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beaches

Top 10 island escapes from big cities

Catalina Island is a favoured escape for stressed-out Los Angelenos.

Big cities or serene islands? These destinations allow to you explore the best of both worlds.

Tonga: A whale of a time

The lure of watching the migration of the humpback whale should be enough to get you booking tickets to Tonga.

Best Aus beaches to visit in winter

20 reasons to visit the Solomon Islands

food

A guide to Singapore's hawker stalls

Singaporean favourite: Hainanese chicken with marinated rice.

More than just cheap eating, humble hawker stalls are full of hidden gems.

Q&A: Wellington On a Plate director Sarah Meikle

As Wellington on a Plate kicks off its director talks weird, wonderful, and thought-provoking food.

Platter from Local Bites Cafe, Dubai.

This is no ordinary cafe

Even most locals have never eaten food quite like this.

family

Enjoy your flight, even with small children

Medical Travel Companions offers a nanny service for flights and family holidays.

An Australian company is making it easy to book personal in-flight nanny services for Singapore Airlines customers.

Tips for family adventure holidays

Experiencing different cultures will open your kids' minds to life outside their own world.

Emily Bay, a curve of golden sand sheltered by a reef and the temperature of a warm pool, is great for swimming and snorkelling.

Living history

Breathtaking beauty plus a fascinating past adds up to a memorable family holiday.

budget

How to save for your first big trip

Before you head off on your big trip, try and cut out all possible discretionary spending.

You don't have to know where you'll go, or who'll you'll meet, but you do need to know how you're going to pay.

Sleep in a van in New York

There's no electricity, no running water, no bathroom, but there is a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline.

Kahu and Peter Bugler, former owners of the Wedgewood House YHA in Picton, have sold to the Marlborough District Council who plans to turn the site into a pay and display car park.

Picton hostel to become library car park

Picton's first backpackers is to be demolished and replaced with a pay and display car park.

adventure

Top 10 spots to take a dip

Snorkeling in Jellyfish lake, Palau.

From floating underground to splashing around at the top of a precipice, take on these dips with a difference.

How travel can change you for life

His journey would end with a government overthrown, worldwide infamy, and with death deep in the Bolivian jungle.

Team Supertramp on the Amalfi Coast.

Watch: Cliff diving off the Amalfi Coast video

Youtube star Devan Graham is back with an incredible video that will have you booking the next flight out to Italy.

luxury

First-class vs Economy

The Business Class cabin aboard American Airlines flight 106 from JFK International to London Heathrow, as seen from seat 14J. It's one of the airline's new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with semi-private all-aisle access compartments in Business and First Class with fully lie-flat seating, duvets, large flat-panel monitors with first-run movies and other in-flight entertainment and luxury amenities.

It's all out pampering for high-paying customers, while the seat squeeze rages on in economy.

Luxury experiences that are worth it

I've sampled some dream experiences, but some aren't worth it.

The George V Dining Room.

Inside the world's best hotel

What is it like staying at the hotel voted the best on the planet? We found out.

short breaks

Positioned to last

Striking use of colours in the Alpha Mosaic Hotel.

Quality and sophistication give this inner-city Brisbane hotel an edge over its hipster peers.

Striking gold in Queenstown

Eichardt's Private Hotel in Queenstown has history, location and luxury on its side

Grasmere, the high-country station, is a mecca for outdoor adventurers.

High country retreat

Superb skiing, followed by a reviving stay in an alpine retreat, is on offer not far from Christchurch.

couples

Couple's meltdown tweeted

"This guy just broke up with his girlfriend and she's SOBBING": Kelly Keegs live-tweeted the split.

As far as in-flight break-ups go, at least it wasn't the fuselage.

Hand-holding travellers go on honeymoon

The famous #followmeto couple have posted stunning photographs from their honeymoon.

Chateau et la Chapelle.

A stay in a fairytale castle

Stay in a billionaire's 11th-century storybook turreted French castle. It doesn't get more fairytale-like than this.

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