Blogs by Phil Murray

Written by Phil Murray

With parents in the travel industry, I was pretty much born with one of those take-off sweets in my mouth. I’m very fortunate to be close to clocking up my 50th country - not that I’ll slow down after that. No matter how many places I visit, I don’t think the excitement that comes with boarding a plane will ever wear off. Flying, for me, is one of the most extraordinary things we get to do as human beings and I’ll always be first in line for that window seat!

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Hong Kong
A Guide to Cathay Pacific's Hong Kong Lounges
Where to start with this review of the Cathay Pacific Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport? Well first of all, we’re talking lounges. Four to be precise, with... Read More »
Relaxed Luxury Awaits at the X2 Bali Breakers Resort
Relaxing at one of the poolside tables of Point Break restaurant, Flight Centre's Phil Murray caught up with with Komang Artana, X2 Bali Breakers General... Read More »
A Guide to Flying Business Class with Cathay Pacific
When you’re sipping Champagne in slippers and eating smoked salmon and scallops to start, you know this isn’t an ordinary flight. It turns out, in Cathay Pacific... Read More »
An Interview with a Bindlestiff Tour Guide
Phil Murray, who recently joined a three-day Winter National Parks Tour operated by Bindlestiff Tours, interviews his tour guide, Joel Clark.My name is Joel Clark,... Read More »
Zion National Park
Exploring Southwest USA: Antelope Canyon and Zion National Park
I was staring for some time before my eyes adjusted to the light in the narrow sweeping passageway and made sense of what our Navajo guide was saying.“Can you see the... Read More »
Monument Valley
Yá’át’ééh: Say "Hello" to Navajo Nation’s Monument Valley
Too many years ago to mention, I watched the classic John Wayne film Stagecoach as part of my A-level studies. Directed by John Ford, it was the very first film - but... Read More »
Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon: A Big Statement for Nature to Make
Route 66. The Mother Road. The Main Street of America.Just a few hours after leaving Las Vegas, we were cruising down this legendary highway, heading to Seligman,... Read More »
Costa Rica
Into the Midst: Costa Rica

An action-packed small-group adventure in Costa Rica comes with invaluable insider knowledge, says Flight Centre’s Phil Murray.

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Boston by Bike: An Interview with Bob Foley from Urban AdvenTours
After a fun-filled day on a cycling tour around Boston, Phil Murray chats to Bob Foley from Urban AdvenTours to see why you too should see Boston by... Read More »
Queensland
A View From Above: Queensland's Heart Reef

Take to the skies with Flight Centre's Phil Murray for a bird's-eye view of beautiful Heart Reef...

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Australia
All Aboard The Ghan Train in Australia
Spectacular scenery, comfort and camaraderie are among the many reasons The Ghan train expedition has stood the test of time. Originally dubbed The Afghan Express, the... Read More »
Hawaii
A Guided Tour of Oahu, Hawaii
Brangelina. Bennifer. Tomkat. Combining the names of a celebrity couple seems to doom their union to failure. But what’s true in Hollywood is not true in travel, where... Read More »
Australia
Experience the Great Barrier Reef from the Air
It’s difficult to imagine wanting to leave Hamilton Island in the heart of Queensland's Whitsundays, but after a few days here, I just couldn’t wait to get back to... Read More »
Australia
Discovering the Highlights of Hamilton Island, Queensland
By the miracle of modern technology, midway through my flight along the coast of Queensland, Australia to Brisbane, I watched the latest episode of a famous sci-fi... Read More »
New Zealand
A Guide to Flying Premium Economy with Air New Zealand
I recently had the pleasure of flying from Auckland to San Francisco with Air New Zealand, seated in 25B, midway down their delightful Premium Economy cabin. And I can... Read More »
Melbourne
How to Watch the Australian Open in Melbourne
It’s something of an understatement to say that the Australian Open is quite different from Wimbledon. Both celebrate top flight tennis at its best, but where... Read More »
Hawaii
Into the Mist: Exploring Hawaii's Oahu by Helicopter
To say it’s difficult to drag yourself away from the infinity pool at Hawaii's Sheraton Waikiki is more than just hyperbole. The fault lies with their floating... Read More »
Hawaii
Behind the Scenes of Hawaii’s Outrigger Hotels
With its ancient blend of indigenous customs and ethnic influences, a holiday to Hawaii promises a full immersion into one of the most fascinating cultures on the... Read More »
Australia
Discover the Beauty of Uluru
Wiru is the local Anangu people’s word meaning ‘beautiful’. I’d expected the landscape surrounding the imposing monolith we’ve come here to see to be stark and... Read More »
South America
Travel Photos: Discovering Rio Carnival and Beyond
Rio, 2am and the pulsing heart of the city is beating faster than ever. The heat of the day still lingers, but a welcome breeze keeps things pleasant. At least it might,... Read More »
Sydney
Experience Sydney at its Most Vivid
Sydney is gearing up to trip the light fantastic once again as this year’s Vivid festival promises to be bigger and brighter than ever. Transforming the city’s... Read More »