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Tips to know before your next flight: Snagging a better seat, best time to fly and more

There are people who love to give travel advice, and then there are Distinguished Travel Hackers. They are road warriors who love to share their high-end hacks, tips and off-the-wall experiences.David Alwadish is one of them. He is the founder and chief executive officer of ItsEasy, which specializes in expediting travel-related paperwork such as passports and visas. The company has processed over 2 million such documents in more than four decades, and it’s authorized by the U.S. State Department to provide passport services to the public for a fee. It can also pre-review applications to ensure they won’t be rejected…

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A trip planner, double-sealed bags

Image credit: Getty Images As an event planner, David Landgraf always goes big to create spectacle and surprise. For example, when he was tasked with planning the celebration for Blackstone’s 30th anniversary at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, attendees danced under dinosaurs and mingled beneath a 94-foot-long blue whale. “I think we have the opportunity to make a difference. People will remember the night they danced under a dinosaur,” Landgraf said. That’s how the longtime event expert built his reputation over the past two decades. Call Landgraf and he would make it happen. He was…

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Three cabin bag packing hacks to make your holiday as easy as possible

Easter is on the horizon and if you’re taking advantage of the school holidays to squeeze in a getaway, we have some tips and tricks to also squeeze more into your hand luggage.Whether you want to avoid excess baggage fees or you want to get through the airport as quickly as possible without a wait to collect bags, travelling with a smaller bag is not impossible. These are my go-to travel hacks to make the most of the space I have.Check the dimensions and how many bags are allowed  For the most part, you can bring one small bag on…

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Dan Lake Joins B&T’s Sister Title Travel Weekly As Editor

DAN LAKE, THE NEWLY MINTED EDITOR FOR TRAVEL WEEKLY AUSTRALIA, HAS CROSSED THE TASMAN AND IS SETTLING INTO A NEW LIFE IN SYDNEY TO SPEARHEAD THE BRAND INTO AN EXCITING PERIOD OF GROWTH AND EXPANSION. After 16 years of news journalism at Newshub, including a role as Travel editor at Warner Brothers Discovery, The Misfits Media company tapped the Kiwi on the shoulder, and he said yes! Nancy Hromin speaks to him about his hopes and aspirations for Travel Weekly. Nancy Hromin, Dan Lake & Smoko the sausage dog What makes you passionate about the travel industry? “When I was…

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Ryanair flight attendant reveals the hilarious truth about those Tiktok hand luggage hacks

A RYANAIR flight attendant has revealed just how much they know about passengers' sneaky Tiktok hand luggage hacks. People often try to be clever or crafty when flying with Ryanair, to try and get around their strict hand luggage rules. 2Marta took extra items onto the plane packed into her neck pillowCredit: Tiktok/@_martavieira_ However, a member of their cabin crew has pointed out that they are well aware of what's going on. Instead of penalising those who try and get away with it, she said they simply laugh about it instead. A video on Tiktok showed passenger Marta Vieira trying…

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Life hacks | New Zealand Geographic

Profile Life hacks How a diagnosis made life better for cybersecurity engineer Denise Carter-Bennett (Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine). Lottie Hedley Though she can’t discuss specifics beyond “you would have seen it on the news”, during an incident earlier this year Denise Carter-Bennett worked for 48 hours straight with one hour of sleep. She was then a blue team analyst—monitoring networks, devices and websites for threats, and responding when attacks occur—which means being part of a 24/7 roster. But she thrives on the work, she’s extremely good at it,…

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3 Benefits of International Travel with Kids

This past summer, our family took a bucket list vacation to South Africa and Zimbabwe. The trip had been booked for 2020, but… well, we all know how that turned out so it was bumped two years. As we prepared for international travel with kids, there were plenty of times when my husband and I wondered whether taking the trip was worth the time, expense and scheduling inconveniences it involved. At 12 and 15 years old, our kids’ schedules had filled up in ways they weren’t just a couple of years ago. Was taking them on a trip to the other side…

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These Sci-Fi Visions for Interstellar Travel Just Might Work

For very long interstellar trips—things that are farther than the closest star—continuous fusion, antimatter, and sails are the only thing that will let you get there. But the better the thrust performance, the worse the efficiency it has, with every system we’ve looked at.What motivated you to write this book, A Traveler’s Guide to the Stars?I go back to what motivated me to study science: It was our achievements in space, going to the moon. It was the dreamers, science fiction writers, and television shows, and this notion that in this big universe, as we look out and we discover…

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3 Unique Travel Insights From Skift Global Forum

Skift Take Two information-packed days in New York City, hundreds of ideas. Here's the lowdown on three sub-themes that caught our eye. Matthew Parsons Industry leaders took to the stage in New York City for Skift Global Forum this week, sharing their views on travel and discussing new trends. On the agenda, candid conversations with CEOs on how their businesses were performing coming out of the pandemic, plenty of discourse on the growth in blended trips and the future of work, and smart commentary on grappling with the ongoing labor crisis. But among the industry soundbites that 700-plus in-person attendees…

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The Real Reason for Travel Anxiety

Source: mazHur But / flickr The airport is an unruly place. It’s opposite world. People who otherwise rarely move are seen sprinting to Cinnabon. High fashion is Birkenstocks and yoga pants. Happy hour starts at 7:00 am. Stepping over sleeping adults in fetal positions is expected. And all purchases are made within a 400% inflationary market. The Boarding Process: Humanity Has Left the Building In few other affairs is your life status so publicly displayed than during the airline boarding process. This is by design. Airlines publicly grade us by airport megaphone. It’s a grandstand to reward or humble customers…

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