Blogs by Lauren Burvill

Written by Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.

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8 Ways to Deal with Airport Anxiety
Nervous flyer? Worried you'll miss your flight? Here Flight Centre's Lauren Burvill talks us through how she deals with airport stress. I once missed a flight. It was... Read More »
Why We Love Travelling with our Mums
Travelling with a partner comes easy. Travelling with friends is fun. But travelling with your mum is special. A fleeting chance to relive your childhood and get to know... Read More »
10 Foods You Have to Try in Australia
This month marks five years since I packed up my summer clothes and moved to the UK – only to never wear said summer clothes again. To commemorate my anniversary,... Read More »
What it’s Really Like at a Luxury All-Inclusive Resort
Let me begin by saying, up until recently, I’d never been a fan of all-inclusive resorts. I once stayed in one in Europe and found it to be a bizarre experience akin... Read More »
Thailand Travel Advice from a Local
At Flight Centre, we love getting under the skin of a destination and seeing it from a local's perspective. So much so that we've partnered with Buffalo Tours,... Read More »
10 Best Beaches in Bali
This post originally appeared on Flight Centre Australia's blog Bali's world-famous beaches lure thousands of visitors to the country’s fabulously sun-kissed shores... Read More »
5 Reasons to Visit Dallas & Fort Worth
If you’ve done the USA’s west coast, and the east coast, or plan on visiting both, Dallas and Fort Worth should also be on your radar. As a three-hour flight from... Read More »
8 Tips for Flying to Australia
Whether you're going for a holiday of a lifetime, or visiting friends and family, flights to Australia aren’t as simple as booking a trip to Europe. There’s a... Read More »
New York
What it's Like to Fly Business Class with British Airways
If I’ve learnt one thing during my many long-haul flights between the UK and my hometown in Australia, it’s that a flatbed is worth its weight in gold. If you can... Read More »
A Two-Week Thailand Itinerary for First Timers
After multiple holidays to Australia, the USA, and across Europe, my partner and I were left with the conundrum of taking a two-week holiday to somewhere that would... Read More »
5 Things You Need To Know About Safari Holidays
“Your honeymoon looked amazing” is something I’ve heard numerous times since returning from a week on safari in Kenya. And I can’t disagree. As my first safari... Read More »
How to Spend 3 Days in Sydney
If, like me, perfect to you is a big city vibe with golden beaches at your fingertips, then Sydney is your bliss. Australia’s largest and most famous city, the capital... Read More »
Things to Know Before You Go to Japan
“I’ve always wanted to go to Japan” is a sentence I’ve been hearing repeatedly since I got back from my recent trip. It was my second visit to Japan in a few... Read More »
What it's Really Like Inside Etihad's 'The Residence'
Etihad's The Residence cabins are the height of luxury : plusher than First Class, akin to a 5* hotel in the sky. But what's it really like on board? Lauren Burvill... Read More »
How to See Tigers in India
If you’re a fan of the Jungle Book movie, you’ve probably already fantasised about visiting the jungles of India and spotting a tiger in the wild. Well, as someone... Read More »
The Most Beautiful Beaches in the World
On 8th June every year, we mark World Oceans Day, a day of celebration and awareness for the world’s oceans and the adverse effects humanity and our planet... Read More »
The Unspoken Rules of Air Travel
When it comes to flying, there are plenty of rules that you have to know. You must check-in before your flight, your baggage can’t be over a certain weight, there’s... Read More »
The Best Things to Buy in Australia
The highlights of an Australia holiday don't typically include shopping, but when visiting the Land Down Under there are certainly a few choice purchases we recommend.... Read More »
Things to Do in Krabi
Seen as the more laid-back alternative to the popular Phuket, Krabi is a province located on the west coast of southern Thailand. The region is beloved for its... Read More »
The Best Places to Visit in Australia
When planning a visit to Australia, the options can seem endless. And indeed they are. No one trip to Australia can take in everything, but it is possible to experience... Read More »
A Local’s Guide to the Best Things to Do in Brisbane
Not as big as Sydney nor as cultural as Melbourne, Brisbane has long been overshadowed by its sister Australian cities. That is, until recently. Having grown up in the... Read More »
Middle East
Tips for Visiting Dubai and Abu Dhabi During Ramadan
With sunshine and warm weather practically on tap, Dubai and Abu Dhabi are very much year-round destinations to visit. There is, however, one season in the region that... Read More »
Why Australians love the Gold Coast
I love the Gold Coast. I’m not ashamed to admit it. Even in spite of its long suffering reputation for glitzy excess. To put it in perspective, the Gold Coast is to... Read More »
Around Melbourne in 6 Restaurants
Contrary to popular Australian clichés, Australian food is more than just ‘shrimp on the barbie’ and Tim Tams. It's farm to table restaurants, multicultural fusion,... Read More »
8 Things That Could Only Happen in Australia
