Gone are the days when paying the hotel tariff entitled us to enjoy all the perks our accommodation offered. Today our rooms are full of traps which can drain the pockets of the uninitiated. Here’s our guide to avoiding those pesky accommodation fees. Look out for parking. The days of complementary hotel parking are all […]

Traveling the world for free sounds too good to be true, but if you’re prepared to do a little hard work and forgo some luxuries it’s possible to find accommodation around the globe for nothing, or close to it. If you’ve got an open mind and a limited budget there are endless opportunities for free […]

Planning any trip can be complicated, but details become even more important when trying to organize a longer (multi-week, multi-month) voyage (and doing it on the cheap!). While this proposition can seem overwhelming at first, remember that the end result will be worth all of the work up front. It’s important to keep in mind that laying the groundwork by doing a bit of researching and planning will provide for a much more satisfying (and budget-friendly) travel experience. Use these tips to avoid becoming overwhelmed and exhausted during the planning process (after all, you’ll still need plenty of energy for the trip itself!).

The exclusivity of a boutique hotel means you often need to pay through the nose to stay in one. But it is possible to enjoy this privacy and pampering on a budget if you know where to look. Villa Donati, in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond, is one of the area’s best kept secrets. There […]

It’s a long way from the Land of the Rising Sun, but you can enjoy all of the charms of the Orient Down Under at the Japanese Mountain Retreat. This resort is nestled in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, a 45-minute drive from Victoria’s capital city, Melbourne. The luxurious rooms are kitted out with tatami mats […]

Thousands of tourists are lured by the wide open spaces and rugged terrain of an Australian Outback vacation each year. But a visit to this unforgiving part of the world doesn’t have to mean roughing it. There are several luxurious accommodation options in the heart of Australia’s deserts. The Northern Territory is the heart of […]

Any woman who’s ever sat at home gorging herself on ice-cream and crying over a broken heart has probably wished they were a guy. After all, men seem to need little more than a boozy night with their mates and some strippers to stop the waterworks. Shutting yourself away from the world is a bit […]

The Westin chain recently opened the doors of its first resort in Thailand. The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa is located on Siray Island in the idyllic Thai province of Phuket. The hotel’s location couldn’t be better, with views of Siray Bay, its secluded white beach, and the Indian Ocean. Cross the bridge to […]

Airlie Beach is regarded as the gateway to Australia’s beautiful Whitsunday Island region, but many tourists don’t realize it’s a gorgeous vacation destination in its own right. You don’t need to go island hopping to feel pampered in far north Queensland, as this hidden mainland gem has you covered. Airlie’s main beach is located at […]

Many Asian locations are about the culture and rich history, but not Hong Kong. A visit to this thoroughly modern country is simply an excuse to spoil yourself! Get yourself into holiday mode with a trip to The Oriental Spa at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental. Measuring a whopping 2300 meters square, it’s not surprising to […]