Top 10 winning travel photos gallery

Whale Whisperers: Diving with a humpback whale and her newborn calf while they cruise around Roca Partida … in the Revillagigedo [Islands], Mexico. This is an outstanding and unique place full of pelagic life, so we need to accelerate the incorporation of the islands into UNESCO as [a] natural heritage site in order to increase the protection of the islands against the prevailing illegal fishing corporations and big-game fishing.

9:42 AM  There were over 17, 000 submissions for National Geographic's photo contest. Here are the 10 winning travel photographs.

Sandstorm engulfs airport video

A massive sandstorm rolls in and engulfs Jordan's International Airport.

They experienced one of the world's hottest days. And even when they try to leave Mother Nature isn't having it

Top 10 tips for eating in the US

Consider sharing a plate if you do not want to be overfed with giant size meals.

From how to save your dollars to asking for a doggy bag, here are a few tips on surviving dining out in the US.

The romance of railways

Spectacular mountain scenery is the backdrop as the Northern Explorer traverses the North Island near Waiouru.

The Northern Explorer rides volcanic plains and rushing rivers between Auckland and Wellington.

Artists paint entire town

The now colourful town of Palmitas.

While most governments strive to stamp out graffiti, in this small town they have welcomed it.

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Expat Tales: Embracing the melting pot

Debra catching up with fellow Kiwi Jemaine Clement at the Toronto Film Festival.

For Debra Churchill, Toronto offers multicultural living with a wealth of experiences up for grabs.

Readers' travel photos of the week gallery

Our travel photo entries this week take us from the summit of Mt Fujisan in Japan to a fish market in Myanmar.

NZ couple touched by kindness

Found: Couple who lost photos

news

Three US airlines ban shipment of hunting trophies

Delta has moved to ban the shipment of exotic animal trophies.

Two more US airlines have joined Delta Airlines in pledging they will no longer allow the shipping of hunting trophies.

'I should never have patted that lion'

The lion encounter centre had many rules for patting a lion, and I followed them. But now I wish I'd never touched her.

Is this North America's best airline?

Airbus patents hypersonic jet

travel troubles

Volcanic ash delays Bali flights

Volcanic ash and clouds are illuminated by lava from the crater of Mount Raung as seen from  Botolinggo, Bondowoso, East Java, Indonesia

10:09 AM  Bali holidaymakers have been thwarted once again, as volcanic ash forces airlines to cancel or delay flights.

Sandstorm engulfs airport video

They recently experienced one of the world's hottest days. And even when they try to leave Mother Nature has other ideas.

Wellington winds cancel flights video

Tourist attacks rare but damaging

nz

The romance of railways

Spectacular mountain scenery is the backdrop as the Northern Explorer traverses the North Island near Waiouru.

The Northern Explorer rides volcanic plains and rushing rivers between Auckland and Wellington.

Classic tramp a pure delight

A lake high in the Nelson Lakes Park area has water quality rated at some of the purest in the world.

It's not uncommon to see kiwi in day light on Stewart Island.

Where the kiwis outnumber the Kiwis

The island where the national bird outnumbers the human population two to one.

pacific islands

Tonga: A whale of a time

Eueiki Island, Tonga.

The lure of watching the migration of the humpback whale should be enough to get you booking tickets to Tonga.

The remote, fabled islands of Tahiti

A quick check of our coordinates confirms we're about as close to the middle of nowhere as you can get.

Sunset at the Mamanuca Islands.

Fiji in five days

The exuberant welcome of "Bula", brings a smile to even the most jaded traveller.

themes

Top 10 winning travel photos gallery

Whale Whisperers: Diving with a humpback whale and her newborn calf while they cruise around Roca Partida … in the Revillagigedo [Islands], Mexico. This is an outstanding and unique place full of pelagic life, so we need to accelerate the incorporation of the islands into UNESCO as [a] natural heritage site in order to increase the protection of the islands against the prevailing illegal fishing corporations and big-game fishing.

9:42 AM  There were over 17, 000 submissions for National Geographic's photo contest. Here are the 10 winning travel photographs.

Wild times in the lap of luxury

Khwai River Lodge blends seamlessly with the wild Botswana terrain.

Consider sharing a plate if you do not want to be overfed with giant size meals.

Top 10 tips for eating in the US

From how to save your dollars to asking for a doggy bag, here are a few tips on surviving dining out in the US.

south america

Artists paint entire town rainbow

The now colourful town of Palmitas.

While most governments strive to stamp out graffiti, in this small town they have welcomed it.

Cast adrift in the Andes

This is no place to be bobbing around in a small dinghy with only one oar.

A different kind of wine tour

The world's scariest hotel room? gallery

middle east

A glimpse of the good life

A Palestinian man holding his daughter swims in a pool as they enjoy the warm weather with their family at the Blue Beach Resort in Gaza.

