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Can I get a refund after terror attacks at my destination?

Lisa has read dire warnings about her destination and wants to know if she can get refunds on her airfares and accommodation because of recent terrorist activity.

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Travel SOS: What and when is shoulder season?

Beth has been told that the cheapest time to travel overseas is during shoulder season, but she wants to know what and when shoulder season is. So we share a list of shoulder seasons around the globe.

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Travel SOS: The top five travel dilemmas we solved in 2018

One of the most gratifying facets of our work is being able to help real-life travellers with their travel dilemmas. Here are the top five travel dilemmas we’ve solved this year.

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Travel SOS: Seven ways to save on solo travel

Maggie wants to travel alone next year but is afraid she won’t have enough money to spoil herself. So, she’s asked Leon for some tips on saving money on solo travel.

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Travel SOS: Why you won’t get a business-class upgrade

Beryl is a seasoned flyer who’s never been bumped up to business class, even when the pointy end of the plane seems empty – and she wants to know why.

Cruising

Cruise expert explains line cruises and when to get a great cruise deal

Maggy wants to know if she can take a one-way cruise and has asked whether she should take a repositioning cruise or a line cruise. She’s unsure of the difference, so we’ve asked Dean Brazier, managing director of Cruise & Maritime Voyages Australia, if he can explain it to her.

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Are cruise ships ever attacked by pirates?

When it comes to piracy, cruise lines prepare for defence in a number of ways. We hope to put Penny at rest when it comes to the likelihood of a pirate attack on her cruise ship.

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A one-way ticket to nowhere?

YourLifeChoices reader Carl is travelling to America in October on a one-way ticket but he has been informed that he may need to provide proof of onward travel so he doesn’t get kicked off his flight.

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Tips for dividing your travel money between cash and card

Joan is confused about how she should divide her travel budget. How much cash should she carry and how much should she place on a prepaid card?

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Travel SOS: Are you rethinking the window seat?

We explain to Margie why she shouldn’t be afraid of the window seat in the wake of last month’s freak accident involving a passenger being partially sucked out of a plane.

Seniors Travel Insurance

Travel SOS: when should I buy travel insurance?

Travel insurance is often a last minute thought, but this leaves people without cover should they have to cancel a non-refundable trip. So when should you actually buy your policy?

Cruising

Why a repositioning cruise may be the best value voyage

Manuela wants to book a cruise and has heard about repositioning cruises but isn't quite sure how they work (and how she'll get home). So Leon gives her the lowdown on why a repositioning cruise may be the best value voyage.

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