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Global

Do travel boycotts really work?

Lance Richardson Travel boycotts may make tourists feel better, but do they really work, asks Lance Richardson.

The Backpacker

Coffee versus tea: Which team are you on?

Girls chat over a cup of tea and a cigarette in a cafe.

The Backpacker Tea isn't a beverage to get excited about. It's what your parents drink. And yet ...

The mystique of Muscat

Sultanate of Oman, Muscat, Muttrah corniche, mosque with Persian style

Tatyana Leonov Forget time and lose yourself in majestic mosques, or do as the locals do – saunter, shop and eat.

The Backpacker

Why I won't travel to Israel

Tel Aviv, Israel. Tourist poses for a photo.

The Backpacker How far are you willing to go in the name of travel? Where do you draw the line?

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Photos

The craziest new hotel designs

Water Discus hotel

Architects and designers around the world are competing to create the most fantastical hotel designs. Here are some of the most amazing new hotels currently planned around the world.

Photos

The spectacular Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival

Camels walk along sand dunes in the Liwa desert, 220 kms west of Abu Dhabi, as the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival.

The Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival in the Liwa desert, 220 kilometres west of Abu Dhabi. The festival, which attracts participants from around the Gulf region, includes a camel beauty contest, a...

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Travellers Tips

Worldwide

Don't go there: the destinations you need to avoid

Thailand coup with tourists

Karen Halabi Which destinations should you cross off your list? Some of them may surprise you.

World

Culture on every corner

Art start ... Venice Biennale.

We've trawled the globe to find this year's 10 most compelling cultural events.

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Travel News

Korean pop culture lures tourists for plastic surgery

Jun Ji Hyun/Facebook

2:43pm | In a district made famous by the song Gangnam Style - women walk down the street with bandages over their faces and around their heads.

The decline of first class as airlines add business beds

12:50pm | World's top airlines may follow in the in footsteps of Virgin Atlantic abandoning the traditional three-class seating plan.

Legroom gadget sales jump after seat recline spat on plane

11:12am | Demand is high for a gadget that blocks seats from reclining after a scuffle between two passengers forced a jet to make an unscheduled landing.

Teens take world's scariest selfie

KYLIE MCLAUGHLIN 26 Aug | Three students have gone to sickening lengths to take the world’s scariest selfie.

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