From 1 November 2021, fully vaccinated Australian travellers have been able to depart Australia without an exemption. However, this is not a return to the pre-pandemic travel environment. Understandably, many would-be Aussie holidaymakers have been concerned about the impact the pandemic could have on their health and their travel plans. With the revival of the travel insurance industry, Australians desperate for a holiday can now make plans to travel with the peace of mind that they are covered if COVID-19 disrupts their trip.Read more
The Whitsundays, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, is an iconic Australian holiday destination famous with visitors the world over. This must-see natural wonder is an especially magical place, often appearing on bucket lists all over the world. It's not hard to see why! The stunning islands and breathtaking World Heritage listed natural environments make this a unique place that must be seen to be believed. Home to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, there are wonders waiting for you around every corner in The Whitsundays. For the most unforgettable island holiday experience, we've put together our list of the 7 Wonders of The Whitsundays.Read more
With so few places we've been able to travel recently, many would-be holidaymakers have been facing the prospect of returning to familiar destinations. Whether your original travel plans were interrupted, or you simply have nowhere else you're allowed to travel, it's easy to feel like you're stuck in the same old holiday humdrum. Except it doesn't have to be like this! Doing the same holiday again but differently is the perfect way to add some excitement to your travel plans. Here are the top 5 ways to revamp your vacay with a holiday do over.Read more
Global events have meant that we are exploring our own backyard now more than ever. With fewer destinations a possibility it seems like every man and his family have booked out every hotel and holiday park in the country. There's no denying availability is a challenge. Your best bet for a fantastic family holiday is to look a little bit further than the usual spots. Australia is an amazing country with a vast array of hidden gems if you know where to look. We've put together our top 5 off the beaten track family friendly holidays.Read more
The world has changed a lot in the last 12 months, not least of which has been our ability (or lack thereof) to explore it thanks to international border closures resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic. Although there are some concerns regarding travel at this time, there is also plenty in favour of taking a trip. We weigh up the pros and cons of taking a holiday in the new COVID normal to help you decide if it is worth travelling right now.Read more
Cruises are renowned as one of the best options for easy and affordable holidays. In fact, they’re one of very few travel options that include all of your accommodation, transport, meals and sometimes even drinks for a fraction of what it would cost to book all of the above separately on a regular land-based holiday. However there are even more ways to save when it comes to cruise deals. From early bird savers to re-positioning cruises, here are 5 amazing ways to save big on your next cruise holiday.Read more
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and while you’re scrambling for gift ideas, your other half is dreaming of much more than the same old roses and chocolates. And really, flowers and treats don’t really cut it when it comes to gifts for men. So we have a few Valentine’s Day gift ideas for you. Essentially, it all comes down to the fact that you both deserve a break. After all, spending some quality time together will not only earn you brownie points, but regardless of your budget, we’ve got Valentine’s Day escapes that cost about the same as a meal at a nice restaurant.Read more
From the cliffs of Santorini, to the lush jungle of Fiji, the biggest moment of your life deserves a special place to commemorate it. So, to help inspire your proposal planning, we’ve rounded up the most romantic destinations from across the world.Read more
Ahh Bali, it’s the place where many Aussies go to par-tae. And while, there's still an abundance of backpacker bars and 24 hour techno clubs, it seems that Bali’s partying options have matured significantly in recent years.
Say hello to Bali’s newest party trend: Beach Clubs.Read more
There are a growing number of pet-friendly travel destinations throughout the world. With pet friendly attractions, dedicated dog parks and pet friendly hotels complete with mini bars, room service and pet walking services, the opportunities are endless! Pet travel is on the rise and it’s a great option for those wanting to experience new destinations with their beloved fur-child.
However, travelling with your pets isn’t as simple as packing their food and hitting the road. Pet travel can be expensive, not to mention stressful for your four-legged friend. There are various factors to consider when it comes to travelling with your pet. Here, we have listed some pros and cons of pet travel to help you decide whether to travel with your pet.Read more
Do you ever feel guilty leaving your pet at home while you go away on holiday? We get it: it's a bit ruff. That adorable fluffy face, those sad eyes looking into your soul, and that disappointed sigh as you walk out the door with no leash in hand. While travelling with pets used to be quite the challenge, today, there are a growing number of destinations embracing a pet friendly policy. So if you're wondering, "Where are the best pet friendly destinations in Australia?" We've got the top destinations right here.
From beaches to bush land, here are the best pet friendly destinations on Australia's east coast.Read more
Just when you thought you were well travelled, these jet-setting pets are here to one up you with their envious holidays and impressive collection of passport stamps. From high-flying doggos to island hopping chickens, these privileged pets are seeing the world in style.
Here are 5 jet-setting pets who travel better than we do.Read more
Pets are an integral part of so many Australian families, in fact more than one in five Australians own a dog. For many paw-rents, holidays just aren’t the same without their four-legged friend. But despite the joy that comes with holidaying with your dog, it can sometimes be stressful for both you and your pup. However, with some careful preparation and planning, you can ensure a safe and comfortable holiday for all.
Here are 8 tips and tricks for travelling with your dog.Read more
2020 is just around the corner, so it's time to start mapping out your travel plans for the new year. So if you're wondering "Where should I travel next year?" you've come to the right place. From relaxing beach escapes in the South Pacific, to cultural adventures in Malta, TravelOnline has rounded up the Top 10 Destinations for 2020.Read more
It's that time of year again, we’re saying goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020. A new decade, a new year of hope, goals and opportunity. As you look back on 2019, how many of New Year’s resolutions did you accomplish? If your answer is "not many" or "none", perhaps it’s time to start planning for the New Year. And, if your resolutions for 2020 involve more travel, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 5 travel resolutions you can actually stick to.Read more
Holidays should be relaxing, however travelling with family, particularly at Christmas time, isn’t always the most joyful experience. Whether the whole family is heading overseas or just living it up in a holiday house by the beach, tensions can run high. But never fear, we’re here to rescue you from a grinchy Christmas with our top 5 tips on how to survive the silly season with family and friends.Read more
There are many factors to consider when selecting an airline. From cost and baggage to in-flight entertainment and Wi-Fi, the choices are endless when it comes to flying. And sometimes, it can be difficult to know what your airfare actually includes.
