Luxury Retreats

More than just accommodations, our luxury villas offer travelers an authentic local experience combined with reliability and security. Our growing portfolio includes over 3,600 professionally inspected properties throughout 95+ destinations. These privately owned homes boast a range of staffing options, unique amenities and customisable itineraries for the traveller that craves a tailor-made vacation.

Tourism

Tourism supports 1 in 10 jobs: report

Tourism might support one in 10 jobs, but does it support us when we have a fight with our bf and need a large tub of Ben & Jerry’s?

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Tourism

Aboriginal tourism toolkit for agents

by Vanessa Bussoletti

Our boss gave us a toolkit for writing better article blurbs, but we tossed it in the bin. Explains why we make such bad puns, we guess.

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Tourism

Which reality show is giving NSW the spotlight?

by Vanessa Bussoletti

Sadly, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ never responded to our audition video, but it seems NSW is having a bit more luck in the celebrity department.

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Wholesalers

MTV & Contiki investigate: Are Millennials F*cked?

Upon writing this piece, we realised how profanity-filled today’s newsletter is. Not that we’re apologising, mind. It’s just an observation.

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Hotels

The Big Fat Hotel Wrap

by Amy Bryant

Writing hotel wraps is making us crave room service and plush beds, and our own house pales miserably by comparison.

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Hotels

Melbourne ups style with funky new hotel

If it’s possible, Melbourne is set to get even more fashionable as TFE reveals its latest venture. Yes, we’re sucking up to Melbourne before we head there on a holiday.

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Aviation

Will travel insurance cover checked-in electronics?

by Hannah Edensor

The question of the day is, ‘Will travel insurance be there when your checked-in laptop breaks?’ That and ‘What will we have for lunch today?’

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Destinations

Experiential travel big driver for visitors to this nation

by Amy Bryant

The reason we go to places is because someone’s kicked us out of the house we’re staying at rent free. Experiential travel seems like a better reason.

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Aviation

Alaskan flight gets own ‘Snakes on a Plane’ incident

by Hannah Edensor

We hope the pilot of the plane swaggered into the cabin and shouted, “I have had it with these motherf**kin’ snakes on this motherf**kin’ plane!” but probably not.

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Destinations

Latest travel advice after London terror attack

by Hannah Edensor

London has been rocked with a deadly terror attack on Westminster Bridge and Parliament House, and we’ve got all the latest news and travel advice.

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Midweek Interview

Midweek Interview with Adventure World’s Matt Endycott

We went all Men in Black on Matt and used tricky gadgets to extort his answers. Although we didn’t wear suits and Will Smith wasn’t there.

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Destinations

Sydney finally beats Melbourne as top destination

by Hannah Edensor

It’s a rivalry as old as David and Goliath, except it’s much younger and comes with more beards and coffee breaks.

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InterCon Sydney gets biggest revamp in 30 years

Nicholas Smales

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This will burn the ME/Arab Airlines. Shame!, was great while it lasted, but into Europe with the…

Will travel insurance cover checked-in electronics?

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19 hours ago

the airfare price war, that has already started with keep getting fiercer. Already we've seen new Scoot fares PER/ATH from…

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DESTINATIONS

Experiential travel big driver for visitors to this nation

The reason we go to places is because someone’s kicked us out of the house we’re staying at rent free. Experiential travel seems like a better reason.

DESTINATIONS

Latest travel advice after London terror attack

London has been rocked with a deadly terror attack on Westminster Bridge and Parliament House, and we’ve got all the latest news and travel advice.

DESTINATIONS

Sydney finally beats Melbourne as top destination

It’s a rivalry as old as David and Goliath, except it’s much younger and comes with more beards and coffee breaks.

DESTINATIONS

Which country has Aussies all hot and bothered?

Only Leo DiCaprio gets us hot and bothered. Ok, and George Clooney. Maybe Chris Hemsworth. Forget it, this list could go on forever.

