• Deluxe droptop: new Mercedes-Benz SLC convertible

    The newest open-air Benz is fun, fast and – here's a surprise – affordable, certainly more so than you’d expect from the German marque. $70,900 (excluding dealer and on-road costs) will get you behind the wheel of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC, which is now rolling ...

    POSTED 27 Sep, 2016 4 Comments

  • How to get an international driver's licence

    Renting cars abroad can be a great way to get around on business trips, but even though you may already have an Australian driver's licence, many countries also require you to carry a separate International Driving Permit, or IDP. An IDP doesn’t replace your traditional Australian licence ...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2016 6 Comments

  • Black beauty: TAG Heuer 2016 Heuer Monza

    TAG Heuer's 2016 Heuer Monza commemorates the 40th anniversary of the original Heuer Monza, issued in 1976 to celebrate Niki Lauda's victory in the 1975 F1 World Championship. Lauda’s victory was sealed on the track at Monza in his team’s new 312T Ferrari, of which the Swiss watchm...

    POSTED 23 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Audi reveals new A5 and S5 Sportback

    Audi’s penchant for splitting and splintering its line-up is often bewildering. It’s an approach which might seem the exact opposite of fabled Teutonic efficiency – but if that means there’s an Audi for almost every potential buyer, then it’s efficiency elevated int...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid range offers the best of both worlds

    The Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid range combines electric and petrol engines to reduce fuel consumption without compromise. The result: no range anxiety on those longer trips, impressive performance figures, and reduced emissions and fuel consumption – all without diluting the Mercedes-Benz&...

    POSTED 16 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Electric blue: BMW’s range-boosted electric i3 commuter car

    Created as an inner-city electric runabout, BMW’s i3 can now run quite a bit further. An update to the catchy-looking EV squeezes higher capacity cells into the same-sized battery bay, boosting the maximum range from 190km to 300km. BMW reckons that means an easy and anxiety-free 200km ...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • 2017 Nissan GT-R: the racer refined

    MOTORING | Ten years after it first roared from blueprint to bitumen, Nissan's musclebound coupe has been sent to finishing school. Fortunately, this hasn’t meant the finish of the GT-R’s days as a high-performance sports car. There’s just a new sheen of sophistication above ...

    POSTED 6 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Whisky review: Johnnie Walker Explorers Club Collection, The Gold Route

    Whisky remains one of the most popular duty-free indulgences, and many brands release travel retail specials sold exclusively through airport duty-free stores. One of these is the aptly-named Johnnie Walker Explorers' Club Collection: a trio of blended scotch whiskies with adventure at heart. ...

    POSTED 31 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • New Mercedes-Benz E-Class has more lines of computer code than an Airbus A380

    MOTORING | As cars become increasingly smarter, it was inevitable that they’d close the ‘intelligence gap’ to modern marvels such as the Airbus A380 superjumbo. And in the case of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan, that’s entirely appropriate – given that this sop...

    POSTED 30 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • Whisky review: Lagavulin 8 year old

    If you know whisky then you'll know Lagavulin – it's a go-to Islay single malt when the evening invites you to linger over a smooth shot of Lagavulin 16's trademark smokey peat. Now Laga has a little brother, in the form of this 8 year old "200th Anniversary" edition sold in the trave...

    POSTED 11 Aug, 2016 1 Comment

  • How to buy a San Francisco Clipper card

    Flying into San Francisco? A Clipper card makes it much easier to get around on the city's trains, trams and cable cars. Instead of fishing around for notes and change or standing in line at ticket machines, this prepaid public transport card gives you tap-and-go convenience. There's a US$3 p...

    POSTED 30 Jun, 2016 0 Comments

  • Bose cuts the cord with wireless noise-cancelling headphones

    Bose isn't the only name in noise-cancelling headphones, but it's got sufficient mindshare and marketshare to make the brand's QuietComfort series near-essential kit for the business traveller and frequent flyer. All that's been missing from the mix is the option to go wireless – and ...