At first, your budget airfare may look affordable, but when you add on the baggage, in-flight refreshments and entertainment, does it really work out cheaper? Do budget airlines offer the best value for money, or do the full-service airlines justify the higher price?
We’ve compared two of Australia’s top airlines, Jetstar and Qantas to help you determine which airline is right for you.
Should I fly Jetstar or Qantas?... Read on to find out.Read more
As Christmas carols start to fill the shopping centres and strange bearded men sit children upon their knee for the annual family photo, there’s no denying that Christmas time is near. It’s a time of year that is synonymous with tradition, however with annual leave fast approaching, we can’t help but be thinking of traditions of a different kind. Whether big or small, travel traditions are the perfect way to create lasting memories on every trip you take.Read more
Going on holiday used to be all about indulging. Indulging on food, indulging on alcohol and indulging on sleep. However, travellers are now seeking a different way to travel, and using their holidays to become happier and healthier.
Say hello to wellness tourism, the $639 billion industry that's growing at a rate more than double general tourism. Considering that 84% of Aussies travel to relax and unwind, it's no surprise that wellness holidays are a growing trend.Read more
A dream destination bursting with culture, adventure and natural beauty, the Maldives is a special place unlike anywhere else on earth. Here you will find absolute luxury, breathtakingly beautiful beaches, coconut filled palm trees and glistering crystalline waters that make this place the definition of paradise. With its countless islands and luxe accommodation settings, it's no wonder that the Maldives is one of the world's most popular destinations. From where to stay, what to do and what time of year to visit, here’s exactly how to plan the perfect Maldives holiday.Read more
Discover the world’s best destinations that are upping the green factor. From hotels & resorts committed to reducing energy consumption, to sustainable holiday activities that give back to the local communities, these eco-friendly escapes tick all the boxes for a feel-good holiday experience.Read more
With its jaw-dropping scenery, impossibly blue water and long stretches of stunning coral reefs, it's not hard to see why the Maldives are one of the world's most coveted destinations. But beyond the picture-perfect images and overwater villas there’s more to learn about this surprising archipelago.
Think you know the Maldives? Think again. From misconceptions such as “it’s only for the rich and famous” to “there’s nothing to do there”, we set straight the most common myths about this slice of paradise.Read more
Nobody likes a cancelled flight, but whether you fly a little, or a lot, it’s bound to happen to everyone at some point. In 2018, the Australian Government estimated that 2.1% of all flights across Australia were cancelled. So, if you’re one of the unlucky ones affected by flight delays or cancellations, what compensation are you entitled to?Read more
Unless your trip was a major disaster, the only downside about a holiday is coming home and returning to everyday life. After all the relaxing, shopping, eating, sightseeing and indulging, the thought of going back to the normal 9 – 5 is enough to bring on the post-holiday blues. In fact, 56.4% of Aussies return from holidays feeling sad that it’s over. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Follow the 5 tips below to keep the good vibes going and combat those post-holiday blues.Read more
Whether it’s a public holiday or planned time off from work, a long weekend is the perfect excuse for a spontaneous holiday. And while it may be tempting to explore more of your own backyard, there are plenty of overseas destinations that are perfect for a three-day getaway.
Sometimes a short break is all you need to reset the body and mind, in fact 66% of Aussies admit that they feel refreshed and energised after returning from holidays. So, if you’re seeking a sun-kissed tropical escape just hours from Aussie shores, consider the following destinations for your next long weekend vacay.Read more
If you’re desperately craving a holiday but lack the time, money and annual leave to make it happen, a staycation is just what you need. The perfect way to fall in love with your city all over again, a staycation allows you to be a tourist in your own town and see the sights from a new perspective. Best of all, if you live in Australia, there are plenty of local getaways right at your fingertips. So, cancel those weekend plans, pack your bags and get ready to enjoy some homegrown R&R.Read more
There’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book, switching off from the world and being transported to another universe. From imaginary places where mythical creatures rule the land, to ancient civilizations steeped in exotic culture, books have the power to spark a sense of wanderlust with each turn of the page. Regardless of age, reading takes us on a journey of imagination, exploration and adventure. Ultimately, many of the books we read as children have inspired us to see the world.
Here are 5 childhood stories that inspired our travels.Read more
There’s no question about it, holidays are amazing. It’s the time where you can do whatever you like, go wherever you please, indulge in delicious food and wine, spend days lying on a tropical beach and spend time with loved ones, all without thinking about work. But believe it or not, holidays are actually great for your health too! Not convinced? Read on to discover the 4 ways that holidays benefit our health and well-being.Read more
With over 100 hotels & resorts to choose from, planning your Vanuatu holiday can seem a little daunting. After all you just want to relax in tropical paradise, right? To help make your decision a little easier, we’ve outlined some of our favourite Vanuatu resorts to suit your individual travel style. From family friendly holidays and group travel adventures to romantic getaways and luxury escapes, Vanuatu has something for everyone. .Read more
It’s no surprise that Aussies love to travel. In fact, we’re known for it worldwide. Everywhere you go, no matter how far or obscure, you can always guarantee you’ll run into another Aussie traveller. Whether it’s lying on the beach in Thailand, or exploring the local villages in Vietnam, travel is in our blood and its part of our culture. We travel far and wide, for a good time and for a long time, but the question is why?
