A pitch recently landed in my inbox that didn't make a lot of sense. Some designers were working with Freitag, a Swiss company that makes bags out of old truck tarps, and they were launching a Kickstarter. The product: the Zippelin, a foldable suitcase with bike tubes that inflated to create a frame. It sounded so weird it just might work. And it does.
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Qantas and Virgin recently told passengers that they needed to arrive at the airport two hours before domestic flights due to temporarily tightened security restrictions.
This got us thinking — with these rules, is it faster to just drive to Canberra from Sydney now? We decided to find out.
New — hopefully temporary — flight restrictions mean that if you're catching a plane in Australia, you have to be at the airport either two hours (for domestic flights) or three hours (for international flights) early. Here's a few ways to pass the extra time you'll inevitably have after you pass through security.
I take a lot of tech with me when I travel for work or pleasure. It's a perk of the job, but also a bit of a pain sometimes. Usually at the very least a couple of phones, a laptop, a camera. I usually take a different gadget each trip, so I'm used to things going wrong with the technology I carry when I'm on the road. But one thing I've learned not to muck around with is my passport.
Imagine: You're at an airport with your fancy new bag rolling behind you. You have spent a little too much time deciding which plane snack will both taste good and not have too many kilojoules, and now must sprint to catch your plane. You make a turn and suddenly, your bag begins to wobble. No time to fix it, you are now dragging your suitcase sideways to the gate.
Internet access is important to modern travellers heading overseas. But when it comes to using your phone internationally, convenience can come at a cost. Blindly roaming can be ludicrously expensive.
But it doesn't have to be. It's easy to avoid bill shock and even access relatively cheap options with just a little bit of research. And we're here to help.
Earlier in the year, Qantas asked the public to help it name its new 787-9 Dreamliners. After receiving over 60,000 suggestions, Qantas settled on eight iconic names — Waltzing Matilda, Boomerang, Dreamtime, The Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, Skippy and Quokka.
But are they bloody 'Strayan enough? We have our own ideas.
The Victorian slopes will be championing its own bonafide luxury accommodation this year with Astra Lodge taking out Australia’s Best Boutique Ski Lodge 2016 at the World Ski Awards in Kitzbühel, Austria.
The award was presented to the family-owned hotel for its newly renovated ski-in ski-out lodge which showcases exceptional features such as panoramic mountain views, a heated magnesium mineral pool and fine Italian dining restaurant all under the one roof.
On Thursday, the US Department of State issued a notice to the Federal Register, soliciting public comments on a new procedure for vetting immigrants and asylum seekers applying for US visas. If approved, applicants will be asked for their past five years of social media handles and could be denied entry if they refuse. The new rule, which is still under review but is slated to take effect May 18, would apply to visa applicants who have "been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism".
Video: Before you decide to travel to an exotic locale, you now have to stop and ask yourself if it's worth dealing with a terrible airline to get there. The answer, obviously, is no. But you have no reason to be upset about not seeing Rome, at least, thanks to this amazing hyperlapse video.
Over the next month, I'll be spending upwards of 90 hours in the air, and probably just as long sitting in airport lounges and standing in queues — I travel a fair bit for work. I always have a laptop and a couple of phones with me, but juggling them all is a pain. I find it much more relaxing to switch everything off and put it away, except for one phone I have filled to the brim with movies, books, music and podcasts.
You probably tape up your own webcam. That's just good, if a little paranoid, personal security. Others don't tape up their webcams. In fact they want you watching them and visiting locales you might never get to visit, or viewing vistas you haven't seen in a decade. So sit back, chill out, and tune into these spectacular real-time sights, all from the comfort of your computer.
Video: Planning a trip is tiring, but planning a trip around the world is exhausting. Aren't holidays supposed to be relaxing? Instead, save yourself a bunch of time, stress and money by visiting some of the world's most popular tourist destinations through this impressive hyperlapse video. It's assembled from 3305 Google Maps screenshots, so strap in and get ready to armchair cruise.
A couple of years ago Matador first crossed our radar with a giant tear-proof emergency blanket that folded smaller than a wallet. Since then the company has introduced countless other collapsible products that make packing for a trip much easier, but its new Beast 28 adventure backpack is easily its most impressive feat of engineering.