Blogs by Alexandra Cronin (Gregg)

Written by Alexandra Cronin (Gregg)

Once a roving local news reporter and now a travel-obsessed writer/sub, I'm head-over-heels for nature, wildlife and the ocean. When I'm not getting up close to animals and sea creatures, I'm seeking out the sets of my favourite TV shows around the world. 

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The Ultimate Guide to Affordable Holiday Destinations
With post-pandemic price rises, staffing issues, and increasing energy and petrol costs, there’s no doubt that we’re experiencing a perfect storm of travel hurdles... Read More »
How to Protect Yourself from Lost Luggage
If you’re anything like our experts, you love to be organised when it comes to travelling. That’s why the prospect of losing your luggage can be a pretty daunting... Read More »
How to Avoid UK Travel Chaos in 2022
We’ve all heard the news lately: cancelled flights, long delays, limited numbers – the works. But how much truth is there to the media storm? And if there really is... Read More »
40 of the Best Travel Destinations in the World
A bucket list can be a tricky beast. What to leave in (or out) is seriously subjective. It holds a ridiculous amount of personal meaning and is often compounded by your... Read More »
17 Women Who Changed the World of Travel
Travel is an amazing thing. It broadens minds, borders, and possibilities, but it’s also a realm where we can visibly see people, especially women, changing... Read More »
8 Alternative Romantic Spots Around the World
When it comes to romance and travel, the big hitters like New York City, Paris and Venice get a lot of attention, especially for anniversaries, special birthdays and... Read More »
5 HelloFresh Recipes from Around the World
When we go on holiday, we like to really taste a destination. And, as we’ve been home a lot lately, bringing those flavours to our own kitchens has been crucial for... Read More »
Flight Centre's 2022 Travel Trends
This year is one of revenge travel. Travellers are itching to stick it to COVID-19 and will take great pleasure in boarding a plane and crossing borders in 2022. The... Read More »
Flight Centre’s Guide to Post-Brexit Travel
Travelling after Brexit is certainly different, and it's important for British travellers to know the rules when planning a holiday to Europe. Thankfully, our... Read More »
9 of the World’s Rarest Animals and Where to See Them
All over the globe, natural habitats continue to disappear. Not only does that mean the wondrous sights we travel for are fading, but it also means that the animals that... Read More »
The Best Christmas Drinks from Around the World
IT'S CHRISTMAS! The Flight Centre crew just LOVES the festive period, and what makes Christmas Day even more enjoyable? Why, a seasonal tipple of course! To mark... Read More »
What it’s Like to Fly Business Class with American Airlines
If one thing’s for sure in these pandemic times, we all need a little space. Enter: Business Class. If you’re a big social distancing advocate, now – more than... Read More »
5 Reasons Why We Love British Airways
Our friends at British Airways share a very important ethos with our people here at Flight Centre: they just love to travel. But that’s only one of the many reasons... Read More »
South Africa
Why South Africa Should Be on Your Trip 2022 List
Dramatic coastlines, epic wildlife and culture-packed cities – we’re talking about the mighty South Africa of course. And this incredible country is not only full of... Read More »
New York
How to Spend 24 Hours in New York City
So you’ve been to the Big Apple before, and you’ve already ticked off the biggies; the Statue of Liberty, Empire State, Top of the Rock, the works. This time around... Read More »
COVID Testing for Travel
The world of travel is a complex one in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. Where’s open, what are the entry requirements, will you have to self-isolate on arrival... Read More »
United States
What to Expect: Everything You Need to Know for USA Travel
The States are finally welcoming fully vaccinated travellers back post-pandemic! Best of all, we’ve already been across the pond to work out what’s changed, and... Read More »
Where is Safe to Travel Now – Updated August, 2022
We couldn't be more excited to see travel back on track. Of course, with some testing and specific entry requirements in place, this new holiday landscape... Read More »
Need to Know: Travelling to Thailand During COVID-19
At Flight Centre, we love all things travel. But even we know that right now, exploring the world can be a bit of a challenge as we navigate different rules and... Read More »
7 Reasons to Visit Singapore in 2022
With the UK vaccine rollout well under way, we’re starting to get excited for the future of holidays. And very top of our list is Singapore. A mix of nature, city and... Read More »
How to Discover Boston Like a Local
The Freedom Trail, Harvard, the Red Sox… We all think we know Boston but, in truth, there’s so much more to discover beyond the traditional landmarks. Think vibrant... Read More »
5 Places to Explore with Your Family in Singapore
The Lion City is one of the most family-friendly destinations in Asia, with hundreds of activities, sights and adventures to keep mums, dads and little ones alike... Read More »
Travel News: No Amber Quarantine for Double-Jabbed Travellers
