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Nepal an insurance risk

Rescue team members search for bodies in the debris of a collapsed temple at Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Travelling to Nepal poses insurance risks as well as physical danger.

Aircraft fleets set to soar

Wide-body aircraft like the new Airbus A350 will become a more common sight in New Zealand skies.

The number of passenger aircraft serving the South Pacific will increase more than 70 per cent as Auckland reaches aviation "mega-city" status - Airbus.

Air NZ ends some regional flights

Air New Zealand longer flies to Kaitaia, Whakatane and Westport.

Air New Zealand's regional flights to Kaitaia, Whakatane and Westport have stopped on Tuesday

Vegas no longer just a gambling hotspot

"Las Vegas has long been known to evolve to make sure that we have something for everyone".

Gambling, once the mainstay of Las Vegas, is slowly taking a back seat to other entertainment in Sin City.

First class luxury with Emirates

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Having a shower while at 40,000 feet? First class flying doesn't get much more luxurious than this.

The street art of Buenos Aires gallery

A collaboration between Highraff and Roma under a bridge in Palermo, Buenos Aires.

From political scribbles to large looming pieces of art - this busy, bustling city is a painted one.

Quake agony revealed quietly on trip from airport

Tents are seen from an airplane window in an open field next to Tribhuwan International Airport

Soon after landing, the captain made a bizarre announcement: Nobody is in the control tower.

The 18-inch squeeze Airbus banks on

Qantas has 12 A380s in its fleet which can each carry 484 passengers on routes to Los Angeles, London, Dallas and Hong Kong.

Aircraft-maker says airlines will keep squeezing more seats into increasingly larger planes.

Seven ways to fly like a pro

Booking seats a few rows back from the bulkheads can minimise your risk of being near a screaming child and maximise your chance of getting some sleep.

There are people who love to fly and there those that don't, but these seven tips will help ease anyone's journey.

Quake tower a site for selfies

A man takes a selfie at the historic Dharahara Tower, a city landmark damaged in Saturday's earthquake in Kathmandu.

"This is earthquake tourism. This is not right," one man says of the smiling selfies.

The most luxurious hotels in Paris gallery

A century after its original inauguration, the Plaza Athenee has colonised three adjacent buildings to create six new rooms, eight suites, a ballroom and new function rooms.

Quirky and characterful, these places are often more original than the big international five-star chains.

A different side of modern Japan

Floating lanterns are part of Kanazawa's Hyakumangoku Festival held in June every year.

Ishikawa is home to a disproportionate number of people whose ancestors peer over their shoulders.

It's OK to eat at hotels again

The queue for high tea at the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong starts an hour beforehand.

"Never eat in your hotel restaurant" has long been a go-to rule for travellers. But times have changed.

Plane engine catches fire video

Passengers stand next to a Turkish Airlines aircraft after an emergency landing at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul April 25, 2015. A Turkish Airlines flight from Milan to Istanbul made an emergency landing at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport on Saturday, after its engine caught fire, the latest in a series of such incidents that have forced the carrier to divert or recall flights. Television images showed firefighters approaching the plane at the airport and putting out the fire, and the Airbus A320 aircraft's passengers were evacuated safely. "Turkish Airlines' TK 1878 flight from Milan to Istanbul skipped Ataturk Airport during its first landing. It drove off the runway after declaring an emergency landing," said company spokesman Ali Genc. "All 97 passengers have been taken to the terminal with no health problems. The reason for the incident will be clear after the investigation," he added. REUTERS/Cihan News Agency  ATTENTION EDITORS - TURKEY OUT. THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.

Turkish Airlines flight makes dramatic emergency landing in Istanbul with one engine on fire.

Which country is the world's happiest?

According to the 2015 World Happiness report women in New Zealand are happier than the men.

New Zealand has been named the ninth happiest country in the world, according to a new United Nations report.

The other place Gallipoli pilgrims must see

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul.

I'll jump at any chance to visit this intoxicating city. And you should too, if you haven't already.

