Travel: Hong Kong

The best way to see Hong Kong

The view over  Hong Kong skyline from Victoria Peak at night is breathtaking.

Megan Levy 12:15 AM   Is on foot, up the 552-metre incline to Victoria Peak, writes Megan Levy.

Travel: New Zealand

A romantic train trip from Auckland to Wellington

Spectacular mountain scenery is the backdrop as the Northern Explorer traverses the North Island near Waiouru.

Pauline Webber   Addicted to the romance of rail, Pauline Webber boards New Zealand's Northern Explorer for a jaw-droppingly beautiful trip.

Back on track

Kiwi Rail.

Pauline Webber   Addicted to the romance of rail, Pauline Webber boards New Zealand's Northern Explorer for a jaw-droppingly beautiful train trip.

Girls Got Grit

An off-road adventure on spectacular Fraser Island

Queen of the road: Triumphant after negotiating an inland sand track on Fraser Island.

Kylie McLaughlin   Girls Got Grit on Fraser Island is the women's-only four-wheel-drive experience you revheads have been waiting for.

Azerbaijan antics

Azerbaijan: The little-known country that's a little bit weird

Taqiyah, traditional muslim hats placed on a typical carpet sold on a local market in Icheri Sheher (Old Town) in the Center of Baku.

Ben Groundwater   Why this little-known country at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and the Middle East is poised for big things.

Travel: Tahiti

Tahiti's most remote and romantic islands

A tiki sculpture at Hiva Oa.

Harriet Upjohn   Tahiti's enchanting Marquesas Islands are as close to the middle of nowhere as you can get.

Terminal decline

The highs and lows of being stuck at the airport

Benjamin Law: A good airport is something to be adored. The lousy ones can make you feel like a kidnap victim.

Benjamin Law   A good airport is something to be adored. The lousy ones can make you feel like a kidnap victim.

Travel: China

A vintage motorbike trip through Shanghai

The narrow lanes that characterise Tianzifang.

Lee Tulloch   Shanghai is one of the world's most thrilling cities, but it's even more thrilling when you're speeding around it in the sidecar of a '50s-era motorcycle, finds Lee Tulloch.

Travel: London

Cruising down London's most enchanting canal

Regent's Canal viewed from Warwick Avenue, London.

Steve McKenna   Winding its way through London's hip East End, Regent's Canal is the city's most charming waterway.

Benjamin Law: How I got over my fear of Paris

Benjamin Law.

Forget the stereotypes, even the bad reviews: everything about Paris is wonderful.

Travel: Uluru

It's time to go back and experience Uluru again

Danielle Teutsch finds much has changed at 'The Rock' since her last visit - and all for the better.

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Danielle Teutsch   Danielle Teutsch finds much has changed at 'The Rock' since her last visit - and all for the better.

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Danielle Teutsch   Danielle Teutsch finds much has changed at Uluru since her last visit – and all for the better.

Travel: Myanmar

The best way to see Myanmar is on a slow boat along the Irrawaddy

Women sell food from plates and trays to passengers on a passing boat.

Katrina Lobley   A cruise from Yangon to Mandalay reveals Myanmar's bustling village life, writes Katrina Lobley.

Travel: Italy

A trip through the enchanting hill towns of Umbria

The spectacular Castelluccio landscape in Umbria.

Luke Slattery   Strolling along these twisted cobbled lanes, you'll feel like you've entered a different world, writes Luke Slattery.

Travel: Seville

You need to do Seville's stunning opera tour

Seville, Spain at the Torre del Oro on the Guadalquivir River.

Steve Meacham   Opera lovers can enjoy both context and ambience in Seville, a city with a rich and diverse heritage of cultural attractions.

Travel: Disneyland

This is still the happiest place on earth for a family holiday

This statute of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse statue outside Disneyland. The theme park's founder died in 1966.

Tracey Spicer   Tracey Spicer and her family found that Disneyland at 60 is still a magical rollercoaster ride.

Travel: Fiji

Travelling beyond Fiji's turquoise waves and beautiful sunsets

There's a lot to explore in Fiji's culturally rich villages, writes Tatyana Leonov.

Tatyana Leonov   There's a lot to explore in Fiji's culturally rich villages, writes Tatyana Leonov.

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Tatyana Leonov   There's a lot more to Fiji than turquoise waves and beautiful sunsets.

Travel: Tasmania

Foodies, it's time you took a road trip around Tasmania

Wineglass Bay from Mt Amos - Freycinet National Park - Tasmania - Australia

Daniel Scott   With exciting delicacies from Hobart to Burnie, the Apple Isle should be renamed the Isle Of Plenty.

Travel: French Polynesia

21 reasons to visit idyllic French Polynesia

Bucket-list destination: Everyone needs to visit Bora Bora at least once.

Caroline Gladstone   Must-see spots Bora Bora and Tahiti are just part of the gorgeous allure of these South Pacific islands.

