Play it safe in the Poison Garden

Daffodils and hemlock envelop a wooden 'skeleton' at the Poison Garden.

5:00 AM  The rules at Alnwick Castle's garden are simple: no touching and no sniffing.

Pining for the simple life

The Tierra Chiloe's dramatic design overlooks the water and offers amazing views.

5:00 AM  Get away from it all at a striking hotel in Chile where life moves at a slower pace.

Cruising 101

There are many cruises to choose from, it's just a matter of finding the one that's perfect for your needs.

5:00 AM  Everything you needed to know about cruising (but were too afraid to ask).

Take a ride on The Royal Flush

An epic summer adventure: The slide sends riders flying into the air.

This giant Texan waterslide is clearly not for the faint of heart.

The land of the green fairy

BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 15:  Martial Philippi, owner of the Absinth Depot shop, places a sugar cube onto an absinthe spoon atop a glass of absinthe on March 15, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The highly alcoholic drink was banned in much of Europe during World War I, and only in recent years became once again legal, finding its way back into bars and shops. Meanwhile the European Parliament is divided on its vote on the European Commission's attempt to standardize the definition of the drink by deciding if and how much of the two substances anethole and the chemical thujone, a toxin extracted from wormwood, which has given the drink its reputation for producing mind-altering effects, must be contained within it to officially classify versions of the 'green fairy,' as it is also known, with the absinthe name.  (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

A visit to the birthplace of absinthe wouldn't be complete without a taste of the scandalous spirit.

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No fancy camera? No problem

The historic Wall of Kabul.

With the right handset and apps, anyone can capture superb travel photos using just their smartphone.

Readers' travel pics of the week gallery

Paintball, Paris and a baby elephant feature in this week's travel photo entries.

A gold-class taste of Tanzania

Ask the expert

news

Crash happened before gallery video

Indonesian soldiers and search and rescue teams  remove debris from the crash site of a military C-130  transport plane which went down yesterday in a residential area of Medan, North Sumatra,  Indonesia,  July 1, 2015. Indonesia's president called for an evaluation of the country's ageing air force fleet, as fears grew that the death toll from Tuesday's military plane crash could exceed 100 people. A military transport plane carrying 122 people ploughed into a residential area shortly after take-off in northern Indonesia, in what may be the deadliest accident yet for an air force with a long history of crashes.
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Indonesian street where plane crash claimed the lives of 141 people, was the site of another air disaster just ten years ago.

Japan's stationmaster cat mourned

Thousands turn up to pay their respects to Tama, the cat that saved a small railway line.

Resort airport set for record day

Jetstar meets city leaders, dodges money questions video

travel troubles

Naked Bus passengers left in cold

Naked Bus passengers were left stranded by a lengthy delay.

Naked Bus company passengers were beset by delays after a vehicle broke down at Waitomo.

Dried frogs and tiger tooth

Dried frogs, fruit fly-infested chillies, and a tiger tooth are just a few of the items seized by biosecurity during May.

A new low for airport food?

What really happens on cruise ships

nz

Tuck me in to Blanket Bay

Blanket Bay at dusk.

A visit to NZ's South Island doesn't have to be an adrenaline-fuelled escape.

Dunedin's castle of dreams

Success, scandal and suicide mark the colourful history of NZ’s only Gothic Revival castle.

Wildboy's journey started out as a solo project.

Born to be wild

Brando Yelavich was headed nowhere fast, until he walked NZ's coast to learn about survival, humanity and the universe.

pacific islands

Sand and surf perfection at Sumba

Legendary waves and white sandy beaches - that's  Nihiwatu.

When you finally arrive at Nihiwatu, you'll understand what all the fuss is about.

Ooh la la, Tahiti!

Tahiti has beautiful beaches, a great climate, fabulous food and the locals speak French. What are you waiting for?

There are many walking adventures through the rainforests.

10 adventures in Moorea

The heart-shaped sister island of Tahiti has many offerings to be explored.

themes

Take a ride on The Royal Flush

An epic summer adventure: The slide sends riders flying into the air.

This giant Texan waterslide is clearly not for the faint of heart.

How to save money on family trips

Keep the costs down on your next family holiday with these 10 tips.

