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Image conscious: how to take better travel photos

Professional photographers can spend days, weeks, months - sometimes even years - waiting for everything to align for that one perfect shot.

Travel Insider

Of course you get your bond back - when we're ready

Campervan holiday on the Great Ocean Road.

Jane E Fraser Hotels and hire companies will ask for a bond from your credit card - but why do they take so long to give the money back?

Insider

A simple click will do the trick

Online travel bookings internet

Travel Insider There are so many websites for travel information and bookings, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are some of the sites to use in 2013.

Air travel

Grounded by liquid laws

Airport selection ... bargains abound but it pays to be up to speed on travel regulations.

Knowing when to buy is critical if you don't want your duty-free alcohol confiscated when boarding, writes Michael Gebicki.

Tripologist

Tripologist: Best way to do a California road trip

California, Pacific Coast Highway Sign Near Big Sur.

Tripologist I was wondering how I can best do a road trip up the California coast?

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Tripologist: Hip-pocket help for hire-car country hopping

Amsterdam

Tripologist If you return your hire car in another country from the one you hired it in, your operator is going to crunch you with a one-way fee.

USA

New York appetites

A New York cocktail.

From culinary genius to classic restaurants to street snacks, Douglas Rogers savours the city's finest dishes.

Tripologist

Driving route a thing of beauty

Tripologist My husband and I are planning to hire a car for two weeks in France in May.

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Nuts for travel

Be prepared ... nut allergies can be a problem in Thailand.

Don't let allergies curb your wanderlust, writes Ben Stubbs.

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The dutiful shopper

pic of girl with shopping bagsGENERIC

Jane E. Fraser answers the taxing question: how much do I owe customs?

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How to stay in shape while travelling

Woman skipping rope on beach

Keeping fit on holiday isn't for everyone - even the experts.

Tripologist

Campers without borders

Tripologist It seems impossible to find a van rental company that will allow pick-up in Rome and drop-off in Paris.

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Summer on the Mediterranean

Tripologist My parents are interested in taking a Mediterranean cruise in September. I am trying to find upmarket, smaller ships.

Tripologist

Best to do Norway your way

Tripologist We're taking an 11-day Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Cruise. Could you advise which shore excursions are not to be missed, as price is a major factor?

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Taste of southern comfort on road to Natchez

Tripologist We are a family travelling to the US to spend Christmas with relatives in Colorado. We are wondering where to go for the other two-plus weeks.

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Alaska cruising minus the crowds

Tripologist We are planning an Alaskan Inside Passage cruise. Could you suggest reputable operators and any must-see destinations?

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One-way car hire a challenge

Tripologist What is the best deal in Europe for hiring a car in one city and leaving it in another?

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Phuket's a good bet, via a Bangkok shopover

Tripologist We have been told by friends the place to go for both beach and shopping is Phuket. If so, would it be a bit pricier than the other destinations?

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How to avoid drowning your duty-free sorrows

Customs duty free alcohol airport

Tripologist While in transit in Singapore, as I was about to board the plane, the security guard confiscated my duty-free whisky.

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Shipping news for the shopping adventurer

Tripologist Do you have (affordable) suggestions on ways to send excess baggage home from Europe?