England

How a village destroyed itself to save a nation

David Whitley An English village made a grim but noble sacrifice sealing themselves in to a death trap to save their fellow countrymen.

Tips

Heartbreak holidays: The best places to go after a break up

Vietnam is a destination that will help you put your life in perspective.

Ute Junker If you need to get over it you should get away from it. Here are the best places to go.

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The Backpacker

Choose wisely: How to pick the right person to travel with

 Just because you get on with someone in real life, doesn't mean you'll make good travel partners.

The Backpacker In my experience, you never truly know someone until you've travelled with them.

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Tips

Go, go gadgets: 22 items every traveller needs

woman photographing a beach with i-phone

Michael Gebicki Why travel light when getting kitted up is half the fun, writes Michael Gebicki.

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Travellers' Check

Why travel to New Zealand is still a hassle

Air New Zealand aircraft stand on the tarmac at Auckland International Airport in Auckland, New Zealand.

Travellers' Check No two nations' people are closer than Aussies and Kiwis, but travel between the two countries is more painful than it should be.

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Photos

Robots and bikini-clad futuristic dancers at Japan's famous Robot Restaurant

Performers change into their costumes backstage prior to the start of a show at The Robot Restaurant in Tokyo, Japan.

The now famous Robot Restaurant opened two years ago in Kabukicho area of Shinjuku at an estimated cost of 10 million US dollars.

Germany

Berlin street art: If these coloured walls could talk

Mitte Art Berlin

Ben Groundwater Berlin's past is everywhere, and its people never forget, writes Ben Groundwater.

Indonesia

Sheraton Kuta Bali review: Calm amid the chaos

Sheraton Bali's infinity pool at sunset.

Belinda Jackson Kuta is known for traffic, touts and tattoos, but there are pockets where families can chill out.

Cruising

Cruising Fiordland: Sights and Sounds

The Persian Gardens with steam rooms.

Natasha Dragun Cruising Fiordland offers vistas and experiences land-based tourists can't match.

Mama Holiday

The nomads leading a resurgance in caravanning

Three generational family gathered around table playing card game

Tracey Spicer A bumper sticker I once saw sums it up perfectly: 'Adventure before dementia.'

USA

New Orleans, and all that jazz

Conti & Dauphine Street, French Quarter

Brigid Delaney hits New Orleans, lets loose her inhibitions and declares the city the fun-filled wild child of the South.

France

Postcard: Carrie on in Paris

Kristie Kellahan I was waiting for my French lover to arrive and take me to dinner. He was several hours late.

Q&A

I never leave home without ...

CHERI FLEWELL-SMITH

Katrina Lobley We quizzed some well-travelled globe-trotters for their expert tips on tools to make travel easier.

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 ...

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South Australia

Barossa Chateau: Twenty minutes to France

South Australia's Barossa Chateau is coming up roses, writes Betty Samis.

France

Skiing in France: A blanc canvas

Megeve

Tracey Spicer Don't underestimate the French Alps for value and variety, writes Tracey Spicer.

Peru

Machu Pichu: Top of the world

Machu Picchu

Garry Maddox Machu Picchu surpasses even its reputation, writes Garry Maddox.

Cruising

The Cruise Director: Wave Season

Rhapsody of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Sally Macmillan Spring begins on September 1 and soon after that, the 2014-15 Wave Season kicks off.

Q&A

Famous flyer: Julie Goodwin

Julie Goodwin

Nina Karnikowski I took a magical trip with my husband, Mick, and our three boys to Italy in 2012.

The Tripologist

Is it possible to get a visa for Vietnam at the border?

Amsterdam in winter, cold but no crowds.

The Tripologist I am travelling from Thailand to Vietnam. Can I get a visa for Vietnam at the border?