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Why I hate resort vacations

Dear Resort Vacation, we need to talk.  I’ve loved you since my first stay in Bali in 1989.  Mr Frugalfirstclass and I have had many wonderful experiences with you – including our wedding in Mauritius.  I even took MissG on her first mother-daughter trip on a resort vacation.  And we loved it.  But you are making […]

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white sandy beach and blue water at Bora Bora

Real life one bag travel: packing for a luxury travel resort vacation

Hi Frugalistas!  Luxury Travel with just one carry on bag?  Of course!  Just because the number of staff will outnumber the number of guests, just because you are not moving from location to location, and just because if you can afford a luxury resort you can certainly afford a porter to carry your bags doesn’t […]

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Real life one bag travel: the 5 things I never pack – and what to pack instead

Hi Frugalistas! I love clothes – beautiful clothes.  I have a lot of them, and I love wearing them.  I love creating new looks and going out knowing I look good.  When I travel it’s no different.  I still want to look good.  But I also love travelling light with just my one carry on […]

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We saw places in Europe we only dreamt of… and saved money

Hi Frugalistas! I’m delighted to bring you this guest post courtesy of fellow Australian blogger, Lyn, from A Hole in My Shoe.  Cruises are not my area of expertise, and I know they can be expensive.  And that’s before you do any shore excursions.  Lyn and her husband, Steve, managed to do their dream Mediterranean cruise in […]

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Etihad Airways pearl business class: a review update

Hi Frugalistas!  The last time I flew Etihad Airways Pearl Business Class it was good, but not great.  Memories of a rock hard croissant at breakfast and very poor service in transit in Abu Dhabi left this loyal Etihad customer a little disillusioned.  Have they redeemed themselves?  Read my review update from my recent trip […]

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Air France Euro business class: the frugalfirstclasstravel review

Hi Frugalistas!  Those of us who are fortunate to be able fly Business Class know that not all Business Classes are created equal.  In particular, I notice a distinct difference between the amenity of Business on European routes compared to my long haul flight to Europe from Australia.  On my recent trip, I was able […]

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My latest post on Ma Vie Francaise – visiting the Taittinger champagne cellars

Hi Frugalistas! Despite being one of the newest premium champagne houses (it was founded in 1932), the family Taittinger occupies some of the oldest and most historic champagne caves in Reims.   I was privileged to be given a private tour of their caves in central Reims, allowing me to explore parts of the wine cellars not open to the general […]

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Emirates A380 first class: the frugalfirstclasstravel review

Hi Frugalistas!  The Emirates A380 has received a lot of attention, and even has a certain glamour in some quarters.  On my return to Sydney recently I was lucky enough to put its First Class cabin to the test.  With suites, a shower, and all sorts of amenities, what is the Emirates A380 really like? […]

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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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The Cinque Terre – daytripping to Portofino

Hi Frugalistas! If the Cinque Terre is all about slow, low key travel, Portofino is definitely its glamorous, posh (and expensive!) sister.  Just an hour away by train, it makes a wonderful day trip.  So sit back, and enjoy the visit! Arrival Portofino is just an hour from the Cinque Terre by train.  Hop off […]

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