Fire and water

The Champagne pool of Waiotapu.

Pauline Webber   Fire-spitting volcanoes and boiling mud at Rotorua are an easy drive from the turquoise lakes of Taupo, offering the best of both worlds, says Pauline Webber.

The Rio deal

Sand, sun and samba: a bird's-eye view of Copacabana Beach.

Tatyana Leonov   Thanks to the 2016 Olympics, all eyes will be on vibrant Rio de Janeiro this August. Tatyana Leonov takes you on a tour of this glorious city.

Jessica Rowe's Reykjavik Dreaming

Street art is integral to Reykjavik's style.

Jessica Rowe   Jessica Rowe will never forget the special family she stayed with in Iceland's coolest city.

Tracey Spicer: why women should do a solo trip to Paris

For Tracey Spicer, living like a local in Paris means enjoying the occasional glass of Chablis.

Tracey Spicer   The City of Light was the perfect destination for a short stay, sans husband and kids.

Destination: Iceland

Why 'wow' is the word you'll hear most in Iceland

Jessica Rowe and her mother Penelope explore Iceland's Golden Circle.

Jessica Rowe   Jessica Rowe takes the trip of a lifetime with her mum to Reykjavik, the must-see spot of Iceland.

Tracey Spicer

Five things you need to know about travelling while pregnant


Tracey Spicer   With June the prime time for the babymoon, here is some advice to help expectant mothers make the most of their getaway.


A new reason to visit San Fran

Richard Serra's 'Sequence' (2006) at SFMOMA.

Andrea Black   At the recently expanded and now the largest museum of modern art in the US, you'll find the greatest hits.

Into the wild

Sailing in a wooden boat on the Amazon river in Peru.

Pauline Webber   Pauline Webber travels to the edge of the Amazon rainforest to discover a little of its mystery and majesty - and finds it full of adventure.


Arts, culture and mojitos in Havana

American cars from the 50s serve as Havana's front line fleet of taxis

Steve Colquhoun   A history of conflict forms a fascinating backdrop to a holiday in Havana.

Modern life

Switching off: My small act of rebellion

My phone can't do this and it's all the better for it.

Vanessa Waters   I have an old-school Nokia with a ringtone from about 10 years ago which elicits puzzled looks. But I think I'm on to something.

Why Melbourne Is The Best City For Dating In The World

Melbourne beats Sydney hands down when it comes to opportunities for dating.

Amy Cooper   Melbourne, the world's most liveable city (voted five years in a row by The Economist) loves single women. Here's why.


Why this country's food scene will surprise you

Nordic 1862 Bistro at the Hof, Akureyri.

Steve McKenna   Forget what you may have heard. The food in Iceland is (mostly) delicious.


The hippest food festival in the US

Portland's Feast Festival, 2015.

Kylie McLaughlin   Portland's Feast Festival leaves little doubt that the USA has left their burger-and-fry legacy long behind.

Berlin cool

Is this the coolest suburb in the world?

Nightlife in Neukölln.

Jane Cornwell   Jane Cornwell gets an insider’s guide to where the stars go to play while in Berlin.


Got gallery fatigue? Italy's alternative option

More traditional Florence art

Steve McKenna   Art is not only found inside galleries in this Italian city of must-see attractions.


Manhattan's ultimate foodie experience: The 'walking picnic'

Customers at the Cornelia Street Cafe.

Alison Stewart   We were warned there would be food - and lots of it.


The king of Italian pesto reveals his secrets

Portofino from Castello Brown

Catherine Marshall   There's more to making authentic Italian pesto than just basil and pinenuts. Let Italy's king of pesto show you how.


Shopping: where to find the world's best vintage fashion

Something for everyone...

Nina Karnikowski   For a treasure trove of vintage fashion, head to this hip US city.

Lee Tulloch

11 rules to surviving New York as a tourist

Manhattan skyline, New York City.

Lee Tulloch   The Big Apple can be daunting for first-timers. Here are some tips to help you enjoy your stay.

