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Family Boarding is BACK on United Airlines


For parents with young kids, travelling as a family can feel like a Herculean endeavor. Now, United Airlines wants to ease the burden a bit.


The airline announced that from Feb. 15, families traveling with children under the age of 3 will be permitted to board their flights before first class and elite status passengers.


If this policy doesn't sound new to you, that's because it's not. United previously allowed parents with young children to board early but revoked this…

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 Expedition Travel: An experience to get excited about!

Expedition travel is suited to curious and intelligent travellers. An expedition voyage is not a tour or a typical cruise; guests are not herded, and there is not always a set daily timetable. The wonders of the destination, with a focus on the often unpredictable natural world, allows for you to create unique experiences daily. In Antarctica especially, considerable time is left open for exploring. You may encounter orcas or humpback whales breaching and can stay to enjoy the magical sight…

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Experience nonstop Dreamliner service from Australia to the United States with United Airlines


United Airlines began nonstop service from Australia to the United States in 1986 and will celebrate 30 years of service in Australia in February 2016. Today, United serves Sydney with nonstop flights from San Francisco and Los Angeles; and Melbourne with nonstop flights from Los Angeles. The airline offers Australian customers more than 200 daily connections via its San Francisco and Los Angeles hubs to over 90 destinations across the U.S.

In March 2016, United will introduce new Boeing…

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Safety Tips for Women who travel alone


If you’re the adventurous type, or you are thinking about touring the world on your own – for business or pleasure, here are a few tips that might come in handy for women travelling on their own.

Choosing a Hotel

  • Smaller is smarter: you want the staff to be familiar with guests and with you. The smaller the lobby, the more noticeable the loiterers.
  • Aim for a well-trafficked street (neighbourhood restaurants and late-night stores mean traffic, corporate offices mean…

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Explore the world through the Virtuoso Life App

Virtuoso Life, published six times a year, spotlights luxury cruising, top vacation destinations, hotel and resort stays, cultural tours, secret spa retreats, and custom itineraries around the globe. Every issue is designed to surprise and delight even the most experienced traveller.


Check out some recent highlights

  • Le Panier's New Artsy Vibe: Find out where to eat, drink, shop, and stay in Mediterranean Marseille’s hilltop neighborhood. Get Details 
  • 6 of L.A.'s Top Koreatown…

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My World this Month: Nikki in Namibia

What inspired you to travel to this particular destination?

I have always wanted to visit Namibia and was very fortunate to be offered a travel agents' educational tour.  I travelled with 3 agents from the US, 2 from Australia and our South African hostess and we were lucky enough to be there for 11 days.


What piece of advice would you give to any families wanting to visit this destination?

Namibia is a very safe and friendly destination, the landscapes and wildlife are stunning.…

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Michelle Adler & Family in the USA & Mexico

Over the 2015/2016 holiday break, Michelle Adler travelled with her family to Los Angeles, San Diego, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley , Page - Antelope Canyon, Las Vegas in USA and
Playa Del Carmen and Cancun in  Mexico.  What an amazing trip!  Check out what Michelle has to say about it all from the weather, to the hotels, the incredible views and also tasting Cactus Fries in Sedona! 



What inspired you to travel to this particular destination?

As a…

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United Airlines to fly Auckland to San Francisco in 2016

Boeing 787 services to launch on new Pacific route from July 2016.

United Airlines has just confirmed the introduction of non-stop flights between Auckland and San Francisco International Airport, effective from 03 July 2016.

Initially operating three times weekly using 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, the service will expand to a daily 787-9 operation from 30 October 2016.

The move sees United resume direct service to New Zealand, with UA vice chairman and chief revenue officer, Jim Compton, saying…

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Aussie departure cards to be axed in 2016

Australian Federation of Travel Agents chief Jason Westbury confirmed that Australian Departure Cards would be made redundant in 2016!

“It’s going, isn’t that exciting?” Westbury told members of the Helloworld summit in Wellington

Westbury said he’d been on an eight year crusade to have the uneccessary cards abolished, arguing the government collects the data it requires when passports are scanned at immigration and flight information is recorded at the gate.


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New Year, New Look & New Website

Welcome to our new website!

It's a new year, we have a new look for our newsletter and now we have a new website!


Over the past few months we have been working hard to deliver our new website; a website that shines the focus on the needs and the wants of travellers; a website that contains lots of great information on holiday ideas, destinations and a wealth of interesting information, tips and tricks and general travel advice for every traveller under our Travel Tools section.  We…

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Vera Visits Amazing Acre and tastes the best Hummus in Israel


Like many fellow travellers, Vera Schwartzbord has been to Israel quite a few times and each time, she tries to take in a new place.

This time it was Acre (Akko); an often overlooked, yet very worthwhile sightseeing destination in Israel.


Although we had already been to Acre 35 years ago – we knew it was going to be a very different experience with our grandchildren along for the ride.

Our 3…

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Sam takes on Hong Kong & China

Sam Skinner, FBI Travel’s Corporate Travel Team Leader, takes us to Hong Kong and mainland China. Here he takes in The Great Wall, The Emerald Valley, The Terracotta Warriors and more, and let’s us in on which question is every local child’s favourite to ask when meeting any tourist.


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