• How to get a second Australian passport

    Having just one Australian passport is sufficient for most travellers, but regular international jetsetters can actually apply to hold a second valid Australian passport, facilitating travel when the first is out-of-reach. That’s handy when you’re waiting for a visa to be approved fo...

    POSTED 1 Nov, 2018 15 Comments

  • These Australian debit cards don't charge overseas transaction fees

    A growing number of Australian debit cards offer savvy travellers various ways to save on international transaction fees, and in some cases, even provide rebates on ATM fees imposed by the machines' operators. With no monthly account keeping fees and easy online banking tools to manage your cash...

    POSTED 25 Oct, 2018 19 Comments

  • Aesop and Rimowa join forces to create the ultimate luxe travel kit

    Two of the world's leading luxury brands have come together to produce a must-have masterpiece for the discerning traveller. This is the Köln Travel Kit – a full set of miniature Aesop products, cradled within an aluminium Rimowa case – and it's a safe bet this will find it...

    POSTED 25 Oct, 2018 1 Comment

  • How to always be ready for business when you travel

    Plenty of things can affect your business trips – flight delays, weather events, and terrible traffic to name but a few – but there’s lots you can do to take control of your travel, so that no matter what happens, you’re always ready for business. By removing some of the ...

    POSTED 7 Sep, 2018 8 Comments

  • Rimowa's see-through luggage has nothing to hide

    "Transparency" has been a go-to buzzword in the business and tech industries over the past few years, but German luggage maker Rimowa has taken the concept to the extreme. Introducing the Rimowa x Off-White Cabin Multiwheel (€850), a carry-on bag cast in clear polycarbonate for a completely...

    POSTED 7 Jun, 2018 14 Comments

  • The world's best road trips (and the car you'll want to be driving)

    After all the time you spend flying, why not add a road trip to your next holiday – or even tack it onto the end of your next business trip? Some of these 10 epic drives require an overnight stay, while others will take just an hour (not counting pit stops for photos), and we've also picke...

    POSTED 30 May, 2018 7 Comments

  • Review: BMW X3 crossover is the perfect small SUV

    The affordable, minimal X3 is the model of what a small SUV should be, discovers Bloomberg motoring columnist Hannah Elliott. Call it a rebuilding year at BMW. As of last month, the Bavarian automaker trailed arch-rival Mercedes-Benz AG in sales growth by more than half, with numbers climbing 2....

    POSTED 11 May, 2018 1 Comment

  • The write stuff: Montblanc's bespoke nib service

    We've previously looked at how Montblanc makes its famous pens, but the German company also offers a bespoke service to create a fountain pen nib perfectly suited to your own hand and writing style. Montblanc has been offering this at its boutiques since 2012, although its Creation Privée...

    POSTED 8 May, 2018 2 Comments

  • Buying your first 'real' watch? Here are five to consider...

    Looking to pick up your first fine timepiece? These latest models will see you spoiled for choice without breaking the bank. Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic In the 12 years or so that I've been writing about watches, the Clifton Baumaticmight be the most exciting timepiece to come from Bau...

    POSTED 23 Apr, 2018 4 Comments

  • Here is how Montblanc makes its famous pens

    We visit Montblanc's factory and museum in Hamburg, where the company has been crafting quality writing instruments for most of its 112 year history. My first Montblanc was a grad school graduation gift from my wife – a Meisterstück 149, which is as iconic a pen in the world of writin...

    POSTED 17 Apr, 2018 4 Comments

  • Segway's new Puppy 1 suitcase follows you like, well, a puppy!

    Tired of pulling and pushing your luggage around? Segway is behind the development of a new 'self-driving' suitcase called the Puppy 1 which will faithfully follow you at speeds up to 10mph (16kph). A 20 inch high, 50 pound capacity, remote-controlled suitcase, the Puppy 1 uses sensors to balanc...

    POSTED 12 Apr, 2018 8 Comments

  • Making your passport last longer when running short of pages

    Running out of pages in your passport but still have a while before it expires? It's an issue that many business travellers face, especially now that Australia has axed the larger, 66-page ‘frequent traveller’ passport. Rather than shelling out for brand new passport years before you...

    POSTED 9 Apr, 2018 19 Comments

  • These stylish square watches put a new angle on telling time

    There are plenty of reasons why mechanical watches are round. But that doesn’t mean they look best on the wrist. Shortly after the French-Brazilian aeronaut Alberto Santos-Dumont became the first European to achieve sustained flight in 1906, he complained to his friend Louis Cartier that h...