Why do Aussies really take holidays?Read more
A question we get asked time and time again by travellers is “When is the best time to visit X?” While there is no definitive answer, the best time to travel depends on a number of factors such as the destination, pricing, weather and demand. When deciding on dates to travel, it helps to know the pros and cons of travelling in different seasons. Peak season, school holidays and the off-season vary significantly, so be sure to consider the following factors before booking your next holiday.Read more
In a recent survey, TravelOnline found that 65% of Australian workers are influenced to travel by their work. Out of these respondents 17% of people admit to feeling constantly filled with holiday envy from their co-workers and 32% of people feel the pressure from their co-workers to tick more items off their bucket list. So, what is it about our co-workers that fills us with so much holiday envy?Read more
In a recent survey, TravelOnline found that 68% of Australian parents travel without their kids some or all of the time. Out of these respondents, 11% leave their kids at home every time they travel and 12% of respondents say that travelling with the family is difficult because of the high cost. Taking a holiday without the kids, is something that every couple should experience. And although it may be hard to leave the little ones at home, “a couple only” has many significant benefits. From allowing you more freedom to holiday exactly the way you want, to saving you time and money, a holiday without the kids can do wonders for your relationship and provide some quality time to relax and unwind. Everyone deserves a break sometimes, so here are the top reasons to travel without the kids.Read more
Do you ever feel trapped in the mundane routine of everyday life? Meetings, deadlines, schedules and expectations can make life feel like a never-ending blur that's difficult to break out of and sometimes we need a little extra motivation to help us achieve our goals. Here are 5 reasons why you should have a travel bucket list...Read more
While Hong Kong has a reputation for being one of the world's most expensive cities, this urban jungle is packed full of budget friendly activities and sights to be seen. Whether you're chasing adventure, culture or the great outdoors, you can enjoy the best this city has to offer without breaking the bank. Here are the top 6 free things to do in Hong Kong.Read more
From Cardrona to The Remarkables, New Zealand's breathtaking landscapes provide the ultimate playground for snow bunnies and ski enthusiasts. While NZ ski is a family holiday favourite, hitting the slopes can be a costly adventure. When you factor in flights, accommodation, lift passes, ski gear, transfers and food, things can add up very quickly and make family holidays seem near impossible. However, with some careful planning and savvy spending it is possible to ski on a budget. Here are 5 money saving hacks for a NZ ski holiday.Read more
Whether you’re a seasoned globetrotter or first time flyer, it's likely you'll experience jet lag at some point throughout your travels. Jet lag occurs when your circadian rhythm (body clock) is out of whack. Your body thinks it's in a different time zone, when it's physically somewhere else, so it gets confused, restless and a little silly. While there's no quick cure or magic pill to avoid jet lag completely, there are some simple steps you can take to help minimise the effects. Read on to discover our top 5 ways to beat jet lag.Read more
Located in the heart of the Andaman sea, Thailand is a magnificent holiday destination that draws millions of tourists from across the globe. Thailand's 76 provinces offer a spectacular range of unforgettable holiday experiences. Providing something for everyone from rest and relaxation, beautiful beaches and scenery, to incredible shopping, delicious cuisines and a vibrant nightlife. Each region exudes its own unique charm and attractions but choosing which one is right for you can be difficult, especially when they all look so damn good! Here, we have outlined four of Thailand's most popular destinations and all of the must-see attractions to make your decision that little bit easier.
Read on to discover which Thailand destination is right for you...Read more
Thailand is that special place where days melt from one to the next beneath balmy tropical skies and a sea speckled with islands delivering the sun-kissed holiday of your dreams. What was once a backpacker hotspot, has transformed into a spectacular and fun-loving destination that is both beautiful and culturally fascinating. Perfect for families, Thailand boasts wonderful tropical weather, beautiful beaches and exciting attractions that are guaranteed to impress. From the tropical shores of Phuket to the magical Phi Phi Islands, families are spoilt for choice across a range of world class accommodation specifically catered for children. If you're looking for an amazing yet inexpensive beach holiday for the whole family, look no further than tropical Thailand.
