Living the jet-set life sounds so glamourous; we see celebrities and bloggers living it up in private planes and flying first class. But for those of us who choose to spend more on the holiday than the transport, I’ll let you in on a little secret: you don’t have to fly first class to fly well!

If you want to travel in style, keep your outfit simple and comfortable.

Travel and style don’t always go hand-in-hand. After a long-haul flight most people feel quite unstylish, but there are some simple ways to change this. 

Here are a few common sense tips to make sure you can avoid wearing trackpants and crocs or arriving to your destination feeling and looking crumpled. 

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The girls from @fashionbloggerstv make travel PJs look cool

Don’t overthink it 

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@tuulavintage nails city dressing

Just because you’re travelling light, there’s no need for multipurpose items: zip-off cargo pants may seem practical, but they’re never a good look. Let’s break it down: if you were wandering the streets of your own city for the day, would you whip out the cargos and hiking boots? Probably not.

Don’t overthink it: if you’re going to a city, dress for the city. If you’re heading to the beach, dress for the beach. You don’t need to try to dress for all occasions at once. 

Don’t panic, it’s organic  

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@Zhours in a breezy linen shirt

Natural fibres are your friend! A glitzy nylon top might seem like a good idea but when you’re melting away in the Italian sun you need something that breathes. 
When things cool down, layer up with a nice merino cardy. Merino wool is luxurious but also light-weight and super warm. 

Keep it simple 

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@pepamack makes basics look anything but basic.

A classic white shirt, a simple tee, a nice dark-coloured pair of jeans, neat shorts, and a basic dress will cover almost every base. 

Basics don’t date, they are classic, and can be mixed and matched. An added bonus is that these items aren’t overly memorable in photos; this makes them perfect for outfit repeating which is unavoidable when you’re travelling light.

If you want to mix it up add a colourful scarf or interesting jewellery to your outfit. Keep it simple and your travel outfits will be versatile and elegant.

Flatter your feet

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@stylerunner make jeans and joggers look cool
When you travel you’ll be on your feet more than usual; meandering through markets, wandering cobbled walkways, running along railway stations to find the right platform (we’ve all been there), so you’ll need footwear that won’t compromise your feet – you’re going to be using them a lot! 

Comfort doesn’t always equate to ugly. My advice is to leave the crocs and worn-out runners at home and find some fun trainers that would look just as good with your activewear as your streetwear. Joggers and jeans can totally happen. There are so many shoes out there that are trendy AND comfy for covering the kilometres you do when you travel.

In the bag 

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When you’re exploring you’ll carry more than you usually would. At a minimum you’re likely to have a camera, a notebook, sun cream, and a scarf! But that doesn’t mean you need a trekking pack. 

The best bag is one that doesn’t scream “I’m a tourist and I have lots of expensive things in my bag.”

Dress to respect  

@polkadotpassport in the Blue Mosque in Istanbul
The key to dressing well when you travel is to blend in and be respectful of other cultures. Do your homework so you know the cultural norms and dress accordingly. This could mean you may need to show less skin than usual, a scarf is versatile here – have one on hand for temples and churches.

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Monthly check in:July 2017-Airport_news


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Passenger growth in July 2017 increased by 5.2% compared to the same month last year. This was supported by strong growth on all major routes. The blended load factor for all major carriers was 77.2%.    


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Year-to-date passenger numbers reached 724,111, up 6.8% compared toe the same period in the previous year. Additional seats on all major routes were the main contributors to this figure.

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Becoming international ready-Airport_news

In 2016 Newcastle Airport received notification that its application for a Restart NSW grant had been successful. This $855,000 grant will be used towards the funding of the $1.6 million fit-out for the border agency requirements. Until now, Newcastle Airport had only the dedicated terminal space for international passenger processing, not the necessary infrastructure to be able to have international flights to-and-from the airport.

In April, Newcastle Airport announced Hunter-based builder, Kingston Building had been awarded the $1.6 million project. This project involved the installation of the necessary security technology, IT technology, passenger screening equipment, and furniture for the border agencies. Now complete, ahead of schedule which is a credit to Kingston Building  who's managers saw the project executed  to the highest standard with no lost time to injury, ensuring it came in ahead of schedule and ahead of budget.

