Activities

Restaurants

I know this great little place ...

Simon Thomsen San Sebastian's best-kept food secrets.

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Six of the best: desert camps

Amangiri, Utah desert camp

From Namibia to Mongolia to Chile, Ute Junker discovers six of the best desert camps around the world.

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China's spectacular ice city opens

A worker takes a rest while giving the last touches to an ice replica of Rome's Colosseum ahead of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China.

Scenes from the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang, China. As China's most famous and popular winter attraction, the festival has drawn a combined 28.

Cruising

You've just gotta zip

Modern cruise ships now offer far more exciting activities than shuffleboard. Leanne West test-drives the newest ones.

The Cruise Director

Bottoms up on board for the New Year

Sally Macmillan Happy New Year. For you lucky cruisers who are already on board a ship or about to jump on one, we thought we'd get into the celebratory spirit and check out drinks packages.

Canada

The foam game

The town of Niagara Falls, Canada is seen past a cloud of mist rising over Horseshoe Falls, the largest of the Niagara Falls

Craig Platt Niagara is primarily known for its falls but that does a disservice to the wider area, writes Craig Platt.

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Icy start to New Year as polar bear clubs dive in

People participate in the annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club dip, in the Brooklyn borough of New York January 1, 2014. The Coney Island Polar Bear Club is the oldest winter bathing organization in the U.S. and every New Year's Day holds the winter plunge which attracts thousands of participants. REUTERS/Allison Joyce (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

Throughout the northern hemisphere, revellers have welcomed in the new year by taking a dip in icy waters.

Shopping

'Can you bring me back a ... ?' How to deal with travel gifts

Stumped for a gift to bring back for friends or relatives? You can never go wrong with a scarf.

The Tripologist 'Since you're heading for Thailand/Venice/the wilds of Turkmenistan, can you pick me up a silk cushion cover/a Murano vase/a yak wool carpet in a traditional design?'

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USA

Vegies with a higher purpose

The Big Apple's hotels are sprouting gardens, writes Indira Naidoo.

Australia

Wicker ways: top picnic spots

Jervis Bay.

The Tripologist Shake out the picnic rug and raid the fridge - because when the sun is shining, nothing beats a picnic.

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Knee-wobbling glass lookout opens in French Alps

 'Step into the Void' installation at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix, in the French Alps.

The 'Step into the Void' installation at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix, in the French Alps opens on Saturday.

Air travel

Fly buys: the world's best airport shops

Harrods at Heathrow ... the legendary London department store has an outlet in each of the airport's five terminals.

Julietta Jameson Got time for a little shopping action pre-holiday flight? Think outside the perfume box and discover some airport specialty stores that perfectly encapsulate the nation outside the arrivals hall.

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The Backpacker

Meet the travel nutters

Female scuba diver.

The Backpacker You meet nutters of all descriptions when you travel - they have an obsessive look about them.

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Q&A

Famous Flyer: Matt Moran

Matt Moran

Trust Matt Moran to know exactly where to find the best breakfast in all of Paris.

Cruising

Toilet trouble: 'accidents' happen in cruise ship pools

carnival spirit

Sally Macmillan There are rules about ships' pool use, and parents of kids of all ages need to heed them.

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Traveller Christmas gift guide 2013

earth as gift

Even if you can't afford a round-the-world air ticket this Christmas ($2476, escapetravel.com.au), a classic Louis Vuitton suitcase ($8750 for the Alzer, louisvuitton.com.

New Zealand

Hey, good looking

Wonderfully retro ... Hotel DeBrett in Auckland.

Auckland is easy on the eye and is becoming a culinary star, writes Andrew Taylor.

Japan

Play it cool with hot pursuits

Spoilt for choice: snowboarding at Madarao.

Rachael Oakes-Ash Can't decide between epic snow, golf or a beach break? Combine them on one adventure holiday.

The box set

Fast food: Tetsuya Wakuda enjoys bento boxes on-board Japanese bullet trains.

Anthony Dennis Not even top chefs can resist buying great takeaway, writes Anthony Dennis.

Shore excursions: volcanic encounters

Volcano National Park

Jane E. Fraser Getting up close to a volcano in Hawaii was a highlight of the Kings' 200th cruise.