Europe: You will never bore me

Is this continent the ultimate travel destination? That's a big call. But it's certainly a place I will always want to ...

5:00 AM  Is this continent the ultimate travel destination? That's a big call. But it's certainly a place I will always want to return to.

Cleaning up Thailand's image

Sex tourism began in Pattaya when it became an R&R spot for US soldiers during the Vietnam War.

It started as a rest spot for US soldiers during the Vietnam War and now there are 120,000 prostitutes.

Flight delays: know your rights

Passengers should first consult their airlines in the event of flight delays, experts say.

Airlines have legal obligations to all passengers, even those without travel insurance.

Why windows are round video

Engineers in the aviation industry discovered that the shape of the aircraft windows were to blame for fatal accidents.

There is a (slightly alarming) reason why aircraft windows are oval rather than square.

Place where 24 time zones meet

A road trip where everyone constantly wants to pull over — for all the right reasons.

Adventures don't get any more intrepid than a two-week-long road trip across Antarctica.

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Three-minute guide to Beijing

You need about half a day to explore The Forbidden City.

Explore its big-name attractions, but make sure to seek out its quieter corners too.

Barred from flight for leggings

United Airlines' decision not to allow two girls in leggings to board a plane has been criticised as 'arbitrary' and ...

Two girls barred from United Airlines flight in the US for wearing leggings.

Balloons light up night sky video

Seventeen balloons lit up for the Zuru Nightglow, choreographed to music.

Move over Adele, more than 80,000 people turned out for Balloons Over Waikato's Nightglow show.

Perugian fruits of the loom

Marta Cucchia's work, all done by hand, is a painstaking labour of love.

Making textiles by hand is no small task - one Italian granddaughter is preserving the tradition.

A day out on Goat Island

Get outdoorsy on Goat Island Marine Reserve.

Get outdoors, appreciate our country and take home the wholesome vibes.

If you're going to San Fran...

Haight-Ashbury was renamed "Hashbury" by Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)  in the ...

Wear some flowers in your hair and take a walk around Haight-Ashbury for a potted history of hippiedom.

Next must-go country

Visitors take to the water off Azura Quilalea.

The white sand beaches often have more coconut palms than people on them.

Visa policy halts urgent travel

Charlene and Kierane Apollos were unable to fly to South Africa for Kierane's mother's funeral because of new visa ...

Christchurch family miss funeral in South Africa because of political "tit for tat".

Snake found on private jet

The snake was found on the tarmac at Auckland Airport.

A snake hitched a ride from Brisbane and was found on the tarmac at Auckland Airport.

Fans feared 'another Adele disaster'

Lisa Hill and her friend found out about the flight delay when they arrived at the airport.

Concert-goers in New Plymouth were once again faced with flight delays.

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Kiwi Traveller

Why airplane windows are round video

Engineers in the aviation industry discovered that the shape of the aircraft windows were to blame for fatal accidents.

There is a (slightly alarming) reason why aircraft windows are oval rather than square.

Where pilots sleep on long flights

Passengers and flight attendants aren't the only ones who need sleep.

Kiwis' year in the South of France

Secret Edinburgh

nz

Formula 1 of the air arrives in NZ

The Yak 3U-R2000, called Steadfast, will make its first appearance at the Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow.

With nine world records to its name, the Steadfast has arrived to race in Blenheim.

A day out on Goat Island

Get outdoors, appreciate our country and take home the wholesome vibes.

Seventeen balloons lit up for the Zuru Nightglow, choreographed to music.

Balloons light up night sky video

Move over Adele, more than 80,000 people turned out for Balloons Over Waikato's Nightglow show.

Australia

Adele cheaper in Australia

Adele will perform three shows this week.

It costs quite a bit to see the singer in Auckland. You'd get more bang for your buck going overseas.

Rail rations: Feeding 300 guests

50kg of barramundi, 40kg of steak, 352 lemon meringues. Just another journey on The Ghan.

Beachgoer captures neon blue algae illuminating Aussie beach.

Algae turns beaches neon blue video

A natural phenomenon nicknamed "sea sparkle" is lighting up the waters off Australia.

pacific islands

Norfolk Island: A rebel's paradise video

Emily Bay is protected by a coral reef, and is a perfect spot for swimming and snorkeling.

Most locals are direct descendants of the Bounty mutineers - and they're proud of their heritage.

A study in contrasts

From raucous farming fairs to catamaran cruises in a tropical paradise, it's easy to fall in love with New Caledonia.

Take a guided tour through the Hitiaa lava tubes, work up a sweat and then take a dip.

Around Tahiti in five days

Explore the bustling capital before taking off into the lush, green heart of the country.

cruising

Kiwis warming up to cruises

P&O Cruises says two- to three-day cruises have "been growing tremendously" over the past few years.

Short, event-focused trips are luring more into taking longer trips.

Choices and chances on the Danube

River cruising is a different kettle of fish from ocean cruising.

Magic Carpet bar on Celebrity Cruises' new Celebrity Edge ship.

New cruise comes with 'magic carpet'

Infinite balconies, villas with private pools and a floating deck come standard on this $1 billion ship.

south america

A capital affair

Santiago is flanked by the snow-capped Andes ranges and is often the first stop for visitors wanting to explore South ...

Football, food, and a certain cocktail stir the passions of two of South America's most vibrant capital cities.

Inside Central America's best resort

Costa Ricans have an expression, "Pura Vida," meaning pure or good life. I have found it here.

Disney castles under siege video

Dream home raffled for $41

middle east

Inside Banksy's Bethlehem hotel video

The hotel has been fully booked until June.

The West Bank hotel has welcomed its first guests and though there's not much of a view, it's booked out until June.

