Tips & guides

Travel tips & guides

Eat and greet: making the most of Hong Kong’s dining scene as a solo traveller

28 March 2017

About to head off on a solo travel adventure in Hong Kong? Don’t forget to try these nifty ways to dine with others and avoid eating alone.

Shop Tokyo: the best fashion finds

27 March 2017

From bright and bold accessories to minimalist fashion finds and quirky one-of-a-kind statement pieces, shopping in Tokyo is a fun way to inject some international flair into your wardrobe.

Great Train Journeys from Australia and Beyond

25 March 2017

Whether you’re looking to see Europe by train, take a luxury train across Canada or even ride Australia’s great railways, here are five great trip ideas for your next holiday.

24 hours in Shanghai

24 March 2017

Make the most of your time in sophisticated Shanghai with this handy travel guide to exploring one of China’s most interesting and evocative cities.

Wild beauty: don’t miss China’s top natural wonders

22 March 2017

From turquoise lakes to emerald-green rice terraces and crystal-clear waterfalls, China’s diverse landscapes will impress travellers of all ages. China isn’t all about crowded cities after all.

Thrills and chills: a USA ski holiday guide

22 March 2017

The US offers a smorgasbord of options for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, catering to families, budget travellers and those seeking luxury and glamour on and off the slopes.

Cruises with a difference

21 March 2017

Once known for buffets, bingo and black tie, today’s cruise ships cater to a more adventurous kind of traveller. Here are five cruises that might just tempt you.

Top Ten: Bali Market Destinations

21 March 2017

Known for exquisite silverware, blown glass and handicrafts, Bali has a rich tapestry of culture and spirituality to tempt. Get a taste of the island’s local flair at these dynamic destination markets.

Best of Beijing in a day

20 March 2017

Heading to Beijing and have a spare day up your sleeve? Make the most of your precious time in this influential city with this handy travel guide.

Discovering China’s less-explored places

19 March 2017

Travelling in China may make you think of frenetic cities filled with skyscrapers yet there are many pockets of China that offer peace, tranquillity and space.

Top Ten: Fiji Market Destinations

17 March 2017

The markets and roadside stalls of Fiji are rich with authentic arts and crafts such as tapa cloths, baskets, carvings and pottery. Experience local culture and communities at Fiji’s must-see destination markets.

Explore the world on two wheels

16 March 2017

Travel on two wheels for an active holiday adventure. Here’s what to think about before taking to the road on your bike with your friends.

Top Ten: Thailand Market Destinations

14 March 2017

Known for its mega malls, marketplaces and budget prices, Thailand is a destination offering a wealth of treasures. Savvy shoppers should add these destinations to their travel itinerary.

Top 7: Italy market destinations

13 March 2017

Italy’s street markets are abuzz with character, charm and street life, offering an array of sensuous delights to tempt the most discerning traveller.

Holiday pet care: How to keep tails wagging while you’re away

09 March 2017

From pet sitters to boarding kennels or checking your pooch into a dog hotel, there are plenty of ways to have your furry family members taken care of during the holidays.

Planning and packing for a babymoon

08 March 2017

You’re expecting a baby AND you’re taking a babymoon – congratulations. As you plan your holiday gather together these babymoon travel essentials and you can focus fully on rest and relaxation once your babymoon begins.

Top 10: UK Market Destinations

08 March 2017

Whether it’s browsing for antiques along cobblestone streets or quaffing homemade ice cream by a racetrack, the United Kingdom offers some unique market experiences. Permit us to introduce you to ten of the best.

Top 6: China market destinations

06 March 2017

Embrace the hustle and bustle of China’s sprawling street markets, which provide an intriguing snapshot of the country’s cultural past, present and future.

Pregnancy travel: where to go for a babymoon

05 March 2017

Pregnant women everywhere are adding a new must-do: taking a babymoon. Important features of a blissful babymoon include copious amounts of rest and relaxation, with a side of pampering and healthy indulgence.

Five ingenious new travel start ups

14 February 2017

Since the arrival of industry-disrupting apps like AirBnB and www.skyscanner.com, millions of people are taking travel matters into their own hands. Literally.

Home is where the heart is: how to have a staycation

10 February 2017

There’s no need to travel far and wide for a healthy dose of R&R. Chances are there’s much to discover close to home for weekend getaways and creative day trips. Refresh the local scenery with these five ways to holiday at home.

A Guide to Romantic Mini-Breaks

10 February 2017

Time out from the daily grind to tend matters of the heart is never a bad thing. Stoke the fires of romance with an easy getaway to some incredible escapes just for two… right on Australia’s doorstep.

Chinese New Year around the world

03 February 2017

According to Chinese folklore, a good start to the year is essential for attracting good luck. Celebrate Chinese New Year and its many colourful traditions around the world.

Chinese New Year celebrations around Australia

02 February 2017

Time to shake those tail feathers, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. Celebrate the Chinese New Year with your family by taking part in one of the many events happening around the country.

