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Airbnbilly

Airbnbilly

Most trips to IKEA follow a fairly simple pattern: you arrive, you collect your pencil and tape measure, you spend several hours caught in a tidal wave of casual shoppers, you pick up some novelty ice cube trays, you start fretting about whether you chose the slowest queue to pay in, you leave, you realise you forgot what you went there for in the first place. Not so in Australia.

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Brains, trains and autobiographies

Writers are a funny bunch. James Joyce wrote in bed. D.H. Lawrence wrote underneath a tree. Dame Edith Sitwell wrote lying in a coffin. T.S. Eliot wrote with his face covered in green powder. Wherever writers get their ideas from, we’re likely to be seeing more of them on the trains across America as Amtrak have opened a ‘writers’ residence’ on their long-haul journeys. (Cheers, Alex.)
 

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Been there, done that, got the T-weet

There was a time when Instagram was a place you’d go to see arty pics of what your friends were eating, or find out what kind of shoes Kim Kardashian had just bought. Now Marriott Australia have found a far more useful purpose for it – a virtual concierge to guide teenagers round Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
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Food tripping

You’ve been ‘good’ all week. Soups, salads and only one sneaky chocolate. Now it’s the weekend and you’re off on a road trip. When hunger hits, you don’t have many options apart from refuelling on filthy burgers and fried chicken. But, my friends, it doesn’t have to be that way (much as we may like the excuse to indulge on the road).

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Flat pack hotels

IKEA’s real estate branch Inter Hospitality and Marriott International Inc have partnered to create and launch a brand new economy-class hotel brand called MOXY.

Surprisingly, the hotels won’t be stocked with IKEA furniture – but the company has developed a number of innovative construction techniques to keep costs down. Created for the ‘next generation traveller’, the hotels will be popping up in or around office parks, airports and train stations, many of them featuring a neutral ‘eco-style’ theme.

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Bloc bookings

The BLOC hotel philosophy seems to good to be true. By carefully sourcing furniture, bedding and other essential items from around the world, the hotel is able to offer the very best in design and facilities at an affordable price. And by the best facilities, they mean everything from a sophisticated climate control system developed by the Scandinavian Sleep Institute to Italian-tiled wet rooms with powerful drench showers and Egyptian cotton sheets. Bliss.

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Tracks on the tracks

Music is an excellent travelling companion, and a new selection of music from the Gatwick Express train service aims to give riders a musical description of their journey.

The Gatwick Express train travels nonstop between London’s Victoria Station and Gatwick Airport in about 30 minutes. Now, offered exclusively to online ticket buyers, the free tracks include three custom-recorded musical interpretations of the journey from recording artists Philip Sheppard, Benga, and The Milk.

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Health hotel

The InterContinental Hotels Group has launched EVEN, a new brand of hotels for guests seeking a healthier stay. Each room is designed for working out, with details like a luggage rack that doubles as a sit-up bench and extra floor space for yoga. EVEN Hotels will also have large gyms and menus full of nutritional options.

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Meet and seat

KLM are reportedly developing a ‘Meet and Seat’ service where passengers can choose who they sit next to by accessing the LinkedIn and Facebook pages of fellow travellers during check-in. (Cheers Alex.)

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Absolut premium

After a decade of development, super premium vodka, Absolut Elyx, has launched in the global duty-free market. The launch is backed by a powerful 360-degree marketing campaign targeting a global audience of advanced and sophisticated urban trendsetters and opinion leaders.

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