Obstinacy at the front desk

If you're thinking of taking "no" for an answer from a travel company, let Alan Schroeder talk you out of it.

Notes from two small islands

In the Yasawa Islands, even when the weather scowls, the people beam back at you.

Lights on for Vivid

In Sydney, the "lunatics take over the asylum" this winter, creating a spectacle of music, lights and events.

Why you should order the 'special meal'

There are advantages to ordering the 'special meal' on planes that have nothing to do with dietary requirements.

Kiwi chases storms across the US

When Graeme Macdonald went on his first tornado chasing holiday, his friends didn't think he would make it back alive.

'You hit my baby on purpose'

Air rage taken to new heights after passenger's 'vindictive' attack on child.

Wellington tourism industry thriving

Wellington is primed to capitalise on a thriving tourism industry after a record breaking start to the year.

Why small, cheap hotels beat luxury

The best hotel experiences are the ones you don't pay for.

Fly Taupo-Wellington again

A new Taupo to Wellington flight service has been launched after Air NZ scrapped the route.

The fitness cult embraced by Hollywood

Nowhere does this fitness craze seem more appropriate than narcissistic Hollywood.

A traveller's guide to etiquette

In a perfect world, safety and good manners run a parallel course. Yet that is not today's reality.

Lion kills US tourist in African park

The woman had her car window rolled down while driving through the lion park.

End of a love too heavy to bear

Paris has started removing thousands of padlocks from a bridge, afraid the sheer weight of the romantic tokens could put it at risk.

Solar Impulse waits out bad weather

The Solar Impulse 2 made an unscheduled visit in central Japan, and landed safely at the Nagoya Airport.

Tramping like Twain in the Alps

The American writer was intoxicated by Switzerland. You will be, too, after hiking Mt Rigi.

Muslim denied Diet Coke 'weapon'

Flight attendant denied Muslim woman an unopened can of Diet Coke because she could use it as a weapon.

Welcome to garden paradise

Think you've seen some beautiful gardens? They've got nothing on Keukenhof.

Chilling in the Caribbean

Looking to get away from it all? These three islands fit the bill perfectly.

Six of the best NZ bike rides

The best way to explore some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery is on a bike. Here are some of the best routes.

Crowds flock to World Trade Centre deck

Thousands gather to take in the New York skyline as the observation deck of the new World Trade Centre opens to the public.

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