Double-jabbed? Double good to go! On Thursday 8th July, the government Global Travel Taskforce announced that travellers who have had both their COVID-19 vaccinations... Read More »
7 Reasons Why You Should Stopover in Iceland
It may feel otherworldly with its undulating lava fields and walls of waterfalls, but Iceland is one of my favourite places on the planet. So it goes without saying that... Read More »
Where to Go Wine Tasting in California
Considering California is pretty laid-back, wine is serious business here. In fact, tourists love the Golden State vineyards almost as much as they love its theme parks... Read More »
Destination Predictions for 2021 by Flight Centre’s Travel Experts
When and where will we be able to get away for that much-needed holiday? That’s the question on everyone’s lips right now. And while we’ve had a bit of structure... Read More »
Why Booking Your Flights with a Travel Agent is More Important Than Ever
Coronavirus has changed the landscape of travel, there’s no doubt about that. And while, as a tailor-made holiday company, it’s exciting to see airlines and other... Read More »
Stop, Wait, Go! The New Traffic-Light System for 2021 Holidays
Ok, so we’re a little bit excited. The UK government has released details of a much-needed traffic-light system for international travel. Countries will either be... Read More »
11 Tips for Planning a Road Trip Holiday
There’s nothing quite like hitting the tarmac. Grabbing freedom with both hands and driving wherever you want, whenever you want, is what makes road trip holidays so... Read More »
Vaccine Passports: Your Questions Answered
At the start of July we learned that, as part of step 4 in the government roadmap, travellers who have been double-jabbed will no longer need to self-isolate on their... Read More »
6 of the Best Wildlife Experiences on the Planet
We don’t call ourselves Travel Experts for nothing at Flight Centre! Our teams have travelled all over the world, experiencing different cultures, cuisines and... Read More »
12 of the Sunniest Spots in the World
Winter, spring summer or fall – no matter the time of year in the UK you can always count on one thing: the unpredictability of the weather. So when you're getting... Read More »
Why Brooklyn Pizza is the Best Pizza
“Today, we’re going to be pizza purists.” Fine by me. If Marc from A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tours wanted us to eat cheese, tomato and bread ‘til our stomachs... Read More »
A Guide to Virtual Tours Around the World
Being stuck at home doesn't mean you can't explore the world. So whether you fancy some escapism from teaching the kids, or simply want to start planning your next big... Read More »
Flight Centre’s 2020 Travel Trends Report
There’s no denying it: 2020 was a strange, confusing and challenging year for the travel industry. While some of us were lucky enough to grab short breaks and European... Read More »
8 Road Trips to Take Before You Die
There’s something liberating about a road trip holiday. Gazing through the windscreen at the never-ending tarmac that’s laid out in front of you, knowing that the... Read More »
North America
Where to Celebrate Thanksgiving in the USA
The US Thanksgiving tradition is a bit of a mystery to us Brits. It’s just an excuse to don an elasticated waistband, eat turkey and drink eggnog… right? Wrong!... Read More »
7 Must-Visit Dark Tourism Destinations
Play it right and travel can be a fun, life-changing, reaffirming experience. But it’s not always about having a relaxing trip. Really getting stuck into a... Read More »
7 of the Most Haunted Places in Australia
Sun, sea, sand and spectacular wildlife. The Land Down Under doesn’t seem overly scary on the surface but, dig a little, and you’ll discover it’s actually home to... Read More »
10 Ways to Travel More Responsibly
Now more than ever, it's important that travellers are more aware of the impact their travels have on our planet. In a post-coronavirus world – after our skies... Read More »
7 Things to Do in Tromsø at Winter
Most people who tell you they’re going to Norway have probably booked a trip to Oslo, or are even planning a cruise around the fjords in Bergen. Tromsø, however,... Read More »
6 Things that Will Make you Fall in Love with Cuba
From the days of the 18th century British occupation, to Fidel Castro and the infamous US trade embargo, Cuba is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating, culturally-rich... Read More »
The Latest Quarantine-Free Destinations
Travel corridors, FCDO advice, quarantine on arrival, testing 72 hours before you fly… knowing how and where to travel right now can be a bit of a minefield, to... Read More »
Why Thailand is One of the Best Places to Visit During COVID-19
We can’t wait to get back to the Land of Smiles again and, with restrictions gradually being relaxed, 2021 holidays to Thailand are well and truly on the cards.... Read More »
A City Break Guide to Budapest
Spend just a few days in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, and you’ll quickly realise that George Ezra’s reference to it being a ‘treasure chest’ was about more... Read More »
Flying Experience: What it’s Like to Travel During Coronavirus
Like most, I had a jam-packed diary for 2020. House move, three weddings, two hen parties and trips to six different countries – to name a few. But then, COVID-19... Read More »
What Countries are on England’s Quarantine Exemption List?
