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Airbus new economy design reveals 11 seats width

Tuesday 21 April 2015
By Lachlan Nicolson |

Airbus new 11 seats economy

That dreaded middle seat might become hard to slide out of in the near future if your invested in a budget economy seat.

This week Airbus released a new proposal for the future of economy flying that included an 11 seat wide layout for selection by airlines on A380 aircrafts. Originally economy seats on an airbus have been 3-4-3 across, a popular and successful layout by the aircraft maker for many years. However Airlines are looking for new ways to increase revenue and offer more flexibility within economy class by offering levels of seating groups. The new airbus economy seating is divided into 3 groups: premium, comfort and standard. In other words "comfy, sort of comfy and efficiently uncomfortable”.

Business Traveller magazine writes "Premium will be similar to today's premium economy product, which comes with a 19-inch width, and is aimed at business and wealthy leisure travelers." The comfort seating will be similar to a typical economy seat today.

The tight fit seats are part of a growing trend for consumers willing to endure slight discomfort on long-haul flights to save money. The cost cutting measures also reveal the growing gap between business and economy seats as business seats become more in demand and the price gap becomes larger. Offering more choice within the economy class however will give better flexibility to consumers wanting that small amount of comfort, for a reasonable price.

The new seating layouts will be available for airlines to purchase by 2017.


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Healthy Travel Tips

Friday 17 April 2015
By Lachlan Nicolson |

Healthy Travel Tips


Healthy travel tips

Flying is the best method of long-distance travel. It’s fast, and increasingly affordable Flying isn’t always the most comfortable experience, but there are plenty of tips to experience a healthier, more comfortable and pleasant flight.



Did you know you are 20% more likely to catch a cold when flying? It is important to take extra vitamins such as Vitamin C and Zinc the week leading up to your flight. It’s also important to drink a healthy and consistent amount of water.

Make sure you pack comfortable and flexible, light-weight clothes for the plane. Don’t wear anything you are not prepared to endure for the long-haul. It is also good to wear comfortable socks that are reasonably loose around your ankles, which will help with circulation to your feet.

Before the flight avoid salty food and over-excessive caffeine, choose water and fruit to stay hydrated and energised.


During the flight

To boost your circulation it is suggested you stand up ever 2 hours and go for a short walk around the plane. Stretch those legs frequently! It will also give you more energy during the flight and post-flight lag.

Sometimes the water isn’t the best quality on aircrafts. The United States EPA discovered 1 out of 7 planes had tap water that did not meet federal standards and contained small amounts of bacteria. It is important to bring your own water to brush your teeth with and drink as your primary source.

Aircrafts also pose threat to sickness because of the tight airflow and filters used to clean the air. It is a good idea to bring alcoholic hand wipes that kill germs, and use paper towels when washing hands to dry. Be careful and considerate to not sneeze on anyone during the flight and keep those water levels and vitamins high!



After your flight it’s important to take time to sleep off any jet-lag. Try to allow your body some rest, then force yourself towards the new timezone according to the sun. It is important to drink large amounts of water, exercise and be in sunlight during the day. Don’t try to sleep during the day if possible, and eat healthy foods to give your body the nutrients it needs to recover.


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Review: 30 Days In Antarctica

Tuesday 7 April 2015
By Ben Aspinall |

Hear Ben's story of his 30 day experience through World Travel Professionals Antarctica Expeditions...


My wife and I have recently returned from a 30 day voyage to the Ross Sea region of Antarctica and the Sub Antarctic Islands aboard the "Spirit of Enderby".

We went on the January, 2015 "In the Wake of Scott and Shackelton" expedition operated by Heritage Expeditions, New Zealand's expedition travel company. I can only try to sum up this once in a life time experience with the words privileged, humbled, exhilarated and strangely peaceful. We have seen the very best and most beautiful that this Earth has to offer. The focus of this voyage is nature and its conservation.

For the past 30 years, Heritage Expeditions has pioneered conservation-driven voyages to some of the most wild, least-explored and biologically rich regions on the planet. Our voyage, or expedition, lived up to this reputation. On our first day aboard we were told to prepare for an adventure, where adventure means " an unknown outcome....". Ominous, but thankfully, true. We were expecting great things, but were not prepared for the boundless wildlife diversity, the breath-taking beauty in the colours of the ice and sea, the combined serenity and strength of mother nature, the generosity, caring and humour of our staff and crew, and the emotions evoked by the human history of exploration of the white continent. We were told at the beginning  to expect to come away "changed" by what lay ahead. It was true. We are both better people for it, with a greater respect and regard for this beautiful planet, the oceans and all of the forms of life that we share this world with. It sounds very cliche, but it is true.



