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Travel: Italy

Experience the romance of old Sicily

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Caroline Baum The elegant home of an Italian author, located in Palermo's charming baroque quarter, has just had its doors opened to guests... and it's spectacular.

Travel: Thailand

Bangkok, for the literary-minded

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Catherine Marshall You need to visit the legendary Mandarin Oriental Hotel. It's like a Wes Anderson wonderland for aspiring writers.

Travel: Thailand

How to relax in Phuket

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DAISY DUMAS Relax? In this tourist hotspot? Yes, we didn't believe it either, but it's possible.

Travel: Colombia

How to see Colombia on any budget

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Sheriden Rhodes Go for the coffee, stay for Bogota's bustling city life and tasty empanadas (mmm, empanadas).

Eastern Europe

Discover the ancient lands of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia

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Isobel King Wanna see moccasins dating back to 3500BC? Then the Caucasus is calling.

USA

10 underrated US cities you should visit

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DAVID WHITLEY There's more to an American holiday than New York and LA.

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Travel trends

Dream hotels around the world

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LANCE RICHARDSON In the 21st century, 'hospitality' is taking on new colours, writes Lance Richardson.

Hola San Antonio!

Tex meets Mex in the Lone Star State's most appealing city

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UTE JUNKER "Neon-coloured fairy lights, draped over every wall, are migrating to the ceiling, while glittering star-shaped piñatas hang in flocks overhead."

Travel South America

The 20 best things to do in South America

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BELLINDA KONTOMINAS From surreal sunsets to ancient ruins, Brazil's neighbours enthral Bellinda Kontominas.

Magical Budapest

Why Budapest should be on your to-visit list

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Tatyana Leonov This enchanting city is going through a modern-day revival, enticing visitors with its casually elegant vibe.

GoT-themed travel

Indulge your Game of Thrones obsession with a trip to beautiful Ireland

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Thousands of tourists are crossing the globe to visit a land where giants, dragons and vengeful queens roam.

Magic in Mauritius

Life is good in this prosperous piece of paradise

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Pat Ingram White sand beaches, turquoise water, swaying palms … this Indian Ocean island has it all.

Breathtaking travel

30 breathtaking travel locations: The most pinned places on earth

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Brace yourself for some serious wanderlust.

Tuscan touring

Take a road trip through beautiful Tuscany

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Ulrike Lemmin-Woolfrey Touring Tuscany is something best done with the wind in your hair.

Short stay: Mudgee

Mudgee: country but cosmopolitan

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Ben Horne It doesn’t take long to discover that one of the state’s oldest towns is home to one of its most impressive food destinations.

Kohala, Hawaii

Living it large in lava land

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LEE TULLOCH From cowboys to coffee, laidback to luxury, Lee Tulloch has done the hard yards for you in Hawaii.

Desserts in Paris

Where to find the best dessert spots in Paris

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Jennifer Ennion When it comes to French pastries, chocolate and macarons, Australian food lover Jane Paech knows her stuff.

Green holiday

Have you considered staying in a tree house?

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NINA KARNIKOWSKI This amazing 'treesort' appears to have the power of love.

Hidden Manhattan

A beginner's guide to the best NYC neighbourhoods

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UTE JUNKER Manhattan's hippest neighbourhoods face off. Ute Junker steps in to referee.

Imaginary travels

Why the best part of travelling is free

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Stephanie Rosenbloom Wish you were on vacation right now? Don't. Taking a vacation won't necessarily make you happier. But anticipating it will.

Tropical luxury

How to holiday like the rich

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Sean Condon Fiji is the perfect place for blissful isolation from the rest of the world, writes Sean Condon.

Scandinavia

Don't ignore the magic of Scandinavia

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UTE JUNKER Inspired by Nordic crime novels, chefs - and more flight options - Australians are flocking to Europe's deep north, writes Ute Junker.

Beyond Bali

The dreamy side of Indonesia

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Brigid Delaney Brigid Delaney ventures beyond Bali to a land of smart cities, friendly locals and incredible temples.

The new Paris

This is why you need to visit Scotland

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Anthony Dennis It's a controversial call but many are saying "Edinburgh is what Paris ought to be".

Travel hot spot

The number one destination for 2014

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LEE TULLOCH This city's charm and complexities are hard to resist, writes Lee Tulloch.

Arctic adventures

Now you can design your own icy hotel room

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Jane Reddy IceHotel guests can now create a “haute couture” room for their exclusive use in Jukkasjarvi, 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle.

Pet holiday

Where to take your pets on holiday

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TRACEY SPICER They say you should never work with children or animals. But what about holidaying with them?

Hipster food

How Austin, Texas, became a food capital

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UTE JUNKER Texas' hipster capital is also developing serious culinary cred, writes Ute Junker.

USA

Comedian has worst Airbnb rental experience ever?