Canada Travel Insurance

28 December 2016

Named the best country to travel to in 2017 by Lonely Planet, Canada is one destination you can’t afford to miss. There’s plenty to experience, whether it’s Canada’s large cities like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver; or in the majestic Canadian Rockies and ski towns like Whistler and Lake Louise. There’s an incredible array of national parks to experience too - 42 to be exact!

Family Travel Insurance

28 December 2016

Family holidays are among our happiest memories. The places we visit in our childhood retain a special place in our lives for many years on. Here how to make your family holiday one of the most memorable adventures you can share with your children.

Japan Travel Insurance

28 December 2016

Whether you’re heading on a short break or a more extensive adventure, you should always consider purchasing a travel insurance policy for any travel to Japan. To help you prepare and get cover for the things you need, we’ve outlined some of the top questions our customers ask when travelling to Japan.

Travel Insurance for Backpackers

28 December 2016

To help with comparing and organising your travel insurance options, we’ve answered some of the most common questions we receive about travel insurance for backpackers. But the spontaneity that powers the backpacking spirit can also come with a few hiccups along the way. And that’s where travel insurance comes in.

Thailand Travel Insurance

28 December 2016

With so much to discover, travelling to Thailand with travel insurance cover is a must. Thailand is one of the most popular destinations to visit in South East Asia. With its sandy white beaches, iconic temples, opulent royal palaces, mouth-watering food and a relaxed pace of life, there’s something magical about exotic, fun-loving Thailand.

10 of the best spots for a Bali health retreat

20 December 2016

Feeling flat? Frazzled? Looking to kick-start some health goals? A Bali health retreat might be just what the doctor ordered. From raw food retreats set in the jungle to beach-side yoga and surf retreats, there’s something to suit every desire.

Christmas in Australia: sun, surf and Santa

20 December 2016

Christmas in Australia can be tough for anyone far from home. Nostalgia hits hard at this time of year, so try merging familiar Christmas traditions with some Australian way for a happy holiday.

Flying solo: destinations for travelling alone

06 December 2016

While rewarding, solo travel isn’t always easy, especially if you’re doing it for the first time. Jetting off by yourself can be one of the most liberating things you’ll ever do.

The ultimate packing guide for a trip to New Zealand

02 December 2016

With so many adventure experiences to be had in New Zealand, knowing what to pack can be confusing. Happily, we’ve made it easy with this essential travel packing list for New Zealand.

7 cruises for couples

28 November 2016

Set sail, romantic getaways await. From adventure seekers to wine lovers, experience life on the high seas with Australian cruises…or perhaps voyage even further afield. Ahoy!

Niseko, Hakuba and beyond: where to ski in Japan

24 November 2016

A Japan skiing trip offers snow sports with a dash of culture (and sake). Take the guess work out of a ski trip to Japan with this quick guide to the best resorts to get your snow bunny on.

Jet into the New Year: 7 travel ideas for New Year’s Eve

02 November 2016

When cooking up ideas for celebrating New Year’s Eve, add an overseas trip to the wish list. Combining your Christmas holidays with a destination New Year’s Eve celebration is one way to end (and start) the year on a good note.

Surviving long haul holidays with kids

02 November 2016

Whether you’re flying with a baby to see family or travelling with teens, these timeworn travel tips are your safest bet to ensure happy travels.

Bali basics: the ultimate family-friendly holiday

02 November 2016

From kicking back in Bali resorts to exploring food markets on foot, there are an incredible amount of family-friendly holiday activities and things to do in Bali.

The ultimate New Zealand travel guide

28 September 2016

Be a smart traveller and avoid the hassles of trip planning with our guide to creating the perfect New Zealand family holiday.

UK travel insurance

20 September 2016

To help you with your UK travel planning, we've outlined some of the top questions our customers ask when travelling to the UK.

Travel insurance for India

08 September 2016

If you're planning travel to India, get a travel insurance policy that covers you for an unexpected event while travelling.

Travel insurance for uni students

08 September 2016

School's out! Uni holidays are here! Whether it's a gap year or a relaxing break, take a moment to think about your travel insurance options.

Travel insurance for Europe

06 September 2016

From Italy to France, we offer travel insurance policies to fit many different European holidays. Find out more about our cover.

Travel trends - how Australians travel

22 August 2016

Travel Trends - How Australians Travel.

Travel insurance glossary

16 August 2016

Travel insurance glossary.

10 tips for safe travel

16 August 2016

Take these simple steps to protect yourself while travelling.

The best ways to take your money when you travel

15 August 2016

Whether you use Travellers Cheques, a pre-paid travel card or cash, you'll travel smarter when you find the right solution for your money.

Cruise travel insurance

15 August 2016

Whether you're taking a cruise around Australia or the world, it's a good idea to have travel insurance for cruises. Find out why cruise insurance matters.

Travel insurance for seniors

09 August 2016

We offer competitively-priced travel insurance for people aged 60 years or over*. Many seniors have questions relating to insurance and pre-existing medical conditions.

Why you should put down the smartphone on your next holiday

27 July 2016

Here's why you should put the phone down and concentrate on soaking up all the experiences on offer during your next holiday.