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Escape to the mountain

PERFECT POWDER: Top of the High Noon Express.

Spring is here and Mt Ruapehu continues to receive snowfall, perfect for those looking for an escape to the mountain.

The keg is tapped

About a million people head to Oktoberfest, the world's largest festival, for its first weekend in Munich.

Germany's world-famous Oktoberfest kicked off Saturday with the traditional tapping of the first barrel of beer.

Sydney's best Asian street food

Mhu bing at Chat Thai.

"Try the crab," suggests David Thompson, with the tone of senior student offering year-seven kid a cigarette drag.

Guardians of Lanai

BLUE HORIZON: A view of Lanai, rising from the deep blue waters of Hawaii.

There's place where the paths of two men intersect, where, in different centuries, both had a vision.

Plane aborts landing video

A flight into Wellington aborts its landing due to high winds.

A twin engine jet had to abort its landing as it approached the Wellington airport.

Unfriendly skies

ANONYMITY BRINGS THE WORST: Maybe flight attendants get harassed because we come into brief contact with so many people. They come, they go, we never see them again.

Maybe it's because we come into brief contact with so many people. They come, they go. Anonymity brings out the worst in people.

What it feels like to have a private plane

THIS IS THE LIFE: Flying in a luxury private jets brings a new perspective on global travel.

I once said I'd prefer to own a helicopter over a private jet. I take it back.

Drunken antics divert flight

A Qantas flight was diverted.

A Scotch-stealing, drunk passenger broke through four sets of plastic handcuffs on a Qantas flight.

Paris tries to stop 'love locks'

Thousand of padlocks clipped by lovers are seen on the fence of the Pont des Arts bridge earlier this year.

Officials are trying to save a bridge from lovers who have been attaching padlocks to it.

Passenger ejected over doodles

Oliver Buckworth's doodle.

A Melbourne man was hauled off a domestic flight after doodling satirically about the current terrorism threat.

A necessary retreat

RETREAT YOURSELF: The inside of Te Nikau Forest Retreat is open plan and relaxed.

I have always loved the bush that clads the hills above the Kapiti coastline.

NZ best for solo travellers

CATHEDRAL COVE: One of our beautiful beaches, surely just as lovely for solo tourists as groups.

Editors at Travel + Leisure magazine have given New Zealand the title of best country for solo, independent travelers.

Treated like royalty

ADRIATIC IDYLL: Sveti Stefan dates from about 1440.

Leisa Tyler visits a 15th-century Montenegrin village that has been transformed into a resort.

Plane fills with smoke

The cabin of a JetBlue plane filled with smoke after and engine fire.

Passengers of a flight that made an emergency landing describe how smoke and fumes from an engine fire filled the cabin.

Eight magnificent rivers

PEACE: Uniworld river cruise ship on the Douro River in Portugal.

Here are eight magnificent cruises that demonstrate the variety and adventure of river cruising's brave new world.

Ten things dads want

DADS: They're just like 12 year old boys, really.

When planning a family holiday, don't forget about dad. Here are 10 things he'll love to do on your break.

Dirndls for Oktoberfest

COSTUME CHANGE: Lufthansa flight attendants will wear dirndls for Oktoberfest.

Lufthansa flight attendants put on traditional costumes to mark Oktoberfest.

Fans mob Friends cafe

NOSTALGIA VALUE: The coffee at Central Perk isn't great, but fans aren't concerned.

Fans are flocking to Central Perk pop-up coffeehouse, but not for the coffee, which is "pretty terrible".

Our number one road

POWERFUL MEMORIES: A historic site at Rangiriri commemorates the invasion of Waikato by British troops in 1863.

State Highway 1 is New Zealand's main artery, and a rich source of the country's stories.

Time travel on Pullman Rails

Pullman Rail Journeys revives the iconic spirit of American rail travel with its carefully restored rail cars.

Your berth has been turned down, your shoes shined, your nightcap delivered by the porter. Now drift to sleep to the rocking of the train.

Serenity and the city

JAPANESE HIDEOUT: The Takenoma (bamboo) room.

It's hard to leave this lush Japanese hideout, but it's left us feeling relaxed and invigorated.

The world's tiniest countries

The Maldives is a haven for honeymooners who flock to the isles for privacy.

They may be small, but here's why you should visit the smallest countries in the world.

Passengers force politicians out of plane video

Rehman Malik

Angry passengers have forced two prominent Pakistani politicians off a plane accusing them of causing a two-hour delay.

Keep a lid on mobile costs overseas

mobile phone

If you are roaming the world, it pays to keep your phone on a short leash.

Riverside makeover

Brisbane's Riverside Hotel

An unbeatable riverside setting is just one of the attractions of a smartly revitalised Brisbane hotel.

Wellington 'the coolest'

SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Vogue says Wellington Harbour is an essential part of a visit to the capital.

It's official: Wellington is the coolest little city in the world.

Biker on ride of his life

EPIC JOURNEY: Rhys Lawrey is currently undertaking a Round the World Trip on his Triumph, to raise funds to support The Prince's Trust.

The odometer ticked over 22,436 miles on Rhys Lawrey's Triumph Tiger 800XC motorbike as he rode into Nelson.

Unborn baby's bucket list

"We wanted to make the most of the time that we had with him" ... Jenna and Dan Haley.

"Most families wait until their baby is born to start making memories". The Haleys didn't have that luxury.

Laments and long lines

ON STRIKE: An Air France Airbus A380 aircraft takes off at Charles-de-Gaulle airport, near Paris.

Thousands of passengers have faced long lines, slept overnight on couches, and hawked over e-mail for flight updates.

Airbus' quirky patent

SENSORIAL ISOLATION: An ilustration from the patent filing.

After filing a patent for the bicycle-like seat, Airbus has made another quirky patent filing.