Readers' travel photos of the week gallery

After 16 months living in France, I made my way through the rest of Europe and eventually found myself in Slovenia. I spent 3 great days there and I had planned to move on to Milan, Italy via a 5am bus. After arriving in Venice as my stop over, there was a train strike, i missed 2 other trains and ended up spending 38euros more than I should have and eventually wound up in Verona in the evening. Upon arrival, I discovered this amazing sunset, I dumped my bags, threw my stuff in my locker and literally ran up the hill to this amazing spot and captured the photo of my trip, and here it is. Tramonto bello (beautiful sunset)!

Do you have a holiday snap that you'd like to share with the world?

My year in France

A team competes in the salt fete at Salies-de-Bearn which celebrates the town's saline-infused history.

After moving her family to a remote village in the Hautes-Pyrenees, Allyson Gofton embarked on a culinary and cultural adventure.

All that glitters isn't gold

Venice Beach, one of the few spots in car-choked Los Angeles with a vibrant street life, has been a cultural melting pot for more than half a century, welcoming everyone from hippies and homeless wanderers to the latest generation of tech executives. .

For some LA is a place of shattered dreams, broken promises and extreme poverty.

ANZ improves airpoints

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ANZ renews its contract with Air New Zealand after Westpac joins the loyalty programme.

Best spring cities to visit right now

Tourists take a 'selfie' as they visit 'La Boqueria' green market in Barcelona, Spain.

Things may be cooling down now, but in the northern hemisphere, it's starting to heat up.

How to stop creating little monsters on holidays

Sometimes you just need to learn to say 'no' to the kids on holidays.

Modern parenting – often described as cotton-woolling or helicoptering – means making sure every second of the trip is, "Awesome!"

Sounds Air soars

Sounds Air's latest addition, the nine-seater PC12, will be making flights from Wellington to Taupo

Marlborough flyer expands again by snapping up Taupo to Wellington route Air NZ abandoned.

Australia's World Heritage wonders

Tasmanian wilderness: Barn Bluff at Cradle Mountain Lake, St. Clair National Park in Tasmania.

How easy is it for a place to make the heritage list, and how many sites does Australia have?

Five alternative river cruises

American Queen's opulent dining room features Southern cuisine designed by an award-winning chef.

There are many interesting options available for the keen river traveller.

Lessons in the art of glamour

Mai Kuriyama, learning how to the art of being a geisha,  gets rouge applied to her lips.

It's not just about beautiful makeup and wearing gorgeous kimono.

20 reasons to take the world's longest flight

The 52-foot-tall towering mascot has been welcoming visitors to the State Fair for 60 years.

The longest non-stop flight in the world brings you to Dallas-Fort Worth. Here's what to do once you get there.

Top travel photos of the week gallery

SEMINYAK, BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 16: Tourists drink Bintang beers at Double Six beach on April 16, 2015 in Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia. Indonesia, on April 16, banned small retailers from selling beer which is proposed that legislation by two Islamic parties-the Prosperous Justice Party and the United Development Party-that would ban all consumption of alcoholic drinks and bring jail terms of up to two years for offenders in Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population. The regulation states that it is needed to protect public morals and culture and to improve the control and supervision of alcohol production, distribution and sales. There had been particular anxiety about how the ban might affect tourism on the Hindu-majority resort island of Bali. However, Indonesian trade minister Rachmat Gobel, who was shouted at during an ill-tempered meeting with community leaders in Bali last weekend, has now pledged to ease the restrictions on the island to ensure street vendors can still sell beer at the beach. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)

Here is our round up of the top travel photos from around the world.

Airline unclear on why passengers fainted

A United Express flight (not pictured), operated by SkyWest Airlines  made an emergency landing in Buffalo.

Three passengers lost consciousness on this US flight, but officials still have no idea why.

Jamaica’s Good Hope Plantation

The Great House at Jamaica's Good Hope Plantation was built in 1755. It sits south of Falmouth. It was the center of major sugar-cane operations in the 1700s and 1800s on the island, and today serves as a tourist attraction.

The stately Good Hope Plantation offers first-rate sunrises.

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