From The Straits Times    |

Down south 
Take advantage of the tumbling Aussie dollar and book a trip down under pronto. According to, the number of flight searches from Singapore to Australia has increased by 20 per cent in the third quarter of 2015, and average flight prices there fell by 18 per cent in August, from $689 to $610.  

There’s plenty to see and do in Australia – soak up the sun along Gold Coast’s many beaches, revel in the wonders of nature in Darwin’s Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks, climb Brisbane’s Story Bridge for an unforgettable view of the Glasshouse Mountains, or sip on the best lattes and espressos in Melbourne’s countless cafes. Search for cheap flights and hotels online at  

Life’s a beach
Thanks to the haze, the thought of relaxing on a pristine beach under a cloudless sky has never sounded more attractive. If you’re dreaming of a beach getaway, you’ll be glad to hear that is holding a Beach Sale, which offers discounted hotel rates in seaside destinations like Cebu Island, Cairns and Hawaii. For instance, rooms at The Fairmont Orchid in Hawaii are going at $288 upwards a night, while rooms in Hides Hotel Cairns are priced from $84 a night. Book by October 5; learn more here

Go gourmet 
While we love our hawker centres and coffee shops, dining at these open-air outlets has become close to impossible, hazardous even. Why not head overseas for a gastronomic adventure instead? From September 29 to October 1, Zuji is holding a flash sale to popular foodie destinations, such as Taipei, Tokyo and Paris – return flights to Taipei start from just $191. What’s more, if you book with an AMEX card, you’ll enjoy an additional five per cent rebate on flights and 12 per cent rebate on hotels. Check out details of the sale here.