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Russia

The Koryak people of Siberia will occasionally indulge in a bit of urine-drinking as part of shamanic ceremonies.

Worldwide

It's OK, Todd Carney: Where drinking urine and other taboos are normal

David Whitley Is it ever OK to drink urine? That depends on what part of the world you're in. Here are six behaviours that are taboo in Australia, but fine in these cultures.

The Backpacker

The 10 best countries for photographers

Chile

The Backpacker There are some destinations where you can’t fail to take good photos.

Worldwide

World's 15 best places to watch the sun rise and set

Samoa

Traveller writers reveal memorable locations to experience the beauty of the world in half-light.

Hotels

Six of the best: High-rise hotels

Ute Junker Marina Bay Sands is a textbook illustration of the notion bigger is better.

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Photo galleries

Photos

The most beautiful spots in the world to watch the sun

Samoa item. AJYB5J Western Samoa, View of coast with fisherman at sunset. CREDIT ALAMY

Traveller writers reveal memorable locations to experience the beauty of the world in half-light.

The light fantastic

Northern Lights.

A powerful solar storm recently saw the Northern Lights spread further south than usual.

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Travellers Tips

The Backpacker

Find freedom: How to take a year off to travel

Freedom ... it is possible to spend a year travelling, but you need to prepare.

The Backpacker Don’t pack too much. Turn off your phone. Get good insurance. The dos and don'ts of spending 12 months overseas.

Europe

Keys to the cities

When in room ... and from Hotel Le Continental, Bordeaux.

A Bordeaux bolthole for $120 a night? A riverside retreat in Lisbon for the same? Here's our guide to some of Europe's best-value hotels and guesthouses this season.

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Map of Russia

Travel News

Phuket's beach bars, restaurants evicted in clean-up

Phuket's beach restaurants are being evicted.

DONNA DEMAIO 12:37pm | Scores of beach restaurants and clubs disappearing under new rules from military junta.

Passengers rage as child 'defecates in plane seat': report

KYLIE MCLAUGHLIN 1:14pm | The etiquette of some Chinese travellers overseas has again come under fire after a family allegedly allowed their child to defecate on the seat of a Delta Airlines flight from Beijing to Detroit.

Magaluf bar crawl shut down in wake of viral sex video

NATALIE PARIS 10:34am | A club night notorious for encouraging drunken sex acts among tourists in Magaluf has been ordered to close down for 12 months.

Hilton hotels to replace room keys with guests' smartphones

10:16am | Hilton Worldwide hotel guests will soon be able to use their smartphones to select specific rooms, make special requests, check in and out, and even unlock their room doors.

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