Travel Insider

The top five travel illnesses (and how to avoid them)

Traveller?s diarrhoea affects more than 50 per cent of travellers to developing countries and can last for many days.

Jane E Fraser Shall we add it to the list of Dumb Ways to Die? Heading to high risk holiday destinations without vaccinations is about as smart as eating a tube of superglue, but more and more Aussies are doing it.

The Backpacker

It's time to cut Americans some slack

Friends holding American flag

The Backpacker American tourists: loud, rude and demanding? Sometimes, but there's more to them than that.

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Air travel

Istanbul airport climbing rank to join London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle as Europe's top air hubs

Istanbul's Ataturk airport is on course to establish itself as one of Europe's busiest air hub.

Airlines

Flight test: Garuda Indonesia business class

Garuda Business class.

Jane Reddy Timing is spot-on during meal service and you are never without bottled water delivered from courteous flight attendants.

The Backpacker

Is the journey really worth it?

guatemala bus

The Backpacker It's dark outside, pitch black, when the guy with the machine gun gets on board our bus.

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Photos

The new Airbus A350 cabins unveiled

The new Airbus A350 delivers "more personal space, flexibility and comfort" than other aircrafts in its class, according to the planemaker.

Worldwide

Locals are overrated: travel's eight biggest myths busted

Sun lounger and woman in a swimming pool, near Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

Anthony Peregrine's manifesto for a happier holiday remakes all the old rules.

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Photos

Schoenbrunn Palace: Live like European royalty

The former summer residence of the imperial Habsburg family, in Vienna, will open its doors to tourists looking to spend the night like Emperor Franz Josef and Empress Sisi.

Travellers' Check

Coming soon: Superjumbos with no economy seats

Skymark's first Airbus A380 superjumbo takes off on its maiden testing flight. Skymark Airlines will become the first A380 operator in Japan when it takes delivery of its first aircraft later this year and will fit out its superjumbos with premium economy and business seats only.

Travellers' Check One airline is flying in the face of budget carriers by fitting out planes with only premium seats.

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The future of travelling is... not travelling at all?

A gamer wears a high-definition virtual reality (VR) headset, manufactured by Oculus VR Inc., as he plays Gaijin Entertainment's

John O'Ceallaigh Could the evolution of technology render travel redundant?

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Photos

Revellers hit the streets of Thailand for Songkran 2014

A foreign tourist holds water gun as she takes part in water splashing during traditional Thai New Year celebrations or Songkran festival in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

Songkran festival, also known as the water festival, marks the start of Thailand's traditional New Year and is believed to wash away bad luck.

China

Kerry Hotel Shangri-La Shanghai: Brewing up the beer essentials

kerry hotel pudong shanghai

Guy Wilkinson There's much to toast at this new Shanghai hotel, writes Guy Wilkinson.

The Tripologist

The Tripologist: should we squeeze in Cape Town?

safari elephant

The Tripologist I'm getting a rush of blood to the head just reading your itinerary.

Tasmania

Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery: a new gal's in town

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Louise Goldsbury A celebration of the colonial era runs deep through modern Hobart, writes Louise Goldsbury.

New Zealand

The Boatshed, Waiheke Island: An island of tranquillity

Waiheke Island

Guy Wilkinson Guy Wilkinson trades a weekend in the city for the peace and quiet of an island getaway.

Cruising

The Cruise Director: Silversea's Silver Discoverer

Silver Discoverer

Sally Macmillan Singapore was the perfect site for the christening of Silversea Expeditions' new luxury ship.

Malaysia

Postard Kuala Lumpur: Jeepers peepers

Simon Webster There's something alien in the soup. Our 10-year-old daughter extracts it with a spoon.

Bargains

Get going: trek to Tibet

BELINDA JACKSON Make the trek to the hotel everyone is talking about, the new Shangri-La Lhasa.

Mama Holiday

Mama Holiday: is eco-tourism an oxymoron?

Tracey Spicer To go on a holiday you have to travel on pollution-producing planes, trains, or automobiles.

Air travel

Flight test: Delta economy class

Delta's economy class.

Flight Test A warm welcome from the flight crew sets the tone for the trip - we felt looked after.