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When is it cheap to fly to Italy?

Travel SOS: When is the cheapest time to fly to Italy?

When is it cheap to fly to Italy?

Patrizio is planning a trip back to his homeland and wants to find a cheap ...

The best time to book a cruise

woman booking a holiday online

The best time to book a cruise

Gemma wants to know when is the best time to book a cruise.

Which is the best seat on a plane?

Travel SOS: Which is the best seat on a plane?

Which is the best seat on a plane?

Phillip is going on his first international flight and wants to know which seat is ...

Plane boarding order

Travel SOS: Why are planes loaded from back to front?

Plane boarding order

Freddie wants to know why planes are not loaded more efficiently. The answer might surprise ...

Why are planes so cold?

Why are planes so cold?

Why are planes so cold?

Adam is flying from Townsville to Spain and has to take a jumper just for ...

Best airline rewards programs

Travel SOS: How to make the most out of frequent travel?

Best airline rewards programs

Mick has been travelling a lot since retiring and wants to know the best way ...

Can I get a refund?

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

Can I get a refund?

Lisa asks if she can get airfare and accommodation refunds after Sri Lanka attacks.

Can you sue for bad turbulence?

Travel SOS: Can you sue an airline if turbulence is terrible?

Can you sue for bad turbulence?

Heavy turbulence resulted in Mary having a bad back. Can she sue the airline?

When is shoulder season?

When is shoulder season?

When is shoulder season?

Andrea shares a comprehensive list of shoulder seasons in different countries.

Can I travel with a criminal record?

Travel SOS: Can I travel with a criminal record?

Can I travel with a criminal record?

David has a criminal record and is worried he won’t be allowed to travel to ...

Boarding a flight without a phone

Travel SOS: Can I board a Qantas flight without a phone?

Boarding a flight without a phone

Eric doesn’t own a mobile phone and is concerned about Qantas’s new boarding rules.

Travel SOS: Eurail or flights?

What is the best way to see Europe? Rail or flights?

Travel SOS: Eurail or flights?

Syd is travelling around Europe and wants to know whether to get around by plane ...

Companies that do accessible travel

Are there any companies that specialise in accessible travel?

Companies that do accessible travel

Belinda is in a wheelchair and want to know whether anyone specialises in accessible travel.

Dual passport conundrum

What is the best way to travel with a dual passport?

Dual passport conundrum

Lee is travelling to the USA with a dual passport and wants to know the ...

Getting around the Greek islands

What is the best way to travel the Greek islands?

Getting around the Greek islands

Susan is travelling to Greece and wants to know whether to fly or ferry-hop.

Self-drive holidays in New Zealand

Self-drive holidays in New Zealand

Self-drive holidays in New Zealand

Paul and his wife are planning a self-drive holiday around NZ and want some advice.

Coping with culture shock

Coping with culture shock

Coping with culture shock

Jess wants to visit Vietnam but her husband is a bit concerned about culture shock.

Can I prepay my onboard costs?

Can I prepay my onboard costs?

Can I prepay my onboard costs?

Carole want to know the best way to pay her onboard expenses on her first ...

Booking last-minute flights

booking airfares

Booking last-minute flights

Vera wants to know how late she can leave it before she books her flight.

Most common dilemmas of 2018

Most common dilemmas of 2018

Most common dilemmas of 2018

At YourLifeChoices, we love to solve your travel dilemmas.

Saving money on solo travel

Saving money on solo travel

Saving money on solo travel

Maggie has asked Leon for tips on saving money on solo travel.

Where is best in south-east Asia?

Where is best in south-east Asia?

Where is best in south-east Asia?

Lisa-Marie is after some advice on how she should best spend three weeks in south-east ...

Travel SOS: How to say no to guests

Travel SOS: How to say no to guests

Travel SOS: How to say no to guests

Is it rude to tell relatives you don’t want them as guests in your home? ...

Why can’t I get an upgrade?

Why can’t I get an upgrade?

Why can’t I get an upgrade?

Beryl wants to know why she’s never been upgraded to business class.

Can you sell frequent flyer points?

Travel SOS: Can you sell frequent flyer miles?

Can you sell frequent flyer points?

Bob has collected a large number of frequent flyer points that he no longer has ...

Travel SOS: What is a line cruise?

Travel SOS: What is a line cruise?

Travel SOS: What is a line cruise?

We ask a cruise expert to explain line cruises and the best time to get ...

Can I cruise to US from Sydney?

Can I cruise to US from Sydney?

Can I cruise to US from Sydney?

Charles will be happy to know he can paint the town red when he sails ...

Is piracy still a real threat?

Is piracy still a real threat?

