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Real life one bag travel: a travel blogger packing list

Hi Frugalistas! I’m feeling the pressure.  Heading to TBEX Athens with hundreds of other travel bloggers is a bit intimidating.  Not because I’m shy – I’m not, and there will be plenty of friends there.  Not because I’ve never been to a conference before – I’ve been to plenty in my professional life.  No, it’s […]

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Reader poll: what frugalfirstclass travellers want and why I asked

Hi Frugalistas! Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the recent frugalfirstclasstravel reader survey.  So many of you took the time to tell me what you liked at frugalfirstclasstravel, and what you wanted to see more of.  As the Chief Frugalista I know what I like, but what did you like?  European destinations? Is […]

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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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Brilliant Readers’ Safety Tips For Solo Women Travellers

Hi Frugalistas! If you follow me on Facebook or Pinterest you will know that, like many bloggers, I repost old content periodically. It’s a good opportunity to connect new followers to some of my older content, and to share old content that is still valid and timely. Recently I re-shared a post on tips for […]

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Jo Karnaghan wearing a purple cardigan and purple scarf standing in front of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Tell the Chief Frugalista: the first ever frugalfirstclasstravel reader poll

Hi Frugalistas! Frugalfirstclasstravel is now over 2 years old.  And thanks to you, my lovely Frugalistas, it continues to grow.  Whether you are a new reader (welcome!), someone who’s been on the journey with me for some time (thank you for your loyalty), a reader who comments – I really appreciate your feedback, or even […]

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The smartest one bag traveler: my interview with Lady Light Travel

Hi Frugalistas! Regular readers know I love reading the posts of other one bag travellers.  My favourite one bag travel blogger is Cindy Heazlit from Lady Light Travel.  On her blog Cindy offers smart, sensible solutions for one bag travelling regardless of whether you are travelling for business or pleasure.  I’m so pleased that Cindy […]

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How to redeem frequent flyer flights when you don’t have enough points

Hi Frugalistas! Not quite enough frequent flyer miles to book that dream trip?  Not sure what to do next?  That was the question put to me recently by a work colleague.  Her and her husband wanted to use their Qantas frequent flyer points (part of the One World Alliance) to book flights to Europe.  Just […]

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My 5 favorite buildings in Europe

My 5 favorite buildings in Europe

Hi Frugalistas! One of the things I love most about Europe is its architecture.  Coming from a relatively young country, with homogeneous building styles, I love the regional and historical variation found in European architectural styles.  I love the sheer age of the buildings.  Early nineteenth century?  That’s a “new” building!  Choosing my favourite buildings has […]

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Real life one bag travel: choosing a camera for one bag travel

Hi Frugalistas! Regular readers will know that I recently upgraded my camera. Choosing a new one left me with a dilemma – how do I buy a camera with the functionality I was craving, without foregoing one bag travel? I knew it was a difficult balancing act. Numerous readers had posted on my packing posts […]

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Blue Cruises in Turkey: 10 tips for getting a deal

  Fancy a fantastic blue cruise in Turkey? This post is provided by the team at Alaturka Yachting Turkey’s southern coast is considered to be one of the most exotic and beautiful spots in the world to travel. Its rich history and culture coupled with its breathtaking natural beauty offers travellers an experience matched by […]

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