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Tour Talk: Contiki launches first-ever vegan-only trip to Europe

February 19, 2020

Stalwart tour operator Contiki have announced their first-ever vegan-friendly European itinerary, conceived in response to the growing health movement which has seen an estimated 500,000 Aussies turns towards a vegan lifestyle. Travellers wanting to head out on guided tours around Europe without having to worry about the lack of animal-free alternatives can rest easy knowing […]

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Tour Talk: Busabout launches “design your own trip” booking platform

February 11, 2020

Busabout have just changed the way they approach their popular guided tours around Europe, launching a world-first “design your town trip” booking platform in response to a new survey suggesting 8 in 10 travellers prefer to move away from set itineraries and take control. Titled Adventure Planner, the newly launched platform will allow travellers to […]

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Theatrical UK music festival Boomtown just dropped an incredible 2020 line up

February 7, 2020

So, who’s coming to the UK with us in August? Boomtown, an annual multi-day music festival held at the Matterley Estate in Hampshire has got us feeling all kinds of envy (and hope – we want to go to there) with their 2020 line-up, which was just announced and has subsequently been plastered all over […]

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Qatar Airways will add Dubrovnik, Santorini, and Osaka to rapidly expanding network

December 17, 2019

2020 is going to be a big year for Qatar Airways and their ever-expanding network, if the airline’s most recent announcement is anything to go by. As part of a massive network expansion, the five-time “World’s Best Airline” winner are introducing numerous seasonal flights and new destinations to make some of the world’s best destinations […]

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Qantas has a new frequent flyer partnership with KLM and Air France

December 9, 2019

There’s some big news for Qantas Frequent Flyers as the Australian airline has been announced as the latest partner of Flying Blue, the loyalty program of KLM and Air France. This of course means that passengers can and spend QFF points and receive tier benefits on both major airlines. The announcement builds upon a previous […]

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Australians now have easier access to Porto with Emirates’ new service

July 11, 2019

Just in time for the European summer, Emirates have launched their highly anticipated four time weekly service to the Portuguese city of Porto, opening Australians up to an increasingly popular destination. This marks the airline’s second destination in Portugal, operating non-stop to and from their Dubai hub. Australians are able to benefit greatly from the […]

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You can now go on “tattoo” and “drag” themed river cruises in Europe

May 3, 2019

Now that U River Cruises, a dedicated millennial reimagining of the classic river cruise experience, has been firmly established amongst new-gen travellers, the company is now looking towards playful themed cruises to spice up their offering. Two themed itineraries will be rolled out later this year, both on board the company’s “The A” vessel which […]

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London now has luxury steam train services to Surrey Hills and Windsor

April 29, 2019

For the first time in 50 years, two regular steam train services will introduced at London Waterloo, giving locals and visitors the chance to navigate the famed English countryside in true vintage luxury. The Steam Dreams Rail Co. will launch two services later this year, revealing elegant 1950’s Pullman Style Dining carriages which guests will […]

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Emirates ready new four times weekly service to Porto

April 2, 2019

Highly awarded airline Emirates will be officially landing in Porto later this year, making the increasingly popular coastal city it’s second destination in Portugal and upping access for Aussie travellers wishing to discover this increasingly popular destination. The new service, operated by a Boing 777-300ER aircraft in a three class cabin configuration – 8 private […]

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Eurail just permanently lowered prices to celebrate 60th anniversary

January 22, 2019

It is widely known that travelling across Europe by train is a quintessential experience for the nomadic Aussie. The trains, connected all over the continent, are a fast, convenient, accessible and, most importantly, flexible way to get hop from one city to another, with around 40,000 Australian travellers alone making use of Eurail’s rail pass […]

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Travel Deals: Flights around Europe are going for as low as £5 right now

January 4, 2019

Every so often European budget carrier Ryanair drop their places to ridiculously low prices, opening up the continent to eagle-eyed budget-minded travellers quick enough to take advantage of the flash sales. It happened a few times last year, and these flashes are seemingly getting more and more common. There’s actually one happening right now. And […]