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Kylie McLaughlin A New Yorker inadvertently rents out his Manhattan apartment through Airbnb to a man hosting an orgy.

Island hoping

Pacific islands you must visit

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Craig Tansley From New Caledonia to French Polynesia, and the Cook Islands to Samoa, there are hidden holiday destinations to discover in the south Pacific.

Worldwide

15 magical places to watch the sun rise

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Traveller writers reveal memorable locations to experience the beauty of the world in half-light.

Best short trips

Asia's top 10 must-do side-trips

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Kerry van der Jagt From beaches to bays, mountains to caves, it's always worth stepping outside the capital cities, writes Kerry van der Jagt.

Ancient Mexico

The lost cities of the Maya

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UTE JUNKER Ute Junker explores the ruins and the riches of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, the centre of the ancient Mayan empire.

Where to go now

Travel destinations you can't keep putting off

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Michael Gebicki From the Galapagos to the Great Barrier Reef, there are some destinations you can't keep putting off for a visit, writes Michael Gebicki.

Guilt-free luxury

The best Australian hotels in 2014

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LEE TULLOCH Lee Tulloch explores the hotel recently named Australia's best by TripAdvisor.

Hidden luxury

Six of the best: desert camps

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UTE JUNKER Whether it's yoga at dawn in Abu Dhabi, a camel safari through an Indian desert, there's bound to be a desert camp to suit you.

Margaret River

Weekend away: Margaret River

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Sarah Oakes Perfect beaches, world-class wine and a small element of danger.

Places to go now

Eight places to visit before everyone else does

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Ben Groundwater The world is changing: here are eight places you need to get to before they're overrun with tourists.

2013 top travel

The year's most memorable travel

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Our writers share their most memorable experiences in 2013.

Gourmet trail

Italy's hidden gourmet trail

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Andrew Bain Hiking the hills of Abruzzo is a stroll through a fine menu, writes Andrew Bain.

Best holidays

The six best countries to visit in 2014

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Traveller's globetrotting contributors cast their votes for the big six countries set to make their presence felt next year.

Hands-on travel

Travellers are craving hands-on holidays

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Julietta Jameson Forget air-conditioned coach tours, modern travellers want to get amongst it.

Best new hotels

The six most exciting hotel openings in 2014

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Belinda Jackson London's Shangri-La will have butlers and floor-to ceiling views of St Paul's Cathedral.

Travel: Canada

Rocky Mountains by train

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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

Days of vodka and oysters

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BEN GROUNDWATER Ben Groundwater savours another world just four hours or so from home.

Sultry Phuket

Phuket has a new laid-back, sultry vibe

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Upmarket beach clubs are transforming the Phuket social scene, putting the groove back into the island's sandy shores, writes Julie Miller.

Wilderness watch

Wildlife watching in Malawi

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A journey in Livingstone's footsteps gives proof of Malawi's hospitality, writes Alison Stewart.

An oasis in India

A palm-fringed paradise

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Michael Gebicki Calmer and less chaotic than the rest of India, Kerala is a lush and green oasis.

Travel Favourites

The best travel experiences right now

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Among a wealth of short forays in fascinating places, we pick some of our favourites.

Travel: Thailand

A secluded sanctuary on Koh Samui

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Pat Ingram Not a devotee of retreats, Pat Ingram becomes a willing convert in a secluded sanctuary in Thailand.

Travel: Fiji

Dolphin Island: fit for a quasi-royal

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Julietta Jameson is overcome by the fantasy of an exclusive luxury resort.

Fashion hotels

New York's Fashion District Revival

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LEE TULLOCH Lee Tulloch discovers a stylish new vibe, with chic hotels, bars and yes, shops.

Island adventure

An (affordable) island adventure

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Isobel King An island adventure with a taste of Europe is just a short flight away, writes Isobel King.

Bangkok: Short trips

The perfect Bangkok weekend

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Amy Cooper Big city, short time? Leave it to a group of girls to streamline the perfect Bangkok weekend, writes Amy Cooper.

Secret Portland

More than just Portlandia

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Katrina Lobley Driving the north-west coast of United States whets the appetite, writes Katrina Lobley.

Bucket list

The places you must visit before you die

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The ultimate A-Z of bucket list experiences around the world.

Bargain luxury

Twenty reasons to visit Bangkok

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Julie Miller Jim Thompson's House and museums dedicated to the bizarre are some of the reasons to visit Bangkok.

Luxury in Italy

What makes a truly great hotel

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Saska Graville It is the little things that count, writes Saska Graville.

Elephant watching

Elephant watching in Sri Lanka

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JANE REDDY Jane Reddy and family return to Sri Lanka in search of elephants and adventure.

Island hopping

Island hopping in the Pacific

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Lance Richardson explores nations rich in culture, charm and conflict as he hops over a key expanse of the Pacific.