St Lucia and the Maldives are in a list of destinations which holidaymakers can visit without quarantining when they get home. The government announced that,... Read More »
The Best Travel-Themed Zoom Backgrounds
We may not be able to explore the whole world right now, but that doesn't mean we can't pretend. Fake it 'til you make it we say! And as a huge chunk of... Read More »
6 of the Coolest Things to Do in Las Vegas
Brash, bold and larger than life – on the surface a Vegas holiday can be a bit like Marmite: you either love it or hate it. But there’s so much more to this USA... Read More »
7 of the Best Movies Filmed in Hawaii
With its volcanic landscapes, bountiful beaches and world-class surf, Hawaii is a paradise in many ways. It’s no surprise, then, that the tropical archipelago has... Read More »
7 Star Wars Locations you have to Visit
What better way to celebrate the recent release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, than by paying homage to the incredible locations in which the movies were filmed?... Read More »
New Zealand
6 of the Best Lord of the Rings Locations in New Zealand
In 2019, it was 64 years since The Return of the King – the third and final instalment in JRR Tolkien’s world-famous fantasy trilogy – first hit the... Read More »
5 of the Best Christmas Lights in the World
No matter where I am in the world, nothing makes me feel more festive than seeing a brightly-illuminated house, a fairylight switch-on, or a national icon decked in... Read More »
11 of the Most Magical Christmas Markets in the World
You know that festive feeling? The one where you crave nothing more than to be wrapped up in furs, a mug of hot chocolate in one gloved hand, and gift-laden shopping... Read More »
West Coast USA
7 of the Best Pit Stops in Death Valley
Straddling the diverse US states of California and Nevada, it’s no wonder Death Valley is a land of extremes. It’s best known for being the hottest place on earth... Read More »
Yellowstone National Park
Discovering Yellowstone National Park
Rain poured from my hood, gritty chunks of tarmac dug into my ankles from where I’d been sat on the roadside, and I was desperately trying to keep my camera dry. I... Read More »
5 Places to See Orangutans in the Wild
Orangutans may be the largest tree-dwelling primates on the planet, but it’s not their size alone that makes them impressive. It’s a combination of this and their... Read More »
A Guide to Hiking Angel’s Landing
Deep breath in. Grab onto the chains. Pray to whatever divine influence there is that you don’t lose your footing. I’ve never had a fear of heights. At least,... Read More »
The Ultimate Way to Explore Thailand in Two Weeks
Thailand may not seem that big on the map – especially when compared to the likes of the USA and Australia – but it’s undoubtedly a cultural behemoth. There’s so... Read More »
Food around the World: What to Eat Where
**WARNING: THIS BLOG POST HAS BEEN KNOWN TO CAUSE SEVERE HUNGER** When you go on holiday, chances are you’ll have heard all about your destination’s best... Read More »
7 Things to Do When it Rains in Vancouver
While Vancouver in the sunshine is utterly glorious, the city has plenty to offer on a rainy day too. So when a deluge hits, don’t just sit there getting soggy; try... Read More »
New York
The Best Ways to See New York City
I’m not ashamed to admit that I heart New York – I’ve even got one of those tacky mugs and innumerable NYC-themed shot glasses to prove it. This is surprising,... Read More »
9 Things to Do in Houston, Texas
When you talk Texas, better-known destinations like Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin will no doubt spring to mind before Houston does. Even I admit that, before I went,... Read More »
5 of the Best Game of Thrones Locations
After nearly a decade of exploring Westeros and hearing the words “winter is coming”, one of the world’s most successful TV shows, Game of Thrones, has drawn to a... Read More »
9 Brazilian Foods You Have to Try
South America boasts a fusion of flavours so unique that no other continent can quite compete. And within that is its crowning glory: a little country called Brazil –... Read More »
Deep South Dishes: A Food Diary of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama & Florida
When you’re whizzing through four US states in less than a week, it’s fair to say that you’re going to see a lot, and that you’re not necessarily going to... Read More »
5 Travel April Fools’ Day Pranks We Wish Were True…
The history behind April Fools’ Day is a bit muddy. Did it stem from the turn of the seasons? Or from the adoption of a new calendar? We may not have the answer, but... Read More »
Behind the Scenes: The Etihad Experience