Holidays: Europe

A trip into the heart of Europe's most ever-changing city

Early evening in Bucharest.

Tatyana Leonov   Exploring Bucharest (not to be confused with Budapest) means getting to know a city marching to the beat of its own drum.

The heart of Romania

Early evening in Bucharest.

Tatyana Leonov   Exploring Bucharest (not to be confused with Budapest) means getting to know a city marching to the beat of its own drum.

Road trips

Europe's 10 most beautiful drives

Gorges du Verdon, France.

In these European destinations, driving is no chore - it is greatest part of the holiday.

Travel: Europe

Exploring the bohemian side of Prague

Snow falls on Prague, with the Church of Our Lady Before Týn illuminated.

Michael Gebicki   Prettier than ever, Prague is also a city of stunning surprises.

Expert advice

Ten places you need to visit at the 'wrong' time

Machu Picchu, Incas ruins in the peruvian Andes at Cuzco Peru

Ute Junker   There are great reasons why visiting a place at the 'wrong' time is actually worth doing.

Golden Prague

Kampa Island Canals.

Michael Gebicki   Prettier than ever, Prague is also a city of stunning surprises.


The best city in the US for food


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Photo of Chef Bryant Ng at Cassia, Los Angeles

Ute Junker   From classic comfort food to cutting-edge cuisine, LA’s star is burning brightly.


Europe's tiny, most surprising island

An aerial view of Northern beach in Norderney.

Ute Junker   Michelin-star restaurants, sandy beaches and World Heritage-listed wilderness: This tiny European island has it all.

Bali high

A Como Shambhala Estate villa with private infinity pool.

Danielle Teutsch   Danielle Teutsch visits a retreat in the hills of Ubud that nourishes both body and soul.

Europe: Where temptation will get the better of you

These rabelo boats used to bring port down the Douro River in barrels to Porto, for export to Europe.

Catherine Marshall   There is temptation everywhere you go in this Portuguese city.


Top 10 snacks from around the world

Saltenas, Bolivia.

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Ben Groundwater   They need to be easy to eat, cheapish and, most importantly, tasty.

Travel: Cambodia

Why this charming city is Cambodia's creative heart

Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

Pauline Webber   The enchantment of Angkor Wat at sunrise is just the beginning of what's on offer in the laid-back and charming city of Siem Reap.

Cambodia calling

Peace in a pond.

Pauline Webber   The enchantment of Angkor Wat at sunrise is just the beginning of what's on offer in the laid-back and charming city of Siem Reap.

Travel tips

Travel creates friendships, but can they last?

Having a friend on the journey lightens the load and heightens the joy.

Caroline Gladstone   I envisage days lazing by the beach and nights partying with my new pal. But things turn ugly.


The six best markets in New York City

Cool bands play at Rock n' Shop.

Barry Divola   Artisan food, knick-knacks and hipster cool at New York's coolest markets.


Western Europe's most attractive capital

View over Lisbon, Portugal.

David Whitley   This hedonistic European city is a traveller's dream spot. Here's why


The best place in Italy to travel Italian-style


Ben Groundwater   Sardinia, more than any other place in the world, is absolutely made for a casual adventure on a little scooter.

Travel: Norfolk Island

Smalltown vibes on Australia's friendliest island

Norfolk Island coastline.

Tatyana Leonov   Phone numbers are made up of five digits and drivers wave to each other. Welcome to Norfolk Island.


Woman writes post about solo travel and victim blaming following murder of female backpackers

Maria Coni and Marina Menegazzo who were murdered in Ecuador last month.

"What clothes did you wear? Why were you alone? Why would a woman travel alone? You got into a dangerous neighbourhood, what did you expect?"


Twenty animals you need to see while you still can

Orang-utan in the jungle in Borneo.

Julie Miller   Experts name the 20 amazing members of the animal kingdom you need to see in the wild - before it's too late.

Island time

Moreton Bay Figs by the island's Rocky Point Road.

Tatyana Leonov   Phone numbers are made up of five digits and drivers wave to each other. Welcome to Norfolk Island.