Is piracy still a real threat?

Penny wonders about the likelihood of a pirate attack on her cruise ship.

Providing proof of onward travel

Providing proof of onward travel

Providing proof of onward travel

Why does Carl need to provide proof of onward travel when he has a one-way ...

How to share travel expenses

How to share travel expenses

How to share travel expenses

How to avoid fights over travel expenses when you travel with a friend.

Travelling to Hawaii on the cheap

Travelling to Hawaii on the cheap

Travelling to Hawaii on the cheap

Jill asks if there’s a cheaper time to go to Hawaii – Andrea shares her ...

Splitting between cash and card

Splitting between cash and card

Splitting between cash and card

Joan wants to know how best to split her travel budget between card and cash.

The ‘tourist’s prayer’

The ‘tourist’s prayer’

The ‘tourist’s prayer’

We just had to share this ‘tourist’s prayer’ sent in by a member of YourLifeChoices.

Finding a legitimate local guide

Finding a legitimate local guide

Finding a legitimate local guide

How can Colin avoid getting scammed and find a reputable local guide?

Rethinking the window seat

Travel SOS: Are you rethinking the window seat?

Rethinking the window seat

Margie is rethinking her window seat preference. Is she being paranoid?

Why BritRail Passes are the best

Travel SOS: What's the best way to get around the UK?

Why BritRail Passes are the best

Trevor wants to know if the train is the best way to see the UK.

When should I buy insurance?

Travel insurance policy with globe

When should I buy insurance?

Buying travel insurance last minute can leave you without cancellation cover.

Repositioning cruises explained

Why a repositioning cruise may be the best value voyage

Repositioning cruises explained

Manuela wants to know how repositioning cruises work.

Should you travel to Russia?

Australians advised to reconsider travel to Russia

Should you travel to Russia?

Australian Government urges World Cup fans to reconsider travel to Russia.

Travel SOS: Overseas embassies

Travel SOS: Overseas embassies

Travel SOS: Overseas embassies

Susan is travelling through Europe and is worried about what to do if there is ...

How to keep your passport safe

Travel SOS: How to keep your passport safe

How to keep your passport safe

Mel wants to know how to keep her passport safe when she's in China.

What if you miss a connection?

What if you miss a connection?

What if you miss a connection?

Harvey wants to know what will happen if he misses his connecting flight.

Best way to book shore excursions

Best way to book shore excursions

Best way to book shore excursions

The pros and cons of booking shore excursions onboard and ashore.

Top five Travel SOS tips of 2017

Top five Travel SOS tips of 2017

Top five Travel SOS tips of 2017

At YourLifeChoices, we love to solve your travel dilemmas.

Snag the best seat on the plane

Snag the best seat on the plane

Snag the best seat on the plane

Kay O’Sullivan reveals her no-fail strategy for snagging the best seat on the plane.

The ups and downs of basic economy

Travel SOS: the ups and downs of basic economy

The ups and downs of basic economy

Is there more to basic economy than just saving money? Is it worth it?

Managing money while travelling

Managing money while travelling

Managing money while travelling

Graeme’s Travel SOS is all about how best to handle his finances while travelling.

How to fly business class for less

Travel SOS: can you get cheap upgrades to business class?

How to fly business class for less

Jean wants to know if she can upgrade to business class without paying a fortune.

Perry on limited mobility travel

perry morcombe

Perry on limited mobility travel

Perry Morcombe offers his insider tips on travelling with limited mobility.

Is it safe to go to Barcelona?

Is it safe to go to Barcelona?

Is it safe to go to Barcelona?

Alma wants to know if it’s safe to visit her family in Barcelona.

Ashtrays in airplane bathrooms

Ashtrays in airplane bathrooms

Ashtrays in airplane bathrooms

Brian wants to know why there are still ashtrays in airplanes.

Holes in airplane windows

Travel SOS: Why are there holes in plane windows?

Holes in airplane windows

Joel wants to know about the purpose served by the holes in plane windows.

Can a holiday save my marriage?

couple on holiday trying to fix their marriage

Can a holiday save my marriage?

Geraldine wants to know if it’s wise to try a make-or-break holiday to save her ...

The benefits of being bumped

Travel SOS: what are the benefits of being bumped off my flight?

The benefits of being bumped

Marta wants to know why people volunteer to be bumped from their flight.

Three weeks and $2000 to see Vietnam

Three weeks and $2000 to see Vietnam

Three weeks and $2000 to see Vietnam

Tom wants to know if three weeks and $2000 is enough to tour Vietnam.

How to ‘hotel’ in Hawaii for less

How to ‘hotel’ in Hawaii for less

How to ‘hotel’ in Hawaii for less

Is there such a thing as inexpensive hotels in Hawaii?