Flying with Etihad Airways can be a pretty otherworldly experience. From Economy to The Residence, every “guest” (you’re never just a passenger with Etihad) who... Read More »
California Wine Regions: Napa vs Sonoma
Choosing the right wine is a thing of great importance – especially in a grape-loving country like the USA. Indeed, Napa and Sonoma are actually the second-most... Read More »
Where to See Polar Bears
If you’re into animals, there’s nothing quite like seeing a polar bear in the wild. Catch a glimpse of even a tiny tuft of that soft, creamy fur, and it’ll feel... Read More »
8 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Going to Australia
More than four million people visit Australia on holiday every year. And who could blame them? The Land Down Under boasts sun-blessed beaches, epic wildlife and... Read More »
Central America
How to Honeymoon in Costa Rica
“It’s rare to see them moving and eating like that,” said our guide Juan. We were bobbing beneath a tree in Tortuguero’s canals and staring up at a Costa... Read More »
The Perks of Flying Premium Economy

Should you fly in Premium Economy Class? What benefits do you get for the additional cost? Is it worth it? Let's see...

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New Zealand
Inside New Zealand's Weta Workshop
If you’re a film geek like me, the Weta Workshop is a must. I’m not ashamed to say that – from the moment I clapped eyes on its Hobbit hole-inspired exterior – I... Read More »
5 Reasons Why You Should Visit the Florida Panhandle
When most people are contemplating a trip to Florida, it’s usually the theme parks of Orlando, the Art-Deco glitz of Miami or the poolside living of Tampa that spring... Read More »
Instatraveller: the Travelling Paper Boy
We’re always jealous of people who can combine art and travel, which is why we couldn’t help but fall in love with Rich McCor's incredible cut-outs. His Instagram... Read More »
New Zealand
A City Guide to Christchurch
New Zealand isn’t short on incredible experiences, whether you’re venturing across its undulating landscapes or exploring the unique towns and cities. And no matter... Read More »
Inside the Singapore Airlines Lounge at London Heathrow
Sick and tired of the hustle and bustle of the airport terminal? Look no further. If you’re flying Business or First Class with Singapore Airlines – or one of its... Read More »
Los Angeles
Why You Should Upgrade to Air New Zealand’s Economy Skycouch™
Planning a trip to New Zealand or Los Angeles any time soon? Whether you’re travelling with kids in tow, as a couple, or on your own, Air New Zealand’s Economy... Read More »
South Pacific
9 Reasons Why Fijians are So Happy
Fiji is the happiest nation on the planet. And no, we’re not just saying that. In fact, according to a survey by the WIN/Gallup International Association – where... Read More »
New Zealand
A Guide to Flying Business Class with Air New Zealand
When you start likening your Business Class seat to your bed at home, the benefits of flying in a luxury cabin soon become clear – particularly when you’re... Read More »
New Zealand
New Zealand Wine: An Interview with Cameron Woods of Nelson's Kahurangi Estate
There’s a new(ish) cellar door on the block, and its name is Tasteology at the Kahurangi Estate. Located in New Zealand’s Nelson/Tasman region – at the very top of... Read More »
Discover Queensland’s Great Beach Drive
With a sprawling coastline, well connected highway and plenty of icons to see, the Australian state of Queensland is made for driving. But where to begin when planning... Read More »
Where to See Wildlife in Victoria, Australia
From the dramatic coast to the rugged, national park-filled interior, Victoria is home to some of Australia’s most iconic wildlife. Despite being the second smallest... Read More »
Why You Should Visit Hawaii’s Big Island
Hawaii’s Big Island has been making newspaper headlines all over the world in recent months. First, there were the eruptions of Kilauea in Hawai’i Volcanoes National... Read More »
New York
7 Reasons to Take a Superhero Tour in New York City
Lights! Camera! Superhero action! Whether you like to admit it or not, everybody loves a good superhero. My personal favourite? Ant-man. Extreme sarcasm and the ability... Read More »
Road Trippin' in the USA
Covering 1,672 miles from the burnt-orange landscape of the Grand Canyon to iconic Santa Monica Boulevard, Flight Centre’s Alexandra Gregg put her pedal to the metal... Read More »
10 Things You Have to Do in Bruges
If it’s laid-back city vibes you’re after, look no further than the UNESCO-listed micro city of Bruges. With its romantic, historic buildings, abundance of food,... Read More »
How Flight Centre’s Travel Experts Can Help You!
