Transport Reviews

Emirates Business Class with a toddler

We’ve been in the care of Emirates for the better part of a day at this point. Through our amazing First Class flight from Melbourne to Dubai, to then being able to continue the sanity at the Emirates Lounge in Dubai has been a travel experience we won’t be forgetting…


Catching the TGV fast train to Paris

After our stellar rail experience between Rome and Venice a few weeks ago, I was really looking forward to this one. We don’t have anything close to a fast train in Australia, and crossing large swathes of distance in a few hours is a completely alien experience to us Aussies….



Flying into three airports at once

It’s not often you fly into an airport with three codes that services three countries. It’s also not often that I’d bother to write about an airport. Basel is in Switzerland, Mulhouse is in France, and Freiburg is in Germany. They’re all serviced by the unimaginatively named “Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport”. Hilariously,…


Dropping your hire car to Gare de Mulhouse-Ville

So this is a bit of a random post, but maybe someone who needs it might find it on Google. There is no obvious signage, or documentation when hiring from Europcar as to where exactly to return your car when you’re dropping it off. I’m sure if we’d picked up…


Rome to Venice by train with Rail Europe

By far the easiest way to get to Venice from Rome is by train. If you’re booking from Australia, then go to the Australian Rail Europe site, otherwise head to the Worldwide Rail Europe site. Booking early is key.  We booked two First Class seats for $AU174.  We booked in…


Cabs in Rome with a toddler

One thing we’re rarely sure about when visiting a new place is how to deal with cabs when you’re traveling with a toddler and no baby seat. We found that in Rome, every cab driver we had was excellent. Clarrie was fine without a baby seat, and none mentioned it….


Big Bus Tours in Rome

There are quite a few Hop On Hop Off buses in Rome, with Big Bus Tours being one of the biggest. There are three types of tickets you can get. 24-hour city tour: €30 (€15 child) 48-hour city tour : €35 (€18 child) 72-hour city tour : €40 (€20 child) You don’t have…


Emirates First Class with a toddler

We were very lucky to have the opportunity to fly First Class with Emirates. It’s a marvellous experience, and it’s certainly not lost on me that most people won’t encounter it. It’s also not lost on me that we’ll probably never have this opportunity again. This trip has been paid…


Emirates Chauffeur Drive

One of the perks of flying with Emirates in either First of Business is their Chauffeur Drive service. You get driven from home to the airport when you leave, and the airport to your accommodation when you arrive  (and vice-versa if your return flight is with them also). As my…


Jetstar JQ18, Phuket to Melbourne 787 Dreamliner

Our first time on a 787 Dreamliner, and not without incident. To be frank, Phuket airport is an absolute nightmare, and as one of our party noted “This aiport is where good holidays come to die”. After being shuffled from room to room, we eventually boarded two hours late in…


Jetstar JQ7 Melbourne to Singapore

Not much to report except the usual delirium of an international flight. Elyse’s first not drinking due to impending birth. There was no IFE on this one, but we had a few movies on our iPad so we survived. I highly recommend seeing Any Questions For Ben. Great film. 3…



Getting from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

When we were planning our trip, we had one unknown, which was how to get to Kanchanaburi. There’s quite a bit of advice on sites like Tripadvisor, but I thought I’d tell you what we did, which worked quite well. Our first choice was getting the train, because who doesn’t…


Jetstar JQ29 Melbourne to Bangkok, Economy class

Having not flown Jetstar internationally before, I was unsure what to expect on this flight. There aren’t a lot of options for a direct flight to Bangkok from Melbourne, and this was the cheapest by a long way. To my surprise, it was excellent, and I would more than happily…



American Airlines 1823 New Orleans to Dallas

MD80. Why don’t we use these planes in Australia? Best flight of the entire trip. Engines are at the back. You know what that means? Noise is at the back. It’s the perfect synergy of a comfort to noise ratio. Smooth too. Being that AA and Qantas are part of…


New York to New Orleans – Delta Airlines 943

Leaving New York was hard, but arriving in New Orleans made up for it. The cab from our apartment in Manhatten to LaGuardia took around 30 minutes, and the airport did what it needed to do. Security was tight, water was discarded and Americans still tried to bring suitcases onto…



Virgin America VX853, Dallas to San Francisco

An early wake up and our first experience of USA style airport security. And USA style airport food. We booked on VX853, departing Dallas at 8am and landing in San Francisco at 9:50am. Just under 2 hours on paper, but around 4 hours in real life. We’d heard horror stories…