Here are 5 reasons why Thailand is perfect for families.Read more
The global souvenir industry is worth hundreds of millions of dollars and acts as a vital source of income for many countries around the world. For many of us, souvenir shopping is also a major part of our holiday experience. Whether it's to collect holiday keepsakes, interact with the local culture, or buy gifts for friends and family, souvenir shopping is a popular way to create holiday memories and buy items we couldn’t necessarily obtain back home. But, have you ever thought about where the souvenirs really come from? Are the products that you're buying truly supporting the local economy, or are they undermining local craftsman and businesses?Read more
Ahh Japan… it’s that quirky country where historic wonders meet Hello Kitty cafes, robot restaurants and real life Mario Kart. It's where you can order hot coffee from a vending machine, spend days exploring ancient temples and ski the powdery slopes of Hakuba. Japan is a unique destination with plenty of weird and wonderful things to discover. However, there may be one thing about your visit to Japan that you’re approaching with some trepidation – the food. Still you shouldn’t be intimidated by the possibilities that await you on the menu. We’ve taste tested Japan beyond the sushi, to find the top 8 foods to try on your next Japan adventure.Read more
Whether it's to explore ancient wonders in Vietnam, marvel at the skyscrapers in Bangkok or take in the sights of Singapore, there are so many reasons to explore Asia. While Asia attracts many visitors for the alluring culture and attractions, one of the most popular reasons tourists visit Asia is for the food. Boasting a fusion of flavours, enticing tastes and delightful delicacies, Asia has so much to offer the foodie abroad. Here's where you can feast on Asia's best food markets.Read more
Boasting soaring skylines, enthralling attractions and vibrant nightlife, Bangkok is a bustling metropolis brimming with culture and adventure. A contemporary city where ancient temples rise against a concrete jungle, Bangkok comes alive as the sun goes down. While the urban streets provide an endless playground of entertainment and fun, it's above the clouds where the Bangkok nightlife thrives. Here are 5 of the best rooftop bars in Bangkok.Read more
As the silly season winds down and February fast approaches, many have already forgotten those ambitious New Year's resolutions made over one too many cocktails on New Years Eve. Whether your resolutions were to exercise more, de-clutter, save for that house deposit or spend more time with loved ones, it's not too late to fulfill those resolutions and actually achieve a lot more than you think. It doesn’t need to be difficult or overwhelming by any means, and it can be done with one simple solution. Here’s how you can achieve all of your New Years Resolutions by travelling more.Read more
When booking a flight to Asia, it can be difficult to know which airline is right for you. Considerations like price, seats, flight times, loyalty programs and even food can all be massive deal breakers (or deal makers) depending on what's important to you. With so many flights, routes and carriers to choose from, we understand the confusion travellers face when booking a flight to Asia. So, to help you plan your next holiday with ease, we have narrowed down 5 of the best airlines to fly to Asia with based on ratings, reviews, awards and service.Read more
A tropical island of iconic rice paddies, surging surf breaks and glistening coastline, Bali is a one of a kind holiday destination. Known for its laid back lifestyle and unparalleled attractions, Bali offers travellers the choice of ultimate adventure or complete leisure. Whether you're seeking an action packed adventure or lazy beachside escape, Bali is the kind of destination that meets every kind of holiday expectation. Here are 7 photos that prove Bali is always a good idea.Read more
Striking the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation, Bali offers travellers the choice to explore the great outdoors, discover verdant landscapes and completely unwind in the tranquil surrounds. Bali villas are the ideal accommodation for families seeking an amazing tropical escape. Offering the ultimate in privacy, service and value for money, these Bali villas provide families a spacious and comfortable sanctuary right in the heart of Bali's most popular regions. With some villas even offering private pools, butler service and onsite chefs, families can experience luxury at its finest. Here are 4 amazing Bali villas for families.Read more
Many budget conscious travellers rely on savvy airfare shopping to save on the cost of a holiday. While some like to hedge their bets and nab a discounted airfare with a last minute seat filler, others prefer to book far in advance rather than risk price hikes due to limited availability. Of course, the seasonality of flight prices also makes it difficult to find the best dates for your holiday.Read more
Do you ever find yourself dreaming of more holidays? Wondering how on earth you're going to see the world with just 20 days of annual leave? Contemplating if you should just quit your job, pack your bags and head straight to the airport? Well there's no need to worry, because with some careful and strategic planning you can turn those 20 days in to 45+ days, allowing enough time for 4 international escapes and a couple of cheeky weekend getaways.Read more
Its the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas day is almost here, and there's a little more magic in the air than usual. Depending on where you are in the world Christmas is celebrated a little differently. For those in the Northern hemisphere, Christmas means rugging up with every item of warm clothing in your wardrobe and staying nice and cosy indoors. However, in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas is all about spending days in the sun, having BBQ's by the beach with and sipping on some ice cold beers.
Both Winter and Summer Christmas have their own unique traditions and festivities, but the question is... which does it better? Read on to discover our Winter vs Summer Christmas showdown and you be the judge!Read more
With less than two weeks until Christmas, the countdown is officially on and it's time to step up your gift giving game. If you've got someone in your life who loves travel and adventure, forget the scented candles, socks and undies this year and gift then something they will actually love. Stuck for ideas? Check out our last minute gift guide for the travel addict in your life.Read more
Ahh Christmas… it's that special time of year where we celebrate with our loved ones, forget that calories actually exist and indulge in some seriously delicious roast turkey. It's all about decorating the tree, cracking open the bon bons and eating fried caterpillars… wait what?Read more
A stunning collection of islands showcasing sugar-sand beaches, technicolour tropical reefs and crystal clear azure waters, the Pacific Islands are almost dream like in their perfection. Here are 10 photos that will make you want to visit.Read more
Attracting over 2.7 million visitors each year, Australia is a spectacular continent rich in beauty, culture and natural attractions. Boasting red rock deserts, turquoise tropical waters, and wondrous wetlands, the Australian landscape is as unique as they come. While many Aussies tend to venture abroad for their holidays, they just don't realise the incredible natural beauty on offer in our own backyard. So, if you're planning a trip to the land down under, or just want to explore some of the amazing country we call home, here are some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites to add to your Australia itinerary.Read more
