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2013 – my favorite travel moments

Hi Frugalistas! Well, another year draws to a close.  I have to say that for me it’s been a bit of mixed bag – health-wise I’ve been severely challenged (I almost didn’t make my big trip in October) and work is always a bit of challenge for those of us who dream of places far […]

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A milestone for frugalfirstclasstravel

Hi Frugalistas! Just a short post to announce that frugalfirstclasstravel has hit the 2000 follower mark! Thank you so much to every single one of you! Kind regards Jo

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The frugalfirstclasstravel Friday files 29 November 2013

Hi Frugalistas! This week’s Friday files packs a backpack, avoids some common travel scams, and eats an Australian pavlova.  What’s not to love? First up, Ron at Active Planet Travel has got some great backpack packing tips.  I may be the Queen of the one bag trip, but I don’t profess to be an expert […]

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The frugalfirstclasstravel Friday files – 27 Sept 2013

Hi Frugalistas! In this week’s Friday files we’re going on a jaunt round the world, starting locally here in Sydney (in fact right in my local neighbourhood), before heading to London and finishing in Singapore. The first post I’m featuring comes from fellow Sydney-based bloggers The Budget Wanderers.  I subscribe to their blog and always […]

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What I’ve been doing this week – visiting the David Jones flower show

Hi Frugalistas! I’ve been inspired by my last “Capture the Colour” post, so I’m featuring more colour!  This time, I’m presenting you with my take on the annual Spring Flower Show hosted by the venerable Sydney department store, David Jones.  Every spring David Jones fills its front windows, and its ground floor with beautiful blooms […]

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Beyond Bondi Beach – an insider’s guide to Sydney

Hi Frugalistas! My idea for the “beyond” series began with a guest post on the fantastic Turnipseed Travel website.  While Vanessa’s blog talks about different activities, and has a different vibe to mine, we share a common love of great value for money, and experiencing wonderful moments when we travel.  So, here, I proudly present […]

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Virgin Australia Sydney domestic lounge – the frugalfirstclasstravel review

Hi Frugalistas! Membership or access to a premium lounge can be a great boon for travelers.  A good lounge offers a haven from the noise and bustle of the airport and offers good food and other amenities.  A bad lounge, well…….. Virgin Australia has recently upgraded its flagship Sydney lounge in the Sydney domestic terminal.  […]

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What I’ve been doing this week – visiting the pandas in Adelaide, South Australia

Hi Frugalistas! Regular readers will know I tend not to write about life here in Australia.  I do travel regularly with my family at home, but don’t write about it.  This week though I’m making an exception – MissG and I visited Adelaide, capital of South Australia for a hot date with two VIPs – […]

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Virgin Australia International Business Class – the frugalfirstclasstravel review

Hi Frugalistas! I travelled to Europe recently and  was booked on a Virgin Australia codeshare from Abu Dhabi to Sydney on my return.  I fly Virgin Australia domestically (albeit in Economy) and have flown the coast to coast service from Sydney to Perth in Business Class, so naturally was interested to see what the International […]

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Virgin Australia A330 Business Class domestic – the frugalfirstclasstravel review

Hi Frugalistas! I had the opportunity to experience the Virgin Australia A330 business class recently on a trip from Sydney to Perth return on the Coast to Coast service.  Here’s my verdict: At the Airport In Sydney there is a valet check in service for Business Class travelers, but because I arrived by taxi I […]

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