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Galapagos Islands: The captain can croon

The singing captain on MV Santa Cruz proved to be a highlight of a Galapagos Islands trip.

Indulge in French luxury in the Pacific

Despite being one of our closest neighbours, New Caledonia is relatively off our radar.

Write a song for an airline, get paid!


Russia's state-run airline Aeroflot is offering big bucks for a new English-language jingle.

Porters to get its first chair lift

Porters is on its way to becoming a ''major'' destination thanks to a four-seater chairlift.

Don't become Youtube's next star

A Czech hotel owner has taken an ingenious step to deterring tourists who relieve themselves in public.

Flight diverted due to outburst over reclined seat

Another outburst over a reclined seat has led an American Airlines flight to divert to Boston.

Wheelchair-using granny left at airport for 11 hours

A family is fuming after a "processing error" left an elderly woman alone for 11 hours.

Gun tourism is shooting up in popularity

Indoor shooting ranges with high-powered weapons are increasingly becoming a popular attraction.

Drunk passengers force flight to turn around

Plane gets military escort after passengers "smoked, fought and threatened the aircraft".

A Martinborough winter escape

Sometimes winter's depths feel like an eternity away from the heady joys of summer.

Can a hostel ruin your travel experience?

Hostels: they're either the best thing in the world, or the worst.

When is it OK to recline your seat?

This is the one route on which it's plane rude to recline your seat.

Top 5 things to do in Mexico

Jungles, deserts; teeming cities, one-street pueblos; fiesta fireworks, Frida's angst.

Winter warmer: Escape to Coromandel

Exchanging the hard, grey angles of Auckland for the soft green of Coromandel can be cruise-y.

Do travel boycotts really work?

Travel boycotts may make tourists feel better, but do they really work, asks Lance Richardson.

Brisbane airport evacuated after small fire

Part of Brisbane's domestic airport was evacuated due to a small fire on Wednesday afternoon.

Low budget Ryanair launches business class

Ryanair is offering business-class tickets in an attempt to woo travellers during penny-pinching times.

The gadget that sparked a midair fight

The Knee Defender has got a global boost after it caused a midair scuffle.

How to get a handle on your vacation pics

When was the last time you sorted through your holiday pics?

Tourists ride 'Korean medical wave'


K-Pop fans are heading to South Korea for shopping, sightseeing and some nips and tucks.

Solo traveller seeking company? Here's the answer

A couple smooch on the balcony. Actually, scratch that - there are about 20 couples smooching on the balcony.

The sexiest way to travel to the slopes

Helicopters, perfect powder and luxury yachts await.

Raising a stink when shoes come off

What do you do when you're stuck on a long-haul flight next to someone with smelly feet?

Full-body scanners for jetliners?

Someday, security screening may not end when you board your plane.

Bledisloe Cup fans face rising hotel costs

All Blacks and Wallabies fans cramming into hotels have caused price hikes on both sides of the ditch.

Mimicking the airlines, hotels get fee-happy

A new annoyance for travellers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use.

Postcard from Rajasthan: The upper hand

It's a tradition for guests to drink opium from the host's hand, or so our guide tells us.

Advice: 4 countries in 3 months

Peru canyon

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Teens take world's scariest selfie

Three students have gone to sickening lengths to take the world's scariest selfie in Hong Kong.

Asia's most overlooked paradise

It's not Bali, Phuket or Penang - but here's why you should visit.

Malaysia Airlines flights running empty

Malaysia Airlines is facing dire economic straits with some flights operating nearly empty.

Cook Strait ferry Kaitaki fails to sail

Cook Strait ferry Kaitaki has missed a sailing after being hit by mechanical problems.

Man 'punched sleeping passenger'

He was trying to sleep on an international flight into Sydney when man attacked him, police say.

Cirque du Soleil surprises passengers

Visitors flying into Las Vegas got more than just their luggage when they stopped by baggage claim.

Cops called after fliers fight over seat recline

It was only a matter of time before the 'Knee Defender' caused an in-flight fight.

Mid-air 'brawl' forces pilot to land

An 82-year-old passenger tried to wrest control of a light plane, forcing an Australian pilot to take evasive action.

Couple wins millions from fabled Vegas slot machine

A pair of grandparents from New Hampshire have won millions at a notoriously stubborn slot machine.

Sony network hacked, exec's flight diverted

Hackers have disrupted the travel of a Sony's president by suggesting that there was a bomb on his flight.

Aussie airlines allow in-flight gadget use

Travellers on Qantas and Virgin will be able to keep their electronic devices on.

Kiwi space tourists in training

Nine Kiwi space tourists are embarking on rigorous astronaut training to prepare for their trip.

Machu Picchu: Top of the world

On first sight, Machu Picchu is even more striking than its reputation suggests.

Loyalty programmes: Sign up and start earning

John Anthony was sceptical about airline loyalty programmes - until he signed up for one.

Trunk call of triumph

Thailand's elephants have suffered decades of mistreatment, often in the name of tourism.

Good things in small packages

In pint-sized Slovenia, Liz Light discovers the best of Europe and a touch of home.

Flight Test: Air New Zealand business premier

But to be frank the service was below my expectations - especially considering the fare.

A walk on the wild side in Zimbabwe

There are a few things they tell you when you’re about to walk with lions.

Magic in the mountains

An action-packed getaway to Ruapehu district doesn't depend on snow - but it does help.

Fear of flying haunts air travellers after MH17 crash

Horrified, Eliza Strauss thought she could see a fiery missile speeding towards her plane.

How I became the 'creepy old man' on a bus tour

I'm the tour's token creepy old man. Every tour has one, just the way every hostel dorm has one.

Overnight squalls delay ferries

Swells up to eight metres, and 50-knot winds in Cook Strait overnight delay four ferries.
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