Travel

Travel: Japan

Tokyo, the world's best small bar scene

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Ben Groundwater 11:19am When it comes to finding the coolest and cosiest places for a drink, nothing beats Tokyo.

Travel: Turkey

Why everyone you know's going to Turkey

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Denise Gadd Grand bazaars, exotic spice markets, and Byzantine architecture - no wonder Turkey's the travel destination du jour.

Travel: Europe

Northern noel

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MICHAEL GEBICKI With its cold climate and centuries-old traditions, Christmas in Europe could come straight out of a children's storybook.

Air travel

'Emotional support' pet pig kicked off US Airways flight

The pig was initially allowed on the flight as it was classes as an 'emotional support animal'.

Barney Henderson An American woman has been forced to get off a plane after bringing a 70-pound pot-bellied pig on board for 'emotional support'.

Travel: Dubai

Dubai, the dazzling city

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FIONA CARRUTHERS With its outrageous opulence, Dubai is a modern Arabian Nights fantasy.

Family holidays

Last-minute family summer holiday ideas

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TRACEY SPICER Itching for a family getaway this summer but left it slightly late? No probs, Tracey Spicer has some ideas.

Travel: Malaysia

Penang, the secretly hip city

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MICHAEL GEBICKI An inspiration to authors, artists and filmmakers, this tiny island city captures in miniature the colour and flavour of the whole Malaysian experience.

Travel: Canada

Four reasons to put Eastern Canada on your to-visit list

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Daniel Scott Shaped by salty Atlantic winds and heaving ocean swells, Canada’s eastern provinces are a world apart.

Airline unveils 'family booths' design for new planes

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Jolyon Attwooll Thomson Airways unveils series of innovative cabin concepts for the new Boeing 737 Max plane.

Travel: Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, a city for coffee lovers

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Nicola Graydon Vietnam's traditional 'ca phe sua da' - literally, "coffee, milk, ice" - is more than just a delicous drink, finds Nicola Graydon.

Are you ever too old to go backpacking?

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Dom Knight Dom Knight's days of shared bathrooms and bedrooms are behind him.

Travel: New York

How to go perfume shopping in New York

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Catherine du Peloux Menage Whether it's niche indie scents or underground perfumista events, New York is the home to today's perfume culture.

Luxury hotels

A guide to the world's most expensive hotel suites

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Brian Johnston Just what exactly does a $72,000 a night for a hotel room offer?

Secret spots

20 unique travel destinations you need to know about

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Didn't pay attention in geography class? No matter. A bunch of travel writers are here to point you off the beaten path.

Secret island

Now you can holiday at a 15th-century Montenegrin village

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LEISA TYLER Leisa Tyler visits a Montenegrin village that has been transformed into a resort.

Hidden beaches

The best tourist-free beaches in Italy

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Krisanne Fordham Beyond Italy's famous shorelines, there are spectacular hidden beaches that you can have all to yourself.

The top end

Darwin will surprise and delight you, if you just give it the chance

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Catherine Best Vibrant, funky and brimming with cosmopolitan cred, Darwin has turned its laid-back lifestyle into an art-form, says Catherine Best.

Travel: Hong Kong

20 reasons to visit Hong Kong

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SALLY WEBB From vintage markets to traditional high tea to harbourside glamour, Hong Kong is an aesthete's paradise.

India's Little Tibet

Where India touches heaven

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MICHAEL GEBICKI Everything about "India's little Tibet" evokes memories of the exotic Land of Eternal Snow.

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: Bali

A place for women to ride waves in Bali

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NINA KARNIKOWSKI A surf and yoga retreat for women in Bali is the perfect place to face your wipeout worries, says Nina Karnikowski.

Secret Fiji

The lesser-visited islands of Fiji

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CAROLINE GLADSTONE Caroline Gladstone encounters life in the lesser-visited islands of Fiji.

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.