• Five reasons you shouldn't bin your boarding passes while travelling

    While you might be tempted to dispose of your airline boarding passes straight after your flight – or even just leave them in the seat pocket – there are plenty of reasons you should hold onto all of them until your journey is complete. For example, without a valid boarding pass to s...

    POSTED 1 Apr, 2019 15 Comments

  • Here's how to tailor your jet lag strategy to suit each trip

    When it comes to jet lag, a proactive approach to managing it is better than a reactive one: there's nothing worse than yawning in the middle of an important business meeting, regardless of how far you've flown to get there. As somebody who regularly travels long distances for work, over the yea...

    POSTED 1 Feb, 2019 21 Comments

  • When are inbound Express Path cards actually useful in Australia?

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. When returning home, most Australian travellers love using the automated SmartGate lines to zip through passport control – which are often faster than the dedicated yet manned &lsq...

    POSTED 22 Jan, 2019 20 Comments

  • This simple trick helps ensure your suitcase arrives on the belt

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. It’s no secret that airlines accidentally send bags to the wrong places – or very occasionally, lose them entirely – but there’s one very easy thing you...

    POSTED 4 Jan, 2019 13 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

  • Sydney Airport's handy but little-known T1 shortcut

    TRAVEL TIP | We’re certainly fans of the substantial improvements in the departures area of Sydney Airport’s T1 international terminal. What used to be a cramped and cluttered duty-free chicane has made way for a spacious retail zone with a clear wide lane from security and immigrati...

    POSTED 1 Jul, 2017 20 Comments

  • How to get a visa invitation letter to visit Russia

    Applying for a Russian visa can be a daunting task, given that any visit to Russia requires a formal invitation to visit the country – usually by way of a visa invitation letter or visa support letter – which you’ll need to submit alongside your visa application to be successful...

    POSTED 7 Jun, 2017 11 Comments

  • How airlines can charge you different prices for the same seats

    FREQUENT FLYER 101 | Everybody understands that airfares change from day to day, but many travellers are surprised to learn that passengers on any given flight will pay a range of different prices for exactly the same experience. Those different fares include special sales versus last-minute pri...

    POSTED 26 Apr, 2017 3 Comments

  • Five great travel tricks using Google search

    On the go and need information fast? Google has some great travel-friendly tricks tucked away under its search sleeve. Here are five of the best. 1. Flight status Enter the flight number for any flight in the world and Google will fling back a report on its current status. Want a little more...

    POSTED 25 Nov, 2016 9 Comments

  • What to do when your laptop won't charge inflight

    There’s nothing worse for productive business travellers than boarding a 13-hour flight, only to discover that the inflight power supply refuses to charge your laptop or tablet. Sure, you might have charged your gadget before leaving home, but there’s a good chance your battery bank ...

    POSTED 14 Nov, 2016 4 Comments

  • The basics of doing business in Zurich, Geneva, Switzerland

    Switzerland is a major hub for bankers and other travellers in the financial sectors with Zurich and Geneva attracting scores of high-end high flyers each and every year. But in a country with four national languages and different cultural norms from one city to the next, visiting for the first-...

    POSTED 31 Aug, 2016 4 Comments

  • 10 ways travellers can shave thousands off their tax bill

    It’s tax time again, and for many businesses that means one last chance to make any tax deductible purchases before the financial year comes to a close. Whether you head a large company or spend time on the road as a sole trader, here are 10 travel-related expenses that you may be able to ...

    POSTED 24 Jun, 2016 1 Comment

  • Travel tip: drop your bags at Hong Kong's CBD airline check-in desks

    Most travellers lug their own baggage to the airport and drag it to an airline’s check-in desk, but in Hong Kong, why not take advantage of the free in-town check-in counters for Airport Express passengers? Offered by most airlines including Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and m...

    POSTED 10 Jun, 2016 14 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

  • Hotel room too hot or too cold? Hack the air conditioning controller!

    TRAVEL TIP | Ever tried to make your hotel room warmer or cooler, only to find that the air conditioner will scroll up or down by only a few degrees – or, worse, is locked in place? Blame the hotel, not the aircon. Many hotels, especially larger chains, deliberately restrict the ...

    POSTED 7 Mar, 2016 13 Comments

  • From A to B with plenty of Zzzz: Top tips for sleeping on planes

    It's easy to spot the most frequent of frequent flyers, even without glancing at the colour of their airline loyalty card. Their travel patterns are etched with the deeply-worn lines of habit. Those practices, honed by hundreds of business trips, ensure they arrive early at the airport to minimi...

    POSTED 25 Feb, 2016 15 Comments

  • Flying business class? Don

    TRAVEL TIP | It’s always surprising to see passengers in business class sporting their office attire on long flights – hanging up their jacket to keep it crisp, but then crumpling up their nicely-ironed shirts and trousers: wearing them as they sleep or even while just lazing about an...

    POSTED 5 Feb, 2016 8 Comments

  • Making it easier to find and return your lost Windows laptop

    TRAVEL TIP | For many business travellers, laptops – and increasingly, two-in-ones – make life on the road possible, but accidentally leaving them at airport security or in the lounge before a flight is an all too common occurrence. What’s more, finding a device’s rightfu...

    POSTED 29 Jan, 2016 1 Comment

  • Five survival tips for when an airline loses your bag

    TRAVEL TIP | There’s nothing more infuriating after a long flight than waiting, and waiting, and waiting at the baggage carousel for your suitcase, only to find that it hasn’t arrived. While most ‘mishandled’ bags are eventually reunited with their owners, sweating it out...

    POSTED 25 Jan, 2016 19 Comments

  • How to save emergency medical information in your iPhone

    TRAVEL TIP | With today’s breed of smartphones practically focusing on everything other than making telephone calls, it should come as no surprise that Apple iPhones can double as your emergency contact card. That’s thanks to a nifty ‘Medical ID’ feature in Apple’s ...

    POSTED 11 Jan, 2016 4 Comments

  • Using the iPhone

    TRAVEL TIP | Crossing time zones isn’t the only way to interrupt a good night’s sleep – forgetting to switch your phone to silent while you rest, particularly when you’re less-than-awake after a 24 hour flight, can be just as disruptive. That’s particularly so in ci...

    POSTED 4 Jan, 2016 1 Comment

  • What flight attendants can teach you about presenting your pitch

    Don't diss the safety briefing or dismiss the cabin crew's inflight service – there's a lot you can learn from them about how to present yourself to your clients. You’ve boarded your flight and eagerly awaiting take-off, but first there's that safety video to watch &nd...

    POSTED 26 Mar, 2015 12 Comments

  • Five ways to rehearse your next sales presentation on a plane

    You’ve got a huge presentation to deliver an hour after you land. Your client, leadership team, regional executives or fellow industry experts expect you to be good, but you had no time to fully prepare the whole presentation because it was chaos back at the office and there are still 292 ...

    POSTED 19 Mar, 2015 9 Comments

  • In-flight reading: iPad, Kindle, magazines or a good book?

    So you're off on (another) business trip. You've settled into your seat on the plane, with many hours stretching ahead of you. You reach into your carry-on bag and pull out – what? An iPad? A Kindle? The latest issue of your favourite magazine, or a book? It certainly seems that books, at...

    POSTED 24 Sep, 2014 9 Comments

  • Travel tip: sign up for any hotel's rewards scheme

    Savvy globetrotters follow a few key rules, and one of those dictums is to never miss a chance to earn points. Airline points, hotel points, credit card points – they're all just a form of currency, which can eventually be converted into another currency (such as funnelling credit card poi...

    POSTED 17 Jul, 2014 5 Comments

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