DESTINATIONS

The secret formula for travel happiness

We thought the equation for happiness was wine + cheezels + our 1992 poster of Jesse McCartney. But apparently travel makes the list as well.

WANDERLUST FESTIVAL

2016-02-18 |

Unplug from the ordinary. Adventure awaits. Wanderlust festivals are 4-day celebrations of mindful living. Find out more >

Snowy Mountains Country Music Festival 2016

2016-03-04 | Thredbo,NSW

Following the triumphant return of country music to the Snowy Mountains earlier this year, Thredbo is excited to announce that the Snowy Mountains Country Music Festival will be back next year with an even bigger line up of stars from Friday 4 March - Sunday 6 March, 2016. Find out more >

Sculpture by the Sea 2015

2015-10-22 | Bondi,NSW

This year’s exhibition of Sculpture by the Sea transforms the breathtaking Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk with 107 sculptures by artists from 19 countries. The exhibition is free to the public and runs from Thursday 22 October until Sunday 8 November 2015. Find out more >

Twilight at Taronga

2016-01-28 | Sydney,NSW

From the stunning vantage point of Taronga Zoo, Twilight at Taronga’s harbour-side amphitheatre will play host to music lovers each weekend from Thursday 28 January through Saturday 12 March 2016, featuring the likes of Missy Higgins, Josh Pyke, The Waifs, Birds of Tokyo and John Butler Trio. Find out more >

Tourism

New Tahiti video launches with real travellers as stars

We donned our best sparkly pantsuit and sang ‘Waterloo’ until our lungs burst, but apparently that’s not what Tahiti was after for this video.

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Aviation

Details of US electronics ban revealed

by Hannah Edensor

We heard Emirates’ boss threw his laptop at the wall in a rage following this news. Yes, that’s a totally fabricated lie.

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Aviation

Big Fat Airline Wrap

by Amy Bryant

We’ve been inundated with airline news this week, although we’re not suggesting we’re buried under paper planes or anything.

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Aviation

TAA peeved at Jetstar for Airbnb deal

by Hannah Edensor

We too were peeved at Jetstar recently, but it had nothing to do with Airbnb and everything to do with a lack of salted peanuts.

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Aviation

Why Richard Branson is the world’s best boss

by Hannah Edensor

Our boss tried to pull off balancing on a plane wing holding Dita Von Teese, but he didn’t quite have the same pizzazz as Branson, or the actual Ms Von Teese.

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Cruise

Fancy a tour to see the Titanic?

by Amy Bryant

This tour sounds like a wonderful experience, unless you’re one of those ‘Jack could have fit on the door’ types, in which case, maybe this would just enrage you more.

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Aviation

Passengers get happy with Business upgrades

by Vanessa Bussoletti

We lied about being on our honeymoon to try and score an upgrade. We think they got suspicious when we checked in alone, however.

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Road & Rail

5 make or break factors for APAC rail travel

Our personal trainer imposed 5 ‘make or break’ conditions on us and we’ve already broken them all. But that has nothing to do with these rail ones.

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Travel Agents

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Brush up on your PR skills or keen to become a travel writer?

Even PR gurus could do with a freshening up every once in a while – get tips on how to pitch, new trends and insider irks from top editors. Or perhaps you fancy yourself as a travel writer? Check out these new courses.

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Hotels

5 plush boutique stays in Regional NSW

by Amy Bryant

The last time we went regional we got a spider in our hair and a crow in our bedroom, but we’ve been assured nature stays outside at these gems.

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Aviation

Virgin unveils details of Aussie route to HKG

by Amy Bryant

If you looked at today’s newsletter and thought, ‘gee there’s a lot of aviation stories today’, you’d be right. But don’t expect a medal or anything.

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Cruise

The Big Fat Cruise Wrap

We’re bringing our Cruise Wrap to you early this week, not because we’re efficient, but because we got our days completely confused.

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