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 New Zealand'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.

On the outside, looking in

Spectacular scenery suits the postcard image New Zealand has traditionally been recognised for.

What does a visitor to these shores remember? Grand vistas? Friendly people? The ruins of Christchurch?

My year in France

A team competes in the salt fete at Salies-de-Bearn which celebrates the town's saline-infused history.

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

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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.

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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

Airline unclear on why passengers fainted

A United Express flight (not pictured), operated by SkyWest Airlines  made an emergency landing in Buffalo.

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

Jet makes emergency landing

A SkyWest airlines flight descended steeply after a passenger lost consciousness.

Sydney storm tests pilots video

'I thought I was going to die'

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

Best spring cities to visit right now

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

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

World's best resort-free beaches

Want to avoid resorts but still spend a holiday by the beach? Go to one of these places.

KUTA, BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 16: Tourist hold surfboards walk as they walk through Popies Lane II Street on April 16, 2015 in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. Indonesia, on April 16, banned small retailers from selling beer which is proposed that legislation by two Islamic parties-the Prosperous Justice Party and the United Development Party-that would ban all consumption of alcoholic drinks and bring jail terms of up to two years for offenders in Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population. The regulation states that it is needed to protect public morals and culture and to improve the control and supervision of alcohol production, distribution and sales. There had been particular anxiety about how the ban might affect tourism on the Hindu-majority resort island of Bali. However, Indonesian trade minister Rachmat Gobel, who was shouted at during an ill-tempered meeting with community leaders in Bali last weekend, has now pledged to ease the restrictions on the island to ensure street vendors can still sell beer at the beach. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)

Top travel photos of the week gallery

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

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

Lessons in the art of glamour

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

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

The bizarrest airport souvenir

New 'toilet gallery' in Tokyo airport hopes to impress tourists enough that they'll want to buy a high-tech Japanese loo.

The Datai Langkawi is a product of the imagination of its architect.

Why this resort comes with notoriety

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

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

Sydney storm tests pilots

Pilots flying into Sydney in recent days have been put to the Wellington test.

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