25 budget hotels in amazing places

Casa das Penhas Dourdas, Manteigas, Portugal.

From palaces on salt flats to a forest tree house, these are spectacular spots.

Youngest female 777 pilot

Anny said she "fought hard" to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a pilot.

Anny Divya took command of a 777, the world's largest twin jet, at the age of 30.

Happy Kiwiversary to me stuff nation

It’s incredible how varied, Instagram-worthy, and beautiful the scenery here is.

In 365 days, Giulia Peri has found a lot to like about her new home.

Best trips on two wheels

It's hard to beat the freedom and exhilaration of travelling by bike.

It's hard to beat travelling by bike. Here's where to head.

What skiing was like in 1947 gallery

Happy Valley Chalet in 1953.

When dog sleds served as make-shift chairlifts and skiiers used "suicide bindings".

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Where to eat, play in space video

Peek inside the cramped, chaotic and dizzying homes of humans not anchored to Earth.

Peek inside the cramped, chaotic and dizzying homes of humans not anchored to Earth.

Airline takes dig at Aniston video

Known as an "American sweetheart"  the 48-year-old caused a bit of a stir with a starring role in an Emirates ad in 2015.

The actress has found herself in the middle of a battle between Gulf and US carriers.

Airline for 18-35 year olds video

I imagine that all the food on board be artisan, selfies will be compulsory and your boarding pass won't have your name, ...

OPINION: And it claims to offer "a new way to travel." Well, of course it does.

Ireland's other famous brew

Oliver Cunningham prepares to scoop loose-leaf teas at his Dublin shop, Wall & Keogh.

It's not just pints of the "black stuff" that Ireland is known for.

Portland: To do (and avoid)

Skip the queues at Voodoo Donuts.

Forget the hour-long queues at Voodoo Donuts and Salt and Straw ice cream.

Maverick traveller tells tales

A Maverick Traveller, the first of seven travel books by Queenstown author Mary Jane Walker.

Her many adventures include eating seal meat in Greenland and a visit to Standing Rock.

Putting Amberley on the map

Margot Korhonen, Claire Inkson and Trish Coleman at the launch of AmberleyNZ.

 Business is still booming in Amberley and the locals have joined forces to spread the word.

Council won't take action over Jetstar breach

A Jetstar flight took off from Queenstown Airport after its night time curfew but the airport won't be sanctioned.

The Jetstar flight took off 13 minutes after it was supposed to.

No flying fish yet for Blenheim

The runway at Marlborough Airport, which NZ King Salmon wants to see extended. (File photo)

Salmon farmed in the Marlborough Sounds can't be flown out of the region because the local runway's too short.

Airline sizes up larger planes

Sounds Air chief executive Andrew Crawford inside the cockpit of one of the company's 9-seat Pilatus PC-12s.

Demand for flights prompts Marlborough airline to investigate "quantum leap" to larger planes.

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Beyond Bali

Gili Meno island is perfect for divers.

Indonesia's Gili Islands are a beautiful alternative to Bali.

Quiz: Guess these airport codes

Where in the world would you be if you were in AKL, HEL, or ATL?

How to avoid dreaded middle seat

Stranger saves Kiwis from deportation

nz

Putting Amberley on the map

Margot Korhonen, Claire Inkson and Trish Coleman at the launch of AmberleyNZ.

 Business is still booming in Amberley and the locals have joined forces to spread the word.

Happy Kiwiversary to me stuff nation

In 365 days, Giulia Peri has found a lot to like about her new home.

A Jetstar flight took off from Queenstown Airport after its night time curfew but the airport won't be sanctioned.

Council won't take action over Jetstar breach

The Jetstar flight took off 13 minutes after it was supposed to.

Australia

You're going to Bonnie Doon video

The Kerrigans' bach in Bonnie Doon is up for rent on Airbnb, complete with power lines and the punching bag for Con ...

Turn on the bug zapping lights and test out the serenity yourself at the bach from the movie The Castle.

Secret spots down Melbourne's lanes

Loved by locals and tourists, Melbourne's iconic laneways offer myriad of surprises.

The eye-catching 1946 Ford Woody.

Touring ritziest resort in wood car

Fit into the relaxed yet there-to-be-seen Noosa scene in a 1946 Ford Woody.

pacific islands

Pacific island no one knows about stuff nation video

Taking a break from kayaking the Malakal Islands for a dip and a snorkel.

A remote island paradise with unspoiled reefs and hidden waterfalls is waiting to be explored.

Pippa's private island honeymoon video

After a lavish wedding, the newlyweds are off to a private island in French Polynesia, once owned by a famous actor.

Christopher Atkins and Brooke Shields in the Blue Lagoon.

Why celebrities love this island paradise

Stars choose it for honeymoons and private getaways. But what makes this island in Fiji so special?

cruising

Akaroa tops with cruisers

Akaroa has pipped much bigger ports to win approval from passengers.

Akaroa has pipped much larger ports as a favourite destination in annual cruise awards.

Most luxurious cruise ship ever built?

It's a big call in the top end of the cruising market - so how does Regent's Seven Seas Explorer live up to its billing?

Experience spectacular views as you cruise past Mt Vesuvius on a Voyages to Antiquity cruise.

Sea the best of both worlds

Small is beautiful, especially when you're on board a ship.

south america

Nicaragua: Strong history and traditions

The terracotta roofs and churches of Granada, as viewed from the Iglesia de Merced.

Jill Worrall visits some Nicaraguan cities and find them steeped in colour and culture.

Luxury hotels arrive in Cuba

Despite fears Trump may hurt tourism boom, towering cranes dot the Havana skyline.

'Bikepacking' from Alaska to Argentina

This may be 'the meal of the decade'

middle east

Oasis in world's largest sand desert

Qasr Al Sarab: This man-made resort cost $5 billion to build and you can see why.

