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Readers' travel pics of the week gallery

My wife, Marie, taken at Bow Lake, Canada. We went to Canada to see the Rockies. This photo is of my wife, Marie, taken at Bow Lake halfway between Banff and Jasper. During our stay in Canada this weather was fairly standard, clear crisp days, no cloud and no wind. The Rockies themselves just go on and on. Turn another corner, another snow-capped mountain range. Amazing

This week's travel photo entries take us from the Canadian Rockies to a sunset in Spain.

Global gap year fun

While her friends are at university, Kate Pinn is volunteering at a school for deaf children in Malawi.

No fancy camera? No problem

Readers' travel pics of the week gallery

news

White House lifts photo ban

Michelle Obama

Selfies are now allowed at the White House after it ditched a 40-year ban on photos during tours.

JetBlue ends free checked bags

Southwest Airlines is now the only major US carrier not charging for checked luggage.

Indonesia calls off search for victims gallery video

Japan's stationmaster cat mourned

travel troubles

Volcanic ash grounds Bali flights

So far, nine Jetstar flights have been cancelled.

Jetstar has cancelled flights in and out of Bali after a volcanic eruption.

Naked Bus passengers left in cold

Naked Bus company passengers were beset by delays after a vehicle broke down at Waitomo.

Dried frogs and tiger tooth

A new low for airport food?

nz

Three reasons to visit Cromwell

The postcard perfect Cromwell Heritage Precinct.

There is a side effect to visiting Cromwell – a wild desire to throw in city life and be reinvented as a Central Otago-ite

Born to be wild

Brando Yelavich was headed nowhere fast, until he walked NZ's coast to learn about survival, humanity and the universe.

Blanket Bay at dusk.

Tuck me in to Blanket Bay

A visit to NZ's South Island doesn't have to be an adrenaline-fuelled escape.

pacific islands

Sand and surf perfection at Sumba

Legendary waves and white sandy beaches - that's  Nihiwatu.

When you finally arrive at Nihiwatu, you'll understand what all the fuss is about.

Ooh la la, Tahiti!

Tahiti has beautiful beaches, a great climate, fabulous food and the locals speak French. What are you waiting for?

There are many walking adventures through the rainforests.

10 adventures in Moorea

The heart-shaped sister island of Tahiti has many offerings to be explored.

themes

The world's scariest hotel room? gallery

Get a view to thrill from one of the three transparent pods hanging off a cliff face.

A transparent room on the side of a cliff is the ultimate stay for thrill-seekers.

Take your time, travellers

Still trying to cram in as many sights as possible? Maybe it's time to slow down.

An epic summer adventure: The slide sends riders flying into the air.

Take a ride on The Royal Flush

This giant Texan waterslide is clearly not for the faint of heart.

south america

The world's scariest hotel room? gallery

Get a view to thrill from one of the three transparent pods hanging off a cliff face.

A transparent room on the side of a cliff is the ultimate stay for thrill-seekers.

Simple life meets stunning luxury

Get away from it all at a striking hotel in Chile where life moves at a slower pace.

The many faces of Buenos Aires

Turtle power in Colombia

middle east

Abu Dhabi stopover holiday

Sheikh Zayed mosque is the largest in the United Arab Emirates.

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

With Islamic State fighters in control of the Syrian desert town of Palmyra, the fate of this World Heritage-listed site is uncertain.

Don't dilly-dally in Dubai video

World's largest hotel to open

australia

Going for glory in the Outback

Bronco, rider and dust all fly at the Dajarra Rodeo in Outback Australia.

Dirt, dust, bulls and broncos - welcome to rodeo season in remote Australia.

Rooftop glamping in Melbourne

A new hotel takes luxury camping to a whole new level in Melbourne's CBD.

There is plenty of raw beauty to be discovered around the town of 1770.

Queensland's best-kept beach secret

With its gentle waves and stunning sunsets, Agnes Water likely won't stay a secret for long.

europe

Away with the fairies

Age-old rituals are strictly adhered to in the absinthe pouring process.

A visit to the birthplace of absinthe wouldn't be complete without a taste of the scandalous spirit.

A new spectacular view every day

Hit the high seas and see some of Greece and Turkey's hidden treasures on a yachting adventure.

Gears and beers in Bavaria

Escape the crowds in Florence

uk and ireland

Play it safe in the Poison Garden

Daffodils and hemlock envelop a wooden 'skeleton' at the Poison Garden.

The rules at Alnwick Castle's garden are simple: no touching and no sniffing.

England's new foodie mecca

Cartmel may be just a small Cumbrian village, but it's also home to Britain's best restaurant.

20 surprising things about the UK

Beers and beds in London

usa

White House lifts photo ban

Michelle Obama

Selfies are now allowed at the White House after it ditched a 40-year ban on photos during tours.

The best country for modern culture

Forget churches and galleries - for living, breathing culture, this country is where it's at.

Take a ride on The Royal Flush

Exploring Omaha's world-class zoo

canada & alaska

Cruising Alaska's Tlingit country

Grab your binoculars and your camera for the Glacier Bay leg of the cruise.

Get to know the real Alaska through the stories and legends of its original settlers.

Ice climbing the Canadian Rockies

Climbing a frozen waterfall in Canada is as just as epic as it sounds.

Sailing in Alaska

The best place to watch grizzly bears

asia

Check out Thailand's biggest hotel pool

The Hotel Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra's pool is the largest hotel pool in Thailand.

Who needs beaches when you can stay at the Hotel Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra?

First-class luxury at The Pier

Cathay Pacific's new airport lounge in Hong Kong features massages, daybed suites and a new signature scent.

Wakayama Castle brought in the ninja group in 2011 as part of its hospitality services.

Castle offers 'ninja hospitality'

Need help climbing the steep slope at Wakayama Castle? Just call a ninja.

cruising

Cruising 101

There are many cruises to choose from, it's just a matter of finding the one that's perfect for your needs.

Everything you needed to know about cruising (but were too afraid to ask).

Cruising Alaska's Tlingit country

Get to know the real Alaska through the stories and legends of its original settlers.

Standing Ovation for Wellington

Arts Centre will draw cruise ship tourists

snow

What to wear on the slopes

Looking the part is half the battle on the slopes.

Just say no to jeans and make sure to avoid the gaper gap.

'Significant' snow predicted

Canterbury motorists and farmers could be "significantly" affected by snow next week, a weather service reports. 

Snow bunnies rejoice

Warmer winds on the way

Video

Indonesia calls off search for victims

Indonesian authorities will call off a two-day search for victims after a military transport plane crashed in Sumatra.

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