The world's 10 greatest coffees

Cup of coffee / world map 


Ben Groundwater   From Italian espresso to Colombia's cafe con leche - here are the places that make the world's best types of coffee.


Australia's greatest foodie route

Dan Hunter, owner chef of Brae Restaurant in Birregurra. Hunter was named Australia's best chef by his peers in the ...

Anthony Dennis   Regional dining has made some big strides, but this remains the best regional dining route in Australia.


Ellen Page on her experiences as a gay traveller

"I've had the great fortune of going to lots of different places. But to be honest, I haven't had much experience as a ...

Diane Daniel   The actress and LGBTI activist talks about the travel lessons learned while shooting her new Vice documentary series, 'Gaycation'.


Move over, Paris: A guide to Europe's other city of romance

Santa Anastasia church and Torre dei Lamberti at dusk along the Adige river in Verona, Italy.

David Whitley   It's known as a romantic city, but there is more to Verona than just hearts and flowers.

Travel: USA

Driving 'The Loneliest Road in America', with kids no less

"Without another car in sight, I thought, this was the perfect opportunity for aliens to snatch my family and me into ...

Andrea Ahles   "Without another car in sight, I thought, this was the perfect opportunity for aliens to snatch my family and me into the dark night sky."


The Oscar-winning city that isn't LA or NY

Chicago skyline.

Garry Maddox   When you think movie and television cities in the US, your first thought is Los Angeles and New York.

The holy grail for Seinfeld fans

You should try the pie, unless you're a psycho.

Barry Divola   Millions know it, but if you want to eat there you'd better arrive early.


Hot? The world's 10 best places to get ice-cream

One of the best things about travelling... finding that delicious ice-cream.

Shaney Hudson   Looking to cool down? Here are the 10 places around the world every ice-cream lover should visit.

Move over Tuscany: Italian home of Nutella is better

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Daniel Scott   Piedmont's scenic good looks, enviable wines and produce gives Florence a run for its money.


Twenty things that will shock first-time visitors to Spain

Gaudi's Park Guell in Barcelona.

Ben Groundwater   No one speaks English, it's amazingly cheap and Barcelona's not that dodgy.

Travel: Los Angeles

Why everyone's talking about LA's art scene

Art lovers looking at Jenny Holzer's 'Inflammatory Essays' exhibition at LA's new The Broad.

Julia Chaplin   DIY art spaces and cult galleries, with their free-flowing beer and taco-fuelled late-night ragers, are the new places to be seen in Tinseltown.


The world’s most amazing film locations

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Ute Junker   Soothe your Oscar fever by visiting the 10 greatest filming locations on Earth.


A castle fit for American royalty

Biltmore House in North Carolina.

Impressed by the grand houses of Europe, a scion of the Vanderbilt dynasty created his own with American twists.


The best way to see San Diego

Cycling can take you far and wide in San Diego.

Tatyana Leonov   See the sights at a slow pace in the most bike-friendly city.


The other side to Europe's playground for the rich

"From Chagall to Malevich" is showing at Grimaldi Forum.

Uncover a more relaxed (and affordable) underbelly to a place known mainly for its movie-star looks.


The world's coolest museums

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.

Remember those hushed, dusty, dull museums you were dragged to as a child? They're gone.


The Swiss slopes made for ski virgins

Guests take a dinner at the luxury Kulm Hotel.

Elspeth Callender   I'm as fresh to skiing as the virgin snow that fell last night on the cobbled streets of St Moritz.

Travel: Ecuador

Colour and culture in the heart of Ecuador

An Otavalo market stall.

In the foothills of the Andes, there is magic and ancient tradition in Ecuador's bustling capital, writes Pauline Webber.

Heart of Ecuador

Cotopaxi erupts.

In the foothills of the Andes, there is colour, magic and ancient tradition in the bustling capital, Quito.


The best way to see Cappadocia

Watching the sunrise from a hot air balloon in  Cappadocia.

Amanda Hoh   It might be called the land of the beautiful horses but this Turkish town is home to one of the world's best experiences.