A tourist is silhouetted as he visits Rome's ancient Colosseum January 18, 2013. Italian restorers cleaning the Colosseum have discovered remains of frescoes indicating the interior of one of the world's most famous monuments may have been colourfully painted in Roman times. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (ITALY - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY)

Take your time, travellers

Still trying to cram in as many sights as possible? Maybe it's time to slow down.

south america

Simple life meets stunning luxury

The Tierra Chiloe's dramatic design overlooks the water and offers amazing views.

5:00 AM  Get away from it all at a striking hotel in Chile where life moves at a slower pace.

The many faces of Buenos Aires

Like its people and its history, this Argentinian city refuses to be put in a box.

Turtle power in Colombia

Lazy days in Brazil's Bahia diamond

middle east

Abu Dhabi stopover holiday

Sheikh Zayed mosque is the largest in the United Arab Emirates.

What's the best way to beat jet lag? Try rocketing through the air on the world's fastest roller coaster.

Desert jewel faces its biggest threat

With Islamic State fighters in control of the Syrian desert town of Palmyra, the fate of this World Heritage-listed site is uncertain.

Don't dilly-dally in Dubai video

World's largest hotel to open

australia

Queensland's best-kept beach secret

There is plenty of raw beauty to be discovered around the town of 1770.

With its gentle waves and stunning sunsets, Agnes Water likely won't stay a secret for long.

Tas luxury lodge ticks all the boxes

It's easy to see why the awards keep coming for Saffire Freycinet.

Go camping on a rooftop in the centre of Melbourne at St Jerome's - The Hotel.

Rooftop glamping in Melbourne

A new hotel takes luxury camping to a whole new level in Melbourne's CBD.

europe

Away with the fairies

Age-old rituals are strictly adhered to in the absinthe pouring process.

A visit to the birthplace of absinthe wouldn't be complete without a taste of the scandalous spirit.

A new spectacular view every day

Hit the high seas and see some of Greece and Turkey's hidden treasures on a yachting adventure.

Gears and beers in Bavaria

Escape the crowds in Florence

uk and ireland

Play it safe in the Poison Garden

Daffodils and hemlock envelop a wooden 'skeleton' at the Poison Garden.

5:00 AM  The rules at Alnwick Castle's garden are simple: no touching and no sniffing.

England's new foodie mecca

Cartmel may be just a small Cumbrian village, but it's also home to Britain's best restaurant.

20 surprising things about the UK

Beers and beds in London

usa

Take a ride on The Royal Flush

An epic summer adventure: The slide sends riders flying into the air.

This giant Texan waterslide is clearly not for the faint of heart.

Exploring Omaha's world-class zoo

There's a reason why this US zoo is considered one of the best in the world.

5 ways to play on Coronado Island

How to hike the Grand Canyon

canada & alaska

Cruising Alaska's Tlingit country

Grab your binoculars and your camera for the Glacier Bay leg of the cruise.

Get to know the real Alaska through the stories and legends of its original settlers.

Ice climbing the Canadian Rockies

Climbing a frozen waterfall in Canada is as just as epic as it sounds.

Sailing in Alaska

The best place to watch grizzly bears

asia

Check out Thailand's biggest hotel pool

The Hotel Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra's pool is the largest hotel pool in Thailand.

Who needs beaches when you can stay at the Hotel Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra?

First-class luxury at The Pier

Cathay Pacific's new airport lounge in Hong Kong features massages, daybed suites and a new signature scent.

Wakayama Castle brought in the ninja group in 2011 as part of its hospitality services.

Castle offers 'ninja hospitality'

Need help climbing the steep slope at Wakayama Castle? Just call a ninja.

cruising

Cruising 101

There are many cruises to choose from, it's just a matter of finding the one that's perfect for your needs.

5:00 AM  Everything you needed to know about cruising (but were too afraid to ask).

Cruising Alaska's Tlingit country

Get to know the real Alaska through the stories and legends of its original settlers.

Standing Ovation for Wellington

Arts Centre will draw cruise ship tourists

snow

Snow bunnies rejoice

Opening day of the 2015 ski season at Whakapapa and Turoa, Mt Ruapehu.

North Island snow fields opened on Saturday after a long anticipated wait by skiers and snowboarders alike.

Warmer winds on the way

Make use of the ski fields while you can - the "snow eater" wind is on its way.

Mt Hutt road chaos

No leg, no barrier for teen video

Video

Crash happened before

Indonesian street where plane crash claimed the lives of 141 people, was the site of another air disaster just ten years ago.

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