Is quiet travel the best travel?

GET AWAY: Let someone else take Manhattan; the quiet traveller will find more rewarding experiences in the dunes of the Xiangshawan Desert, also called Sounding Sand Desert, Mongolia.

OPINION: The finest travel experiences are those that allow you to fully engage by savouring the silence.

A mind-blowing view video

A Papillon Helicopters tour party during a visit to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

They say everything is bigger in America, but this is ridiculous.

Longest road coming soon?

NEW ROUTE BEING CONSIDERED: A superhighway between the UK and the US would be "very ambitious and expensive".

Plans for ambitious 20,000-kilometre superhighway linking the UK and America are reportedly being considered by Russia.

Don't turn a trip here down

SPECTACULAR: The Western terrace ruins of Mount Nemrut.

This treasured Turkish spot makes flying across the world for a wedding worth the effort and expense.

Saunas, sausages and seats

SATISFACTIONS: Forget the view and think of the convenience of scoring an aisle seat when flying.

Three writers reveal the strange experiences that preoccupy them while they're travelling.

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When one door opens

ROYAL HISTORY: Sudesh and Mona visit Oxford Castle, built in 1071.

Sudesh Lourdes and his family are making the most of the "gateway to Europe", in Oxford, England.

'I'm going for Dad's sake'

When Joan Altwasser travels to Anzac Cove next month, she will be following in the footsteps of her father.

Smugshot: Photos of the week gallery

A road trip through Europe stuff nation

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Longest road coming soon?

NEW ROUTE BEING CONSIDERED: A superhighway between the UK and the US would be "very ambitious and expensive".

Plans for ambitious 20,000-kilometre superhighway linking the UK and America are reportedly being considered by Russia.

Germanwings pilot reassures fliers

Budget airline pilot goes out of his way to promise passengers they'll make it home safely.

Runway funds take off

Can you trust your pilot?

travel troubles

Air Canada runway accident

An Air Canada Airbus A320 has been damaged landing at Halifax airport.

A plane has made an "abrupt" landing and left the runway at the Halifax airport in bad weather.

JetBlue sued over midair meltdown

Pilot sues his airline saying it should have stopped him from having onboard breakdown.

Buyer beware when booking online

Fog disrupts Auckland flights

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The last frantic days of summer

MURDERER'S BAY: Abel Tasman lost four crew here but it was re-named after gold was discovered.

It was the last of the golden weather, and it was Golden Bay.

Eat, drink, ride, admire

Taking a ride on the Great Taste Trail, a scenic 175km loop around the top of the South Island.

To the skies: Heli Glenorchy owner Nick Nicholson with his new helicopter on the lower Humboldt Mountains.

Choppers, zipline tap into Glenorchy

Start-up businesses are tapping into untouched ventures in Glenorchy, boosting the town's tourism.

pacific islands

A beer for the tropics

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Matutu Brewery Kiva Pale Ale label - from matutubeer.com. Illustration for travel story on the brewery. March 2015.

A visits to a Rarotongan microbrewery that's taking on the big boys.

10 things to do in the Cook Islands

While the Cooks Islands are known for their weather, their culture and natural gems shine even on a rainy day.

Private island pleasures: Castaway Island in Fiji.

Turning hell into heaven

Fiji's Castaway Island should have been my idea of hell.

australia

Can $30m buy hotel perfection?

GAME CHANGER: The Langham hotel in Sydney.

After a breathtaking $30 million makeover, the 98-room Langham Sydney is a game changer in its market.

Digging for dinosaurs

Ever wanted to unearth your own dinosaur? They are ready, packaged and waiting for you in Australia.

The pool is surrounded by lush greenery and loungers in which to relax.

Gaia Retreat and Spa review, Byron Bay

Arriving at Olivia Newton John's legendary well retreat in Byron Bay feels more like arriving at a luxurious retreat in Asia.

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Is quiet travel the best travel?

GET AWAY: Let someone else take Manhattan; the quiet traveller will find more rewarding experiences in the dunes of the Xiangshawan Desert, also called Sounding Sand Desert, Mongolia.

OPINION: The finest travel experiences are those that allow you to fully engage by savouring the silence.

Saunas, sausages and seats

Three writers reveal the strange experiences that preoccupy them while they're travelling.

Balinese Hindu dancers take a rest after a ritual before Nyepi day in Jakarta March 20, 2015. Nyepi is a day of silence for self-reflection to celebrate the Balinese Hindu new year, where people may not use lights, light fires, work, travel nor enjoy entertainment. During Nyepi, the airport in Bali is also closed. Only Pecalang, traditional security officials, are allowed to patrol the streets to ensure prohibitions are followed. REUTERS/Beawiharta

Top travel photos of the week gallery

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

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Don't turn a trip here down

SPECTACULAR: The Western terrace ruins of Mount Nemrut.

This treasured Turkish spot makes flying across the world for a wedding worth the effort and expense.

Longest road coming soon?

Plans for ambitious 20,000-kilometre superhighway linking the UK and America are reportedly being considered by Russia.

Keukenhof: Tour the tulips

The 'tide of a century' gallery

uk and ireland

Dive into 'virtual Barrier Reef' video

ALL AT SEA: Secret Cities of the Sea will be at London's Natural History Museum from March 27 to September 13 2015.

Visitors to London's History Museum can now take a "virtual dive" into the colourful world of coral reefs.

Skeleton horse erected in London

London's Trafalgar Square, full of tourists, pigeons and military monuments, has a new occupant.

'England's most boring city'

How this small town became part of world history

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Grand Canyon: A mind-blowing view video

A Papillon Helicopters tour party during a visit to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

They say everything is bigger in America, but this is ridiculous.

An unconventional president

The photographs on the wall of this little presidential hideaway are gloriously unstatesmanlike.

Confessions of hotel front desk clerks

Manatees: Look but don't touch

canada & alaska

Living on the edge

FEELING BRAVE: Edgewalk Toronto is a test for those with a fear of heights.

I know that, in theory, it is perfectly safe to do Edgewalk Toronto.

Try Niagara without the Viagra

Niagara-on-the-Lake offers a welcome contrast to the glitz surrounding the famous falls, just down the road.

A bacon lover's paradise

How Niagara Falls freezes gallery

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The smells and spirit of Bali

Monkey business: Macaques in the Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest are generally happy to ignore visitors, provided you don’t make the mistake of arriving with bananas.

Taking a tour of Bali with a local driver gives a new appreciation of the resort island.

Learn to dance the Bollywood way

Hip sway...pelvic thrust...shoulder dip...finger wag. A trip to India wouldn't be complete without learning to dance Bollywood-style.

The holy grail: A Bengal tiger.

Watching tigers in the jungle

I've just encountered the most terrifying creature in the Indian forest. It rears before me, ready to attack,.

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Two Queens to dock in Auckland

ROYAL CRUISE: The Queen Mary 2 cruise ship dwarfs other boats as it enters Auckland Harbour where it will join its sister ship the Queen Victoria.

Two Queens are together in Auckland Harbour for the first time since the 1940s.

Following historic footprints

Cruise ships make it easier than ever to get to Antarctica, but the wilderness remains as awe-inspiring as ever.

Auckland: Slow boat to slumber

Unexpected cruise ships welcomed

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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

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JetBlue sued over midair meltdown

Pilot sues his airline saying it should have stopped him from having onboard breakdown.

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