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Sri Lanka

Coffee in Sri Lanka: a brewed awakening

Anthony Dennis In a nation synonymous with tea, coffee is making a comeback, writes Anthony Dennis.

Sri Lanka

The hidden jewels of Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA Habaraduwa House Living Room

Belinda Jackson Elegant villas dot Sri Lanka's jungle and coast, writes Belinda Jackson.

Maldives

Club Med in the Maldives: A private paradise

Club Med Finolhu Villas in Maldives

Julietta Jameson Club Med's new property in that honeymooner heaven, the Maldives, flags a new direction.

India

Six of the best: Rajasthan retreats

Michael Gebicki In the far reaches of the Thar desert, the Serai bridges the gap between camping and comfort with a stylish leap.

India

A journey through India with a chauffeur

Camel pulling cart on Indian road
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Michael Gebicki A raconteur chauffeur is the best companion to have on the road, writes Michael Gebicki.

India

India: Gliding the golden gateway

Familes washing in Hooghly River, Calcutta.

Peter Cochrane The surrounds of Kolkata's Hooghly River contain all of the follies of the British raj, writes Peter Cochrane.

India

Postcard from Rajasthan: The upper hand

Richard Tulloch 'Traditionally, guests drink opium from their host's hand," our tour guide warns us.

Cruising

The Cruise Director: river cruising India

Diamond Princess

Sally Macmillan The spotlight is now turning to India as an up-and-coming river cruise destination.

India

Mumbai, India: and now for a station break

A traditional rickshaw ride.

Nina Karnikowski Escape the mayhem of Mumbai by heading for the hills, writes Nina Karnikowski.

The Backpacker

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

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii.

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

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Worldwide

It's OK, Todd Carney: Where drinking urine and other taboos are normal

Out of favour: Todd Carney was contracted for $650,000 a season.

David Whitley Is it ever OK to drink urine? That depends on what part of the world you're in. Here are six behaviours that are taboo in Australia, but fine in these cultures.

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Worldwide

Fifty things we love about travel right now

A vintage caravan in Palm Springs, California.

Edited by Sarah Maguire From retro caravans to saving the rhinos, here's what we love about travel right now.

India: Over the rainbow

Tamil pickers collecting tea leaves on plantation in the nilgiri hills, tamil nadu, india.

Kerry van der Jagt Small bursts of joy and matchbox houses delight Kerry van der Jagt in southern India.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: After the war is over

Galle Face Green Promenade, Colombo Sri Lanka.

Anthony Dennis Colombo is charming new generations of Asian travellers, writes Anthony Dennis.

Sri Lanka

Handy in Kandy

The Elephant's Stables, Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Anthony Dennis India's classic retro wheels, the Ambassador, may have sadly run out of juice with its manufacturer announcing recently it had halted production of the beloved though anachronistic car.

The Backpacker

The 10 best countries for photographers

Chile

The Backpacker There are some destinations where you can’t fail to take good photos.

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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.

India

Bazaar behaviour: postcard

Chor Bazaar India

Nina Karnikowski There's a goat eating my necklace. Well, not my necklace exactly, but a fabulous antique.

Bargains

India guided holiday: Deals of the week

visit India

Julietta Jameson Adventure World might have the answer to stress-free, yet independent travel.

Worldwide

The big chill: the world's top 10 best places to relax

Sahana Spa

As one of Australia's most successful spa entrepreneurs, Lyndall Mitchell travels to health retreats constantly. On her last trip she visited 60 spas in 15 countries.