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Finnair to open up new European routes in time for summer 2019

December 17, 2018

Australian travellers heading off to Europe for the peak summer season next year will enjoy better connectivity between the Scandinavia and Nordic regions and the highly sought after destinations of Portugal, Italy and France. Finland’s flag carrier, Finnair has announced that they will be preparing for the peak tourist period by opening up the three […]

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Review: Hotel F6 is one of Helsinki’s most charming boutiques for a short stay

April 24, 2018

Tremendously attractive and tasteful, Hotel F6 is a boutique in Helsinki well worth paying attention to. The popular hotel opened around two years ago and has since been one of the most booked properties in the area, not just for the refined, youthful spirit but also it’s remarkable location: tucked away quietly in the middle […]

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Five reasons Helsinki’s Flow Festival needs to be on your European festival bucket list

April 23, 2018

The capital of Finland may be better known for efficient and eye-catching design, jovial saunas and superb produce, as opposed to Europe’s most quintessential tourist attractions, but the city also plays host to one of the continent’s most increasingly sought after annual music and arts festivals. The acclaim regularly surrounding Flow Festival speaks volumes for […]

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U by Uniworld introduce Europe’s newest millennial-focused river cruise

December 28, 2017

A new millennial-focused river cruise brand has debuted its first ship, simple titled “The B”, in Paris, France with a maiden voyage along the Seine River. U by Uniworld has stepped onto the scene in a big way, offering up a distinctive program of river cruising targeted towards millennials aged 21 to 45. “We’re thrilled […]

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GoEuro are offering huge discounts for high-speed train travel within Italy right now

November 8, 2017

Off-season in Italy just got a whole lot more tempting thanks to a new partnership between Italo Treno, Italy’s high-speed train provider, and GoEuro, a popular online platform for comparing ​and ​booking ​trains, ​buses ​and ​flights ​across ​Europe. The two services have joined forces to offer travellers a substantial discount which opens them to fares […]

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Changes to Eurail Pass set to make Europe more accessible for Australian travellers

October 17, 2017

Beloved by Aussies travelling to Europe for their flexible options and access to 28 European countries via train travel and various partnerships, Eurail are set to introduce a number of deals for jet-setters coming from down under following the reveal that Australia is one of the biggest markets in the world for the European travel […]

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Finland’s finest food and drink planned for Helsinki’s award-winning Flow Festival

August 6, 2017

If you’re heading to Flow Festival in Helsinki this week then congratulations; you’ll be spending a weekend (11th-13th August) immersed in what has been named one of the very best and most inventive music and arts festivals in Europe. Though it’s not just music and arts for responsible for Flow Festival’s universal acclaim; the annual […]

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16 performances you need to see at Helsinki’s award-winning Flow Festival this month

August 4, 2017

In one week it will be time for Helsinki’s highly regarded Flow Festival to once again fill the historic Suvilahti Power Plant (a disused power plant, that is) with an entire weekend of international and local artists spanning music, food, drink and the arts. This year’s headliners include none other than Frank Ocean, the xx, […]

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The Iris’ Sydney Film Festival Awards: Naming the Best of the 2016 Screenings

June 21, 2016

With a mammoth lineup of over 240 films, this year’s Sydney Film Festival was one of the best efforts yet. From the return of Mel Gibson in Blood Father to the crude-but-evocative absurdism of Swiss Army Man, there was a lot on offer. We’ve compiled our picks for the best of the festival below: Best Australian film […]

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Sydney Film Festival Review: Europe, She Loves (Sweden, 2015)

June 10, 2016

If there’s anything that sticks with you the most about Jan Gassmann’s latest documentary effort Europe, She Loves, it’s the striking cinematography. A surprisingly intimate look into the emotions and lives of five couples across Europe, the film never really looks, nor feels, like a documentary. It wears its authenticity with pride, inviting you to engage and […]

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