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A great fare to Santiago in Chile, Expedia now available on my website, Allianz insurance added, Garuda business class to London via Bali and some more ideas.

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OTS are unreliable and misleading

The European Commission has released its findings that show Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) in the EU are among the “most frequent consumer complaints”, according to the European Consumer Centres.

The European Commission and EU consumer protection authorities launched a coordinated screening of 352 price comparison and travel booking websites across the EU in October 2016.

Vehicles one sees in Vietnam.

United Airlines overhauls its policies

In a news release late April, United promised  “10 substantial changes to how it flies, serves and respects its customers,” including bumping up the offers for volunteers to give up their seats from the $800 mark – what passengers were offered to give up their seats on Flight 3411 – to $10,000.

United CEO Oscar Munoz said the new policies show a “culture shift toward becoming a better, more customer-focused” airline.

Bumper guide to Scottish Castles

Aussies trust Qantas more now than 5 years ago

CEO Alan Joyce’s presentation showed that 20 per cent of Australians trust Qantas more than they did 4-5 years ago, with the airline claiming to have the highest level of trust compared to other major sectors in Australia, according to a Corporate Trust Survey by Acuity.

According to Joyce, the main things that give Qantas such a strong rating including having a brand that is “well known and respected”, being “transparent and honest”, delivering “quality service” and “putting customers before profits”.

Join me on Mera peak (6476m)

Mera Peak is one of the most alluring trekking peaks in Nepal as it involves a culturally stimulating journey through remote picturesque villages and forests - followed by a gentle climb to the summit.  It is perhaps best known because it is Nepal’s highest trekking peak.

The climb of Mera comes at the end of a week-long trekking and acclimatisation programme designed to give you the best possible chance of an enjoyable yet successful journey. Start date is 9 October.

Aussie women hit hardest by global roaming fees

Data finds 400,000 Aussies caught out by surprise bills. Despite our best efforts to avoid paying monstrous mobile bills whilst overseas, it appears a great many Australians are still being caught out by global roaming charges.

New research by comparison site, has revealed in the last two years, some 400,000 Aussies have returned from international travel to find a mobile bill way above their expectations, and it’s largely due to those nasty old roaming fees. Colinthescot

A brief history of Scotland!

Great Victorian Bike Ride 2017

The RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride is a fun, friendly and challenging camping holiday. It’s an opportunity to join a community of bike riders exploring the beautiful Victorian countryside. Starting from scenic Tidal River, you will soak up the natural and unspoiled beauty of Ninety Mile Beach and travel through South Gippsland to the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. Colinthescot

Overseas travel repatriation on the rise

Last year, Allianz Global Assistance nurses were responsible for 150 repatriations, ensuring the safe arrival home of many Australians.

However, despite an increase in travellers needing assistance more than ever, research shows an alarming number of Australians still treat travel insurance as a last minute purchase, with 39 per cent of customers purchasing travel insurance in the last week of departure and 19 per cent of customers purchasing the day before or on the day or departure
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Biggest travel mistakes people are making

The new research from Commbank shows these ‘money misadventures’ – having lost or stolen money or possessions, debit/credit or currency conversion fraud or missing a flight – are hitting Aussies hard both financially, with nearly a third not having insurance, and emotionally, with 34 per cent admitting these mishaps are causing significant levels of stress. Colinthescot

Business class fares to Europe

Garuda Indonesia has some very competitive business class airfares to London. About $5500 including tax and you can stop in Bali on the return. Sometimes an overnight stopover is compulsory and the airline pays for one night's accommodation. But if you stay longer in Bali you are not entitled to the free accommodation. Colinthescot

Economy fares to Europe

LAN Airlines is now flying non-stop from Melbourne to Santiago in Chile. And fares start at $680 return including tax. Yes that is correct. Restricted travel dates and pay by 6 June. Well what are you waiting for? Colinthescot

Japan's culinary heritage

Japanese food reveals the depths of the country’s history and culture. Join a remarkable mountain villager foraging for wild vegetables, an enthusiastic producer of micro-brewed sake and meet fishermen harvesting the bounty of the sea. Discover, cook and taste authentic Japanese food alongside members of local communities. Learn the secrets of sophisticated Kyoto cuisine from a chef with 30 years of experience. Visit idyllic rural villages and island fishing ports. Awaken your senses and share unforgettable moments with the people you’ll encounter on your culinary journey. Colinthescot

And finally

Ringer Reef Winery's 2017 Rose is out now. This wine is made from grapes grown on the Ringer Reef vineyard at Porepunkah. It is very fragrant with clean fresh fruit on the nose and good weight on the palate. It is dry and has a soft, mouth filling finish. This is one of my favourite vineyards and is still family run. Colinthescot

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