6 things to do in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi has a wealth of architectural wonders and more are waiting in the wings.

Sharjah: Life in the lesser known emirate

Jordan's 'lost city'

europe

Europe: You will never bore me

Is this continent the ultimate travel destination? That's a big call. But it's certainly a place I will always want to ...

5:00 AM  Is this continent the ultimate travel destination? That's a big call. But it's certainly a place I will always want to return to.

Perugian fruits of the loom

Making textiles by hand is no small task - one Italian granddaughter is preserving the tradition.

Kiwis' year in the South of France

Secret Edinburgh

uk and ireland

Industrial 'treehouse' plan revealed

Canopy & Stars will give eager glampers the opportunity to spend a night in crane overlooking Bristol Harbour.

Lucky glampers will soon have the opportunity to spend the night in a crane treehouse overlooking Bristol Harbour.

Sleepover at 135m above ground

Soar high in the London Eye while enjoying a champagne dinner in the aerial boudoir.

Belfast: Embracing conflict

A picturesque land of pirates

usa

3 minute guide to Boston

Tourists enjoy sightseeing from the famous Swan boats in Boston Public Garden.

No American city has a history as strong and as long as Boston.

If you're going to San Francisco...

Wear some flowers in your hair and take a walk around Haight-Ashbury for a potted history of hippiedom.

Where movie-magic is made

Too close for comfort video

canada & alaska

Welcome to Who-ville, Alaska

Visible for miles around, Goose Creek Tower has become a tourist attraction. The base is a typical small log cabin, with ...

Built without a blueprint, this 56-metre tall house looks like something from a Dr Seuss book

What you need to know about Canadians

They don't like to be mistaken for Americans and they love ice-hockey.

Canada's northern national parks

Where to get close to polar bears

asia

Three-minute guide to Beijing

You need about half a day to explore The Forbidden City.

Explore its big-name attractions, but make sure to seek out its quieter corners too.

South East Asia's greatest train journey

There's a surprise and a fragrant delight around every bend on this evocative rail journey.

Crayon Shinchan will be one of the showcased anime in the upcoming park.

Anime theme park to open

A glamping site, zip-lines and walking trail are all part of the attractions at Japan's upcoming anime theme park.

luxury

17 hours in business class

Qatar Airways operates the world's longest flight. But could you last 17 hours on an airplane?

Movies I watched: 2. Hours I slept: 6. Times I wondered why I got myself into this: 0

Hotel rooms in unexpected places

You're not going to get better views than from a lifeguard tower turned luxury hotel.

Airline's new yacht-inspired bar video

Airline unveils double beds

budget

How to save money while travelling

Make the most of it, says Jaime Kurtz, the author of the book The Happy Traveller.

That cheap flight might be enticing now but will you spend more money on the six-hour stopover?

Budget airlines: Are Kiwis snobs? video

Opinion: Is it a question of loyalty to Air NZ or are we not yet ready for no-frills flights?

Airline's $90 US to Europe flights video

10 travel experiences for $10

beaches

Next must-go country: Mozambique

Visitors take to the water off Azura Quilalea.

The white sand beaches often have more coconut palms than people on them.

The best water in the world video

If your idea of a good holiday is lounging in - or on - crystal clear water, look no further.

Salt water therapy can be effective in helping to "free the funk" from mental health issues.

Dawn waves ease troubled souls

"One wave is all it takes to free the funk," mental-health awareness-raising event organiser SJ Cansdale says.

food

Australia's best eating experiences

A hamburger with the lot from Andrew's Hamburgers in Albert Park.

We've put together a roadmap of unmissable taste experiences for every visitor.

Beer tries to mussel in

Move over white wine, a cold one could be the new go-to companion for seafood meals.

As airline profits grow, passengers grumble that food should be included in the fare.

Airline brings back free meals

Free sambos were ditched during the downturns but hangry passengers are getting their way.

adventure

Place where 24 time zones meet

A road trip where everyone constantly wants to pull over — for all the right reasons.

Adventures don't get any more intrepid than a two-week-long road trip across Antarctica.

Sleeping in Shackleton's sleeping bag

Oliver Sullivan spent part of the sixties chasing penguins, leaping between ice floes, and sleeping in an Antarctic hero's sleeping bag.

Kiwi's 12,000km rowing adventure

Being the token Kiwi on hippie bus

family

Sharjah: Life in the lesser known emirate

Davina and husband Chas moved to Sharjah for a change of lifestyle for themselves and their children Charles and Maia.

Davina Parangi-Brown has started a new life with her family in the Capital of Islamic Culture.

Life hacks for travelling with kids

Going on holiday with kids can drive some parents up the wall. Here are some tips to make the journey smoother.

'I can see her smiling'

Sleepy NZ town comes of age

Video

Harrison Ford's near-miss

Actor was "distracted" when he landed on the wrong runway, coming close to an airliner carrying 116 people.

news

Sex tourism: Cleaning up Thailand

Sex tourism began in Pattaya when it became an R&R spot for US soldiers during the Vietnam War.

It started as a rest spot for US soldiers during the Vietnam War and now there are 120,000 prostitutes.

What makes for a happy nation

Money can't buy happiness, but it certainly helps, as does having someone to count on.

Airlines grapple with laptop ban

Auckland Airport light rail confirmed video

troubles

Flight delays: know your rights

Passengers should first consult their airlines in the event of flight delays, experts say.

Airlines have legal obligations to all passengers, even those without travel insurance.

Visa policy halts urgent travel

Christchurch family miss funeral in South Africa because of political "tit for tat".

Snake found on private jet

Fans feared 'another Adele disaster'

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