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Istanbul

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii.

The Backpacker

Don't believe the hype: The places I just don't get

The Backpacker Sometimes, destinations can’t match the hype. These are some of the places that just didn’t do it for me.

Shopping

Spree de corps

Jaipur

Lee Tulloch There are no other stores quite like these 25 amazing shops, writes Lee Tulloch, globe-trotting shopper extraordinaire.

The Backpacker

The world's 10 best cities for walking

Pretty woman in bazaar in Fes

The Backpacker No one walks in LA. Tell people you’ve decided to stroll even a few blocks and they’ll look at you like you just announced you’re swimming to Hawaii. You’re what? Just take a taxi.

Luxe Nomad

For travellers, it's 'antisocial' media

People cool off in the Trocadero's fountains in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Lee Tulloch I sometimes wonder, when I see a group of tourists shooting the same image, why bother?

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Photo galleries

Photos

Daily life in Istanbul

On the Galata bridge.

Daily life in Istanbul by Fairfax photographer Joe Armao.

Intoxicating Istanbul

Hagia Sophia

Burqas and dazzling minarets, morning prayers and crowded rooftop bars … it’s easy to get infatuated with a city that’s both old and new, European and Asian.

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Travellers Tips

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.

Tripologist

Summer on the Mediterranean

Tripologist My parents are interested in taking a Mediterranean cruise in September. I am trying to find upmarket, smaller ships.

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Map of Istanbul

Travel News

Don't be fooled: 40 tourist scams to watch out for

Parisians and tourists enjoy a drink at a cafe on the Champs Elysees avenue.

SOO KIM 11:04am | Taxi drivers, hotel workers and overfriendly locals are among those capable of tricking unsuspecting tourists.

Queen's Guard plays Game of Thrones theme song

9:22am | A video of the Queen's Guard performing the Game of Thrones tune has been posted to YouTube.

Guests to 'pay what you want' at Paris hotels

8:59am | Five Paris hotels are allowing guests to pay whatever they want, based on their impressions of the hotel, the room and the service.

Airbnb host's horror as squatter takes over

21 Jul | Cory Tschogl says she has an Airbnb squatter - a guest who rented her Palm Springs, California vacation condominium, then stopped paying rent, refused to leave and threatened her with legal action.

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