Our expedition left from Invercargill, the Southern most town of New Zealand. 50 passengers set forth, with 8 experienced cruise staff and 22 Russian crew  aboard the 72 m "Spirit of Enderby" (Professor Cromov - registered name). The first week was spent making our way south into the Southern Ocean, stopping at the Snare's Islands, Enderby Island, Auckland Island and Macquarie Island. We spent time either cruising the coast on Zodiac boats, getting up close to nature, and exploring cliffs, and sea caves or walking on the islands among the spectacular Rata forests and flowering megaherbs interacting with the ever present penguins, sea lions, seals, and sea birds of endless names and species. Strangely we began to recognise the different albatross, petrels, gulls and terns within the first few days. By the end of it all we could identify and name the 7 species of penguin we saw.


After the sub antarctic islands, we headed south, spotting our first iceberg at 61 degrees south, and crossing the Antarctic Circle with due ceremony and a Polar blast for Antarctic virgins to appease King Neptune (at 2 am on the fore deck with 5 degrees ocean water ... it was voluntary - but hey I am only ever going to do this once).



Then we pushed for three days through pack ice into the Ross sea, witnessing some of the most pretty hues of blue in the ice that you will ever see anywhere, and increasing our count of penguin, seal and sea bird species. A sunset zodiak cruise among the ice, and a photogenic Emperor Penguin provided excellent photo opportunities.


Then we began 10 days of landings on the continent, in 24 hour daylight.  There are 10-12 possible landing opportunities that they can do, but usually weather and ice conditions limits these to just a few. Neptune and mother nature were kind to us and we got 9 landings. We went ashore on some of the most remote islands and beaches you can imagine, steeped in history, vibrant with hues of brown and white, and alive with.... penguins.


We explored an island who's name sums up the barren-ness  and isolation. Inexpressible Island. Then we visited three research bases (German, Italian, South Korean) in Terra Nova Bay. I never thought I would cruise along something called the Drygalski Ice Tongue, but we did.



Then on down to the southern Ross Sea, stopping on Franklin Island with 10000 Adelie Penguins,  and reaching our southern most destination, Ross Island. Beneath the omnipresent flanks of 4000m high Mt Erebus we explored this area for 4 days, visiting the pristine, preserved huts of explorers Scott and Shackleton, and walking the volcanic shores.

The expedition highlight for most was the several hours cruising the ice edge aboard the Zodiacs beneath a beautiful blue sky, with bright sunlight and the towering sentinel of Erebus keeping watch over us, while a large pod of Minke Whales swam and fed around us. David Attenborough would have been Jealous. To top it off on our way back to the mother ship we explored a bay full of exquisitely carved icebergs glistening like icing on wedding cakes, and displaying yet more hues of fluorescent blue that, unbelievably, we had not seen yet. 


The penultimate day came when we reached our southern most latitude, 77 degrees 44 minutes South, in McMudo sound where we celebrated first with drinks on the deck in the warm sunshine, then later with dessert and hot chocolate on the ice shelf, a game of soccer on the ice with the Russian crew, and the Polar Plunge (a quick swim in the -0.2 degree Ross Sea from the edge of the ice.), just after we had watched large pods of Orca nearby.




The journey home included cruising along the Ross Ice Shelf under the midnight sun, and our last stop on the continent at Cape Adare, with 100,000 Adelie penguins and another explorer's hut (we now know who George Borchgrevink is!!!).


Five straight days at sea, saw us arrive at our last place of interest, Campbell Island. We did an 8 hour 14 km walk on this very remote island. My wife and I love bush walking, and have done some of the world's greatest walks. This was by far the greatest we have ever seen or done. The flowering mega-herbs covered meadows on the top of a ridge with purples, pinks, white and yellow, all with a back drop of spectacular lime stone cliffs  and turquoise blue seas. We could get up close to scores of Southern Royal Albatross nesting, or soaring majestically and peacefully over this remote landscape. Coming face to face with three elephant seals basking on a beach, will be a moment of joy that I will never forget. These beautiful seals are enormous!



Two more days at sea, (and these were the only big seas of the whole trip) saw us return to Invercargill, changed people. I know I am a better and more peaceful person because of this unique and humbling experience. 


Whether you’re a birder, photographer, wildlife enthusiast, conservationist, or simply an adventurous spirit, these expeditions offer an unparalleled travel experience.


Heritage Expeditions is one of the best travel companies we have traveled with. I recommend them to anyone. You can see more on their website and find out about their full year's itinerary of expeditions all along the western pacific from Antarctica up to the Arctic.



Finally we have to thank Marion Picot from World Travel Professionals who made this all possible for us, through her professional knowledge, commitment to us  and friendly assistance. 

 - Ben Aspinall


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