Travelling overseas with ashes

Ashes in an urn waiting to be scattered in the sea

Travelling overseas with ashes

If you’re planning to travel overseas with ashes, what permissions do you need to have ...

Affordable business class upgrades

A business class airline ticket

Affordable business class upgrades

Kay O’Sullivan has some pointers on how to grab a business class bargain.

Can I get a refund on a flight?

Can I get a refund on a flight?

Can I get a refund on a flight?

Penny wants to know if there’s a way to get a refund on a non-refundable ...

Does Australia have air marshals?

man with a concealed weapon on a plane

Does Australia have air marshals?

Leon hopes to help Brian get over his post 9/11 fear of flying.

Low-cost accommodation options

Low-cost accommodation options

Low-cost accommodation options

Looking for low-cost overseas accommodation?

Avoiding solo supplements

Avoiding solo supplements

Avoiding solo supplements

Solo supplements are annoying at best and, at worst prohibit travel.

Will I enjoy a guided holiday?

Will I enjoy a guided holiday?

Will I enjoy a guided holiday?

This week in Travel SOS, we offer some tips to help Sue get travelling again.

Confused about airport transit

Female traveller transiting through an airport

Confused about airport transit

Jane is taking her first long-haul flight and is unsure what to do in transit.

What’s the best way to do Europe?

Travel SOS: what’s the best way to ‘do’ Europe?

What’s the best way to do Europe?

Lee Mylne offers Julie advice on the best way to ‘do’ Europe.

Airport lounges: worth the splurge?

Travel SOS: which airport lounge is worth the splurge?

Airport lounges: worth the splurge?

Trav wants to know which airport lounge is worth the splurge.

Planning a European river cruise

Travel SOS: planning a European river cruise

Planning a European river cruise

Jennie needs help with the how, when, where and what of planning a river cruise.

Dealing with a dead body mid-air

Dealing with a dead body mid-air

Dealing with a dead body mid-air

What goes on behind the scenes on an aircraft is simply fascinating.

Which passport should I use?

Travel SOS: which passport should a dual citizen use?

Which passport should I use?

Mary wants to know the protocols for using her two passports.

Canada’s new visa rules

Travel SOS: do I need a visa for Canada?

Canada’s new visa rules

Canada has made changes to its tourist entry process.

What to do on a long stopover

Travel SOS: what to do for 11 hours in KL airport

What to do on a long stopover

We have some suggestions on what Maureen can do at KL airport.

Best sites for the Northern Lights

Chasing the Aurora Borealis in the northern hemisphere

Best sites for the Northern Lights

Travel SOS: where is the best place to see the Northern Lights?

How to make your partner happy

happy older couple looking at the sea

How to make your partner happy

What can Geoff do to ensure he and his wife both have a happy holiday?

Best time to book airline tickets

Travel SOS – when is the best time to book airline tickets?

Best time to book airline tickets

Booking airfares can be a confusing business.

Exploring the glorious Kimberley

Exploring the glory of the Kimberley

Exploring the glorious Kimberley

Julie has her heart set on a trip to the Kimberley.

The Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race

the sydney-hobart yacht race

The Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race

Lee Mylne outlines where to stay and when to book for the Sydney to Hobart ...

Am I too old to hire a car?

Travel SOS: am I too old to hire a car?

Am I too old to hire a car?

Fey wants to know if she’s too old to hire a car.

Spreading the cost of a holiday

two piggy banks on deck chairs

Spreading the cost of a holiday

In this week’s Travel SOS, we look at ways that Lynne can spread the cost ...

Travel SOS: Broome on a budget

Visiting Broome doesn’t need to break the bank

Travel SOS: Broome on a budget

We have some money saving ideas to make Broome a little more affordable.

Should you change your travel plans?

Should you change your travel plans?

Should you change your travel plans?

Many travellers have started to think whether they should cancel their travel plans.

What to do in Amsterdam

Travel SOS: how long should I spend in Amsterdam?

What to do in Amsterdam

Jane wants to know how long she should spend in Amsterdam.

Planning your own dream holiday

Travel SOS: planning your own dream holiday

Planning your own dream holiday

Val needs some advice on planning her own dream holiday.

Travel SOS: seven days in Japan

Travel SOS: top tips on what to see and do in Japan

Travel SOS: seven days in Japan

In Travel SOS, Lee Mylne shares her top tips for the best things to do ...

Choosing an ethical safari

Travel SOS: is there such a thing as an ethical safari?

Choosing an ethical safari

How can you be sure that the safari you choose is ethical?