And, while we haven't got any announcements on the horizon about direct flights to new destinations just yet, here is a sneak peek below of what you can expect when we do get to use our new facilities. You will see we're international ready for when an airline says YES!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this mean that international flights will start right away?

We wish we could say with certainty yes. But, unfortunately it doesn’t work that way.
Completing this project doesn’t guarantee international flights will start from Newcastle Airport in the near future. But, what it does mean is that from an infrastructure perspective, we have done everything we need to do to prepare our terminal in readiness for international fights.
You can read more about what we’re doing behind the scenes to bring more services to Newcastle here  

Will I get to use the new facilities when I fly domestically?

No. Our new facilities will only be used fro international departures and arrivals.

How is this project funded?

This project has been partly funded through the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fund and by Newcastle Airport.

Where will you fly to first?

That is a good question and one we are working hard to answer! We are looking at short-haul destinations like Fiji and Bali or New Zealand. It's a long race we're running but we are committed to doing everything we can to bring new services, both domestic and international, to Newcastle Airport to give our region an airport it deserves.

I hate sitting in Sydney traffic, how do I fly out of Newcastle overseas?

We couldn’t agree with you more! That Sydney freeway trip can really take its toll. If you were keen on starting your trip from Newcastle we can hub to more 65 destinations world-wide in just one stop.

Byron Bay is winning at winter-Airport_news

Fancy leaving the chill of winter to holiday on some of the best stretch of coast Northern NSW has to offer?

Catch a plane to Byron this season and you’ll be in paradise in no time. With average winter temperatures around 19 degrees and clear sunny days this cosmopolitan spot is the perfect place to soak up some rays and explore a region that is rich in culture and diversity.

What’s more winter is the perfect time to enjoy a spot of whale watching as Australian east coast humpbacks migrate.

Flying makes quick work of the 800 kilometre trip, leaving you to enjoy your break and the get the most from all that Byron has to offer. This easternmost point of the Australia is famous for its beaches, surf breaks, sunrises, fishing and green hills. But there’s so much more to the area. It’s a foodies dream, from market stalls to high-end restaurants Byron boasts outstanding local produce.

With a host of scenic walks, meditation retreats, regular festivals, shopping and entertainment a trip to Byron will leave you feeling truly inspired.

In fact, the chances are you may never want to leave Byron’s blissed-out buzz, yet there are loads of interesting places within an hour’s drive, not least beautiful Ballina.

This bustling town offers stunning beaches, endless waterside attractions and some of the best local seafood you’re likely to find. With 25 kilometres of cycleways along the beautiful Richmond river, kayak tours, river cruises and heritage walks its captivating scenery can be enjoyed at any pace. Visit Macadamia Castle for some family fun, delve your way through the Ballina markets or saddle-up and take a horse ride along the beach.

With some great packages currently on offer from Pelican Travel, your winter blues may have just turned a warmer hue.

Splendour in the Grass –  July 21 to July 23 
Byron Bay Writer’s Festival – August 4 to August 6
The Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival – August 11 to August 12
Ballina Market – 3rd Sunday of every month
Quota Club of Astonville Craft and Garden Fair – Balllina August 26  to August 27
Sample Food Festival – Bangalow Showgrounds


Ballina is just 5 minutes from Ballina Byron Gateway Airport and Byron is under 30 minutes drive.
FlyPelican has six direct flights a week from Newcastle to Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, with flights from $99. 
Flight time is 1 hour 30 minutes.
Looking for all-inclusive? Byron Bay
 packages are available through Pelican Travel. You could enjoy a winter getaway at the luxurious Byron at Byron, with airport transfers to the resort and return flights Ex-Newcastle from $549 per-person.

Why do people love Byron bay so much? Read on to find out our top five reasons to love Byron

*This article first published in the Newcastle Herald 

Monthly check in: June 2017-Airport_news


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Passenger growth in June 2017 increased by 6.2% compared to the same month last year. This was supported by additional seats on all major routes. The blended load factor for all major carriers was 75%.


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Financial year passenger numbers reached 1.257 million, up 6.6% compared to last financial year. Positive growth from all major airlines and new routes to Coffs Harbour and Dubbo during the year were the main contributors for this record figure.

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