As we are generally required to check in for our flights two hours before departure, business travellers spend a lot of time waiting around at airports. For premium cabin passengers, the obvious thing to do is, of course, head to the VIP lounge. For those flying on economy, the two choices are shop and eat.

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Airline lounges are upping their game by providing stylish and refined new spaces for premium travellers pre-flight. A traveller’s journey begins on the ground, and the airport experience is part and parcel of that vital first impression of his or her chosen carrier.

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SUNNY, fashion-forward and multiethnic, Sydney is an animated city bent on making its mark. But with its skyline already crowded with skyscrapers, and its place on the world stage firmly set, the city seems to be in the midst of a historical revival. Traditional Australian cuisine like meat pies is being remade in the locavore age. Sports like surfing are being celebrated in their national birthplace. And older buildings are enjoying an architectural second act as salons for the city’s cognoscenti, who can’t seem to get enough of Sydney’s homegrown charms.

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Rattling ice machines. Grinding, dinging elevators. Bachelorette parties down the hall. The sleep gods have their work cut out for them if you're expecting to snooze well while staying at a hotel.

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Making a business trip a success involves a number of factors, including ensuring you are well-rested and on your game, protecting and transporting your belongings safely, keeping up with work and office events during your absence, and making every part of your business trip efficient and cost-effective.

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It wasn't that long ago that many travel photos were taken, developed and then dumped into boxes, rarely to be seen again. These days, things aren't so different except that now the photos get dumped onto external hard drives, perhaps to await a hard drive crash instead of the proverbial basement flood.

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The best thieves know not to steal items that will be missed any time soon. When it comes to you and your stuff, there is no telling how or when you might be separated, whether briefly or permanently, in your trek from your car seat to your airplane seat and back again.

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Every year brings a new round of gadgets, from video consoles to smartphones and flat screen televisions. Some of the best gadgets of 2012 included the data streaming sticks, as well as a new generation of ultra thin televisions and the iPad Mini.

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It's a question many small and mid-sized companies often ask; with only a handful of employees who regularly travel on business, is a travel policy really necessary? The answer is a firm yes! Even with as few as five employees taking flight throughout the year, a travel policy provides the kind of cost savings and the ability to monitor travel expenses - that can make a significant impact on your bottom line.

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