Frequent flyer scores upgrades

EMIRATES' BIGGEST FAN: Andy McGinlay enjoys first class.

11 min ago  It's never easy to get an airline upgrade, but for one Scottish teacher his ticket to luxury flying is a small tattoo.

Auckland's best-kept secret

Grahams Beach  juts out into the harbour so may not be as sheltered as the bays – but the view is lovely.

11:19 AM  For beach-lovers, this spot is just over an hour from downtown Auckland and not many know it exists.

How to score a cheap flight

There are hundreds of these deals going on, yet scant resources available to pursue but a handful.

It's a never-ending quest for every traveller - scoring cheap flights. But it's easier said than done.

Best national celebrations gallery

Everyone knows what happens on US Independence Day: flags are flown, meat is barbecued, allegiance is sworn, beers are drunk, picnics are had, and then aliens attack and Will Smith saves the day.

National celebrations around the world are an excuse take the day off work. Here's some of the best.

The world's safest city revealed

SAFE CITY: Tokyo's ranking in The Economist's 2015 Safe Cities Index by proves megacities can provide security.

The world’s most populated city is also the safest according to study.

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Hijabs and hospitality stuff nation gallery

UGC - 14. A street vendor, Shiraz

Iran is a destination with more to offer than you might think - you just have to ask, writes Mike O'Connor.

Your funniest signs from around the world stuff nation gallery

We showed you 18 of the world's funniest signs. You saw us and raised us with examples of your own.

The curse of the flower poo

How to travel, even if you haven't saved

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Frequent flyer scores $26,000 in upgrades

EMIRATES' BIGGEST FAN: Andy McGinlay enjoys first class.

10 min ago  It's never easy to get an airline upgrade, but for one Scottish teacher his ticket to luxury flying is a small tattoo.

How to score a cheap flight

It's a never-ending quest for every traveller - scoring cheap flights. But it's easier said than done.

The world's safest city revealed

Air NZ in hot water over pricing

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More cancelled ferry sailings

FERRY WOES: The 'jinxed' Cook Strait ferry Aratere.

Cook Strait ferry Aratere will miss another return sailing between Wellington and Picton today.

Travel chaos continues

Chaos remains for travellers across North America, where thousands of flights were cancelled.

NZ passports targeted

Plane passengers stuck in blizzard

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Auckland's best-kept secret

Grahams Beach  juts out into the harbour so may not be as sheltered as the bays – but the view is lovely.

11:19 AM  For beach-lovers, the Awhitu Peninsula has the best of both worlds and is just over an hour from downtown Auckland.

The American who is the future of NZ tourism

From Washington DC to Wanaka, travel blogger Liz Carlson is promoting New Zealand to her thousands of followers.

Blue Baths

Ancient history, new beginnings gallery

Rotorua is steeped in rich and intriguing history, so what’s old and interesting, and new and exciting in this tourist town?

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20 reasons to visit Hamilton Island

SNORKELLING AGINCOURT REEF: 'She's behind me, isn't she?'.

There is something on this island to indulge all of your senses.

Sydney at full throttle

An action-packed trip across the Tasman can leave you with adrenaline overload and tastebuds on fire.

Soaking in the sunset at the top of the waterfall at Gunlom Gunlom, Kakadu National Park.

Where feet are better than wheels

It might sound daunting, but Kakadu is the best place for learning to stand - and walk - on your own two feet.

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Auckland's best-kept secret

Grahams Beach  juts out into the harbour so may not be as sheltered as the bays – but the view is lovely.

11:19 AM  For beach-lovers, the Awhitu Peninsula has the best of both worlds and is just over an hour from downtown Auckland.

The brilliance of Brighton

It's easy to see why this cheeky British seaside resort lures thousands of visitors every year.

Everyone knows what happens on US Independence Day: flags are flown, meat is barbecued, allegiance is sworn, beers are drunk, picnics are had, and then aliens attack and Will Smith saves the day.

World’s best national celebrations gallery

National celebrations around the world are an excuse take the day off work. Here's some of the best.

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The sweet smell of Grasse

Green Grasse: The hilltop town is only 30 minutes from Cannes.

This fragrant pocket on the Côte d'Azur is only a short sniff from Nice and Cannes, writes Keith Austin.

The brilliance of Brighton

It's easy to see why this cheeky British seaside resort lures thousands of visitors every year.

Tourist numbers drop in Paris

Bungy jumping, sans rope, in Spain

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Death came in a bundle of cloth

BATTLING THE PLAGUE: The boundary stone where all food and supplies to Eyam were left.

A tailor who ordered a bale of cloth unwittingly triggered a chain of events that led to 260 villagers dying.

Legacy of the silent warriors

Spies and computers - what could there be to dislike at Bletchley Park?

What's at the other Abbey Road?

Travel guide to the RWC 2015

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100 years protecting nature

Rocky Mountains National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park is celebrating record numbers of visitors as it marks its 100th anniversary.

Could you escape from this room?

You're trapped in a basement, frantically searching for clues to root out a spy defector and time is running out...

World's first Virgin hotel opens

Headed for Orlando? Here's what's new gallery

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5 free things to do in Vancouver

VANCOUVER GEM: A visitor to Stanley Park rides his bike along with his dog.

Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world's most livable cities and many of its most beautiful attractions are free.

Natural beauty to spare

In Alberta's high country the Rockies march shoulder to shoulder flanking the road, peaks bristling, glaciers sparkling.

Escaping winter in Quebec

The best fast food

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A modern translation of Israel

ROOFTOPS OF THE OLD CITY: Almost all the literature indicates that the Nazareth of biblical times was a hamlet; now it’s a sprawling, commercial city of some 60,000.

Who lives where, and why, and at what social, economic, religious or cultural cost?

The perfect arty escape from Tokyo

The stunning Hakone Open Air Museum is as far from stuffy as you can get and adds another dimension to a weekend spa escape from Tokyo.

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The new hooters in Tokyo gallery

In Tokyo, you can also spend an hour at a cafe holding a great horned owl.

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What it's like living on a cruise

The Crystal Serenity cruise ship at sea.

For $216,000 a year, 86-year-old widow Lee Wachtstetter gets to see the world while living in the lap of luxury.

Luxury at sea in a $6000-a-night suite video

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has unveiled plans for what it is calling the "most luxurious ship ever built."

Tours only part of cruise experience

Crashing a wedding in Cambodia gallery

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China's icy festival

Harbin

China's spectacular ice festival has kicked off in style.

Jumbo jet's spectacular journey gallery

An unforgettable flight to the world's only ice continent makes for a perfect start to another New Year.

Cold at the top

First day of summer?

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Woman freaks out over ferry delay

A woman's ridiculous temper tantrum about missing a ferry was captured on video for the world to see.

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