Travel Tips

Never chance time when you’ve got a flight to catch.  You’re off to a good start – arriving to the airport with plenty of time to spare. But, that’s just stage 1 to reaching your flight on time. Stage 2 is making sure that between check-in and your flight departure you make it to your boarding gate on time. Sounds simple enough, right?

As a first-timer to Russia this year, I had a stack of preconceived ideas and images about what it would be like, and not of all it was favourable. On reflection my thoughts were gravely unfounded.

It was a virtual list – just ideas in mind about day to day life, the people, how it would be to travel around, and the weather, particularly since I was going in winter and had timed my trip unknowingly just as the cold snap swept across Europe in March.  My trip was a whirlwind with just a few nights in St Petersburg and the same in Moscow, connected with the fast train between the two cities (which by the way, was impressively fast and comfortable). Although, a brief visit, it didn’t take long before I busted my top five myths about Russia.

There’s some myths about solo travel, and they can place real roadblocks to planning your first trip on your own. Bust the myths, and armed with some practical advice, you’ll be taking off on your first solo adventure before you know it.

The question of whether to book a shore excursion via the ship’s Shore Excursions desk or make your own plans is a hot topic among cruise forums and passengers. Travelling solo, and you may be keen to have plans locked in, and know that you’re joining a group of like-minded cruise goers.  However, in Dunedin it was sup ...

Cruising solo and staying connected to life on land just got a whole lot easier.  When you’re at sea and cruising alone, keeping in touch with family and folk on land could be high on your cruise ‘must-haves’ list. As I take care of solos cruising, I’d be waiting for the first chance to ‘sea test’ Royal Caribbean’s cla ...

When you travel solo, sharing a room on a tour is a way around paying extra for a room to yourself. But before settling on the option to share with a stranger, you may want to weigh up the pros and cons of opting for a roommate on tour.Plus check out some tips for when it’s not a great idea to share. It may help you to ...

If you're new to the world of solo travel and can’t see yourself travelling alone, joining a group tour could be the perfect start. But how can you make sure that you pick ‘the right one’?

Start by comparing the tours based on the following 7 basics, to narrow your focus and make choosing your ideal holiday a whole lot easie