    POSTED 8 Jun, 2016 11 Comments

  • AusBT reader event: whisky tour & tasting at Archie Rose distillery

    If you like whisky, you'll love the opportunity to join us for a unique evening at boutique Sydney distillery and bar Archie Rose. Australian Business Traveller has arranged an exclusive tour through the Archie Rose distillery at Rosebery (just 5km south of the Sydney CBD) where you'll lear...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2016 0 Comments

  • Whisky review: Ardbeg 'Dark Cove' Committee Release

    Ardbeg hails from a Scotch whisky distillery of the same name, on the south coast of the isle of Islay and not far from the home of Laphroaig – in fact, both distilleries were officially founded in 1815. And being Islay single malts, they both share that characteristically bold, smoky, pea...

    POSTED 3 Jun, 2016 0 Comments

  • Whisky review: Teeling's The Revival 15 Year Old Single Malt

    Teeling is a name you may not be familiar with in the world of whisky, but trust us – you should get to know it better, especially if you enjoy whiskies with a unique character all their own. The independent Dublin-based family business is all about small batch bottling from selected casks...

    POSTED 26 May, 2016 0 Comments

  • Whisky review: Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016

    The Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 is perhaps one of this year's most-hyped releases. Its 2013 predecessor was widely praised, which only helped to build demand – and expectations – for the 2016 edition. That this is a limited release of just 5,000 bottles fuelled the hype, with retailers...

    POSTED 12 May, 2016 0 Comments

  • Travel your way: the DIY airline amenity kit

    Airline amenity kits are one of the many treats awaiting any flyer on admittance to the pointy end of the plane. But as you clock up those miles above the clouds, in business class and even in first class, your own bespoke amenity kit begins to take its own shape, and will over time become the p...

    POSTED 12 May, 2016 9 Comments

  • Whisky reviews: The Singleton of Glen Ord, Dufftown

    The Singleton is not a single distillery, but rather a brand which represents the single malts of multiple distilleries. One of these is Glen Ord, on the edge of the Black Isle peninsula in the Scottish Highlands west of Inverness, and best known for its namesake 12 year old single malt. Anothe...

    POSTED 5 May, 2016 2 Comments

  • Whisky review: GlenDronach 12, 15, 18 and 31 Grandeur

    GlenDronach enjoys a cult following amongst whisky lovers, and it's not hard to see why. While other distilleries previously known for their 'sherry bombs' have branched out into other casks for ageing their whisky (mostly Bourbon), GlenDronach has remained true to its roots and continued to foc...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2016 0 Comments

  • 15 amazing whisky bars in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong has arguably become Asia's whisky capital, with ex-pats and locals alike adopting the dram as their drink of choice – especially when socialising with friends and colleagues. The city also boasts some wonderful whisky bars, many of them tucked away from plain sight – which ...

    POSTED 1 Apr, 2016 2 Comments

  • The smart traveller's guide to shopping duty-free

    One of the best side benefits of being a business traveller has got to be the shopping. Few globetrotters set off for an overseas trip without a shopping list either for themselves or usually for friends, family and work colleagues. Australians can be excellent shoppers, especially once they es...

    POSTED 23 Mar, 2016 6 Comments

  • Whisky review: Compass Box This is Not a Luxury Whisky, Flaming Heart

    Compass Box is an independent bottler which blends and bottles 'small batch' Scottish whiskies under their own label, with a reputation for pushing the boundaries of expectation, flavour, experimentation and marketing. We recently sampled their latest (2015 release) limited editions: T...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2016 10 Comments

  • Six tips for staying fit on the road

    Business travel and fitness do not go together. Trust me on this. I’m pretty much a full-time business traveller and a very part-time ‘trying to get fit’ guy. It’s not just that those trips get in the way of your established home routine, but so many aspects of business ...

    POSTED 21 Jan, 2016 10 Comments

  • Three great whiskies to buy duty-free

    One of the many delights of travel is the ability to stock up on some amazing whisky – or whiskey, if you insist on the US spelling! But it's not just about the dizzying array of brands and blends, nor the outright value of buying overseas or duty-free compared to what you'd usually pay at...

    POSTED 12 Jan, 2016 9 Comments

  • The best cocktails to enjoy during your flight

    The next time anyone starts bleating that air travel long ago ceased to be something special, I’ve got three words for them: Airbus A380 bar. Admittedly the big double-decker jet is a bit of a whale from the outside – and can worryingly look like a sardine can with wings – but ...

    POSTED 14 Oct, 2015 11 Comments

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