The world is full of endless magical natural wonders that appear as though they are straight out of a fairy-tale. From spectacular snow-capped mountains and ice-covered lakes to tropical turquoise waters and technicolour coral reefs, mother nature is oh so stunning. So, whether you're planning your next holiday escape, or just need some travel inspiration we've compiled a list of 5 natural landscapes so incredible you won't believe they’re real.Read more
Summer is fast approaching, and we're longing for endless days filled with golden sand beaches, shimmering blue waves and sun kissed skin. If you're anything like us and are dreaming of summer adventures, there is no better way to make the most of your holiday leave than by island hopping around some of the most beautiful destinations on the planet.Read more
Australians love any excuse for a party whether it’s a BBQ at a mate's place, or inside a beer hall dressed in a dirndl, Australians love to get together and celebrate life! So, it's no surprise that we love Oktoberfest! Boasting endless amounts of beer, vibrant celebrations and all you can eat giant pretzels, Oktoberfest is a spectacular German festival that Australians just can't get enough of.Read more
Travel has a reputation of testing our immune system. Different foods & drinks, lack of sleep, sun exposure and new environments can really take its toll on our bodies. However, with a few simple tricks you can stay healthy and spend your travels feeling fresh and eager to explore. Here are our top tips for how to avoid getting sick on holiday.Read more
One of the best things about travel is the opportunity to indulge on local cuisines and treat yourself as you unwind and relax. However, it can be easy to give in to temptations, overindulge at the buffet and forget that calories do actually count. When returning home, it can feel as though we have really let ourselves go and fallen out of routine. But don’t worry, maintaining healthy habits while travelling isn’t as scary as it sounds, and you can do it while still enjoying yourself. Here are our top tips for maintaining healthy habits on holiday.Read more
Arguably the only thing better than finally exploring your dream destination is to experience it with the ones you love most. This said, it's not uncommon for seemingly perfect companionships to dissolve on the road. Read on for our simple measures to ensure you land back home with relationships that are stronger than ever.Read more
At TravelOnline HQ we love family travel. We love the intense periods of bonding, the challenges and unanticipated stories that weave themselves into family lore (hindsight is a wonderful thing). We love the friendships made in the resort pool, the funny food and watching their capacity to adapt grow. For our first-timers we’ve compiled our top tips for travelling with kidsRead more
One of the best things about travel is how it can bring the world closer, connect cultures and highlight just how much more we have in common than we may have realised. When heading abroad we like to find a tour or activity that will bring us in contact with locals and introduce us to a side of the country we may not otherwise have noticed. Here you’ll find a few ideas as to how you can pull back the veil and discover the rich stories beneath.Read more
When heading somewhere new, we always try to dedicate a day or two to directionless exploration. Setting off in the morning, we’ll follow the streets, peer into shop windows and people watch from local cafes. We’ll try unusual street foods and chat to locals, spend time getting lost and learning our way. Here are some of our favourite destinations cities to discover on foot.Read more
While research has a reputation for tedium, we find that it can be just as worthwhile watching an engaging clip or documentary as it is reading a travel guide. Here we've compiled short videos and resources that offer unique insight and perspective into some of our favourite holiday destinations. If you're unsure of where you'd like to go next, or feel like you need a quick destination primer, this is the place to start!Read more
Checking out from daily life, holidays are about rejuvenation. We head away to release built-up stress, to seek a change of scene and learn from unfamiliar experiences. Slow travel is about opting for indepth experiences rather than hitting the most sights; it’s about getting to know new cultures and learning their perspective. When slowing down we avoid travel fatigue, we foster rich memories and we actually get the chance to relax and simply do nothing at all.Read more
Boasting stunning resorts, vast beaches and a unique city beat, Honolulu has a lot to offer the first time visitor. However if you’ve been before, or are planning on staying longer than a week, you’ll understand the urge to move beyond the cocktail bar and discover the Honolulu that has so many locals enchanted. Here we’ve compiled a short guide to our favourite not-so-touristy haunts in this tropical capital.Read more
Dive beneath the picture perfect beach holiday to find a world of natural wonders, diverse culture and incredible food. We've brought together a few of our favourite holiday destinations and the unique attractions that offer an exciting, remarkably different perspective of familiar holiday haunts.Read more
2017 was dubbed the International Year of Sustainable Tourism, but now it’s over, what have we learnt and how can we ensure that this is a trend that’s here to stay? Read on for just some of the things you and your travel companions can do next time you head on holiday.Read more
As the cold snap descends and school holidays near, it’s only natural to start thinking of warmer pastures. While still a few weeks away yet, we like to book our winter escape early so as to provide a little motivation through the darker days. It’s in those moments that your feet first touch the cold morning tiles, or you head to work in wet mist only to return under darkness, that a pre-planned Vitamin C break becomes a symbol of resilience and strength. Here we’ve compiled a little list of the sultry destinations that caught our attention this year; now it’s just a matter of counting down.Read more
It's one of those dreams that often remains just that, a dream. Sell everything, pack up and head out into the world. When kids come along, that dream just floats a little further beyond reach. In reality, could you keep moving in perpetuity? For families with a dream to escape (if even for a weekend), this is the place to start.Read more
Despite the tour buses which power through the nearly five hour drive from Melbourne to the 12 Apostles in an afternoon, the Great Ocean Road is best experienced over a number of days (or weeks if you can spare it). Sheer cliffs overlook the expansive, brilliant blue Bass Strait with each turn bringing yet another spectacular view.Read more
In just two years, the number of people Googling solo travel has increased by 40% according to Solo Traveller. Similarly, one in four people admit to planning a solo adventure for 2018. So who are these people taking the plunge? According to one survey, this is a female-led movement with 72.4% of women sharing a desire to travel alone while only 27.6% of men are willing to do the same.Read more
