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The Today Show turns to TID for travel tips and advice. TID Travel Safety Specialist, Phil Sylvester, drops by to have a chat with Karl, Lisa and the team about popular destinations Aussies visit to escape the winter cold.
We've brought back travel expert, Phil Sylvester, to share some tips on how to avoid dangerous situations overseas.
NOTHING epitomises a holiday more than a cocktail by the pool, but before you go crazy at happy hour, consider this — most travel insurers won’t cover you if you’re drunk.
IT’S meant to be one of the happiest times of the year, but unfortunately the hugely popular Thai New Year festival of Songkran has a startling dark side.
TID Travel Safety Specialist Phil Sylvester has a chat with the Today team about travelling to Europe
Advice for Australians with travel plans to Belgium following the recent terror attacks in Brussels
Heading off on a holiday means more than just opening a suitcase, throwing in some clothes and rushing off to the airport. TID travel safety expert Phil Sylvester, joins us on the couch to talk about the travel essentials.
World Health Organisation warns of an "explosive outbreak". TID Travel safety expert, Phil Sylvester discusses how to stay safe.
Michael and Kathy were just four days into an idyllic Balinese holiday when they decided to head to their hotel pool to relax. The couple from the NSW South Coast didn’t realise this simple trip would be the moment their holiday would turn into a nightmare.
Phil Sylvester, TID Travel safety expert joins Studio 10 to talk about the top scams to look out for while you're travelling.
Travel safety expert Phil Sylvester talks about travelling in 2016.
Aussie traveller Wesley Taylor who got ripped off when he was in Italy.
Aussie travellers heading to South-East Asia, including Bali, are being warned to prepare for an epidemic of dengue fever.
Sadly, everywhere in the world there are people who will try to take advantage of a good-natured tourist.
By the time I realised I’d been conned, it was too late.
The role of airport security is to confiscate dangerous items from luggage, but travellers have recently found the opposite is true.
Aussies stranded by the latest round of volcanic eruptions in Bali face another day in limbo with Ngurah Rai Airport not due to reopen till nearly midday today.
We’re all for trying to discover the perfect secret holiday location before the hordes of tourists populate the beaches and ram up the prices.
Instagram addicts might argue that the photo-sharing and social networking service is a harmless pursuit.
Australians are continuing to be stung by unwanted fees when travelling overseas, losing hundreds of dollars unnecessarily.
Fortunately the majority of holidays go off without a hitch, but sometimes things do go wrong – and spectacularly so.
Australia is a nation of reckless risk takers when travelling overseas, with a new study revealing 40 per cent of us fail to buy or check travel insurance before throwing ourselves into adventures.
Failing to understand the terms of your holiday policy can further sour vacation misfortune.
New research released by (TID) Travel Insurance Direct has revealed the extent to which international bank fees and other charges are hurting Australian travellers.
Every week, an average of 19 Australians are robbed overseas with many having their holidays plunged into chaos as a result.
A shaken couple is desperately trying to warn unsuspecting tourists of the dangers of partying in Spain following a nightmare holiday ordeal.
Australians are likely to return to Thailand despite persistent travel warnings and the latest targeted attack on one of Asia’s most popular tourist destinations.
Travel safety expert at Travel Insurance Direct Phil Sylvester warns there’s a particular problem in Bali where the “tourist invasion” has opened up the market for backyard distillers. Here are his tips to avoid methanol poisoning.
With a majority of flight services now fully resumed between Australia and Bali following a hectic week of delays, travel insurance firms are preparing to be inundated with claims.
If there’s one lesson to be learnt from the latest flight disruptions out of Bali, that would be not to skimp on travel insurance. Thousands of Australians continue to be stranded in Bali due to the volcanic ash cloud from Indonesia’s Mount Raung.If you don’t have the right travel insurance, or none at all, this kind of disruption could leave you with a nasty unplanned dent in your bank account.
This is traditionally the time of year for three types of family holidays: beach bunnies seek the sun in Bali or Fiji; expats go to Europe or the US, and hibernators head for Hobart or the Blue Mountains. But, according to research by Travel Insurance Direct (see tid.com.au), based on policies taken out by families over the past three years, these are soon to be the hot spots for a mid-year break.
DFAT has today warned travellers to make sure they have more than one means of payment and that they have enough money to cover emergencies and unexpected delays in accessing cash during the Greek Financial Crisis. TID travel safety specialist, Phil Sylvester explains what travellers need to know while travelling in Greece.
TID (Travel Insurance Direct) has today announced a partnership with Melbourne based filmmaker, Eddie Hobson, who has created the video and photography project, Capture The World.
There is a lot happening in the UK this year, especially when it comes to sport. With that in mind we've put together the 10 commandments you need to follow to have the best trip possible and are prepared for any and all situations, as well as making sure you aren't one of those yobs that give the fanatics a bad name.
Whether you are keen to share your breakfast with a giraffe, snuggle up on a bed made of ice (keep your Long Johns on) or sleep in an automobile, this list of the world's 10 weirdest hotels has you covered.
Niseko, Queenstown, Whistler and Val d’lsére – these are the names that come to mind when you imagine planning an overseas holiday to the snow. But why not make 2015 the year to travel, and ski, outside your comfort zone. Travel Insurance Direct suggest putting one of these eight destinations on your list of must-ski slopes from around the world.
Travelling has its perks and every now and then it has its sudden and incredibly frightening downfalls – international disasters being the biggest one.
With Turkey anticipating a record number of travellers to visit the site during the anniversary year, here are TID’s top tips for staying safe while travelling through this rich and historic country.
