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How to speak Kiwi

The Backpacker There's a dark secret that most Australians carry around with them, a piece of knowledge that's stored away and rarely revealed. And that dark secret is this: we actually like the Kiwis.

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Meet the travel nutters

Female scuba diver.

The Backpacker You meet nutters of all descriptions when you travel - they have an obsessive look about them.

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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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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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Travellers' Check

Winter holiday fares on the march

Virgin Australia

Clive Dorman Though it might not be immediately apparent, the graphs of what happened to air fares 18 months ago were foretelling the future.

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Miss Snow It All

Snow white with envy

Mt hutt

Rachael Oakes-Ash Ever noticed how the snow is always whiter, dryer, deeper and longer on the other side?

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Fiji

There's a rumble in the jungle

Lovoni Fiji

Ben Groundwater Soon it's raining mandarins, giant hunks of nature's produce thudding to the earth.

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Miss Snow It All

When white snow turns evil

Colorado Ski, USA

Rachael Oakes-Ash Three simple syllables that can kill and the white elephant in the room for every skier or snowboarder that ventures off-piste.

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Miss Snow It All

Snowboarders have always copped a raw deal

Torah Bright

Rachael Oakes-Ash I am a skier but that doesn't mean I have any more 'right' to be on the mountain than a snowboarder.

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Is this even a real plane?

Fiji plane window

The Backpacker There's been no arming and cross-checking on this flight.

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Snow It All

Snowcial media - who to follow on the slopes

Mount Hotham skiing

Snow It All No longer do we have to rely on snow reports that clearly favour the resort distributing them to determine whether to go skiing.

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The world's top 10 best small towns

San Sebastian

The Backpacker The world's greatest city? Who cares? Bigger isn't always better - here are some the world's best bite-sized destinations...

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Travellers' Check

The great trans-Tasman flight fizzer

Air New Zealand planes at Auckland airport.

Travellers' Check Flights between Australia and New Zealand were supposed to be reclassified as domestic. So what happened?

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Things could be worse ...

Rain rain go away ... a wet holiday is not ideal.

The Backpacker What do you do when your holiday plans are rained out?

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Why the Kiwis have got air travel right

Air New Zealand airport

The Backpacker There's something amazing that happens in New Zealand. It's the airports.

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The Kiwi food that can't (or won't) be improved

Cheese roll, Dunedin, New Zealand.

The Backpacker It's incredible there could be a foodstuff in the Western world I hadn't already heard of.

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A solo man in honeymooner heaven

couple honeymoon Tahiti beach

The Backpacker Solo travel is great but it's a lot better when you're not listening to the thump, thump, thump of honeymooners at it next door.

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The world's easiest countries to travel through

Tube London

The Backpacker Some countries just get it. They like tourists; they want to have them visit. So they do everything in their power to make it easy to travel there.

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Friendliest people on earth need you ... to visit

Group of excited backpackers, looking out over Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown.

The Backpacker Want to help out New Zealanders affected by the earthquake? Get on over there and enjoy yourself in the process.

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