Dreaming of far away places is what we do here at TravelOnline. Curating the ultimate holidays, complete with azure blue waters and plenty of time for pool-side cocktails, we’re tirelessly negotiating the best island package getaways and awe-inspiring destinations for your next escape. Here we’ve compiled some of our favourite digital travellers and destination guides, inspiring us through the working week.Read more
Cocktails have been a part of travel for longer than you may think. In fact, as far back as WWII, returned servicemen have been bringing home rum-soaked recipes for navy grog and other tropical delights from their journeys to the Pacific. Although these days, we associate tropical cocktail menus with relaxing beach holidays.Read more
Senior graduates from all over Australia have come to look forward to that magic time of year when their studies are over and they can finally let their hair down and celebrate. Famously known as ‘schoolies’, these end-of-year festivities have traditionally been celebrated on Queensland’s Gold Coast with a variety of organised activities and outdoor concerts. However, it seems school-leavers are increasingly opting to party in alternative beachside holiday destinations. A favourite for Aussies thanks to its affordability and close proximity, Bali schoolies is becoming increasingly popular with Australian high school graduates.Read more
There are many excuses we tell ourselves that hold us back from travelling. We often tell ourselves that we don’t have the time, or the money, or the motivation to plan it all. However these excuses are only true if we allow them to be. Holiday packages can take the hassle out of booking, forgoing that expensive coffee every day will soon add up to a decent chunk of savings and the only time you have is now so it pays to make time to travel. Travelling improves your life in so many ways and what it gives back to you is worth so much more than just the cost of your trip. Just in case you needed a little reminder, we’ve put together a list of 10 ways travelling makes you a better person.Read more
Australians are some of the most well-travelled people on earth and despite having a pretty great country of our own, there’s nothing we love more than getting out and exploring the rest of the word. Still, our little island is quite a ways away from some of our favourite holiday destinations and long hours of flying are often required to reach our vacation destinations. While you can’t really control your fellow passengers or the affect they have on you, there is certainly plenty you can do for yourself to make a long plane ride much more agreeable so we've put together are our top 10 tips for surviving long haul flights.Read more
It seems everyone dreams of amazing journeys and is mentally preparing some kind of travel bucket list that’s packed with potentially life-changing trips all over the globe. However money, career and family commitments can all impact your ability to make those dreams a reality…at least for now. Still, that doesn’t mean that you need to miss out on the wonders of being a tourist. Why not share the love a little closer to home?Read more
Airport security is perhaps the least enjoyable aspect of travelling and with security on the increase in airports all over the world, it’s only getting more and more time consuming. Wait times at security check points can get a bit ridiculous, particularly at busy airports, and if you’re cutting it fine to make your flight it can mean the beginning of your holiday is far more stressful than it needs to be. As experienced travellers, we know that getting through airport security is a refined science so we’ve put together the top five tips to get you through airport security faster.Read more
Tropical island holiday destinations are famous for their snorkelling and diving opportunities, but if you’re new to the game you may not know which option is for you. However, after flying in over that crystal clear water and being able to see the coral reefs that rest below the surface, the one thing you do know is that you’ve got to get down there to check it out. One of the biggest Hawaii attractions is the crystal clear water that’s just begging to be explored. Still if you’ve never snorkelled or dived, you might be struggling to decide which you should give a try.Read more
With the end of winter in sight, we can’t be the only ones whose thoughts are turning to summer holiday plans. While it’s more fun to think about kicking back on the beach without a care in the world, there are some important safety tips to consider when you’re travelling. It’s not just about staying safe while you’re abroad, it’s also important to ensure you keep your home safe while you’re away. If you’re not careful, you might find yourself in a situation that stings more than your sunburn. We’ve put together these 5 tips to help you have the safest holiday yet.Read more
Travelling is more than just a holiday. It truly can change your life. Whether it celebrates a milestone in your life or signifies financial or emotional freedom, it can represent so much more than a break from the mundane. Perhaps it provided you with a job that has changed your life, perhaps it helped you to move past a difficult time or perhaps it just helped you to meet someone special. Whatever travel means to you, we want to know how it changed your life. So we put it out on social media and asked the question, how as travel changed your life? Here are some of the responses we got, some of them are pretty incredible!Read more
It’s that time of year again. You’ve been collecting your receipts for months and now those little slips of paper will hopefully score you a refund from the tax man. If you’re like us then you’ve probably already been dreaming about how you’ll spend your tax return. Forget about paying off your credit card (as if), don’t settle for small – dream big!Read more
While remaining connected on holidays is vital for some (how else are you going to make your friends and family jealous?), for many, technology is an unwelcome intrusion into their down time. Baby Boomers in particular show a clear preference for unplugging from the digital world when on holiday.Read more
Bali already has a pretty well-established reputation as an affordable holiday destination, however that doesn’t mean you’ll be slumming it in backpacker accommodation. In fact, it’s entirely possible to indulge your champagne tastes in Bali while sticking to a beer budget. Whether sparkling wine or Bintang is your thing, you’ll have plenty of money left over to enjoy both with this guide to Bali holidays for the budget conscious traveller.Read more
Fiji weddings are becoming increasingly popular and it’s not hard to see why. Consider the romantic secluded islands, spectacular beaches, friendly smiling locals and the excellent currency conversion rate – it’s simply paradise on earth. Coupled with the fact that many Fiji resorts have addressed the increasing demand of this market by introducing wedding packages, Fiji weddings are a convenient and affordable way to plan your big day.Read more
It’s summer school holidays in Australia and as the temperatures rise, so too do your stress levels. You and the kids made it through Christmas, but as the excitement of their new toys begins to dim you realise there are still 4 weeks until the school term starts. If you’re feeling exhausted and have exhausted all your usual school holiday activities, we’ve put together some alternative options with our top tips for the best Aussie summer holiday.Read more