Travel SOS: US celebrity tours

hollywood-star-walk-and-bus

Travel SOS: US celebrity tours

Lee Mylne advises Mary on the best Hollywood celebrity tours.

How an app helped Kay out of a jam

Travel SOS: How TripIt helped Kay out of a jam

How an app helped Kay out of a jam

Kay O’Sullivan recently had her own travel SOS, but this handy app saved her.

Travel SOS: Beyond Auckland

Travel SOS: spending 10 days on New Zealand’s North Island

Travel SOS: Beyond Auckland

Lee Mylne helps John with his New Zealand North Island itinerary.

Are city passes good value?

Travel SOS: Are city passes good value?

Are city passes good value?

Are city passes and other discount cards a tourist trap or a good deal?

Stopovers: Abu Dhabi or Dubai?

Travel SOS: where to spend your Middle East stopover

Stopovers: Abu Dhabi or Dubai?

Stopovers are great for breaking up long-haul flights.

Stopovers: Hong Kong or Singapore?

Travel SOS: where should I spend my Asian stopover?

Stopovers: Hong Kong or Singapore?

Where should you spend your Asian stopover?

Is it safe to visit Italy?

Travel SOS: should I reconsider my Italian travel plans?

Is it safe to visit Italy?

In this Travel SOS, we outline what Euan should consider before he goes to Italy.

Travel SOS: farmstay experiences

Where can I unleash my inner cowgirl?

Travel SOS: farmstay experiences

Lee Mylne advises Marie on where she can unleash her inner cowgirl at a farmstay.

Travel SOS: cruising to Cuba

New options for cruising from the USA to Cuba

Travel SOS: cruising to Cuba

In today’s Travel SOS, Lee Mylne advises Julie on how to cruise to Cuba.

Finding the magic in Morocco

Is there more to Morocco than Marrakesh?

Finding the magic in Morocco

Lee Mylne helps Tom realise his dream of visiting Morocco.

Auckland – ditch the guide book

Travel SOS: go beyond Auckland’s main attractions

Auckland – ditch the guide book

In Travel SOS, Lee Mylne helps Jane to head off the beaten track.

Is DFAT advice worth following?

Is DFAT advice worth following?

Is DFAT advice worth following?

In Travel SOS, Lee Mylne looks at the validity of DFAT travel advice.

Travel SOS: driving in the US

Travel SOS: driving the US’s Pacific Coast Highway

Travel SOS: driving in the US

Lee Mylne shares tips with Tom for his drive along the West Coast of the ...

48 hours in New York City

How to spend 48 hours in New York City

48 hours in New York City

Lee Mylne tackles a New York City ‘to do’ list in this week’s Travel SOS.

New Zealand: guided or go-it-alone?

Travel SOS – touring New Zealand: guided or go-it-alone?

New Zealand: guided or go-it-alone?

When time is of the essence, should you opt for a guided tour or go ...

Taking a European walking tour

Taking a European walking tour

Taking a European walking tour

In our Travel SOS, Lee Mylne offers alternative walking tracks in Europe.

Travel SOS – canal boats

Travel SOS – is a barging holiday worth it?

Travel SOS – canal boats

If you are after a waterway less travelled, consider a barging holiday.

Travel SOS: India for a first-timer

Travel SOS: India for a first-timer

Travel SOS: India for a first-timer

Lee Mylne is only too happy to share advice from her own experiences of her ...

Pooling your frequent flyer points

Travel SOS – Pooling your frequent flyer points

Pooling your frequent flyer points

Lisa’s sure there’s a way to maximise the frequent flyer points she collects.

Best time to cruise the South Pacific

Best time to cruise the South Pacific

Best time to cruise the South Pacific

Penny would like to know when is the best time to cruise the South Pacific.

Travel between Abu Dhabi and Dubai

Abu Dhabi airport sign

Travel between Abu Dhabi and Dubai

Andrew would like to know if it's easy to travel between Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Is it safe to travel to Fiji?

a map with a fijian flag indicating where fiji is located

Is it safe to travel to Fiji?

Here’s our guide on what you need to know about travelling to Fiji.

Travel SOS – is Egypt safe?

Camel in front of pyramids in Egypt

Travel SOS – is Egypt safe?

Kate would like to know if it’s safe to visit the pyramids in Egypt.

One-way vehicle transfers

campervan waiting to be relocated

One-way vehicle transfers

Relocating hire vehicles is a great way to save money and get from A to ...

Should you be concerned about Zika?

mosquitoes spread the zika virus

Should you be concerned about Zika?

For those planning to travel, here’s what you need to know about Zika.