We don’t mean to brag, but our Flight Centre Consultants are pretty great. Whenever you book a tailor-made holiday with us, your Travel Consultant will be... Read More »
What it's Like to Fly Business Class with Singapore Airlines
Before I went to Texas on Singapore Airlines’ inaugural flight from Manchester to Houston, I’d never flown Business Class before. In fact, I’ve never even ventured... Read More »
What to Do When Your Flight is Delayed
You prepare for weeks, nay, months, for that special day. You get up at 4am to get to the airport, after barely getting any sleep the night before, worrying whether or... Read More »
A Guide to Visiting Phillip Island
Less than two hours from Melbourne, Phillip Island is the perfect destination for wildlife and wilderness lovers. Think waddling little penguins, koalas sleeping in the... Read More »
Introducing the Great 8 of Queensland's Great Barrier Reef
Most people have heard of the ‘Big 5’, but how about the ‘Great 8’? Rather than spotting animals in the African bush, you can find the Great 8 beneath the waves... Read More »
Costa Rica
In Conversation with Exodus: Travel Styles and Guides
Exodus first took travellers to the Himalaya over 40 years ago, and has been taking people on adventures around the world ever since...W ant to really get under the skin... Read More »
Inside the New Qantas Lounge at London Heathrow
While it’s fair to say that hanging out at the airport isn’t usually a pastime to write home about, the new Qantas lounge at London Heathrow makes killing time at... Read More »
Los Angeles
Things to Do in Los Angeles
Movie famous, home to the Hollywood sign and just a stone’s throw from the iconic Santa Monica Pier, it’s easy to conjure up a mental picture of Los Angeles… but... Read More »
Experience the Southern Soul of America's Deep South
Even though it was May in New Orleans, Mardi Gras beads still hung from traffic lights, street signs and trees, three months on from Carnival season. And as we toured... Read More »
Why I Love Jasper as Much as Banff
When you’re planning your trip to Western Canada, everyone will rave to you about Banff National Park and the beauty of its abundant mirror lakes and snow-capped... Read More »
A Quick Guide to Niagara Falls, Canada
You don’t have to listen very hard to hear the thunder of Niagara Falls. We could hear it crashing into a dense mist from our hotel – but then we had been lucky... Read More »
Adventure in Western Canada: Jasper & Banff
Having departed Vancouver two days prior, Alexandra Gregg continues her journey across Western Canada – keeping a keen eye out for bears in... Read More »
Canada: East vs West
Whether you opt for the east and its charming, historic cities, great whale watching and delectable seafood, or the west and its wide-open spaces, bears, and chic,... Read More »
Las Vegas
7 of the Best Casinos to Explore in Las Vegas
Bold, brash and larger than life: Vegas is the USA at its most extreme. It’s also the USA at its most enjoyable. Immerse yourself fully in this OTT neon wonderland,... Read More »
Adventure in Western Canada: Vancouver
Maple leaves, uninterrupted snow, mounties. We’ve all heard the Canadian stereotypes. But that’s all they are – sweeping observations that barely provide a... Read More »
Houmas House: What it’s Like to Stay in a Louisiana Plantation Home
“Well think about it – if you had 300,000 acres gentlemen, when was the last time you’d seen a woman, besides sisters and cousins? Cousins was looking good!”... Read More »
Discovering the Gardens of Houmas House, Louisiana
Summer has finally arrived and pruning our gardens has suddenly become a very big deal. Homeowners around the country (and the world) are running around getting fresh... Read More »
How to Spend 24 Hours in New Orleans
“New Orleans should never have been a city – they made a mistake when they built it here.” These were the first words someone uttered to us when we set foot in The... Read More »
Behind the Scenes of Louisiana’s Houmas House with Kevin Kelly
Houmas House isn’t your average Louisiana plantation home. Nestled midway between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, it has been voted the ‘Best Historic Mansion’ by USA... Read More »
A City Break Guide to Athens
Athens has long been a traveller hotspot, but typically only for a day, when travellers have grand plans to either hire a car and head north in search of ancient history... Read More »
