It's OK to eat at hotels again

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

"Never eat in your hotel restaurant" has long been a go-to rule for travellers. But times have changed.

Different side of modern Japan

Floating lanterns are part of Kanazawa's Hyakumangoku Festival held in June every year.

Ishikawa is home to a disproportionate number of people whose ancestors peer over their shoulders.

The strangest town in Australia?

Coober Pedy resident David Mindi Crombie is a singer, writer, awarded citizen and justice of the peace.

What the town of Coober Pedy lacks in looks it makes up for in superlatives.

How we will remember them

Weta Workshop's Alistair McDougal applies the finishing touches to the larger than life figure of Rikihana Carkeek, part of Te Papa's The Scale of Our War exhibition.

For anybody wanting to join the commemorations of NZ's contribution to the Great War, Wellington is a must-visit.

Fiestas and siestas for family

Aerial view of Valencia's Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences) in this April 3, 2007 file photo. The Spanish city of Valencia has reached an agreement to host a grand prix on a street circuit around the new America's Cup port from 2008, Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone announced on May 10, 2007.  REUTERS/Victor Fraile/Files (SPAIN)

The Fernandez family have made a home in Valencia, and are still learning from the locals even after 12 years.

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After 16 months living in France, I made my way through the rest of Europe and eventually found myself in Slovenia. I spent 3 great days there and I had planned to move on to Milan, Italy via a 5am bus. After arriving in Venice as my stop over, there was a train strike, i missed 2 other trains and ended up spending 38euros more than I should have and eventually wound up in Verona in the evening. Upon arrival, I discovered this amazing sunset, I dumped my bags, threw my stuff in my locker and literally ran up the hill to this amazing spot and captured the photo of my trip, and here it is. Tramonto bello (beautiful sunset)!

Do you have a holiday snap that you'd like to share with the world?

Fiestas and siestas for Family Fernandez

The Fernandez family have made a home in Valencia, and are still learning from the locals even after 12 years.

Readers' pics of the week

Unraveling Uzbekistan stuff nation

news

ANZ improves airpoints

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ANZ renews its contract with Air New Zealand after Westpac joins the loyalty programme.

Travel frenzy in March

Cricket World Cup and early Easter boost visitor numbers to a record.

Carnival Spirit allowed to enter Sydney Harbour

The airline 'left' him to die

travel troubles

Plane engine catches fire video

Passengers stand next to a Turkish Airlines aircraft after an emergency landing at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul April 25, 2015. A Turkish Airlines flight from Milan to Istanbul made an emergency landing at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport on Saturday, after its engine caught fire, the latest in a series of such incidents that have forced the carrier to divert or recall flights. Television images showed firefighters approaching the plane at the airport and putting out the fire, and the Airbus A320 aircraft's passengers were evacuated safely. "Turkish Airlines' TK 1878 flight from Milan to Istanbul skipped Ataturk Airport during its first landing. It drove off the runway after declaring an emergency landing," said company spokesman Ali Genc. "All 97 passengers have been taken to the terminal with no health problems. The reason for the incident will be clear after the investigation," he added. REUTERS/Cihan News Agency  ATTENTION EDITORS - TURKEY OUT. THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.

Turkish Airlines flight makes dramatic emergency landing in Istanbul with one engine on fire.

Airline unclear on why passengers fainted

Three passengers lost consciousness on this US flight, but officials still have no idea why.

Jet makes emergency landing

Sydney storm tests pilots video

nz

Which country is the world's happiest?

According to the 2015 World Happiness report women in New Zealand are happier than the men.

New Zealand has been named the ninth happiest country in the world, according to a new United Nations report.

Taking flight at Te Papa

New Zealand's national carrier is celebrating its history with an exhibition at Te Papa.

Sounds Air's latest addition, the nine-seater PC12, will be making flights from Wellington to Taupo

Sounds Air soars

Marlborough flyer expands again by snapping up Taupo to Wellington route Air NZ abandoned.

pacific islands

Lost in time on Tikehau

Bora Bora's Mt. Orohena frames the scene at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort.

There's nothing quite so blue — vibrantly, rivetingly, blindingly blue — as the blue of the lagoon.

