Activities

Swaziland

Beauty over the border

Andrew Bain takes a hike in the hills of Swaziland.

USA

To heaven - and to hell - you ride

Telluride Colorado

Robert Upe The freewheeling spirit of the west is in the air at Telluride, writes Robert Upe.

Global food

The world's best cities for foodies: guided by the stars

Cheese preparation, Caprice restaurant, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong.

Ute Junker Ute Junker follows the much-vaunted Michelin guide to dining out in the world's best foodie cities.

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Photos

Lonely Planet's Beautiful World

The Dolomites, South Tyrol, Italy. Millions of years ago the pale peaks and pinnacles of the Dolomites lay on the seabed; now they are among the world's most distinctive mountainscapes.

Take a look at some of the spectacular images from Lonely Planet's Beautiful World, a book marking the travel guide publisher's 40th anniversary with a series of photographic essays.

Japan

Some like it hot

Sand bath

Brian Johnston I'm lying up to my neck in hot black sand and wondering if my innards are about to boil.

Cruising

Float your boat: how to choose the perfect cruise

Cruising women on deck

Sally Macmillan Some are best for families, others are built for foodies. There's one for thrill seekers, one for theatre lovers and another for passengers who love learning.

Norfolk Island

The good earth

On this island, the journey from paddock to plate can take mere minutes, writes Amy Cooper.

Australia

To taste, just add the season

Barossa vintage festival

No matter what time of the year you travel, a gourmet getaway is never far away, writes Winsor Dobbin.

Gourmet travel

A hunger for travel: top 20 foodie experiences

The meat fruit entree at Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck is quite, quite amazing.

Holidaying and eating nowadays go (knife, fork and passport) in hand, as Jill Dupleix and Terry Durack show in this ultimate global bucket list for peripatetic foodies.

Thailand

Bangkok's new beat

Ute Junker Atmospheric bars, pop-up dining, locavore food. It's Bangkok, but not as you know it, writes Ute Junker.

England

Pudding things right

Michael Gebicki loosens his belt and settles in for a spoon-thumping sitting at a sugar-coated club.

France

Streets built on cellars

Paul Byrnes It was the Romans who brought vines to Bordeaux. Then look what happened, writes Paul Byrnes.

The Backpacker

They're a strange bunch, but I get it

Bird Watchers

The Backpacker You can spot the twitchers from a mile away.

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Vietnam

A red-letter delicacy day

Food in Vietnam

Shop, chop, cook and eat, just like a local. Christina Pfeiffer explains how.

Cruising

Trains, boats and plains

Combining Russian travel by rail and water is now on the cards with the first cruise from Moscow to Kazan, the World Heritage city 600 kilometres east of the capital.

Food

I know this great little place . . .

Alex Atala

Simon Thomsen Alex Atala runs D.O.M. Restaurant in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and is coming to Australia for Good Food Month.

Cruising

Black and blue

Yalta

Garry Maddox Cruising the Black Sea on a luxurious ship is a seductive way to explore Eastern Europe, writes Garry Maddox.

Hong Kong

Perfection: the world's cheapest Michelin-star restaurant

pork bun

From cheap eats to haute cuisine, Hong Kong delivers on every front, writes Julietta Jameson.

Tips

Image conscious: how to take better travel photos

Lauren Bath

Professional photographers can spend days, weeks, months - sometimes even years - waiting for everything to align for that one perfect shot.

PNG

Death and sweat: this is no walk in the park

Helmet on Kokoda track.

Jason Dowling It is Kokoda season - the key months when scores make the pilgrimage to PNG.