Chris Wiltshire visits the Dorchester home of Thomas Hardy ahead of the release of the adaptation of the English writer's book Far From the Madding Crowd.

Pushing the bounds of what it means to be a hostel, a “poshtel” company in London is offering lodgings inside a 17th century mansion that’s been visited by the likes of Charles Dickens and combines bunk beds with 40-inch plasma TVs, modern décor, and swanky-looking furniture.

With the Australian ski season just around the corner, a growing number of Aussies are choosing to ski in their own backyards rather than abroad. Thredbo sees approximately 700,000 hitting its powdery snow fields each year, whilst Victoria’s Mt Buller can regularly host over 10,000 skiers or boarders on any given day.

Travelling business class might seem to be beyond the ordinary punter but using frequent flyer points to upgrade on a short hop can be worthwhile.