Tag Archives: travel

January 13

Aussie idiots abroad

The myth of the rugged Aussie individualist – strong, self-reliant and savvy – is being exposed as a flight of fancy by young Australians who are a pathetic disgrace to our notional national identity. The ratbags unravelling our sense of self-worth are generally younger travellers who take off to see the world but cry for […]

Tales of the traveller – Chinese legroom

Travelling on China’s internal airlines is an experience – for many reasons including the ability to shoehorn fifty per cent more paying passengers on each flight than anywhere else in the known universe. Now, it’s not being racist to suggest the Chinese are generally somewhat lesser in stature than Aussies. Hey, some of my best […]

The lovely land of Lilliput

The Japanese are wonderful people, no question. But they aren’t the biggest bunch of blokes and sheilas in the world. If you were to be politically incorrect, you might suggest that many of them are tiny. Otherwise, you’d just say they were a bunch of short-arses. Nah, just kidding! But they are – generally – […]

You leave, you are on your own

  There are a few things that get up my nose (it’s a fairly big proboscis!). One of them is travellers. No, not those who enjoy wandering the world and seeing the sights, enlarging their minds as they go. They’re fine. The ones who really tee me off are those who get into trouble and […]

Tales of the travelller – airline feasts

Criticism of airline food is the standard fare of the traveller all over the globe. We in Australia love to denigrate the dishes served up to us as we soar through the skies. Cynical and jaundiced as this may seem – perhaps even unfair – it is a habit not likely to change in the […]

The silence of the little lambs

  Children should be seen and not heard. It’s an adage that has shaped attitudes through numerous generations but, in this frustratingly silly era of political correctness, many adults want to tilt the balance in favour of the tiny tots. We ought to shove a dummy in their mouths, I say. And I mean the […]

The laid-back approach to flying

Have you noticed that air travel is only ever referred to enthusiastically by those who don’t do it? It’s a means to an end but it’s still a pain in the backside. Nor is it all that much better even when travelling up the pointy end (unless you’re wealthy and can afford real luxury). The […]

Tales of the traveller – I’ve seen the light!

You arrive in an airport hotel tired and cranky. It’s night and sleep beckons but you know it won’t come easily because you have dozed off intermittently for the previous half-day as the jet you were aboard covered a quarter of the globe’s circumference. Eventually, though, you read yourself to sleep and your irritations slip […]

Ugly Aussies abroad

Throughout the sixties, seventies and eighties, it used to be fun sniggering at American tourists who wandered the world causing angst because they were so self-centred, loud and embarrassing. Sadly, they have lifted their game while many of us Aussies have raced to fill their shoes. Some of the antics of Aussies abroad are just […]