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

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

France

The 10 worst things to do in Paris

A tourist takes souvenir photos of Italian painter Leonardo da Vinci s famed portrait Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Lizzie Porter, Oliver Smith, Jolyon Attwooll From queuing for hours for the Eiffel Tower to overdosing on 12 per cent beer, here are the things to avoid in the French capital.

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Brrr ... what's with the temperature on planes?

Keeping temperatures at the lower end of the range on a plane can be a better option than having passengers fainting.

Michael Gebicki Shivering or feeling faint? The temperature on a plane is a balancing act.

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Find freedom: How to take a year off to travel

Freedom ... it is possible to spend a year travelling, but you need to prepare.

The Backpacker Don’t pack too much. Turn off your phone. Get good insurance. The dos and don'ts of spending 12 months overseas.

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Air travel

Plane pleasure: How to have a perfect flight

First Class in the Qantas A380.

Jane E Fraser Flying used to be fun but nowadays it's an ordeal for most. Here's our expert guide on ways to make your flight a pleasure rather than just a pain.

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Netherlands

Hans Brinker: the worst hotel in the world?

Hans Brinker

Shaney Hudson It’s a fairly bold move to call yourself the worst hotel in the world, but it could mean good business.

Shopping

Open and shut case

Sascha Griffin

Nina Karnikowski Trying to shut your suitcase should not end in tears, writes Nina Karnikowski.

Tips

Tourists beware: thievery hotspots around the world

London may not have the reputation for crime that some other cities do, but it's actually one of Europe's worst cities for thieves.

Mark Juddery When a bag containing my laptop and smartphone was stolen in London, it was a shock to me - but not to the locals.

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Tips

Travel's biggest questions: answered

Young couple in beach resort, woman taking drink from waiter

The Tripologist Decisions, decisions, decisions ... Never before has the modern-day traveller been blessed with so many choices - and has never, at times, been so confounded.

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Everyone asks: are travellers cheques still useful?

Cheques

The Tripologist Is there still a case for using travellers cheques for overseas travel?

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Ten essential travel apps

smart phone

The Tripologist Smartphone apps have reshaped the travelscape. Here's Michael Gebicki's top 10.

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How to avoid getting robbed overseas

China money yuan currency

The Tripologist Confidence counts - don't make yourself a target when you're travelling.

Air travel

Fun before you fly

Delayed passengers at airport

Stuck in transit? Feeling bored? Brian Johnston finds 50 fun things to do at the world's airports.

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What's the best way to take money overseas?

Tourists money currency exchange Thailand

The Tripologist There is no one answer that fits every traveller in every situation, but a few general rules will work most of the time.

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Should you be worried by the government’s travel warnings?

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The Tripologist For each country, DFAT assigns one of four risk levels that reflect the potential dangers a traveller might face.

Michael Gebicki

Fifty best-ever travel tips

Woman with suitcase.

The Tripologist So, you’re all packed and ready to go. The Tripologist, Michael Gebicki, shares his secrets to avoid the traps and ensure your next adventure does not become a nightmare.

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Tripologist: How do flight crews beat jet lag?

Flight attendant jet lag

Tripologist If you cross more than four time zones you can expect to feel some effects of jet lag, but if you're smart, you can lessen its effects and duration.

Tips

World's most expensive cities not so bad ... if you're Australian

Statue of Liberty

The cities renowned as the world's most expensive aren't so expensive any more - as long as you have the benefit of coming from Australia, writes Tim Richards.

Flight test

Flight test: Finnair economy class

Finnair cabin crew

Flight Test The cabin crew are efficient and capable, but it would be nice to see a smile.

World

Culture on every corner

Art start ... Venice Biennale.

We've trawled the globe to find this year's 10 most compelling cultural events.