Amid the death destruction in Gaza, there's a desire, among those who can afford it, to experience everyday pleasures.

Abu Dhabi stopover holiday

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

Don't dilly-dally in Dubai video

australia

Thredbo for non-skiers

In the spa at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel.

If you have no interest in skiing or snowboarding, there's still plenty to do at the Snowy Mountains resort.

Best Aus beaches to visit in winter

Oz isn't all about bikinis and suntans – some beaches get even cooler in the winter months.

Bowie in costume during the Aladdin Sane tour, 1973.

Melbourne: Inside the mind of a pop culture chameleon

A new exhibition in Melbourne gives an insight into the ever-changing David Bowie.

europe

The town that inspired a genius

Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin quarreled and caroused, when not painting, during a famously tumultuous nine-week collaboration that an upcoming exhibition contends galvanized both men's artistic careers. For Van Gogh, the tortured painter of sunflowers and starry nights, Gauguin's imminent departure from their redoubt in southern France two days before Christmas, 1888, was a betrayal of his ideal of an artists' collective he believed would revolutionize the art world. In a protest heavy with symbolism, Van Gogh sliced off part of his left ear. The exhibition starts on September 22 at the Art Institute of Chicago and in February it will travel to Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum. Self-portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin, 1888, by Vincent van Gogh is pictured in this undated handout photo. REUTERS/Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Bequest from the Collection of Maurice Wertheim TO ACCOMPANY FEATURE ARTS-VANGOGH   NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE

Follow, if you dare, in the footsteps of a redheaded madman, notoriously dirty and more than a little deranged.

Breaking Bad cafe opens in Istanbul

Breaking Bad fans, we hope you're sitting down for this because it's the best news you will receive this year.

The country that's a little bit weird

A stay in a fairytale castle

uk and ireland

Cute baby sloth gets a new mum

Two-toed baby sloth Edward Scissorhands is bottle fed in this handout photograph taken at London Zoo July 24, 2015 and released July 31, 2015. When baby sloth Edward Scissorhands' mother stopped producing milk and could not care for her infant, a London zoo keeper stepped in as a replacement mother - with the help of a teddy bear from a gift shop. The two-toed, seven-week sloth, born to second-time parents Leander and Marilyn, is being hand-reared by zoo keeper Kelly-Anne Kelleher at London Zoo. REUTERS/ZSL/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES

When Edward Scissorhands' mother stopped producing milk, a zoo keeper stepped in to help.

The bar where breathing gets you buzzed

Cocktail fans in London will want to take a deep breath when they enter this pop-up bar.

Inside the Royals' favourite hotel

Nessie hunter: 'I'm not quitting' video

usa

Top 10 tips for eating in the US

Consider sharing a plate if you do not want to be overfed with giant size meals.

From how to save your dollars to asking for a doggy bag, here are a few tips on surviving dining out in the US.

Hitchhiking robot vandalised

A hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide met its demise in the US.

Expat Tales: Embracing the melting pot

A US city cooler than NY

canada & alaska

Vancouver: 5 places off the beaten track

Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver offers forest trails, seaside bluffs and big views.

Five places in Vancouver a bit less discovered by tourists. You certainly won't be alone, but you'll see a different side of the city.

That time I drove in Canada

I was nervous, alone in a different country and driving on the "wrong" side of the road.

Off the beaten track in Victoria

Cruising Alaska's Tlingit country

asia

A heart-pounding view of Hong Kong

Victoria Harbour from Victoria Peak.

In a city known for its designer handbags and dumplings, a stroll through nature can unveil a different side.

Breaking Bad cafe opens in Istanbul

Breaking Bad fans, we hope you're sitting down for this because it's the best news you will receive this year.

A Komodo Dragon walking on the beach at Komodo Dragon National Park in Indonesia.

Magic Indonesian moments

Arriving on Flores, I know that this is exactly where I need to be right now.

cruising

Norwegian Cruise Line expanding global reach

The Norwegian Jade cruise ship is seen from St. Mark square in Venice lagoon

Norwegian Cruise Line will venture farther than it ever has before.

A grand production at sea

We go behind the scenes of Regal Princess's theatre to see what it takes to bring a successful show to the stage at sea.

The town that inspired a genius

The remote, fabled islands of Tahiti

snow

International festival returns to Queenstown

Veuve Clicquot New Zealand senior brand manager Rai Banbury pours one of tens of thousands of glasses of champagne for the 2013 Clicquot in the Snow event.

An international event held at luxury ski resorts around the world has kicked off in Queenstown.

Aus or NZ: Best for skiing?

This month I skied in Australia for the first time. So, how does it compare to New Zealand?

Thredbo for non-skiers

10 ways to tell if you're a snow addict

Video

Wellington winds cancel flights

Strong winds that cancelled Wellington flights on Tuesday have calmed in the afternoon.

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