Island getaways

10 big-city islands that are worth a day trip

Catalina Island is a favoured escape for stressed-out Los Angelenos.

Ute Junker   Need a brief break from the big smoke? These cities have their own gorgeous getaway islands, just minutes away.

Travel: Portugal

Sun, sand and yoga in Portugal's picturesque Tipi Valley

Surfing at Odeceixe beach in the Algarve, Portugal.

Louise Southerden   Take a glimpse at this paradise, which has been called the "wildest, most unspoilt coastline in southern Europe".

Travel: Indonesia

This island paradise might be Indonesia's best kept secret

Movie night: An outdoor film screening at Nihiwatu's Nio Beach Club.

Kay O'Sullivan   Take an eastern detour away from Bali - your tropical paradise can be found on one of Indonesia's more remote islands.

Travel: Peru

The wonderful hats of Peru's weaving women

"Italian women might have their high heels and Parisiennes their designer scarves, but when it comes to headwear no one can beat a Peruvian woman."

Kerry van der Jagt   In the small Andean village of Ollantaytambo, taking someone else's hat is a crime so abhorrent the whole town has something to say.

Travel: Italy

Trekking through Italy's romantic Cinque Terre

Multicoloured Manarola.

Michael Gebicki   These five stunning villages on the Italian Riviera are pretty much the reason why Instagram was invented.

Travel: Paris

Paris's new hipster bar trend might be the weirdest one yet

The kids in Montmarte are getting pretty creative with their boozing these days.

Hugh Morris   No, this isn't a Portlandia skit - it's just a lazy (bizarre) day in Montmarte.

Call of Duty Free

The dangers and delights of airport shopping

Heathrow has a complimentary personal shopper service, to help you spend your whole holiday budget before you get on the plane.

Lee Tulloch   The strange Twilight Zone of departure halls can be strangely comforting if you're in the right frame of mind.

Italy's cinque terre

Multicoloured Manarola.

Michael Gebicki   These five stunning villages of the Italian Riviera will make your heart beat faster.

Travel: Rhine River

A picturesque cruise through fairytale country

The landmark Basler Muenster seen from the Rhine.

Sally Macmillan   Sally Macmillan spots castles, cathedrals and cheese shops from Amsterdam to Basel, on a boutique liner travelling along the Rhine River.

Beach weather

10 best beaches to visit in winter

Hanson Bay, Kangaroo Island, is known for its spectacular storms.

Ute Junker   Yes, you can still go the beach in winter. In fact, some of our top beaches are even better in the cold.

Flying Solo

The unbounded joy of solitary outings

"I went in search of the divine and I saw it everywhere: from gargoyles, to Renaissance doorways, to an old lady's jaunty hat."

Alecia Simmonds   There's a massive gulf between how much people think they'll enjoy doing things alone, and how much fun they have when it happens.

Non-hardcore holidays

Best adventure trips for wimpy-ish travellers

Sea safari: A kayaker enjoys the Turkish coast.

Ute Junker   Like adventure, but not too much of it? These holidays will stretch you just the right amount, writes Ute Junker.

Prosecco Road

Learning how to cook Italian in Victoria's High Country

Katrina Pizzini displays some Italian delicacies.

Belinda Jackson   Pasta, sangiovese, salami and more Italian delicacies are waiting for your love and attention on Victoria's Prosecco Road.

Travel: NYC

The street art you need to see in New York City

'Gay Liberation' by George Segal is a tribute to protesters who ignited the gay rights movement.

Barry Divola   Seven hours, 10 major works, one Metro card, and not a single museum fee.

Travel: Vietnam

A record collector's paradise in the most unlikely place

Around the world, vinyl fans scour old and new stock.

Andrea Black   Vinyl fans, your dream's real and waiting for you in Ho Chi Minh City: rooms full of thousands of records, untouched for decades.

Go on tour

Europe's best summer festivals for music lovers

Bestival, Isle of Wight: Slap bang in the middle of the Isle of Wight, Rob da Bank's brainchild promises secret stages, ambient forests and non-stop dancing. Supporting local businesses and vegetarian food choices, the ever-impressive line-up has welcomed the likes of Outkast and Elton John to its small site.

Natalie Paris   Like to plan your holidays around live gigs? You'll wanna book your ticket to these upcoming festivals on the other side of the world.

Food markets

10 markets every foodie needs to visit

LA BOQUERIA, BARCELONA: Get here early enough and you may spot some of Barcelona's top chefs picking out their ingredients for dinner. Later in the day, tourists and householders throng through this lovely Modernista-style building. Grab a seat at one of the handful of eateries to try Catalan favourites from percebes (gooseneck barnacles) and cargols (snails) to bacalla salat, or dried salted cod. See

Ute Junker   From San Francisco to Tokyo, if you're after a tasty insight into a city, you can't beat a local food market.

