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How to avoid single supplements

IS THERE any worse insult to a solo traveller than the single supplement? This dreaded surcharge – as high as 100 per cent – is imposed when one person occupies … 

Cruising solo? Toughen up!

Out of 40 cruises, I have done about half by myself. Don’t pity me, it’s my job – but it’s allowed me to learn many ways to handle the seemingly … 

Families afloat

Cruising with kids no longer means joining the hordes on three-star ships. Luxury cruise lines are coming on board with a range of new children’s facilities. Louise Goldsbury explores some … 

Top 10 luxury cruises

Usually, when someone asks my favourite cruise lines, I say “anything beginning with S”, referring to Seabourn, Silversea and the lesser known SeaDream. But a Top 10 was hard to … 

Secrets of river cruising

A Californian man, well into his sixties, whispers into my ear: “Excuse me, but I was wondering if you would like to share something that I picked up in Amsterdam?” … 

All aboard for all-inclusive

Over the past year, more cruise lines than ever have started using those two magical words: all-inclusive. The most recent converts are Crystal Cruises and Compagnie du Ponant, as well as … 

Transit the Panama Canal

Everyone is hatching their plans to get the best view of transiting the Panama Canal. Some believe a higher vantage point is best and they opt for Zuiderdam’s Crows Nest … 

The world’s biggest ship

A red-haired girl is almost in tears. Stopping abruptly on the gangway, she’s not scared to be boarding such a frighteningly gigantic ship — the problem is she doesn’t want to … 

Sketch, cycle or house-sit

FEEL like a break but have no one to go with? Four Aussie travellers reveal the best holidays they’ve done on their own. SKETCHING HOLIDAY – Fiji, Europe, Australia (Jan … 

Ditch your fears

MANY people allow fear to stand in the way of travelling solo. Some get worked up over the little things, such as dining alone. Others lie awake at night, picturing … 

Got a solo travel question?

Whether you’re an experienced solo traveller or thinking-about-it first-timer, ask me about solo travel! Answers will be published here and in the Escape travel magazine of your Sunday newspapers on … 

Why we prefer to travel alone

IF YOU travel solo, you’re not alone. The number of solitary explorers is rising faster than a SYD-LAX takeoff. Backpackers, professionals, divorcees and widows are among the one-person wanderers who … 

France river cruising

FIRST PUBLISHED: Sun Herald, 16 Aug 2013 A wine cruise by river is no holiday for the liver. Barely 24 hours in Burgundy and I’m in a hospital. It’s the … 

NEW AWARD: Best Travel Writer 2013

On 20 July 2013 I was named Best Travel Writer at the National Travel Industry Awards in Sydney, Australia. Total shock, but a great thrill and honour. Many thanks to … 

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