Thailand holidays are tropical, warm and humid practically all year round although seasonal changes do occur throughout the north and south. Thailand’s climate is characterised by high temperatures, high levels of humidity and plenty of sunny days, except during the monsoon when the majority of rainfall occurs.Read more
It’s that time of year again. The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer and you’re starting to daydream about your summer holidays. After working hard all year, you’ve got just enough left in the tank to get you through Christmas and then it’s time to recharge your batteries. Time off in summer means time out with the family, away from sleepovers and sporting commitments. Family holidays mean swimming in the ocean, sun kissed skin, salt water dried in your hair and eating mangoes by the tray. So, how do you afford a holiday without breaking the bank? Read on.Read more
Babymoon’s are one the newest trends in travelling. Except they’re not really, it’s just their name that is. For a long time, parents-to-be have been taking romantic or relaxing breaks before their baby is born. Often women decide to travel while pregnant in order to enjoy a last holiday before their newborn baby arrives and puts their travel plans on hold. However many wonder if it is safe to travel while pregnant, whether travel insurance will cover them and what they should pack in order to make themselves comfortable. There’s a lot to consider, so we’ve put together a guide for soon-to-be-parents going on their babymoon. It covers everything from what you should to talk to your doctor about plus handy advice on packing, foods you should avoid while abroad and tips to help you stay comfortable.Read more
I recently went on my first Bali holiday and, I’m not going to lie, was pretty excited about the idea of getting a massage every day for about the same price as I’d pay for my cup of coffee back home. Ok, I may be exaggerating a little, but only slightly. Sure, everybody knows about Bali’s beaches but I’d also heard from family and friends just how cheap the massages and spa treatments are in Bali so they were at the top of my list. Boy was I ready to be pampered. I wasn’t, however, expecting to be converted to the church of the latter day Balinese massage.Read more
Vanuatu – a land of sprawling beaches and even wider smiles. A stunning island in the Pacific, Vanuatu is a popular holiday destination thanks to its relaxing tropical vibes and breathtaking natural attractions. Yet there is a stranger side to this island nation, an extraordinary following in a tiny village on the southeast coast of one of Vanuatu’s most populous islands. You won’t find it in any guide books and you certainly won’t be able to join a tour there but in the shadow of the active volcano Mount Yasur in Lamakara on Tanna Island you’ll find one of the last remaining Cargo Cults.Read more
The Whitsundays have always been a beloved holiday destination with people all over Australia, however a recent survey has ranked the islands among the top 10 most popular Australian regional holiday destinations. The Whitsundays have been a favourite holiday hotspot in Australia for decades. It’s really no surprise when you consider it’s easier than trying to organise your passport for an overseas holiday. With wonderful weather all year round, the islands are particularly popular during the winter holidays. Let’s take a look at what makes this North Queensland region so special.Read more
Father’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to step up your gift giving game. Forget about socks and jocks, your dad deserves so much more than new underwear. After all this is the guy who turned up to all your footy games, gave you your first sip of beer and taught you how to change a tyre. Get dad something he really wants this Father’s Day and spend some quality time together doing something that he loves. Stuck for inspiration? Check out our gift guide for the top 5 Father’s Day getaways for you and the old man.Read more
Once a popular stopover location, Aussie visitors are now flocking to Malaysia to tick off some of their world-class ‘must-see’ attractions and experiences. A short stopover is not enough to fully appreciate this truly extraordinary part of the world. Malaysia holidays really are a ‘choose your own adventure’ encounter. From trendy fashionistas to intrepid travellers and families to foodies, there are niches and nooks to embrace every kind of visitor. There is so much to see and do in this cultural melting pot, but here are 6 must see things to experience in Malaysia.Read more
Kauai is the oldest island in Hawaii and you don’t get to be six million years old without holding on to a few secrets. There are lots of things we do know about Kauai, including how beautiful it is but there are also quite a few things you probably don’t know. Packed into this little island is everything from primeval ‘Jurassic Park’ rainforest to palm-fringed beaches, sheer cliffs, emerald ravines, thundering waterfalls, majestic canyons and valleys. Some of Kauai’s best kept secrets are only accessible by helicopter, boat or some serious hiking. It’s time you discovered the true Kauai.Read more
The tropical island paradise of Fiji is one of the most popular holiday destinations for Aussies. In fact, last year almost 310,000* Australians visited the pristine shores of Fiji. From the snorkeller’s heaven of the Mamanuca Islands to the private oasis of the Coral Coast and the world class golfing and cruising region of Denarau, there are more than 100 hotels and resorts to choose from. With so many options, planning your Fiji holidays can seem a little bit daunting. To help make your decision a bit easier, we’ve put together our pick of the top 10 resorts in Fiji.Read more
Australia is known for its stunning landscapes, beautiful beaches and laid-back locals. It is also home of the Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef, UGG Boots, and of course kangaroos and koalas. Before you hop in your car hire and start exploring the Land Down Under, there are some things you should know.Read more
It’s the greatest rivalry in Australian sports. Queensland v New South Wales. These two teams have been battling it out for almost 40 years. It’s basically Australia’s answer to the Super Bowl and whether you follow rugby league or not, the whole country is consumed by this long-standing rivalry. It’s not just on the field where tensions run high. This competitive streak spills over into other areas too, including the tourism industry. Each state is adamant that it offers the best, that it IS the best. So while the two states battle it out on the sporting field, we take a look at how they stack up as holiday destinations. Who will claim the ultimate victory?Read more
The travel guides tell us that Thailand holidays are all about tropical beaches, elephant rides and incredible temples and while all that is true, we also know that there are some wacky and wondrous experiences to be had. From drinking out of little plastic bags to selling gasoline in whiskey bottles by the roadside (beware of that one!), there are plenty of weird and wonderful things to see while in Thailand. Although they make great stories to tell your friends, some of them you’d probably rather avoid having to experience firsthand. Dive head first into the wonderful, but prepare yourself for some of the stranger things you may see.Read more
