Flight Centre’s Top 10 Blog Posts 2018

02 Jan 2019

Yup, it’s that time of year again. Time to look back at our favourite blog posts of the year to see what has got you travel-obsessed lot clicking in 2018. Here are our top 10 reads:

1. 10 Best Beaches in Bali

With double the number of clicks of the second-placed blog, this ever-popular article takes you through the top 10 spots to kick back on Bali’s soft white sands. Covering the cocktails-and-surfing-beach of Kuta and the black sands of Lovina, this is sure to have you dreaming of your summer holidays already.

2. A Guide to Flying Premium Economy with Air New Zealand

When our Expert Phil recently jetted from Auckland, New Zealand, to San Francisco, USA, he was lucky enough to be seated in Premium Economy Class. Here he spills the beans about the soft, wide seats, the sumptuous dinner menu – including beef cheeks with chipped parsnip mash, green beans and celery leaf salsa verde – and the in-flight entertainment.

The view from a British Airways Club World seat (image: Lauren Burvill)

3. What it's Like to Fly Business Class with British Airways

Continuing the flying theme, our Expert Lauren flew from London to New York with British Airways in Business Class, and here she lets us in on all the perks she was treated to along the way. Feeling rather pampered, she covers everything from the delights of the Club Lounge, the usefulness of the amenity kit, the tastiness of the food and the comfiness of the seat.

When visiting the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi visitors have to cover up complete with men having to wear long trousers and women having to wear a head scarf. (Image: Lauren Burvill)

4. Tips for Visiting Dubai and Abu Dhabi During Ramadan

Another one from Lauren, who this time shares her advice for visiting Dubai and Abu Dhabi during Ramadan. Not only is it a cheap time to visit, but also a great time to really appreciate the local culture. Furthermore, Ramadan means the usual crowds stay away and you’ll have the attractions, which remain open, mostly to yourself.

Woman hunched over at the airport

5. 8 Ways to Deal with Airport Anxiety

It seems Lauren really is our blog queen, as in yet another popular article, she talks about how she deals with her nervousness when flying. Her top tips include flying in the morning, staying at an airport hotel the night before, pre-booking her transfers and getting there early, all of which make for a much smoother travelling experience.

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6. The Perks of Flying Premium Economy

Here, our Expert Alex lists the reasons why you should travel in Premium Economy, and what benefits you can expect for the additional cost. From priority services and more leg room to improved food and drink and a dedicated cabin crew, is it really worth it?

7. 8 Tips for Flying to Australia

Being Australian, Lauren has taken the gruelling 24-hour flight Down Under on numerous occasions. Here she shares her top tips to help you to prepare and ensure your trip goes smoothly, while also giving you value for money. Don’t forget, Flight Centre are Australian Experts, so we know exactly how to secure the best flights for your needs and budget.

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8. 6 of the Best Lord of the Rings Locations in New Zealand

These days, New Zealand is synonymous with the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, which were filmed in the country. Here, we list six must-visit locations for film fans, including Rotorua, otherwise known as Hobbiton, and Tongariro National Park, otherwise known as Mordor and Hidden Bay, the entrance to The Lonely Mountain in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Vegan burgers

9. The Best Vegan-Friendly Cities in Europe

Last year’s number one most-read blog post is still very popular with our readers, who can’t get enough of the vegan restaurants and tasty dishes described here. Flight Centre’s vegan blogger Kirsten Cardrick scoured the continent for the best vegan restaurants out there, and this doesn’t disappoint.

Summer in Dubai means crowd-free beaches (Image: Dubai Tourism)

10. 7 Reasons to Visit Dubai In Summer

Here, former Dubai resident Hazel Plush takes us through the top reasons why the summer heat should not put you off visiting Dubai. Not only will you save money travelling in summer, but you’ll have a lot of the place to yourself, making it the perfect time for some rest and relaxation in Dubai’s many spas.


If our blogs have kick-started your wanderlust, make an appointment with one of our Travel Experts today to start planning your 2019 holidays.


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Angela Griffin

Born with a severe case of itchy feet, I’ve tried to appease my perpetual wanderlust by selling high-end safaris, dabbling in guidebook writing and more recently travel writing and blogging, but to no avail. A life-long lover of the great outdoors, I’m at my happiest when hiking up a mountain, or skiing down one.