Planning the perfect European trip

Europe travel planning files

Planning the perfect European trip

Paul isn't sure where to start with planning his Europe trip.

Travel SOS - An Asian alternative

Angkor Wat

Travel SOS - An Asian alternative

Leila loves travelling in Asia but is finding that she visits the same cities over ...

Travel SOS – All your questions answered

Kay O'Sullivan in front of snowy mountains

Travel SOS – All your questions answered

If you’re planning to travel in 2016, here are five Travel SOS answers you should ...

Travel SOS – Walking the Inca Trails

Travel SOS – Walking the Inca Trails

Travel SOS – Walking the Inca Trails

Drew wants to trek to Machu Picchu but has heard it may soon close.

How not to pack

How not to pack

How not to pack

When it comes to packing, Kay O’Sullivan says you should do as she preaches, not ...

How to get the best summer deals

How to get the best summer deals

How to get the best summer deals

June is looking for some peace and quiet for Christmas this year – at a ...

Travel SOS – Driving in Spain

Travel SOS – Driving in Spain

Travel SOS – Driving in Spain

Who wouldn't want to jump in a car and drive through Spain?

Travel SOS – No more bill shock

Travel SOS – No more bill shock

Travel SOS – No more bill shock

How can you avoid coming back from overseas to a massive phone bill?

Living the Tuscan dream

Living the Tuscan dream

Living the Tuscan dream

Jane wants to know if it is safe to be driving through Tuscany on her ...

Best fares on Spirit

Best fares on Spirit

Best fares on Spirit

Getting to Tassie is easy, working out the best fare on the Spirit is not.

Travelling in Mongolia

Travelling in Mongolia

Travelling in Mongolia

Kay O’Sullivan explores the tour options in Mongolia for the adventurous Maree.

Transiting through Sydney

Transiting through Sydney

Transiting through Sydney

How long does it take from Sydney’s domestic terminals to the international terminal?

Booking airfares

Booking airfares

Booking airfares

Airfares are on the radar for this week’s Travel SOS with Kay O’Sullivan.

Travelling through Turkey

Travelling through Turkey

Travelling through Turkey

Kay O’Sullivan address Jane’s concerns about travelling in Turkey.

Female solo travel tours

Female solo travel tours

Female solo travel tours

Kay reassures solo traveller Maysara that she’s right to take a tour.

Volunteering while travelling

Volunteering while travelling

Volunteering while travelling

Pam is keen to take on some voluntary work on her next holiday.

French walking holidays

French walking holidays

French walking holidays

Kay is happy to help Stephen with information on French walking holidays.

Touring Vietnam

Touring Vietnam

Touring Vietnam

Jane is wondering what’s the best way to see Vietnam.

Accommodation in convents

Accommodation in convents

Accommodation in convents

Kay O’Sullivan looks at the divine idea of staying in convents across Europe.

Let’s go for a little walk

Let’s go for a little walk

Let’s go for a little walk

Kay O’Sullivan examines the pros and cons of walking holidays.

Bali delays: are you covered?

Bali delays: are you covered?

Bali delays: are you covered?

If you’re planning on heading to Bali, you should ensure you're insurance will cover delays.

More than the Northern Lights

More than the Northern Lights

More than the Northern Lights

Beth is wondering what to do to thaw out after viewing the Northern Lights

Planning for retirement travel

Planning for retirement travel

Planning for retirement travel

Anthony is retiring soon but he and his wife have vastly different views of what ...

When to buy a RTW ticket

When to buy a RTW ticket

When to buy a RTW ticket

Kay O’Sullivan has advice for Alison who wants information on round-the-world fares.

Planning a trip to the Rockies

Planning a trip to the Rockies

Planning a trip to the Rockies

Kay O’Sullivan is happy to point Sara in the right direction for planning her trip.

Travel SOS – Europe on a budget

Travel SOS – Europe on a budget

Travel SOS – Europe on a budget

Larry wants to do Europe on a budget but is not keen on roughing it.

Travel with dual citizenship

Travel with dual citizenship

Travel with dual citizenship

Kay O’Sullivan helps Jane work out on which passport she should travel.

Making the most of the US

Making the most of the US

Making the most of the US

Kay O’Sullivan has some advice for Joan to help her navigate a trip to the ...

Travel SOS – cruising with a carer

Travel SOS – cruising with a carer

Travel SOS – cruising with a carer

Tina wants to know if there is help available onboard for her elderly mother.

Cruising for solo travellers

Cruising for solo travellers

Cruising for solo travellers

Here are some great tips on how not to feel left out and avoid single ...

Flying with elderly parents

Flying with elderly parents

Flying with elderly parents

Mary is keen to take her elderly mother on a French fling.

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