Switching to island time in Fiji

Having visited Fiji 21 times, Sheriden Rhodes knows how to make the most of the island paradise in just five days.

The Pacific Islands will get its first Dreamliner service this summer when Air New Zealand begins flying its Boeing 787-9 between Auckland and Fiji.

Air New Zealand adds 787-9 to Fiji route

Air NZ will fly its Dreamliner to Nadi next summer, adding 8000 seats, driving fares down.

themes

It's OK to eat at hotels again

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

"Never eat in your hotel restaurant" has long been a go-to rule for travellers. But times have changed.

Top travel photos of the week gallery

Here is our round up of the top travel photos from around the world.

Tourists take a 'selfie' as they visit 'La Boqueria' green market in Barcelona, Spain.

Best spring cities to visit right now

Things may be cooling down now, but in the northern hemisphere, it's starting to heat up.

australia

Australia's World Heritage wonders

Tasmanian wilderness: Barn Bluff at Cradle Mountain Lake, St. Clair National Park in Tasmania.

How easy is it for a place to make the heritage list, and how many sites does Australia have?

20 reasons to visit Uluru

The Red Centre offers awe-inspiring nature, as well as a wealth of cultural, astronomical and gastronomical experiences.

Coober Pedy resident David Mindi Crombie is a singer, writer, awarded citizen and justice of the peace.

The strangest town in Australia?

What the town of Coober Pedy lacks in looks it makes up for in superlatives.

europe

The other place Gallipoli pilgrims must see

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul.

I'll jump at any chance to visit this intoxicating city. And you should too, if you haven't already.

My year in France

After moving her family to a remote village in the Hautes-Pyrenees, Allyson Gofton embarked on a culinary and cultural adventure.

Off-season Berlin offers pleasures

History meets the present

uk and ireland

The odd case of Toast Mahal

The model version of the Taj Mahal, made entirely out of toast, appeared out of nowhere.

An unusual piece of edible street art has baffled the people of Peckham. 

Visit Game of Thrones sets

Game of Thrones has not only transformed television, it has also helped invigorate the areas where it is set.

Finding mysteries and spies in London

Stout and about in Ireland

usa

20 reasons to take the world's longest flight

The 52-foot-tall towering mascot has been welcoming visitors to the State Fair for 60 years.

The longest non-stop flight in the world brings you to Dallas-Fort Worth. Here's what to do once you get there.

The US' most popular city is...

It's not San Fran. Not even New York. Its pull is all about fantasy ...

Grunge ground zero: Two decades on

Perfect breakfast, offensive name

canada & alaska

The best place to watch grizzly bears

Grizzly bear watching.

At the confluence of two streams, one glacial green, the other silver grey, it's salmon carnage.

Top 6 Alaskan wilderness lodges

Cosy, remote bases from which to explore vast forests and superb wildlife.

Living on the edge

Try Niagara without the Viagra

asia

A different side of modern Japan

Floating lanterns are part of Kanazawa's Hyakumangoku Festival held in June every year.

Ishikawa is home to a disproportionate number of people whose ancestors peer over their shoulders.

Why this resort comes with notoriety

This Langkawi resort is definitely a product of the imagination of its architect.

Mai Kuriyama, learning how to the art of being a geisha,  gets rouge applied to her lips.

Lessons in the art of glamour

It's not just about beautiful makeup and wearing gorgeous kimono.

cruising

Five alternative river cruises

American Queen's opulent dining room features Southern cuisine designed by an award-winning chef.

There are many interesting options available for the keen river traveller.

Grading the first 'smartship' gallery

Some people think it’s the future of cruising. Others aren’t so sure.

A guide to Cruising in 2015

2 Queens dock in Auckland

snow

Cruising in the land of polar bears

BIG DOGS: Open water in the ice makes seal hunting much harder.

Newcomers are relentlessly reminded here, where white is the new black, that polar bears are the Big Dogs.

Ecuador's skyscrapers: A photo essay gallery

As dawn washes over the icy mountain planes, the hint of a new day floats through the air, and faint sunlight kisses Cotopaxi's snowy face.

China's icy festival

Jumbo jet's spectacular journey gallery

Video

Plane engine catches fire

Turkish Airlines flight makes dramatic emergency landing in Istanbul with one engine on fire.

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