Wild times in the lap of luxury

Wake up to see the elephants at Khwai River Lodge.

5:00 AM  Khwai River Lodge blends seamlessly with the wild Botswana terrain.

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.

5:00 AM  Amid the death destruction in Gaza, there's still a desire to experience everyday pleasures.

Classic tramp a pure delight

Walking around Blue Gem Lake - one of the purest in the world.

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

Marooned in Madagascar

Lemurs are feed by a caretaker at Antananarivo's Tsimbazaza Zoo Madagascar.

The Lemurs' Park is rated a top attractions, but you wouldn't know it from the number of visitors.

'Like TripAdvisor for festivals'

Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio walks through the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival with friends, in Indio, California

Whether it's music performances or a foodie meet-up, there's always a fest on somewhere in then world.

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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

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'Like TripAdvisor for festivals'

Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio walks through the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival with friends, in Indio, California

Whether it's music performances or a foodie meet-up, there's always a fest on somewhere in then world.

The perfect job for women

The ability to multi-task is no disadvantage for those contemplating a career in the air.

International festival returns to Queenstown

5 things to do on Stewart Island

travel troubles

Tourist attacks rare but damaging

New Zealand has an enviable reputation as a tourist destination, and for - mostly - good reasons.

"New Zealand has a reputation as a safe place for tourists. This type of offending erodes that reputation."

Airlines warn of airport delays

Travellers departing Australia are being told to arrive at airports early to avoid delays caused by strike action.

Baggage hitch for Jetstar passengers video

Drone in close call with planes

nz

Where the kiwis outnumber the Kiwis

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

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

High country retreat

Superb skiing, followed by a reviving stay in an alpine retreat, is on offer not far from Christchurch.

Walking around Blue Gem Lake - one of the purest in the world.

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.

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.

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Wild times in the lap of luxury

Wake up to see the elephants at Khwai River Lodge.

5:00 AM  Khwai River Lodge blends seamlessly with the wild Botswana terrain.

High country retreat

Superb skiing, followed by a reviving stay in an alpine retreat, is on offer not far from Christchurch.

The island of Lokrum in Croatia serves as the real life backdrop for King’s Landings.

Stay in a GoT-inspired home gallery

GoT has finished for the year but there's more than one way to experience Westeros.

south america

Cast adrift in the Andes

An Andean girl walks in front of her home, a straw hut, on one of the Uros island on Lake Titicaca.

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

A different kind of wine tour

If you think wine tours are all about getting drunk, Argentina may not be the place for you.

The world's scariest hotel room? gallery

Simple life meets stunning luxury

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.

5:00 AM  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

Hitchhiking robot vandalised

hitchBOT sits on the shoulder of Highway 102 at the beginning of its its 6000 kilometer cross country journey outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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

Expat Tales: Embracing the melting pot

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

A US city cooler than NY

Outside the box in the Big Apple

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

Magic Indonesian moments

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

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

The country that's a little bit weird

Ben Groundwater gets to grips with a little-known country poised for big things.

Walter and Jesse? Is that you?

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.

cruising

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.

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.

Top tips for cruise first-timers

Treasures of the River Seine

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

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Baggage hitch for Jetstar passengers

A faulty baggage loader prevents two Jetstar planes unloading all cargo.

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