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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

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Two dead after man sets himself alight on train video

A passenger who reportedly set himself on fire is carried by rescue workers from a Shinkansen bullet train after it made an emergency stop in Odawara, south of Tokyo.

4:18 AM  A man set himself on fire on a high-speed bullet train in Japan, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke.

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

Pilots sacked over selfies with model

Model Victoria Xipolitakis tweeted photographs of herself with the pilots in the cockpit.

Two pilots have been fired for letting a model into the cockpit of a passenger jet.

Mt Hutt road chaos

Skiers headed to Mt Hutt Ski Area are stuck in a 2-kilometre long queue. 

Brace for airport strike chaos

Black ice causes road chaos

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

How to save money on family trips

You don't have to spend a lot of cash to have a fun family holiday.

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

Tuck me in to Blanket Bay

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

The Cartmel countryside hints at the bucolic perfection delivered by the town's most famous eatery.

England's new foodie mecca

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

south america

The many faces of Buenos Aires

The Palacio de Aguas Corrientes water works appears to mimic a Parisian palace.

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

Turtle power in Colombia

It's been my dream ever since I saw the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.

Lazy days in Brazil's Bahia diamond

Treasure hunting in Buenos Aires

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

Rooftop glamping in Melbourne

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

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

Australia's lesser-known islands

Sun, sand and solitude: why these are Australia's six best lesser-known islands.

It's easy to lose track of time at Saffire Freycinet.

Tas luxury lodge ticks all the boxes

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

europe

A new spectacular view every day

A traditional Turkish sailing boat called a gulet offers a bit more stability for first-time sailors.

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

Gears and beers in Bavaria

A cycling trip through Bavaria is a journey of liquid temptation.

Escape the crowds in Florence

The ultimate shopping destinations

uk and ireland

England's new foodie mecca

L'Enclume at Cartmel, named Britain's best restaurant for two years running.

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

20 surprising things about the UK

Contrary to popular belief, warm beer is not a bad thing and the food is actually terrific.

Beers and beds in London

London from on high, and down low video

usa

5 ways to play on Coronado Island

The iconic Hotel Del Coronado was built in 1887 and used as the setting for "Some Like It Hot".

Channel your inner Marilyn - or Dorothy - at this sunny spot in California.

How to hike the Grand Canyon

Going down (and back up) the banks of the Colorado River isn't easy - but it's worth it.

A taste of country in Brooklyn

The best of Philly by bike

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 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.

Standing Ovation for Wellington

The largest cruise ship to sail New Zealand waters will make its first visit to Wellington next year and is expected to inject millions into the capital's economy.

Arts Centre will draw cruise ship tourists

Carnival ships to hold 6600 guests

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

Two dead after man sets himself alight on train

A man set himself on fire on a high-speed bullet train in Japan, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke.

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