The must-knows that make travelling solo simple

Load up your iPad or Kindle with guidebooks so you can use them on the road.

Setting off alone might be daunting but it's never as hard as you expect.

Walking tours

20 city streets that were made for strolling

The Strip, Las Vegas, has an excess of excess.

Brian Johnston   From Paris to Venice, Vegas to New York and beyond, these pristine promenades are best explored on foot.

Heron Island

Heron Island: Australia's isolated tropical retreat

The shipwreck in front of Heron Island.

Liam Phelan   This island is home to one of nature's greatest miracles.

Travel: Italy

Inside Europe's most decadent delicatessen

A chef works in the kitchen at Peck deli shop.

Guy Griffin   More than a deli, more than a grocer, Al Peck in Milan is a must-visit on every foodie's bucket list.

Travel: Brazil

The most spectacular view in South America

There are no cars on Honey Island, or Ilha do Mel.

Jamie Lafferty   A tedious train journey eventually leads to an unforgettable paradise, on the way to Brazil's aptly named Honey Island.

Travel: Bora Bora

Going beyond the beaches of Bora Bora

Sunset over a Bora Bora lagoon.

Ute Junker   Take a trip to this laidback Polynesian island, where a session of sunset yoga could virtually qualify you for athlete status.

Travel: Taiwan

Is this the world's next foodie travel hotspot?

Transforming Taiwanese local produce: RAW's seven-course menu changes every month.

Classic street eats, a new wave of affordable fine dining, and abundant natural produce - if you like good food, you'll wanna travel to this Asian isle.

The other side of paradise

A dance group performs ion Bora Bora.

Ute Junker   Is there more to Bora Bora than sun and sand?

Travel eats

What are the world's best cities to eat in right now?

Tourists dining along Galata Bridge at night in Istanbul.

Ute Junker   Picking your next holiday destination with your stomach? These top chefs fill us in on the world's hottest up-and-coming dining scenes.

Magical homestays

England's dreamy boutique homestays

Doyden Castle, which Britain's National Trust rents to holidaymakers.

Pauline Webber   If you're a history junkie, England's boutique homestays can put you on a track to the past, writes Pauline Webber.

Past perfect

Doyden Castle, which Britain's National Trust rents to holidaymakers.

Pauline Webber   If you're a history junkie, England's boutique homestays can put you on a track to the past, writes Pauline Webber.

Ride the rails

Why you should take the train around Europe

Training in Switzerland.

Brian Johnston   For convenience, reliability, cost and scenery - railway romance is unbeatable.

So hot right now

Five northern hemisphere cities to escape the cold

People enjoying the sunny warm spring weather after a long cold winter in Montreal. At the base of Mount Royal around the statue people normally congregate to listen to 'tam tam' music, local musicians playing mostly percussion instruments.

Zach Mack   Keen to get out of our chill? The time's right to head across the equator to these hot cities.

Eating in

It's okay to eat at hotel restaurants again

The queue for high tea at the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong starts an hour beforehand.

David Dale   "Never eat in your hotel" has long been a go-to rule for travellers. But c'mon, it's not that bad, writes David Dale.

Short breaks

8 quick local getaways for the whole family

Three heritage cottages sit below the lighthouse at Seal Rocks.

Tracey Spicer   Looking to chuck some stuff in the back of the family sedan and dart away for some brief holiday time with the kids? Tracey Spicer has some suggestions.

Dream hotels

10 amazing hotel experiences you'll never forget


Ute Junker   Ever slept in an ice cream parlour? Dined in a tree-pod? You need to see these dream hotels.

Picnic parks

10 best picnic spots in the world

Nothing beats spreading a blanket in a foreign city.

In the mood for a rug-ready rendezvous overseas? Head to these picture perfect parks.

Travel: Austria

Biking the boulevards of Vienna

Take in the view of the Ringstrasse and Palais Eppstein.

Kerry van der Jagt   The best way to see this classic European city is on two wheels and in tight underpants, says Kerry van der Jagt.

Travel: Sicily

Take a scooter road trip around Sicily

Isola Bella, Sicily.

Ben Groundwater   It's frightening and exhilarating, electrifying and petrifying. You want to hold your arms high in the air and shout, 'I'm king of the world!'

Travel: Switzerland

Take a trip to a real-life Sound Of Music

A hiking trail around Oeschinensee.

Diane Armstrong   With its yellow meadows, snow-capped mountains and tall church spires, the picturesque Swiss town of Kandersteg will have you yodelay-hee-hoo-ing.

Travel: Mexico

Mexico: Blue seas and Baja bravado

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A family holiday among weird rock formations, outlandish creatures and malevolent plants turns out to be a surreal voyage of discovery for John Gimlette.

Benjamin Law

What does it mean to be 'well-travelled'?

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Benjamin Law   "Occasionally, some people are aghast over what they see as my travel blind spots," writes Benjamin Law.