Are you a tourist or a traveller? When it comes to holidaying overseas most people think these two terms mean the same thing, but those in the know understand there are some very big differences. Tourists stick out like sore thumbs while travellers know their stuff. Whether you’re travelling to some far off exotic land or just a couple of hours by plane, we’ve put together a collection of some of the most common cultural considerations for a variety of holiday destinations around the world. With this advice in mind you’ll avoid awkward and possibly offensive situations no matter how far or how wide you roam.Read more
Your wedding day, the happiest day of your life. You feel like you’ve got the world at your feet and when it comes to the honeymoon – you do! It’s a time to steal away together from the madness of the world, the stress of planning the wedding and recover from having that many family members together all at once! We’re here to help with our top 5 honeymoon destinations.Read more
Booking travel online is an easy way to compare prices, evaluate hotel reviews and save money but for inexperienced travellers, it can also come with some risks. TravelOnline has been specialising in holiday packages for almost 20 years and has multiple accreditations with national travel agent endorsement organisations. Rated #1 Travel Agent Australia on Product Review and with an impressive Trustscore of 9.4 on Trust Pilot, more than 50,000 customers a year purchase our discounted travel packages. However not all travellers are so lucky, with scams targeting customers booking online travel on the rise.Read more
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to say thanks mum for everything you’ve done. While in previous years a bunch of flowers and a box of chocolates might have done the trick, this year that’s just not going to cut it. Besides, after spending some of the best years of her life dedicated to you, she deserves something special. Mums often sacrifice on things for themselves in order to give their children more and it’s about time you showed her how much you really appreciate that. So to give you a helping hand, we’ve put together the top 5 mother’s day travel experiences.Read more
If you’re a first time skier be prepared to look like a baby giraffe learning to walk. It’s unlikely you’ll remain upright at all times and there will be arms and legs everywhere. What could be more fun than experiencing this as a family? Introduce your children to the rush of skiing while they’re too young to know the meaning of fear and you’ll create family memories to last a lifetime. Of course there are a number of factors to consider when planning this type of holiday for the whole family, so consider something like a ski package to take care of some of the work for you. We’ve also put together some handy hints to help you out.Read more
Packing your suitcase for your holiday feels like a crucial point – you don’t want to forget anything! You start to think about all the ‘what ifs’ and ‘just in cases’ you might encounter on your trip and before you know it, half your wardrobe and a quarter of your dresser are bulging from the seams of your suitcase. But before you climb on top and start jumping up and down to get it closed, have a look at some of these clever strategies for saving space, packing light and arriving at your destination wrinkle-free and ready for anything.Read more
Some people are born with the gypsy gene, never spending too long in the one place and spending their lives looking for new places and experiences. Others spend all year planning a grand annual family holiday and some just like to enjoy quick weekend getaways or an extra few days here and there exploring somewhere new tacked onto the end of a business trip. Regardless of your travel style, there are so many reasons to go somewhere new and experience somewhere different. Here are just 10 reasons why you need to travel more.Read more
Australia and New Zealand have always had a long-standing rivalry. From claiming the credit for many of each other’s famous exports (think Russell Crowe and the Pavlova) to beating the pants off each other in sport, Australia and New Zealand frequently go head to head. When it comes to ski holidays, Australia does offer some you beaut ski fields, but the ski options in Queenstown are choice as bro.Read more
Although the falling Australian dollar might be making overseas travel more expensive for Aussies, it doesn’t appear to be affecting our appetite for international holidays. In fact, according to a recent report, international travel from Australia has actually increased! Outbound travel from Australia grew 5.35% in the year ending October 2015. Just a 9 hour flight but practically a world away, Japan is high on the list of popular destinations. As bookings to Japan increase, we look at some ways to enjoy a Japanese holiday for less.Read more
Christmas and New Year’s celebrations are just days away, which means roads and airports will be packed. Despite Christmas being a time traditionally spent eating, drinking and being merry with family, it’s also a very popular time for travel thanks to the combination of school holidays and public holidays. While you may be expecting bedlam on the roads and at the airport, don’t lose your Christmas cheer just yet – the forecast isn’t looking quite so dire for the Christmas holidays.Read more
Between the rising cost of living and the decline of the Aussie dollar, it can be hard enough to save up the money to treat yourself to a well-deserved break. However, holidaying doesn’t need to be expensive. There are plenty of ways to cut costs without sacrificing on comfort or quality and it doesn't all revolve around being lucky enough to score a flight on sale. To give you a helping hand, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 ways to save money while on holiday.Read more
Cocktails have long been associated with travel. From the returned servicemen of WWII who brought home rum-soaked navy grog recipes from their seaward journeys in the Pacific to the extensive cocktail menus we now work our way through on relaxing, sun-drenched beach holidays.Read more
Whether you spent a big weekend in another state or have a long haul flight stretching out before you, getting some sleep on the plane sounds like a brilliant idea. That is until you actually try to fall asleep. Between cranky babies, chatty passengers and the sound of the engines, falling asleep on the plane can seem like a lost cause.Read more
Whether you find yourself counting down to the school holidays or counting down to their end, the truth remains that for about 14 weeks of the year your kids will be at home and looking for some fun. We've included some helpful holiday suggestions for each season so you can chase the sun, enjoy the best deals and keep the kids entertained at the same time.Read more
It's that time of year when the tax man comes knocking and for some of you that might not be a bad thing, but for others it could mean no refund or worse still - having to pay some back! If you're like the rest of us then you've probably already given some thought to how you'd like to spend your tax refund...Read more
When thinking about going on holidays, you're often torn between more than one destination. Fiji and Bali have long been considered similar enough in the holiday stakes and are often presented as the most popular holiday destinations for Australians.Read more
Fiji has consistently been a top performer when it comes to our most popular, family friendly holiday destinations. Thanks to its friendly and accommodating culture, it's always been our most recommended getaway for families.Read more