Travel



Airbnb travel coupon for HubbyHouse readers

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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…



QF130 Shanghai to Sydney

Nothing really to report here, except that our departure from China was far more pleasant that our arrival. We were hoping for an upgrade due to the kerfuffle on our arriving flight, but no such luck. The cab ride to the airport was one of the scarier moments of my…


Shanghai to Nanjing on the fast train

After an arduous trip from Melbourne to Shanghai (via Sydney and Hong Kong unexpectedly), we now needed to get from Shanghai to Nanjing. And in a hurry. What first struck us when we arrived at Pudong airport, was that there was no one there. Seriously- this airport is HUGE, and…


Cathay Pacific economy seats are are a bit crap

So- we’ve had a slight hiccup. Our flight from Melbourne to Sydney (QF415) was delayed by an hour due to an apparent air conditioner fault on the plane. Due to our late arrival in Sydney, we missed our connection to Shanghai (QF129). After A LOT of stuffing around, we finally…


Tiger Airways, for those who haven’t yet

This last weekend was our first experience with Tiger Airways. I won’t say it’ll be our last time using them, but it might be. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING was fraught with difficulty. Carry on luggage is weighed as your board, and if your a gram over 7kg, you are…