The Best Two-Week Australia Holidays
As the world’s number one travel company to Australia, we know all there is to know about the Land Down Under – and that includes sorting the fact from the fiction.... Read More »
Green Giant: Discovering Australia's Daintree Rainforest
This article was taken from the latest issue of our travel magazine, The Experts.It may be over 160 million years old, but this year marks 35 years since Daintree... Read More »
Why NOW is the Best Time to Book Your South Africa Holiday
South Africa. A country that offers the perfect fusion of wildlife, rich culture, winelands and a compelling history. Intrigued? Well now is the best time to book and... Read More »
New Orleans
The Best Ways to See New Orleans
Teetering on the banks of the Mississippi – the arterial vein of the Deep South – French-founded New Orleans is the USA like you’ve never experienced before.... Read More »
9 Must-See Animals in Far North Queensland
Australia as a whole is renowned for its wildlife. In fact, ticking off some native animal sightings is usually top of the list for visitors travelling from the UK. And... Read More »
4 Incredible Road Trips Out of Melbourne
Geared up for that big driving adventure? Head to Victoria and you’ll quickly discover that great road trips begin in Melbourne. And regardless of whether you have... Read More »
Why NOW is the Best Time to Book Your Australia Holiday
Australia. The Land Down Under, where you can gaze upon the giant monolith that is Uluru, explore the Great Barrier Reef and come face-to-face with koalas, kangaroos,... Read More »
6 of the Best Lifts to Ride around the World
Choosing which elevator to ride may seem insignificant when planning your holiday, but it’s the little things that make all the difference when you travel. And what... Read More »
A Guide to NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston
If, like me, you’re a bit of an astronomy geek/space enthusiast/Brian Cox lover (delete as applicable), then no doubt you’d be as excited as I was to set foot on the... Read More »
6 of the Best Amtrak Routes in the USA
Travelling by train is, in my humble opinion, one of the best ways to see the world. You don’t have to worry about which side of the road to drive on, or where the... Read More »
6 of the Best Theme Parks in Orlando
The theme park capital of the world – aka Orlando, Florida – has plenty to offer visiting families, couples and friends alike. But it can also be pretty daunting if... Read More »
10 of the Best Rooftop Pools in the World
That first toe-dip in the hotel pool when you go on holiday is pretty seminal. After all, that refreshing feeling of the water under the beating sun is something... Read More »
What to Learn Where
Beach breaks are great if you’re seeking pure relaxation, but I find nothing says ‘me time’ more than learning a new skill on holiday. You come home refreshed,... Read More »
7 of the Weirdest Buildings in the World
Some are fun, some are wonderful and some are downright BIZARRE. In a bid to challenge the wealth of natural wonders our planet possesses, humanity has done a pretty... Read More »
Los Angeles
How to Be a Big Kid at Universal Studios Hollywood
“What am I most looking forward to? Jurassic Park: The Ride of course!” This was the answer I gave to anyone who asked me about my forthcoming three-week tour around... Read More »
San Francisco
Why I Left my Heart in San Francisco
I’ve always fancied San Francisco. The drama of the Golden Gate Bridge, the buzz of Fisherman’s Wharf, and the gloomy history of Alcatraz. But I didn’t think it... Read More »
8 Inspirational Photos That Will Make You Want to Drive California’s Pacific Coast Highway
Everyone’s heard of the Pacific Coast Highway. You know the one: that winding black ribbon of tarmac that fiercely hugs the stretch of shoreline from San Francisco to... Read More »
How to Cope with Travel Sickness
Nothing can ruin a trip more than having to reach for the sick bag. That moment when a wave of heat washes over you, you start to feel clammy and, more than anything,... Read More »
8 Waterfalls worth Travelling For
There’s something spectacular about seeing a huge waterfall in the flesh; so much so that it can often be the big draw for visiting a particular destination. After... Read More »
South America
6 of the Best Road Trip Movies EVER
