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Ten destinations you need to visit at least once

Ten destinations you need to visit at least once

While many seasoned travellers tend to shy away from popular tourist haunts, it can be said sometimes you’ve just got to see every place at least once. Sure, the world’s most travelled paths aren’t quite what they used to be, but they still pack enough punch to make them worthy of your bucket list. Here are our picks:

Cheap but chic hostels around the world

Cheap but chic hostels around the world

Back in 2000, I set out on my first post-college backpacking adventure, in Australia. By day, I sailed the Whitsunday Islands and snorkeled in the Great Barrier Reef. By night, I unfolded my own flat white sheet on an extra-long twin bed in a room with no bathroom and about 10 strangers, silently praying that none of them snored — or worse. This was hostel lodging.Fast forward more than a decade, and things have completely transformed in the budget accommodation department. Hostels all over the globe are adding design and comfort elements, making them more boutique hotel than college frat house. Cheap, it appears, can be chic. The only constant that remains is a strong sense of community, the unfortunate single supplement, and having to hand in your towel upon checkout. So don’t let the name mislead you. These 10 hostels, in cities big and small, both near and far, are too nice to ruin with any drunken debauchery. At least one can hope.

Seven reasons to take the kids to Bali

Seven reasons to take the kids to Bali

Bali has long been a favourite for sun-loving Australian families. No matter what age your kids are, Bali has something that they will love – whether that’s their babysitter, the food or the surf. Here are seven reasons to take your kids there:

Camping essentials

Camping essentials

There are two types of people in this world - campers and non-campers. But even if you fall into the latter, we think these amazing camping spots around Australia are enough to change your mind.

Conde Nast Hot List 2015: Best new hotels

Conde Nast Hot List 2015: Best new hotels

Conde Nast Traveler has announced the definitive guide to the best new hotels and resorts in the world, the 2015 Hot List. A select 60 properties made the list and we have chosen our favourite 20 hotels around the globe that stand out.

Best places to gaze at the stars

Best places to gaze at the stars

Whether you are a budding astronomer or just like to look at the night sky, you know not all star-gazing destinations were created equal. As our population grows, so too does light pollution, clouding the atmosphere and all that lies beyond it. Luckily, Travel + Leisure have put together a list of the best spots to admire the universe.

Best places to spend your cash

Best places to spend your cash

If that bonus is burning a hole in your pocket, or you’re just daydreaming how you’d spend a lotto win, these handpicked luxury holiday ideas are for you.

Holiday Photoshop fail

Holiday Photoshop fail

Sid Frisjes, a Dutch food blogger, journeyed to Paris to see the famous Eiffel Tower. Many tourists use forced perspective to capture the perfect photo where their finger appears to be on top of the structure — but Frisjes decided to have some fun with it. Instead of trying to stand in the right place, he simply reached his arm in the air, clearly missing the Eiffel Tower altogether, and posted the photo on his Instagram with the words, “nailed it.”Frisjes then posted the photo on the website 4 Chan, with the question, “Can someone Photoshop the Eiffel Tower under my finger?“ The response was overwhelming, with several users posting hilarious Photoshopped images of Frisjes with his finger on the Eiffel Tower. Here are a few of our favourites:

World’s longest glass walkway opens over Chinese cliff

World’s longest glass walkway opens over Chinese cliff

The world’s longest cantilever bridge, a transparent skywalk has opened near Chongqing. The terrifying 718-metre-high glass bridge extends in a horseshoe shape 26-metres from a cliff edge at Yunyang Longgang Geological Park, making it longer than Arizona’s Grand Canyon Skywalk.