Holidays

Mexico

New Age capital of calm

Jeremy Schwartz follows stressed-out locals to the tranquil town of Tepoztlan.

Egypt

Not far from Cairo's madding crowds

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David Wroe takes the alley less travelled and finds an oasis of calm in one of the world's great, bustling cities.

Hotel

All grace and charm

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Christina Pfeiffer laps up South African luxury in a refined city hotel.

Luxury travel

Putting on the royal ritz

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Jane E. Fraser plays queen to an imaginary king in an opulent South African hotel.

Egypt

First class with the pharaohs

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There's a Mediterranean getaway for under a tenner, writes Belinda Jackson.

South Africa

Lesson in Table manners

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Armed with local knowledge, Genevieve Swart plans one perfect day in Cape Town.

Backpack baggage: it's all in the name

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Linton Besser Study recommends the term "backpacker" be dumped because it denigrates young travellers.

Alaska

Passage to Alaska

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Geesche Jacobsen gets close to nature while having a Captain Cook at North America's west coast.

Out of time

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Elicia Murray discovers that everyday life adheres to a different schedule in Tropical North Queensland.

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Glamorous Gold Coast

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Kylie Davis needs shades to cope with palatial life.

Alaska

Winging it to Alaska

Four adult bald eagles and three juveniles are sitting on a rocky breakwater, barely moving, observing the water.

Backpacking

Flashpackers do it in style

Genevieve Swart They're a new breed of tourist - the luxury backpacker. Genevieve Swart reports.

Cruising

New York state of mind

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An onboard Central Park will grace the latest mega liners, writes Mike Heard.

Filming locations

New Zealand comes out of the Wardrobe

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The Kiwi director of C. S. Lewis's beloved chronicle brought it to life in familiar surrounds, Rebecca Weisser writes.

Best summer getaways

Paradise found

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Sheriden Rhodes Sheriden Rhodes nominates 10 of the best summer getaways.

Hawaii's Waikiki vanishing

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Waves at Hawaii's world-famous Waikiki Beach sometimes touch solid land.

Quiet please, artists at work

Aaron Scott Take at least a week and design your Tasmanian holiday around the island's vibrant art scene, writes Aaron Scott.

Vietnam

Good morning, new Vietnam

Roy Masters Thirty years after the war, many former Vietcong are opening their homes to Western visitors. Roy Masters reports.

Alexandra

Bruce Elder Alexandra is a charming town on the banks of the Clutha River. It came into existence in the 1860s when tens of thousands of miners and prospectors poured into the area searching for gold.

Trends

The big boom as doom looms

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Tim Shipman, Washington Global warming has led to a boom in doomsday tourism - the urge to see the world before its endangered parts disappear forever.