We’re travelling in a very different world than we were 10 years ago. Low cost carriers have made travel more accessible than ever, not to mention the digital revolution has made light work of research and online bookings. To celebrate our 10th birthday, we've taken a long hard look at the last 10 years and the 10 ways travel has changed.
Rules were made to be broken, but when you’re a traveller in a foreign country, not understanding the local laws could land you in some serious trouble. We explore some of the stranger rules from around the world to make sure ‘jail’ doesn’t become a destination on your trip itinerary.
From writers to documentarians, there’s a handful of travellers who have helped foster our passion for travel. To celebrate our 10th birthday, we have compiled a list of the 10 real and fictional heroes who have inspired our team of passionate travellers to get out and see the world.
First piece of advice: read the fine-print. Second piece of advice: read the fine-print. Traveller's Ben Groundwater speaks with TID's travel safety specialist, Phil Sylvester on what you need to know about your travel insurance policy.
John Capretta was over the moon when he landed in Thailand for the trip of a lifetime. So when he fell over and cut his ankle, it seemed like a minor setback. Sure, it wasn’t the ideal way to start his holiday, but after a few stitches he thought nothing more of it. Little did he realise that things were about to get a whole lot worse, and that this simple accident would end up wreaking havoc on his tropical trip, and his health.
Forget Bali this holiday season, we've put together a list of must-see travel destinations to tick off your bucket list in 2015. From quad biking in Greece to scuba-diving in Panama, we teamed up with Travel Insurance Direct's resident travel expert, Phil Sylvester to wrap up 10 of the best quirky, fun and under-the-radar holiday spots you need to see this summer. You're welcome!
“You only live once” is the growing attitude amongst Australians in the quest to live life to the fullest. This attitude change is leading an increasing number of Aussies to embark on solo adventures overseas from Bali, to Europe, the USA and Nepal. According to a new survey conducted by Lastminute.com.au, 32 per cent of Australians are planning to embark on a solo adventure in 2015.
Phil Sylvester, Travel Insurance Direct’s safety expert, recalls that time he came face-to-face with a charging elephant and talks future plans to explore Mexico’s cenotes.
The recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Istanbul have raised questions around the potential danger of traveling to these areas. Travel Insurance Direct explains what travellers need to know about staying safe in the current travel climate.
It’s the most highly anticipated trip of the year. So it’s no surprise Santa takes out travel insurance to ensure he’s covered if the unexpected occurs on his round the world adventure. Travel Insurance Direct has set the tinsel straight with some unforeseen events both you and Santa might face when travelling this festive season.
Travel Insurance Direct has collated the nine most dangerous animals you're likely to encounter while on holiday, based on claims from the last 36 months. While some may be furry, they are not all friendly. These are the ones you need to worry about when you head overseas.
They say lightning never strikes twice. But that’s a bit hard to believe when you look at the countries around the world where there are more lightning strikes per hour than there are minutes in the day. Here are TID's top seven most electrifying destinations and how to stay safe if you’re planning a visit.
Getting leglessly drunk during Schoolies Week is regarded as a dubious right of passage for many teens. But TID is appealing to parents to make sure their kids understand the physical and financial implications of cutting loose.
Ah, teenagers. Those spotty, surly, sardonic creatures. Suddenly, your family holiday is changed by the teen in the corner, who now has a fondness for sleeping and technology. Taking teens travelling need not be all worry and no fun for parents or children, writes Tracey Spicer.
What better day than Halloween to get totally spooked out by some of the world’s creepiest places. Check out TID's list of the 6 spookiest spots in the world and some tips on what's covered by travel insurance should things go eerily wrong.
With the average cost of a wedding in Australia ranging from $32,600 to $60,000, its little wonder couples are whisking their wedding guests overseas to celebrate their nuptials in the tropical havens of Fiji, Bali or Santorini. But planning a destination wedding involves more than just sipping mojitos beneath your bridal cabana. Find out how you can ensure your nuptials are unforgettable (for all the right reasons).
Some young Australians are choosing to shun the typical end-of-school celebrations, opting for something dramatically different from their hard-partying peers. With the support of Travel Insurance Direct, Claudia Snell and 19 of her fellow school-leavers, raised $50,000 and headed to Cambodia to work with charity organisation, Tabitha Cambodia. Their work helped change the lives of 150 villagers forever.
Movies are a brilliant form of escapism. More than just being an easy way to spend a few hours, they can actually teach us a lot about the world – we just have to be willing to learn. Here are some of the lessons you might have missed from the movie greats.
Shortly after announcing her pregnancy in September 2014, Kate Middleton’s first solo overseas trip was cancelled due to morning sickness. Here’s what you need to consider when travelling while pregnant.
In July 2014, #thetoplesstour hashtag gained international attention for inspiring travellers to take a topless photo while on location (with their backs to the camera, of course). But could a single snap of you without your kit on land you in hot water?
You hire a motorbike while in Vietnam and your dream of touring the country from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh is finally fulfilled. But there’s one little problem – you’re actually committing a crime. Here’s why.
Following the Seven Network’s documentary, What Really Happens in Bali, Travel Insurance Direct’s safety special, Phil Sylvester warns tourists about the risks of being poisoned by locally distilled alcohol in Bali.
Australians have an innately adventurous nature. So, when it comes to travelling solo, it’s no surprise young Aussies and female travellers are leading the trend. Travel Insurance Direct’s safety specialist, Phil Sylvester offers several tips for travelling solo, the most important being: do it!