    POSTED 9 Apr, 2018 0 Comments

  • Japanese watch companies take on the Swiss in a bid for wealthy wrists

    In a factory surrounded by snow-covered peaks, technicians in lab coats use tweezers to assemble tiny metal parts into self-winding watches. Once they’ve been checked through microscopes for precision and packed in satin-lined boxes, the timepieces are shipped off to Rodeo Drive or Knights...

    POSTED 16 Mar, 2018 0 Comments

  • Jaguar's 2018 XF Sportbrake sexes up the luxury station wagon

    Minus the rash of million-dollar hypercars cropping up from Geneva to Los Angeles, station wagons are the most exciting segment in cars right now. Mercedes-Benz has started producing an excellent AMG version of its E Class wagon. Volvo has developed its V90 Cross Country into a boxy, chic grocer...

    POSTED 15 Mar, 2018 4 Comments

  • Photos: the best cars of the 2018 Geneva Motor Show

    The world’s most expensive, most prestigious new cars descended on Geneva last week in a swirl of carbon fiber rims, cashmere carpeting, and electrified powertrains. The Geneva Motor Show is also the biggest tease: Many of the concepts and automated drivers on show here are not available -...

    POSTED 13 Mar, 2018 0 Comments

  • Review: Roku is a premium gin crafted from six Japanese botanicals

    Beam Suntory, whose brands include Jim Beam bourbon and Laphroaig Scotch whisky, reckons drinkers in Europe are ready for a new tipple: Japanese gin made with cherry blossom and other exotic ingredients. Roku, a premium gin made using six distinctly Japanese botanicals, has entered the U.K. mark...

    POSTED 6 Mar, 2018 0 Comments

  • Mercedes' new 2018 S63 AMG Convertible is cushy but cut-throat

    The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Cabriolet is the fastest, plushest yachtlike four-seater drop-top you can get for the money. And when it lands in Australia in the second quarter of this year at close to the A$450,000 mark that's a lot of money – so it had better be good. The first thing yo...

    POSTED 23 Feb, 2018 0 Comments

  • Mercedes-Benz unveils the $2 million AMG racing superboat

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-15/mercedes-benz-unveils-the-2-million-amg-cigarette-racing-boat Think of Mercedes-AMG's US$2 million '515 Project One' as a supercar for the sea. This needle-nosed racer packs 3,100 total horsepower and can hit a top speed of 140 miles per h...

    POSTED 21 Feb, 2018 0 Comments

  • Trade in your luxury watch like a BMW? It's a booming business

    Luxury watch seller Danny Govberg is very busy these days with his Philadelphia-based company, even when he’s selling fewer new timepieces than he used to. That’s because his 102-year-old emporium, Govberg Jewelers, is seeing an explosion in the secondhand market, where the wealthy o...

    POSTED 20 Feb, 2018 1 Comment

  • Teslas are replacing Porsches on Germany's autobahns

    The most remarkable thing about Jana Hoeffner’s 2,360 mile road trip from Stuttgart to Oslo and back, in a black Tesla Model S sedan, was simply how unremarkable it was. Five years ago, making similar journeys across much of Germany in an electric Renault Zoe would have meant tiresome...

    POSTED 19 Feb, 2018 6 Comments

  • Ferrari's elite $14,000 driving course gives you a taste of the track

    “Stop watching the road - look up!” Delivered in a thick Southern twang through my helmet earpiece, the urgent command sounds almost gentle against the background howl of a Ferrari V-12 engine. I press the gas and surge forward. “Your eyes should be looking up ahead, three turn...

    POSTED 7 Feb, 2018 2 Comments

  • These watches can tell time with just one hand

    As the watchmaking industry bounces back from a series of road bumps, new ways of telling time are coming into favor. Enthusiasm for mechanical watches, much like the hand on a timekeeping device, tends to run in cycles. After a multiyear decline in watch exports, Switzerland, the traditional h...

    POSTED 2 Feb, 2018 0 Comments

  • Harley-Davidson's LiveWire electric motorcycle to launch mid-2019

    Four years after  Harley-Davidson unveiled its LiveWire prototype all-electric motorcycle, the company says the battery-powered superbike will be headed for showrooms – and your garage – by the middle of 2019. "You’ve heard us talk about Project LiveWire,” Mat...

    POSTED 31 Jan, 2018 0 Comments

  • Reviewed: the impressive Sullivans Cove whisky range

    Mention "Australian whisky" to anyone overseas, particularly in Asia, and if they've heard of it, there's a good chance they'll respond with "Oh, yes, I know Sullivans Cove"! Whilst Australia currently has a significant number of whisky distilleries – the exact number seems to be constantl...

    POSTED 30 Jan, 2018 2 Comments

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