Didn't pay attention in geography class? No matter. A bunch of travel writers are here to point you off the beaten path.
LEISA TYLER Leisa Tyler visits a Montenegrin village that has been transformed into a resort.
The top end
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
SALLY WEBB From vintage markets to traditional high tea to harbourside glamour, Hong Kong is an aesthete's paradise.
India's Little Tibet
MICHAEL GEBICKI Everything about "India's little Tibet" evokes memories of the exotic Land of Eternal Snow.
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.
Catherine Marshall You need to visit the legendary Mandarin Oriental Hotel. It's like a Wes Anderson wonderland for aspiring writers.
NINA KARNIKOWSKI A surf and yoga retreat for women in Bali is the perfect place to face your wipeout worries, says Nina Karnikowski.
DAISY DUMAS Relax? In this tourist hotspot? Yes, we didn't believe it either, but it's possible.
Sheriden Rhodes Go for the coffee, stay for Bogota's bustling city life and tasty empanadas (mmm, empanadas).
Isobel King Wanna see moccasins dating back to 3500BC? Then the Caucasus is calling.
DAVID WHITLEY There's more to an American holiday than New York and LA.
LANCE RICHARDSON In the 21st century, 'hospitality' is taking on new colours, writes Lance Richardson.
Hola San Antonio!
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
BELLINDA KONTOMINAS From surreal sunsets to ancient ruins, Brazil's neighbours enthral Bellinda Kontominas.
Tatyana Leonov This enchanting city is going through a modern-day revival, enticing visitors with its casually elegant vibe.
Thousands of tourists are crossing the globe to visit a land where giants, dragons and vengeful queens roam.
Magic in Mauritius
Pat Ingram White sand beaches, turquoise water, swaying palms … this Indian Ocean island has it all.
Brace yourself for some serious wanderlust.
Ulrike Lemmin-Woolfrey Touring Tuscany is something best done with the wind in your hair.
Short stay: Mudgee
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.
LEE TULLOCH From cowboys to coffee, laidback to luxury, Lee Tulloch has done the hard yards for you in Hawaii.
Desserts in Paris
Jennifer Ennion When it comes to French pastries, chocolate and macarons, Australian food lover Jane Paech knows her stuff.
NINA KARNIKOWSKI This amazing 'treesort' appears to have the power of love.
UTE JUNKER Manhattan's hippest neighbourhoods face off. Ute Junker steps in to referee.
Stephanie Rosenbloom Wish you were on vacation right now? Don't. Taking a vacation won't necessarily make you happier. But anticipating it will.
Sean Condon Fiji is the perfect place for blissful isolation from the rest of the world, writes Sean Condon.
UTE JUNKER Inspired by Nordic crime novels, chefs - and more flight options - Australians are flocking to Europe's deep north, writes Ute Junker.
Brigid Delaney Brigid Delaney ventures beyond Bali to a land of smart cities, friendly locals and incredible temples.
The new Paris
Anthony Dennis It's a controversial call but many are saying "Edinburgh is what Paris ought to be".
Travel hot spot
LEE TULLOCH This city's charm and complexities are hard to resist, writes Lee Tulloch.
Jane Reddy IceHotel guests can now create a “haute couture” room for their exclusive use in Jukkasjarvi, 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle.
TRACEY SPICER They say you should never work with children or animals. But what about holidaying with them?
UTE JUNKER Texas' hipster capital is also developing serious culinary cred, writes Ute Junker.
Kylie McLaughlin A New Yorker inadvertently rents out his Manhattan apartment through Airbnb to a man hosting an orgy.
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.
Traveller writers reveal memorable locations to experience the beauty of the world in half-light.
Best short trips
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.
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
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.
LEE TULLOCH Lee Tulloch explores the hotel recently named Australia's best by TripAdvisor.
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.
Sarah Oakes Perfect beaches, world-class wine and a small element of danger.
Places to go now
Ben Groundwater The world is changing: here are eight places you need to get to before they're overrun with tourists.
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.
Best new hotels
Belinda Jackson London's Shangri-La will have butlers and floor-to ceiling views of St Paul's Cathedral.
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.