“I don’t ever remember feeling this awake.” This is just one of the many famous lines Thelma utters to Louise in one of the most iconic US road trip films of all... Read More »
Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon: By Helicopter, Jeep and Starlight
I’ve seen a million or more pictures of the Grand Canyon. I thought I knew what to expect when we arrived in Arizona. I was wrong. All the images and all the videos in... Read More »
7 Unusual Things to Do in Toronto
Under the space-ship-esque shadow of the CN Tower, the Canadian border city of Toronto shines bright amid a sprawling mix of residential streets, lofty skyscrapers... Read More »
A First-Timer’s Guide to Yosemite National Park
‘The mountains are calling, and I must go’. Gaze across Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View, and you’ll see why US National Park-founder John Muir uttered these... Read More »
Dream Travel Jobs: Leeds Assistant Manager Nikki James
Our Travel Experts get to experience a lot of our beautiful planet, which means they can bring you the best holiday itineraries out there. After all, what’s better... Read More »
12 Films that Will Inspire You to Travel
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve finished watching a film and, when the credits start rolling, thought ‘wow, I want to go there’. As a self-confessed... Read More »
The Best In-Flight DIY Cocktails
Cocktails in the sky are pretty simple. Of course, some airlines have their own ‘signature’ mixes – Delta has the ‘Sky Breeze’ and Virgin offers Daiquiris in... Read More »
Lonely Planet Reveals the Loos with the Best Views
Most people dread going to the toilet abroad. Where’s the nearest one? Will I have to pay? What state of cleanliness (or rather, uncleanliness!) will it be in? But... Read More »
South America
Why You Should Tour South America with G Adventures
Everyone knows it but not everyone likes to admit it: travel can sometimes be a bit daunting. Of course, exploring Panama, tramping Peru’s Inca Trail or venturing into... Read More »
Grand Canyon
Dream Travel Jobs: Inspirational Graphic Guru James
A lot goes on behind the scenes at Flight Centre. We’ve got our Travel Experts on the frontline of course, but there’s a huge team of support staff working to, well,... Read More »
Behind the Scenes: What’s it Like to Fly Private Jet?
Did you know Flight Centre can book private jets? Our Travel Experts have some great tales to tell: from booking trips to Costa Rica so a customer could view a... Read More »
A Beginner’s Guide to Haggling
Confrontation really doesn’t look good on me. The mere thought of arguing an idea, debating a price or negotiating a deal quickly sends me into a cold sweat, clammy... Read More »
The Best In-Flight Coffees
With airlines across the globe constantly introducing new seating and more benefits across Economy, Business and First Classes – not to mention added amenities – the... Read More »
5 of Australia’s Best and Brightest Light Festivals
Summer or winter, sometimes the best way to see a place is when the sunsets or after dark… especially when it’s lit up by hundreds – nay, thousands – of... Read More »
Why California’s San Jose Should Be on Your Travel List
Do you know the way to San Jose? No? Well you should! This overlooked Californian gem has plenty going for it, especially for 2016. Here are eight reasons why San Jose... Read More »
9 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in California
The Golden State is renowned for many things: glorious sunshine, epic coastal drives and travel icons or world-famous national parks aplenty. But it’s the things... Read More »
Things to Do in Cape Tribulation
“Here began all our troubles.” For Captain Cook, Cape Tribulation was a bit of a headache. Not only did his pioneering ship run aground here in 1770, hopelessly... Read More »
South America
The Dos and Don’ts of Rio Carnival
Calling all festival-goers! Rio Carnival is a lively, vibrant explosion of colour, fancy dress and feathered up-dos, an event that tops many a bucket list. But, as with... Read More »
Dominican Republic
6 Reasons to Visit the Dominican's Samana Peninsula
The Dominican Republic is like nowhere else in the Caribbean. It has all the classic draws – great beaches, delicious cocktails and glorious sunshine, to name a few... Read More »
