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Eight places you need to visit right now

The Backpacker The world is changing: here are eight places you need to get to before they're overrun with tourists.

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Where not to go in summer

Nice, Beach, France

The Backpacker As the hotter months descend, thoughts turn to summer destinations - but you don't want to be going to these ones.

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How to really stop a nation

Hogmanay, Scotland's New Year celebration, is more than just New Year's Eve. Some revellers brave freezing conditions in the River Forth for a dip during the annual Loony Dook Swim.

The Backpacker Forget the Melbourne Cup - if you really want to see a nation grind to a halt, this is where you should go.

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Where the women have nice buns

Iran woman tourist

The Backpacker There may be rules about how women dress here, but they're often stretched to the limit.

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The world's least liveable cities

Young women in Tehran ... it's not a pretty city, but there are attractions to be found.

The Backpacker These cities have been rated the world's least liveable - but are they still worth visiting?

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That moment of travel perfection

Watching the sunset from a rooftop in Yazd, Iran, was a perfect moment for me.

The Backpacker All of the security lines and flight delays, the long bus rides and bad food - but this is why you spend your life savings.

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The truth about being a flight attendant

Emirates flight attendants

The Backpacker It's not all glamour and exotic places. Here 's the inside scoop on what being a flight attendant is really like.

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Places you never knew you could ski

A girl holds her snowboard in the mountains of the ski resort of Faqra east of Beirut, Lebanon.

Rachael Oakes-Ash Our guide to the ultimate bucket list of 'who knew' ski destinations.

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First World problems? Yeah, I've got one

Iran tourist

The Backpacker No matter where you are, you wish you were somewhere else ...

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Travellers' Check

Are airline 'alliances' actually useful for passengers?

Qatar Airways cabin crew.

Travellers' Check When the big global airline alliances first formed, they sounded great. Then passengers started reading the fine print.

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The Amazing Race? Yeah, I'd win that

The Amazing Race

The Backpacker There can't be a traveller alive who hasn't watched the reality show and thought to themselves: "Man, I would rule at that."

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World's best airline? It has to be Asian

A flight attendant for Qatar Airways poses in the economy class cabin of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner at the Farnborough Airshow 2012.

Travellers' Check With only one exception, the top 10 best airlines in the world come from the region that stretches from the Persian Gulf to Japan

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Why bad places make good destinations

A tourist in Iran.

The Backpacker What's so fascinating about supposedly "bad" countries? Maybe it’s like the bad boy effect with girls.

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Why Dubai is worth a visit

Dubai's three most prominent architectural icons, Burj an-Arab Hotel (L), Jumirah Hotel (R) and Burj Dubai (C),

The Backpacker It's glitzy, gaudy, and seriously lacking in soul. But Dubai is still worth a visit.

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