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France

Postcard France: ice hole diving

Brian Johnston I roll with a plop into the ice hole. My chest feels tight, and shallow breathing fills my ears.

Italy

Dolomites, Italy: A taste of the high life

Woman on fixed rope route onto Paterno, Alta Pusteria, Sexten Dolomites, South Tyrol, Italy.

Kate Farrelly You don't need skis or snow to make the most of the attractions of northern Italy's rugged Dolomites, writes Kate Farrelly.

Cycling

Two-wheel wonders: The world's 12 best bike rides

Cycling the Danube

Andrew Bain As cycling holidays become the first choice of travel for a growing number of us, there is no shortage of places to conquer, writes Andrew Bain.

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South Africa

Cape Town Garden Route: Take the low road

credit: steve mckenna

pictured: Gansbei sharks

Steve McKenna Travel the Garden Route from Cape Town for some spectacular sights, writes Steve McKenna.

NSW

Sydney Harbour Bridge climb: Why this is Sydney's number one must-do

Climbers cheer as they reach the summit at dawn.

Daniel Scott Everyone else I know has done it and now it's time for me to give it a try.

Photography

How to take the ultimate travel selfie

The art of a selfie: be ready to snap away at a moment's notice.

Tatyana Leonov Love it or loathe it, the selfie is getting bigger. You can embrace it, whinge about it, or just hate it. Either way, the selfie is here to stay.

Global

Extreme: the kooky new holiday activities that will blow your mind

Charlotte Piho

David Whitley Holiday ideas that are putting new spins on destinations around the world, writes David Whitley.

Italy

Spires in galoshes

Brian Johnston Only surly travellers could complain about the infamous high tides of Venice. Brian Johnston discovers beauty even in a swamped city.

Indonesia

Beating heart of Java

Yogyakarta Java

Brigid Delaney ventures beyond Bali to a land of smart cities, friendly locals and incredible temples.

The Backpacker

The world's top 10 best cities for cycling

Cycling in Amsterdam

The Backpacker It’s doesn't include Sydney, obviously, despite its new cycle lane. Nor Melbourne, despite its handy lack of hills.

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New Zealand

Natural high

Rachael Oakes-Ash gets the first seven-day treatment from New Zealand's new intensive hiking and health retreat and lives to breathe another day, just.

Fiji

The fear factors

ziplining fiji

Ben Groundwater The sharks are friendly, they're Fijian. Right? Ben Groundwater goes adventuring.

Switzerland

Laps of the goddesses

Zurich bath house

Angie Kelly This women-only bath house on Zurich's Limmat River leads a delightful double life. A barefoot Angie Kelly takes a look.

Scandinavia

Zen and the art of bikes

Cycling in Scandinavia is a way of life, writes Alison Stewart.

Sweden

Life on the edge

Louise Goldsbury takes to the skyline of picturesque Stockholm.

Victoria

High on the hills

High Country hiking.

A hike in Alpine National Park takes in wildflowers and history, writes Melanie Ball.

Netherlands

Double Dutch on wheels

Sue Joseph learns how to lollop along like the holidaying locals on the sandy West Frisian isles.

Japan

Some like it hot

Sand bath

Brian Johnston I'm lying up to my neck in hot black sand and wondering if my innards are about to boil.

UAE

Desert reins

Qasr Al Sarab

From riding on sandunes to the sport of kings, Kerry van der Jagt explores the history of the Arabian horse.

New Zealand

Under the volcano

Lake Taupo cycling

Michael O'Reilly A rumbling giant can't put the brakes on an action-packed visit to New Zealand's North Island, writes Michael O'Reilly.