flight costs? Departure tax hike on the way

The cost depends on the route you’re flying. On a flight to the USA the taxes are truly byzantine.

  • by Michael Gebicki
Istanbul, Turkey - August 6, 2014: Unidentified people queuing to withdraw cash from various local banks of ATM machines in Uskudar port, Istanbul. str4-traveller10 - Ten ways for your money to travel - Lance Richardson Credit: iStock

This is how many credit and debit cards you need overseas

There’s a perfect minimum when travelling overseas, but there’s nothing wrong with more.

  • by Michael Gebicki