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More families stay at holiday parks

Top 10 holiday park

More families are choosing holiday parks for a cheaper break this year.

Is a Middle-earth museum on the cards?

We already have Hobbiton but Ian McKellen doesn't think it should end there.

A Kiwi Christmas draws the Aussies video

Go wild in Dunedin

australia

The Gold Coast's classiest hotels gallery

QT: The QT's relentlessly perky and design-heavy take on the traditional Surfers Paradise tower resort is a high energy blizzard of colour in a sea of fun-free safe blandness. A tongue-in-cheek vintage seaside theme pervades the whole property, whether it's the wholesomely retro bikini babes on the lift mirrors, jumpsuit receptionist uniforms or garish mesh bags with thongs inside on the bathroom hooks. Anyone who doesn't love the cockatoo-shaped bedside lamps has a heart of stone, while the Stingray bar has become one of the hottest cocktail spots in town. Doubles cost from $219.

It might be known for excess and skyscrapers, but the Gold Coast can do classy, too.

Get your motor running

By the second descent I couldn't wait and gunned it, and now there was no stopping me.

SNOW COVERED: On top of Mount Wellington

Cold at the top

It may be summer but it's snowing on Mount Wellington when a group of cyclists begin their hair-raising descent.

pacific islands

Getting kava'd in Vanuatu

POTENT BREW: Drinking kava used to be reserved for special ceremonies, but things are changing in Vanuatu.

Going to a kava bar in Vanuatu is like going to a corner pub after a hard day's work.

One bloke's balancing act in paradise

This retreat begins and ends in the warm, clear waters of Rarotonga's Muri Lagoon.

Full of heavenly adventures gallery

In Fiji, everyone's family gallery

uk and ireland

Cereal Killer Cafe opens gallery

Cereal Killer

These brothers hope they have ticked the right boxes and got the right flavours, as London's first cereal cafe opens

A gourmet haven

The historic town of Hastings has reinvented itself as a gourmet haven.

Britain plans Stonehenge tunnel

Paying homage to Sherlock gallery video

europe

5 free things to do in Barcelona

COLOURFUL: You have to pay to visit Gaudi's old house, but you can see some of his work for free at Parc Guell.

Barcelona is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. Like anywhere, it can be pricey, but these five tourism gems are all free.

Iceland: Cold by day, colder by night

The middle of Reykjavik isn't just where the action is, it's where the action distracts you from the fact your hands and face are raw and chapped.

In a land of fire and ice

The road less travelled

hawaii

The big paddle

THE BIG PADDLE: Guides with Kayak Kauai drag a boat ashore in a surf landing at Polihale Beach State Park, at the end of the day-long paddle of the Na Pali coast.

This is the "Everest of sea kayaking," but the day's peak experience will have nothing to do with a high mountain.

Smile, you're in ukulele country

Nothing sets the humiliation bar higher than learning how to play the ukulele.

Guardians of Lanai

First came a fin

usa

Magical mystery on the Sea of Cortez gallery

Magical mystery on the Sea of Cortez

Some say it's the rugged Sierra de la Giganta mountains that make the magic, rising behind the resort to leave guests gasping for adjectives.

US eyes Cuba tourism

Beautiful beaches, lively casinos and late-night dancing once made Cuba the perfect getaway for Americans.

A stay at Robert De Niro's place

A walk on Mexico's wild side

canada & alaska

Natural beauty to spare

PERFECT POWDER: Lake Louise Ski Resort, Banff National Park.

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

Escaping winter in Quebec

If sleeping on a bed of ice seems peculiar, what about frolicking in snow wearing little more than a swimsuit?

The best fast food

Just glide on by in Canada

south america

Christmas in Colombia? Si, si! gallery

Christmas decorations light up the Medellin river

Medellin was once a city wracked by drug violence. Now it's a Crimbo wonderland.

Culinary delights of Lima

"It's been really easy to eat well here," Anna Kenneke says as her husband scoops up some shredded guinea pig meat on toast.

Finding peace in Patagonia

A voyage back in time

asia

Vietnam open $900m terminal gallery

Workers leave the new terminal two wing at Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi December 20, 2014.

Vietnam has opened a $900 million airport terminal that will nearly double the capital's flight capacity.

Paradise as usual in Phuket

Tourists shunned Thailand for a year after the 2004 tsunami, but that didn't stop them returning in droves.

World's most seductive island

Add Shanghai to your to-do list video

africa

The end of lion hunting gallery

'Maasai Olympics'

The Maasai community are trading lions for medals in an attempt to end an enduring tradition.

Now is the time for a safari

While the confused and the scaredy-cats wimp out, now's the best time to book a safari.

An exotic, adults-only escape

Look an elephant in the eye

middle east

Settlement squeeze

Israel's national flag flutters in the settlement of Ramat Shlomo.

"In history, Bethlehem and Jerusalem were always twin cities. Now, Bethlehem is being isolated."

Visit Dubai, from the comfort of home

Armchair travellers can visit the world's tallest skyscraper and inspect one of the largest shopping malls.

A city of goats and ghosts

Sphinx area open to tourists