How to score bargain flights, get into airline lounges and win the Green Card Lottery

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I have recently jumped on board as a contributing editor for Point Hacks, which provides Australians with the best frequent flyer deals, bonuses and ways to use your points.

Check out my Q&A with them here.

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Hitting the slopes before resting sore feet in the free onsen (hot springs) in Nozawa Onsen, Japan

 

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TOP TIPS: INDIA

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WHY INDIA?

My mum and I decided to go to India for two weeks in January 2016 on a mum-and-son trip. My mum is a counsellor and has worked with a lot of skilled Indian migrants to Australia over the years, and she wanted to better understand their culture.

India had always been on my bucket list as it is such an important country, with predictions that it will have the largest population by 2022, already having the world’s third-largest economy.

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Jetting off from Sydney Airport. Our one-way flight to Kochi with AirAsia via Kuala Lumpur was only 340 USD. Mum flew back from Delhi to Sydney direct with Air India and I went to San Francisco on Lufthansa.

In terms of cost, we averaged 38 USD/day for 14 days including accommodation in private rooms at budget to mid-range hotels, eating out for every meal, all intercity transport, and the occasional private tour guide at attractions. I would consider India to be cheap and good value.

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TOP TIPS: NEW ORLEANS

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I recently went for a long-weekend trip to New Orleans with my good friend Thom (who has written on this blog about living a location-independent lifestyle).

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We found NOLA to be a fun, culturally-diverse and beautiful holiday destination.

Below are our own tips as well as those that we received from our friends and family that have also visited the city.  Continue reading

TOP TIPS: MADRID AND SPAIN

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Partying, siestas and sun…my three favorite things about Spain, the third-most visited country in the world. A lot of people ask me where to stay, when to go and what to do in Spain, so here are my top tips to enjoy the best of the bustling capital and this beautiful country…


WHAT TO SEE IN MADRID

  • To get your bearings, do a free three-hour walking tour with Sandemans New Europe Madrid. I have a few friends that have been tour guides for this company. Having done the tour myself, I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Madrid
  • Walk through El Retiro park and rent a rowboat for cheap (€5 approx) if it is sunny. Have a picnic on the green grass with some vino, aceitunas and queso (wine, olives and cheese)

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