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The old US embassy

A train journey to Tehran - the heart of Persia

Destination: Tehran

Iran may seem like an unusual travel destination, but taking the Trans-Asia Express from Istanbul to Tehran gives a real sense of travelling to a different world

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The Carrington (©VisitNSW.com)

Romance Down Under: Sydney for couples on a budget

by Sadhbh

Destination: Katoomba

Just because you're visiting Sydney as a backpacker doesn't mean you can't do romantic dates - try these three ideas for amorous outings that won't break the bank

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Wonderful cake!

A day at the Zoo: the pleasures of shopping in Beijing

Destination: Beijing

Avoid the stressful haggling of Yashow and the tourist crowds of the Silk Market in Beijing. Instead, follow my advice on where to shop, eat, stay and find a real bargain in the Chinese capital

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Muri Lagoon

On Cook Islands time; A walk on the wild side in Rarotonga

by sgl4maj

Destination: Rarotonga

Rarotonga may be a tiny dot in the South Pacific but it certainly packs a punch. Sublime snorkelling, rainforest hiking and Polynesian culture are all within reach in this Cook Islands paradise

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A view of Treasure Island from Beachcomber Island

A Fijian bula party on Beachcomber Island

by Katie L

Destination: Beachcomber Island

Beachcomber Island in Fiji is one of those paradise islands that dreams are made of: golden sands, blue seas and a place where you would love to get castaway

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Taybeh beer

Bethlehem: a warm welcome in the birthplace of Christ

Destination: Bethlehem

Bethlehem is best known as the setting for the Christmas story, but this ancient city is also home to modern, vibrant culture, great (and ethical) shopping and good food

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Church Point

A wilderness escape from Sydney

Destination: Hawkesbury Valley

Join me as I leave the city’s bright lights behind and head to the dramatic Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, and one of Sydney's most beautiful, and most remote, hostels

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Gran Plaza, Tikal

Tikal, Guatemala - a two day trip from Belize

Destination: Tikal National Park

Venture deep into the jungle, where monkeys clamber over ruined temples, and prepare to unleash your inner Mowgli on a magical adventure into the heart of the Mayan empire

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Circular Quay from the bridge

A Pom's Guide to Sydney

Destination: Sydney

Vivacious and vain, breezy and blithe, posing around its shimmering harbour. Sydney is a sun-kissed show-off with a whimsical grin

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Tenax

Nightlife in Florence: how to have a good night out

Destination: Florence

It may be small, but Florence has enough going on after dark to keep most visitors on the lookout for night-time entertainment happy: just don’t make comparisons with the club scene back home.

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