This man-made resort took 5000 workers and $5 billion to build... and you can see why.

Anti-terrorism camp for tourists video

Visitors pay to shoot live rounds and take down "attackers" in this counter-terrorism camp.

Shocks for visitors to Dubai

Gritty and creative: Alternative Dubai

europe

How to handle Europe in summer

Tourists cool down at a fountain on a hot summer day in downtown Rome.

European summers don't have to mean crowds, heat and expensive hotels.

On the Adriatic, off the beaten track

Jill Worrall sets sail to some of the Adriatic Coast's lesser known islands and ports.

Beached as, mon frere video

Hotspot of the week: Galicia

uk and ireland

Ireland's other famous brew

Oliver Cunningham prepares to scoop loose-leaf teas at his Dublin shop, Wall & Keogh.

It's not just pints of the "black stuff" that Ireland is known for.

From tiny island to massive empire

This is how epic seafaring endeavours helmed by iconic figures put the "Great" into Britain.

For sale: Island with eerie past

Thrones places you can actually visit

usa

Portland: Things to do (and avoid)

Skip the queues at Voodoo Donuts.

Forget the hour-long queues at Voodoo Donuts and Salt and Straw ice cream.

Addicted to thrill of chasing storms

"Mother Nature could kill you, right then and there."

US cities tourists forget about

Disney's immersive Star Wars hotel video

canada & alaska

Highest hotel room in Canada

The Eagles Eye suite is located at the very top of the resort – accessed only by Gondola.

I feel like a secret stowaway on this mountain-top as the last gondola goes down.

Insider Tip: Alaska

Lumberjack shows, mile-long zip-lines, half the world's glaciers and pizza shops that deliver pizza by plane.

3 minute guide to St John's

Montreal: C'est vraiment nice!

asia

Rickshaw Run 'a little bit insane'

Queenstowners Ashley Robb and Holden Brower are in India preparing for the start of the Rickshaw Run on August 11.

Navigating the sub-continent unguided in an auto-rickshaw is how one Queenstown couple are spending their winter.

The islands off the tourist radar

There's no need to set your alarm on Miniloc Island. The monkeys will do it for you.

The mud is believed to have beneficial effects on the skin due to its mineral content.

Mud capital attracts millions video

Tourists are being lured to a quaint coastal city in South Korea by a magical, mucky force.

luxury

20 life-changing places and hotels

Hotel Antico Borgo, Italy: When a hotel isn't just a concrete box but an entire medieval village.

These places have genuine personality and soul, something that can enlighten and inspire.

The perfect landing video

As winter kicks in and the hoards head south to the snow, we venture north in search of some sun.

First-class flyer gives away his seat

Frugal flyer tries out first class

budget

25 budget hotels in amazing places

Casa das Penhas Dourdas, Manteigas, Portugal.

From palaces on salt flats to a forest tree house, these are spectacular spots.

The best pre-paid currency cards

Josh Martin investigates the savings offered by pre-paid travel currency cards

Top places to see for free

Travel: Secret ways of saving money

beaches

The islands off the tourist radar

The islands in the Palawan region were the inspiration for Alex Garland's book and subsequent film, The Beach.

There's no need to set your alarm on Miniloc Island. The monkeys will do it for you.

Kiwis make huge undersea eatery

Built in Taranaki, world's biggest underwater restaurant lets you watch fish swim while savouring their cooked relatives.

It's slightly distracting in this restaurant.

We go to NZ-made underwater eatery gallery video

NZ's talented designers and builders have brought to life one of the best travel experiences on Earth.

food

Best airport food in the world

Located in Terminal 1, Sushi Kyotatsu is a must-try.

For once, you might be thankful to have a stopover in Japan's Narita Airport.

Watch: The world's weirdest food

From flying noodles and animal dim sum to candy floss coffee and freakshakes, this city is full of jaw-dropping things you can't miss.

Try Shake's zombie-themed, teeth and all freakshake of the month. If you're scared, there's a more friendly option ...

A capital time at Wellington on a Plate

Head to the capital next month to sample the best grub and drinks the capital has to offer.

adventure

Best trips on two wheels

It's hard to beat the freedom and exhilaration of travelling by bike.

It's hard to beat travelling by bike. Here's where to head.

10 prisons tourists can spend a night in

Stay in Christchurch's spooky iron-clad corridors or Germany's Alcatraz hotel.

The other grand canyon

Wanaka adventure not for amateurs

family

Dad's ultimate school holiday spot video

Being a stone's throw from the beach is one of many reasons to love this place.

It's not flashy, it's not a resort and it can be like going back in time 20 years.

Could I handle flying with a baby?

It truly takes a village to prepare a new mum for a flight with young baby.

Educating kids with world travel

9 tips for flying with a baby

Video

Airline takes dig at Jennifer Aniston

The actress has found herself in the middle of a battle between Gulf and US carriers.

news

Airline takes dig at Jennifer Aniston video

Known as an "American sweetheart"  the 48-year-old caused a bit of a stir with a starring role in an Emirates ad in 2015.

The actress has found herself in the middle of a battle between Gulf and US carriers.

Youngest female 777 commander

Anny Divya took command of a 777, the world's largest twin jet, at the age of 30.

No flying fish yet for Blenheim

Airline sizes up larger planes

troubles

Stranded for 46 hours in airport

 Travellers on a troubled Qantas flight spent two days waiting to get back to Sydney.

As the hours ticked back, frustrated Qantas passengers became increasingly agitated.

Stranger comes to boy's rescue video

When she heard distressed wailing on a long-haul flight, she knew she had to help.

Airport's morning of disruptions

Aggressive woman turns flight back

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