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Truths every traveller must face

Be prepared to wait at the carousel: Your bag will never be first off.

9:23 AM  There are some truths of travel that are just unavoidable. Here are truths travellers can't escape.

What sight to see in HK?

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

Expat tales: The great outdoors

Lost and found in Italy


NZ 'not one singular island'

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

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.

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'


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.


Scared of heights? Look away now

Toby Segar  gets ready to perform a death-defying backflip on the edge of a spot once dubbed the 'scariest instagram spot on earth'.

8:48 AM  Thrill seeking adventurer performs electrifying cliff-edge back flip for fun.

The darker side of budget travel

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

A field of telescopes dots the summit of Kitt Peak, inSells, Arizona.

Stars shine bright over dazzling desert

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

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


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.


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


Is this the world's hottest festival? gallery

Markus dances at the Robot Heart during the morning hours at the Burning Man 2015 "Carnival of Mirrors" arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.

8:31 AM  The bugs and dust have departed and a temporary city has sprung in the desert.

Stars shine bright over dazzling desert

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

Guest tells lodge to 'train' bears better

Highway to heaven

canada & alaska

Tallest mountain in US gets shorter

US President Barack Obama has restored Denali as the name of North America's tallest mountain, ending a 40-year battle over what to call the peak that has been known as Mt McKinley.

9:53 AM  Highest mountain in the US is now shorter - and it has a new name.

Watch: Cute bear rolls down hill video

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

A naturally occurring slip 'n slide video

Built on a foundation of straw


Just a little to the left, that's it

The castle of Hirosaki surrounded by cherry blossoms.

4 min ago  The tower of Hirosaki Castle is being towed dozens of metres away from its original location.

Put Mongolia on your bucket list

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

Singaporean favourite: Hainanese chicken with marinated rice.

A guide to Singapore's hawker stalls

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


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


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


$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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