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What sight to see in HK?

For amusement-park-loving teens, Hong Kong Disneyland is the place to go.

There's something for all the family to enjoy in Hong Kong, from markets to theme parks.

Expat tales: The great outdoors

Simon Dilks ditched the rat race for a life of adventure in Yangshuo, China.

Lost and found in Italy

The reality of London life stuff nation

news

NZ 'not one singular island'

The Huffington Post really likes the South Island - just a bit surprised to discover it actually exists.

6:34 AM  Savvy travellers know NZ consists of two main islands, says Huffington Post writer.

Qatar Airways relaxes grip on cabin crew

The airline is relaxing its policies on marriage and pregnancy, and pledges to review the curfew.

Air China alliance approved

Cheaper flights taking off

travel troubles

'Kick them ... they spit out money'

Australians Mark Ipaviz, Nick Russian and Simon Phan holidaying in Bali. The men allegedly paid a bribe to police after hiring strippers at a buck's night in Seminyak.

7:20 AM  Bali police see tourists as ATMs - so when seven Aussies hired a stripper, it was an opportunity.

Model sneaks cat on flight, drama ensues

US fighter jets were scrambled and an airliner diverted after a European model brought a cat on board.

'I'll do drugs in New Zealand'

'I felt an unnatural thump'

nz

Support for Destination Marlborough

Destination Marlborough general manager Tracy Johnston said they were targeting a $446.5 Marlborough visitor economy by 2025.

A Marlborough councillor has issued a rallying call for councillors to show their support for council tourism arm Destination Marlborough.

Marlborough's selling points

It's not a giant beaver or a bunch of grapes but Marlborough District Council will get tourists smiling.

Where the earth meets the sky: 
Mount Ngauruhoe under heavy cloud above Oturere Valley.

A world of its own

The mountains of the Central Plateau also host a network of walking trails through ever-changing landscapes

pacific islands

Reinvented and revitalised

Face paint adds colour to young girls in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Shops are open, cafes are busy, and the market is again full of colourfully dressed "mamas".

Living history

Breathtaking beauty plus a fascinating past adds up to a memorable family holiday.

Even the shyest of the children became immersed in the fun.

Lending a helping hand

Vinaka Fiji is a charitable trust through which visitors to the Yasawa Islands can give back to the community during their tropical holiday.

themes

Stars shine bright over dazzling desert

Participants in a nightly observation program at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucscon watch the sun set from a ridge on the 6,880-foot Kitt Peak

My journey begins standing on an Arizona mountaintop counting Jupiter's moons.

Fancy renting an island?

To heck with booking a bach - these private islands make for a much more luxurious holiday.

Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger quit their jobs to travel the world. Now they've been forced to scrub toilets to make ends meet.

The darker side of budget travel

They quit lucrative jobs to travel the world, now they're scrubbing toilets in exchange for food.

south america

50 shades of clay at erotic museum

Parque del Amor in Miraflores, Lima.

They say sex sells. But sometimes it just gets you into trouble, if the attendant following me is anything to go by.

The Inca Festival of the Sun

One of the busiest days in Cusco's tourist calendar is a jostling mass of humanity and a riot of colour and pageantry.

Building Brazil's capital

How to humiliate yourself overseas

middle east

Inside the museum that hates America

An Iranian cleric walks past a mural on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran.

A tour through this ghostly place unearths the sins of what is now known as the "US den of espionage".

The Sultan and me

Under the ever-watchful gaze of Sultan Qaboos, Sharon Stephenson enjoys a slice of Arabian authenticity in Oman.

This is no ordinary cafe

A calm perch above Jerusalem

australia

Narrow escape in the rainforest

One of six rainforest pavillions at Narrows Escape in Queensland.

You'll feel like you're staying in your very own tree house.

Positioned to last

Quality and sophistication give this inner-city Brisbane hotel an edge over its hipster peers.

The loggerhead turtle is the most endangered turtle that nests in Australia.

Gentle creatures on the far side

Magical encounters await the aquatic adventurer on Western Australia's Coral Coast.

europe

Where dungeons and dragons await

King Rene's castle (Chateau du roi Rene).

In this French countryside, tales of dungeons and dragons linger beyond castle walls.

Misfiring cork grounds jet

A flight from Britain to Turkey had to be grounded after a misfiring champagne cork brought down oxygen masks. 

Ahoy, birthday on board

'Massive orgy of tomatoes and people' gallery

uk and ireland

Blanket ban on All Blacks fans

The stately home offers two queen bedrooms, a double, twin and three bathrooms all offering walk-in showers.

Former rugby star lists home on Airbnb, but it comes with a catch for kiwis.

Europe's biggest street party

London's colourful Notting Hill Carnival kicked off on the weekend with two days of Caribbean-flavoured fun.

Fly my pretties

Inside the world's best hotel

usa

Stars shine bright over dazzling desert

Participants in a nightly observation program at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucscon watch the sun set from a ridge on the 6,880-foot Kitt Peak

My journey begins standing on an Arizona mountaintop counting Jupiter's moons.

Guest tells lodge to 'train' bears better

A recent guest at Yellowstone National Park lodge got less bang for his buck in the bear department.

Highway to heaven

The 20 things you must do in New York

canada & alaska

Watch: Cute bear rolls down hill video

A playful grizzly bear has been filmed rolling down a hill in Denali National Park, much to the tourists' delight.

Playful grizzy bear repeatedly rolls down hill in Alaska's Denali National Park.

A naturally occurring slip 'n slide video

There are no lines for this naturally forming waterslide in Canada. Plus, it finishes in a jaw-dropping 10.6-metre drop.

Built on a foundation of straw

Vancouver: 5 places off the beaten track

asia

A guide to Singapore's hawker stalls

Singaporean favourite: Hainanese chicken with marinated rice.

More than just cheap eating, humble hawker stalls are full of hidden gems.

In search of Borneo's smallest creatures

In search of the 'small five' in the remote reaches of Borneo, an island struggling to preserve its rich biodiversity.

Beautiful views can be found at Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur, which is one of the most scenic lakes in Mongolia.

Put Mongolia on your bucket list

Huge distances. Broad vistas. Big skies. Bright stars. That's what you'll find in Mongolia.

cruising

High-seas adventures await

P&O Cruises' five ship fleet.

Get a jump on the upcoming season with this handy cruising guide.

Where dungeons and dragons await

In this French countryside, tales of dungeons and dragons linger beyond castle walls.

Ahoy, birthday on board

Cruising a Cuban paradise

snow

Queenstown ski area 'undiscovered for 85 years'

A skier in action at the new ski area, Soho Basin, which has more than 260ha of terrain.

A new ski area "undiscovered for 85 years" has opened without fanfare.

Counting the cost of skifield accidents

More than $1.6m in ACC claims has been paid out to Canterbury skiers and snowboarders this year.

Short break in Queenstown

Where to go for snow

Video

$9 airfares spark price war

Air NZ offers its own $9 fares after Jetstar opens a sale on its new regional routes.

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