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September, 2011


Redundant in London: hi, would you like to network with me?

The grim news is that there is going to be another recession (goody, but when exactly did the last one finish?) which means that there will be even fiercer competition for jobs. So it is little wonder that people have started to go to extreme measures to stand out from the crowd like this guy [...]

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The best way to sleep on a plane when slumming in economy

This great New York Times article interviews different sleep doctors about their best tips for catching a few zzzzs while sitting in economy.

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Only fools stay connected while travelling: the luddites fight back

Troy Wilkinson writes: I couldn’t let the recent Back in a Bit piece “I travel therefore iPhone: why only idiots travel without a smart phone” pass without comment. Though in fairness to Ben Oliver it has nothing to do with the contents of his article and everything to do with the editor’s rather mischievous choice [...]

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Fly return to Europe for less than a grand?

Very tempting deal to Norway currently available through STA Travel. From STA’s Facebook page: “How does $999 return, inclusive (taxes, too) to Europe sound? Yep, fly into Oslo, Norway on Qatar – only Skytrax 2011 Airline of the Year!” Only for travel between October 6-20 (and yes, that includes return flights to Oz by October 20). [...]

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Roger that, it’s a grand slam win for all

Julie Zhou writes: I looked anxiously up at the sky — dark clouds hung ominously low, the air smelled like wet laundry. These were not ideal conditions for tennis, but there I was, standing in front of the gate at Flushing Meadows, getting ready for a night of grand slam tennis featuring Roger Federer and [...]

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I travel therefore iPhone: why only idiots travel without a smart phone

The explosion in smart phones, and the number of people using them, has completely revolutionised how travellers keep in touch in recent years.

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The top 10 best value overseas destinations for Aussie tourists

So where should you be planning your next overseas holiday? According to the Daily Examiner: “The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show overseas departures at near-record highs – increasing more than 10% in the seven months to July, compared with the same period last year… …The Expedia NAB Travellers’ Foreign Currency Rankings compares the [...]

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Sequinned cowboy suits and cutesy candy dresses: people watching in Harajuku

Naomi Shimoda writes: Few people can imagine a place where it’s totally normal to walk down the street with a teenage boy decked out in brooding gothic gear on your left and a young girl donning a dainty French maid costume embellished with lace on your right. On Takeshita Street in Harajuku, Tokyo’s centre of [...]

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So you want to be a travel writer? A Back in a Bit guide

You might have noticed that in the last few months Back in a Bit has undergone a bit of a facelift. New categories, new faces, some design tweaks here and there. I’ve also had an increase in people emailing me wanting to contribute to Back in a Bit — which I love and always want [...]

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Spring equinox at one of humanity’s oldest structures

Ashley Davis writes: The culture that built the temples of Malta disappeared over four millennia ago, around the time the ancient Egyptians began building pyramids in Giza. The Maltese builders had been at it for two thousand years longer, assembling walls from limestone megaliths. All we know of these ancient builders are the ruins that [...]

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