'Unique' is a word that comes naturally to Australia. It applies to the landscape which runs the gamut from tropical to desert, bustling cities to deserted beaches and... Read More »
New York
A Guide to Visiting New York for the Second Time
New York is one of those cities you can’t just do once. It transforms at the speed of lightning, meaning the list of things to do in New York is not just long, but... Read More »
The Coolest Things to Do in Tokyo
As a city with over 13 million inhabitants and almost 150 skyscrapers, Tokyo rewards those who do their research. Its best sushi can be hidden behind a curtain, or a... Read More »
3 Reasons Why You'll Love Australia's Top End
As soon as I step off the plane it hits me like a slap in the face. The heat. Warm and thick with humidity. You’d pay good money for a blast of it back home in winter.... Read More »
New York
7 New York TV Locations You Can Actually Eat At
Ever wanted to enjoy a cup of coffee in Luke's Diner from Gilmore Girls? Or a piece of pie from the café in Twin Peaks? You're not alone. If pop culture and food go... Read More »
Grand Canyon
The Best Way to See the Grand Canyon in One Day
When planning a USA holiday, it can be hard to match everything you want to see with the time you have. While there are plenty of ways to get around this... Read More »
An Interview with Travel Bloggers Getting Stamped
We've all dreamed of quitting the daily grind to travel the world. Well, Hannah and Adam of the travel blog Getting Stamped actually did it. While their story is... Read More »
North America
The Best Movie Locations to Visit in the USA
Movie references are all over the USA. In fact, visiting certain places like New York or Los Angeles can often feel as if you’re stepping onto a real life movie... Read More »
The Best Value Holiday Destinations to Book Now
There may be a cloud hanging over Europe at the moment (physically and metaphorically speaking) but the rest of the world is still offering some fantastic holiday... Read More »
8 Things to Know Before You Go to India
I recently spent 11 days in India. That's 11 days of pulsating streets, tranquil jungles, vibrant colours and my eyes wide open with fascination. It was my first visit... Read More »
Flight Centre Named One of the Best Places to Work in the UK
We're delighted to announce that for the sixth consecutive year, Flight Centre UK Ltd has been named one of the UK’s leading workplaces in the coveted Great Place to... Read More »
7 Tips for Travelling the Golden Triangle
If you’ve never been to India, you really should. And if it’s your first time to India, you really should visit, as I did, via the Golden Triangle.The Golden... Read More »
Enjoy £500 off Your Next Holiday at the Flight Centre Restless Triathlon
Want to keep your family fit and book an incredible holiday as your reward? Then you’ll want to be at the Flight Centre Restless Triathlon on Sunday, 8th May... Read More »
The Best Beaches on the Gold Coast
There’s no shortage of stunning beaches in Australia. The whole coastline is surrounded by scenic stretches of sand. But for beaches that are not only beautiful but... Read More »
The Kids' Guide to the Best Caribbean Hotels
Step back mums and dads, this one's for the eyes of little ones only. If your parents are always moaning that they ‘need a holiday’, tell them to go to the... Read More »
Escapes vs Journeys: Which Holiday Suits You?
At Flight Centre, we don't just book flights. We have our own holidays too! Holidays that have been curated and experienced by our Experts, and fine-tuned to ensure... Read More »
10 Things to Know About Vaccinations for Travel
Up until recently I had never had any travel vaccinations and would rather have thrown hot noodles in my eyes than get a needle in the arm. This all changed though when... Read More »
Flight Centre Celebrates 20 years in the UK
It was in 1981 that the very first Flight Centre store opened in Sydney, Australia.Since then, Flight Centre has grown to become a global travel retailer with locations... Read More »
The Best Ways to Experience New South Wales
Could you pack your bags now and fly to Australia tonight?That's exactly what four couples did when they were invited to our Suitcase Party at the Shard in London... Read More »
The Best Jobs to Have in Travel
Love travel so much you wish it was your job? Well it can be. The travel industry is one of the most exciting industries to work in – and we should know! Whether... Read More »
The World’s Best Overwater Bungalow Escapes
If you haven’t heard of our Escapes holiday range yet, now is the perfect time to find out more. Launched in June, Escapes are amazing travel experiences to the... Read More »
An Instagram Guide to Kangaroo Island
If you've never heard of Kangaroo Island, prepare to be amazed. This sandy and rugged island off the coast of South Australia is one of Australia's best kept... Read More »
13 things worth travelling to Queensland for

1. First and foremost, Queensland looks like this:

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Cereal Cafes are Popping Up All Over the World
Japan has always had them, America was quick to follow suit, then Singapore, London and now Melbourne. Much to everyone’s amusement/excitement/amazement cereal cafes... Read More »
The world’s most Instagrammed destinations
The Golden Gate Bridge? Sydney Harbour? Ha Long Bay? While these may be some of our favourite sights to snap, the 300 million users on Instagram have other ideas.Last... Read More »