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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.

Crackdown on campers

EYES ON CAMPERS:  Marine Pde, New Brighton, is popular among freedom campers. Alex Doroschenko, a German tourist, camped near Thompson Park this week as part of a freedom camping trip around New Zealand.

Councils take Big Brother approach to freedom campers with officers monitoring hot spots.

Trip opens up mind, career path

OPENING HIS MIND: Originally from Timaru, Sam Brosnahan is studying in Shanghai, on a Prime Minister’s scholarship.

China is far more relevant to NZ than he imagined, Sam Brosnahan is learning.

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.

Jet loses wingtip in airport brush up

NO INJURIES: An American Airlines plane was on its way to its gate when the incident happened.

Two jets at New York's LaGuardia Airport got a little too close for comfort, with one ripping the wingtip off the other.

Iceland: Cold by day, colder by night

STAY CENTRAL: Central Reykjavik is where all the action is.

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.

Car rental adds scooter hire

FOR RENT: Thrifty Car Marlborough operations manager Janette Burrows and Thrifty rentals "nifty thrifty" project manager Levi Macpherson show off the scooters now available for rent.

Visitors to Marlborough can take a spin on a scooter this summer.

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?

THE WIZARD: Ian McKellen as Gandalf in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"

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

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.

Lost luggage returned, after 20 years

LOST AND FOUND: Around 21.8 million bags are mishandled by airlines per year.

It's an early Christmas present. Or a very late one, depending on your perspective.

Weirdest items seized at airports

anything to declare?

From scorpions to massive melons, travellers seem to be a little confused with what they're allowed to carry in their hand luggage.

Cold at the top

SNOW COVERED: On top of Mount Wellington

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

Top travel photos of the week

A camel yawns as a tourist checks images on her camera following a ride on a camel safari alongside the Pacific Ocean on Lighthouse Beach, north of Sydney, in this December 4, 2014 file photo.

Here's a round up of some of the top travel photos from around the world this week.

It was over before it began

ROAD TRIP MEMORIES: TV3 presenter Kanoa Lloyd recalls a family road trip that doesn’t end well.

TV3 presenter Kanoa Lloyd recalls a family road trip that doesn’t end well.

A fast ride to disappointment

PARADISE ISLAND: Maya Bay in Thailand - a glorious, sun-drenched, white-sand strip surrounded by crystal-clear waters.

The whole reason I wanted to visit Thailand was The Beach. But Thais and tide wait for no man (or woman).

Airbus' answer to the Dreamliner gallery video

Airbus

Airbus engineers thought the Boeing Dreamliner was a joke.

Only in America

HEAD SHOT: Reporter David Breen takes out a zombie during simulator practice at Machine Gun America.

This attraction allows visitors, including kids, to fire machine guns in a variety of themed environments.

Video: Space in six minutes video

Six months of views from space in six minutes

German astronaut Alexander Gerst has released a timelapse made up of some of the best shots from his ISS tenure.

TripAdvisor fined for misleading reviews

TripAdvisor.

Italy's competition watchdog has fined TripAdvisor over $790,000 for publishing misleading information.

In a land of fire and ice

STRIKE A POSE: Bathers pose for a photo as they swim in the geothermal hot springs at Iceland's Blue Lagoon.

A chance of seeing the Northern Lights has drawn busloads of increasingly cold onlookers to this remote spot.

A Kiwi Christmas draws the Aussies video

Kiwi Christmas

A little known South Island destination has attracted more than 700,000 Aussies with its Christmas cheer.

World's coolest airline liveries gallery

...like its Boeing Dreamliner, painted in honour of the country's all-conquering rugby squad -- the 'All Blacks.'

Here's a selection of 15 airline exterior designs that look simply amazing.

Hot holiday spots for 2015 gallery

BURMA: In Burma the journey is often as interesting as the destination.

We asked six travel experts to share their predictions for the hot destinations in 2015.

World's best beaches

PERFECT SOUTH-EAST ASIAN BEACH: Ungasan Beach, Karma Kandara, Bali, Indonesia.

When it comes to beaches, we're spoilt for choice, yet we like to travel in search of perfection.

Inside the second-busiest international airport gallery

TOP AIRPORT: Dubai International Airport.

More passengers than ever are passing through Dubai's rapidly growing airport.

The best companion a traveller could have

BEST SUITCASE: Ellen Creager, with the suitcase that has accompanied her for years

It is not much to look at, but it fits in everywhere. It is never flashy, yet neither is it dull.

2014's top travel news

TOP TRAVEL STORIES: 2014 was a year or triumphs and losses.

From the tragic death of an Air NZ pilot, to exorbitant wi-fi bills and norovirus fears, here are this year's top travel stories.

16 retro paintjobs we'd love to see gallery

Pacific Southwest Airlines was famous for it's 'smiling' paint job. Flyers were treated to this paint job until 1988, when the airline became part of US Airways. Prior to its merger with American Airlines, US Airways actually flew an Airbus A319 with the old PSA design.

Here are a collection from America and abroad that we would love to see taking to the skies once again.

Go wild in Dunedin

Sea lions are charismatic but fast-moving and not to be messed with. Photos:

Some of the south's best wildlife experiences are within easy reach of downtown Dunedin.

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