Holidays

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Six of the best: hotels opening in 2014

Shangri-La, London, will open in the Shard.

From the best address in London to the Whitsundays in Australia, here are the top six hotels opening around the world in 2014. By Belinda Jackson

Malaysia

Wake on the wild side

Back to nature ... the Andaman Langkawi.

Kate Cox learns how to embrace nature at The Andaman Langkawi.

Mama Holiday

Yes, we're flying on Christmas Day

Spying eight tiny reindeer ... some people will be flying on Christmas Day.

Tracey Spicer 'Will we see Rudolph out the window?" my daughter Grace asks, excitedly. It depends on how many G&Ts Mummy has.

Travel Insider

Call this a holiday? Surviving staying with the rellies

Can't we all just get along? A holiday visiting the relatives can be stressful.

Jane E Fraser Can staying with relatives ever be a holiday?

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The Backpacker

Where not to go in summer

Nice, Beach, France

The Backpacker As the hotter months descend, thoughts turn to summer destinations - but you don't want to be going to these ones.

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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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Britain

The gold standard

Pullman carriage at Victoria Station

Rob McFarland leaps at the chance to experience the long-gone days of luxury train travel.

Queensland

Weekend Away: Brisbane

Spicers Balfour, Brisbane, Queensland.

Anthony Dennis Anthony Dennis meets elegance, tradition and comfort in a Brisbane Queenslander.

The Tripologist

LIVE Q&A: Make the most of your summer holiday

Summer caravan river girls.

The Tripologist Where are you heading this summer? The beach, the bush, overseas or a 'staycation'? Whatever your plans, our travel expert Michael Gebicki, the Tripologist is here to help.

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Luxe Nomad

First world problem: is business class really worth it?

Would you blow thousands on flying business class rather than spend it on luxurious accommodation after you've arrived at your destination?

Lee Tulloch I often do fly business class and there's always a moment during every flight when I ask myself, "Is it worth it?"

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Mama Holiday

How do you cope with allergies while travelling?

child food

Tracey Spicer If you have a family member with an allergy, a simple trip away can be life-threatening.

New South Wales

Weekend Away: Kingscliff

Sean Mooney finds a property for all seasons at Peppers Salt Resort and Spa, Kingscliff.

Victoria

Weekend Away: Fairhaven

Manorola, Fairhaven.

Larissa Dubecki Larissa Dubecki enjoys a beach haven with views at Manorola, FAIRHAVEN.

NSW

Sealing the deal

Lil (Naomi Watts), Tom (James Frecheville), Roz (Robin Wright) and Ian (Xavier Samuel) in a scene from Anne Fontaine's ADORATION.

Daniel Scott returns to a favourite beach to find that despite its new A-list connection, its charm remains.

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Phuket's hottest beach clubs

 Xana Beach Club . Phuket

There's a new vibe on the Thai island of Phuket, and it's hip, laid-back and sultry. Think sun, sand, cocktails and a chill-out beat, all served on a platter of decadence and luxury; think beautiful...

Thailand

Tranquil Laguna

An integrated resort provides an escape from Phuket's mayhem, writes Julie Miller.

South Australia

Weekend Away: Adelaide Hills

Sarah Maguire Sarah Maguire finds an atmospheric base for exploring the Adelaide Hills.

Australia

Summer is coming: Australia's best beach towns

Backpacker haven is all grown up ... Airlie Beach, Queensland.

Ute Junker With summer just around the corner, Ute Junker leaves no grain of sand unturned in her guide to the best beach towns on Australia's east coast.

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Top holiday homes in Australia's best beach towns

Noosa Stayz Holiday House

Looking for somewhere to rent in one of Australia's best beach towns? Here are Stayz picks of some of the top properties for your holiday.

Travel Insider

At what point do you stop being a 'young' traveller?

When are you too old to be considered a 'young' traveller?

Jane E Fraser "I'm still young, aren't I?" Older travellers are crashing the young travellers' scene.

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