Amber Jamieson

Freelance journalist in New York

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Where the bloody hell do you choose to go?

Where the bloody hell do you choose to go?

April 10, 2012 5

For me the biggest travel drama this year is not figuring how I can afford it or when my boyfriend and I can both get time off work, it's figuring out where the bloody hell to go.

Take the money and run: the most popular travel scams

February 16, 2012 7

Getting ripped off by a taxi driver in Buenos Aires made Amber Jamieson more cautious -- and interested in what other travels scams other dumb tourists had fallen for.

<em>The Age</em> goes to Bali: the worst travel article ever published?

The Age goes to Bali: the worst travel article ever published?

October 25, 2011 30

There’s a nauseating article all over the Fairfax press today titled “Bali: why bother?“. In it Age journalist Carolyn Webb talks about her recent holiday to Ubud, Bali, where touts harassing her to buy things and offering her transport on their motorbikes ruined her holiday. The souvenirs were too tacky, the streets were too noisy […]

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

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

September 29, 2011 1

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

Fly return to Europe for less than a grand?

Fly return to Europe for less than a grand?

September 23, 2011

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). […]

The top 10 best value overseas destinations for Aussie tourists

The top 10 best value overseas destinations for Aussie tourists

September 19, 2011

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 […]

So you want to be a travel writer? A <em>Back in a Bit</em> guide

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

September 12, 2011

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 […]

Best food to pack for a discount airline trip

June 27, 2011

Michelle Higgins in the New York Times consulted chefs on the best food to pack and eat while on a plane to avoid buying food on discount airline flights.

A holiday with bite, blood and visits to the dentist

A holiday with bite, blood and visits to the dentist

June 10, 2011 2

You know you need a holiday when you’re pathetically weeping two days before you leave because the weather looks terrible and maybe you should just cancel it and fly somewhere else where the monsoon isn’t hitting and therefore you need find a new hotel even though you spent ages finding one with a great pool […]

Abbottabad: the next big tourist hot spot?

Abbottabad: the next big tourist hot spot?

May 10, 2011 1

From quiet life in the mountains, to headlines around the globe, the town of Abbottabad, Pakistan, has found itself blinking in the media spotlight this week as the perfect spot for a murderous terror leader to leave in relative peace. Yet Pakistan may demolish Osama bin Laden’s hideout for fear of it turning into a tourist attraction […]

A belated best of Back in a Bit

A belated best of Back in a Bit

January 7, 2011

Sure, sure, it’s a week since we nursed New Years Eve hangovers and I’ve been back at work for several days and most blogs did their look back at 2010 last week and all the rest of it, but I’m finally ready to take a look back at 2010 in Back in a Bit and examine […]

Where the bloody hell is the campaign for indigenous tourism? An interview with Bruce Poon Tip

Where the bloody hell is the campaign for indigenous tourism? An interview with Bruce Poon Tip

October 25, 2010 7

“Australia has such an amazing indigenous history, most countries would be jealous to have what you have and they do nothing with it,” declares founder and CEO of Gap Adventures Bruce Poon Tip. “They” being Tourism Australia, an organisation Poon Tip is scathing of, particularly in its lack of promoting and supporting indigenous tourism in this country. It […]

Slide night: Train whistle blowin’

Slide night: Train whistle blowin’

October 13, 2010 1

Welcome back to Slide Night, where we look at our favourite travel snaps and the adventures behind them. The Wild West of Colorado wasn’t exactly what I expected. Sure, there were tons of crappy souvenir shops selling cowboy boot keyrings and massive belt buckles but it was mostly the tourists donning these crappy momentos, while […]

To connect or disconnect, that is the first world problem

To connect or disconnect, that is the first world problem

August 11, 2010 5

In the words of Carrie Bradshaw, I couldn't help but wonder: are we losing a little of that travel magic by constantly relying on technology?

Concrete jungle now with even more expensive dreams

July 25, 2010

I’ve been lucky enough to visit New York twice now, both times renting apartments on Craigslist from private owners, who have moved out of their homes for the few weeks that I’ve been there. Meaning, I can stay in roomy and nicely decorated apartments, have a kitchen and pretend I’m a real New Yorker, all […]

Down in Daylesford

Down in Daylesford

July 7, 2010 5

I'm off for a three day weekend in Daylesford. And I need your help.

Background to holiday inspiration

Background to holiday inspiration

May 11, 2010 1

Desktop backgrounds: the perfect spot to gain a bit of holiday inspiration.

There’s nothing like a <em>Crikey</em> Competition

There’s nothing like a Crikey Competition

April 15, 2010 22

A few weeks ago Tourism Australia launched it's new campaign, further consigning Lara Bingle into the dustbins of history. Sounds like the makings for a Crikey Competition!

Slide Night: The madness of Marrakesh’s market

March 12, 2010 1

Welcome to Slide Night at Back in a Bit. Sit back, relax and get ready to travel far away from your desk and your sore computer eyes as we share our favourite travel snaps and the quirky stories behind them.

Letter from Havana: a Kool new year in Cuba

February 10, 2010

One of our latest editions of Crikey's Letter From takes us to the hot streets of Havana and Barcoa, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution. There was even a performance where Kool & the Gang played.