2013 top travel
Our writers share their most memorable experiences in 2013.
Andrew Bain Hiking the hills of Abruzzo is a stroll through a fine menu, writes Andrew Bain.
Traveller's globetrotting contributors cast their votes for the big six countries set to make their presence felt next year.
Julietta Jameson Forget air-conditioned coach tours, modern travellers want to get amongst it.
Setting her watch to mountain time and keeping an eye out for bears, Elspeth Callender boards Canada’s famed Rocky Mountaineer train.
Papua New Guinea
BEN GROUNDWATER Ben Groundwater savours another world just four hours or so from home.
Upmarket beach clubs are transforming the Phuket social scene, putting the groove back into the island's sandy shores, writes Julie Miller.
A journey in Livingstone's footsteps gives proof of Malawi's hospitality, writes Alison Stewart.
An oasis in India
Michael Gebicki Calmer and less chaotic than the rest of India, Kerala is a lush and green oasis.
Among a wealth of short forays in fascinating places, we pick some of our favourites.
Pat Ingram Not a devotee of retreats, Pat Ingram becomes a willing convert in a secluded sanctuary in Thailand.
Julietta Jameson is overcome by the fantasy of an exclusive luxury resort.
LEE TULLOCH Lee Tulloch discovers a stylish new vibe, with chic hotels, bars and yes, shops.
Isobel King An island adventure with a taste of Europe is just a short flight away, writes Isobel King.
Bangkok: Short trips
Amy Cooper Big city, short time? Leave it to a group of girls to streamline the perfect Bangkok weekend, writes Amy Cooper.
Katrina Lobley Driving the north-west coast of United States whets the appetite, writes Katrina Lobley.
The ultimate A-Z of bucket list experiences around the world.
Julie Miller Jim Thompson's House and museums dedicated to the bizarre are some of the reasons to visit Bangkok.
Luxury in Italy
Saska Graville It is the little things that count, writes Saska Graville.
JANE REDDY Jane Reddy and family return to Sri Lanka in search of elephants and adventure.
Lance Richardson explores nations rich in culture, charm and conflict as he hops over a key expanse of the Pacific.
Adam Popescu Features include digital murals, a free night's stay if you have over 10,000 followers and a 'selfie space' to snap photographs of yourself.
Lucy Carroll Lucy Carroll takes home the fragrance of Bali in a bottle.
Travel: Xmas options
Julietta Jameson There's no shortage of magical Christmas adventures around the world, writes Julietta Jameson.
Hidden travel gems
David Whitley Here are 10 cities that are better than their reputation suggests.
Kerry van der Jagt Kerry van der Jagt finds that happiness lies at the heart of the Club Med Belek on the Turkish Riviera.
SARAH OAKES Hamilton Island is a little chunk of island paradise off the coast of north Queensland.
Ben Groundwater All of the security lines and flight delays, the long bus rides and bad food - but this is why you spend your life savings.
Belinda Jackson Belinda Jackson lists eight favourite destinations at which to arrive with empty bags.
Paris, je t'aime
Louise Goldsbury Two Michelin-starred restaurants, croissants voted the best in Paris, and a 'Palace Distinction' rating.
Life changing travel
Julietta Jameson Julietta Jameson selects 25 places, from a new book, that to visit have the potential to transform a child's life.
Travel: Cape Panwa
CANDICE CHUNG A hidden luxury resort on the Southeastern tip of Phuket offers a fantastically affordable (and luxurious) stay.
SIMONE MITCHELL One part lazy beach holiday combined with one part shopping spree in a buzzing metropolis. Here's how you can enjoy the best of both worlds in Asia.
ANNIE STEVENS Even if you're not an adventure buff, there's plenty of fun things to do (and eat) in Queenstown.
Katrina Lobley Gets to know the lei of the land of this Pacific idyll that's become a true favourite for Australian travellers.
It's not easy being a 'green' skier in spectacular Val d'Isere, writes Sue Bennett.
Brian Johnston One of the world's priciest cities doesn't have to be expensive. Get yourself a couple of croissants ($4) and a day bus ticket
Ski New Zealand
ANNIE STEVENS A beginner and an advanced skier head up the mountain. Here's how it turned out.
Brian Johnston It isn't hard to do Beijing on a budget. Start with some steamed dumplings at a street eatery.
TV inspired travel
BEN GROUNDWATER It's not the plot, it's the scenery. Some TV shows and films just make you think, 'I want to go there. Now.'
Travel: South Africa
Simon Thomsen Food writer Simon Thomsen shares his secret foodie tips in Cape Town, South Africa.
Susan Wyndham. Salt cures - or at least energises - in the Dead Sea, 423 metres below sea level, writes Susan Wyndham.
SIMONE MITCHELL A week in and around Wellington is a great (and cheap) way to escape the daily grind.
new york city
Elspeth Callender explores New York's most famous thoroughfare.
Sally Robinson explores the former Burmese capital and finds a city and culture unshackled and ready to shine.
summer in paris
Brian Johnston Is there any beach in the world overlooked by a cathedral? On the banks of the Seine there is.
2 hours in Broome
From pristine beaches to night spots, Louise Southerden tracks down this northern town's must-do's.
UTE JUNKER As the spotlight shifts from London Olympics, Ute Junker rediscovers the delights of the capital's more traditional side.
David Whitley on shack food, turtle-spotting and doing absolutely nothing in the northern hemisphere's winter getaway.
Michael Gebicki Get up close and personal with African wildlife in Botswana, where you can see elephants, zebras and giraffes without even leaving your camp.
The Fairfax Travel team relive their best beach moments.
Jacob Tomsky Veteran front desk agent Jacob Tomsky reveals some of the best-kept secrets of the hotel industry.
Lance Richardson The Incas believed Cusco's breathless beauty made it the centre of the universe. Lance Richardson is inclined to agree.
UTE JUNKER Think the mud pack is a little 'out there'? Wait till you see what else is on the menu at these spectacular spas.
Janne Apelgren The best way to uncover the food gems of Paris, Janne Apelgren discovers, is with the help of an expert.
With Dubai set to become the next great stopover destination, David Whitley offers this user's guide.
Penny Watson Penny Watson discovers a different kind of hiking on the way to Tiger's Nest monastery.
BENJAMIN LAW Resolute inner-city dweller BENJAMIN LAW spends a night out in the Aussie bush – without a bottle of moisturiser in sight.
Julie Miller Julie Miller searches for inner peace and a glimpse of a nation's vital soul at some of its most sacred sites.