5 Ways to See the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the stuff of marine lover dreams. Embark on a Quicksilver Outer Reef Cruise and you'll get an experience that goes way beyond your fantasies.... Read More »
Get Wrapped up in the Best Towel Art from Around the World
Towel art is one of those hotel room mysteries that simultaneously delights and confuses. We also reckon it’s an underappreciated art. I mean, it’s unclear where it... Read More »
6 Tips for Sleeping on Planes
If you love travel, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of boarding a plane bound for some far-flung destination, eagerly anticipating what you’ll experience when... Read More »
5 Alternative Stopovers You (Probably) Haven't Thought Of
Want to make the most of your holiday allowance this year? Why not roll several incredible places into one trip? Delving into the plethora of routes on offer... Read More »
How to Beat Jet Lag
There’s no two ways about it: jet lag is a pain. As your body adjusts to drastically different time zones, you can feel exhausted, dizzy, dehydrated and headachey,... Read More »
Inside Gatwick’s No1 Traveller Lounge
Regardless of whether you love, hate, or are indifferent about flying, there’s one thing you can’t deny: sometimes it can be a bit of a pain. There’s navigating... Read More »
A Guide to Planning Your USA Road Trip
USA is pure, unadulterated road trip country. There's California's coastal Big Sur route, incorporating the iconic Bixby Bridge; you can discover the Deep South... Read More »
9 of the Best Breweries in the USA
Beer is a Stateside mainstay. To put that into perspective, there are over 3,464 craft breweries across the US. That’s more beer than you can shake a fermenter at. We... Read More »
The Chase is On: Follow Summer Around the Globe
Sad that summer is almost over? Or mourning the fact that we barely had one again? Well never fear: no matter what month or time of day it is in Old Blighty,... Read More »
Discover the Best Places in the World with Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travelist
A couple of years ago the definitive coffee table book graced the Flight Centre editorial desk, and it hasn't left since. It caused intrigue, debate over a pizza... Read More »
Getting More Bang for your Buck: The Best Currencies Right Now
On a budget? Travel doesn’t always have to break the bank. One way to cut your holiday costs – if you’re not fussy about your destination, that is – is to let... Read More »
The Most Luxurious Places to Stay in Thailand
When it comes to luxury in Southeast Asia, Thailand hotels are where it’s at. There’s no shortage of rustic décor, postcard-perfect beaches, technicolour sunsets... Read More »
What Guidebook Style Suits You?
With an abundance of well-stocked bookstores on the high street, not to mention the rise of online literary retailers like Amazon, choosing the right guidebook to... Read More »
Florida’s Wackiest Attractions
The Sunshine State may be best known for its great weather, Mickey Mouse and a plethora of family-friendly theme parks, but it isn't shortage on the offbeat either.... Read More »
Behind the Scenes of Canada's Rocky Mountaineer with Train Manager David Aboud
Traversing Western Canada - Vancouver, Banff, Jasper, Whistler, Quesnel - and now Seattle, Rocky Mountaineer offers one of the most iconic train journeys out there.... Read More »
8 Reasons Why Working in Travel is the Best
Do you spend hours scouring the web for cheap flights? Often baffle your friends with your obscure global know-how? Or do you just love going abroad, feeling like a... Read More »
9 of the Best Burger Joints in the USA
28th May is International Hamburger Day! To mark the USA event, we’ve scoured this great North American nation in search of its best burger offering. Let’s be... Read More »
The UK Makes Arrivals Even Easier
Attention all Australian, Canadian, Japanese, New Zealand and American nationals! Travelling to the UK just got even easier. The government Registered Traveller service... Read More »
4 of the Indian Ocean’s Best Islands

Whether you love beaches, wildlife or delicious food, the Indian Ocean's islands have it all. Here we take a look at four of our favourites...

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Discover Bali on New Emirates Route
Planning a trip to Dubai? Why not factor in a quick sojourn to the Indonesian paradise of Bali too? From 3rd of June 2015, the Middle East’s biggest airline –... Read More »