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Bright colours help set your suitcase apart.

Going on holiday? These steps will keep your luggage safe

More bags are going astray thanks to post-pandemic staffing issues, but there are steps you can take to reduce the risk.

  • Julie Weed
Australians travelling to and from London could face headaches following a spat between Heathrow Airport and Emirates.

Emirates rejects Heathrow Airport demand to cut flights

Heathrow this week asked airlines to stop selling some tickets for flights over the northern summer, meaning Australian travellers could face more headaches.

  • Alexander Cornwell and Paul Sandle
A tiny tender  and paddleboards are provided for guests.

A night to remember in Sydney’s floating hotel for two

After a calamitous setback, an off-grid luxury retreat on a Pittwater pontoon is back, bigger and better than before – as long as there’s no southerly blowing.

  • Charis Perkins
At the Hästens Sleep Spa Hotel, the beds are guaranteed to give you a good night’s sleep.

Here’s what it’s like to curl up on a $60,000 bed

This 15-room boutique hotel in Coimbra, Portugal is the only one of its kind. The goal is to “offer you the world’s best sleep experience”.

  • Lois Alter Mark
Room with a view: The signature armchair in each guestroom provides a striking dash of blue.

A touch of Paris off Collins Street

The Sofitel Melbourne has been onto a winning formula for years. It hasn’t changed it, just injected a dose of contemporary French flair.

  • Gus McCubbing
Sadly you might need to forget business class on points for a while due to lack of available seats, say a range of experts.

Forget using frequent flyers for first and business class until 2023

With so few points seats available to be redeemed at the pointy end of the plane, loyal corporate travellers should consider these tips.

  • Fiona Carruthers
An aerial view of the imposing Château Saint-Germain-en-Laye. The area was a favourite hunting ground for French royals.

This hidden royal city is a charming Parisian secret

Saint-Germain-en-Laye, on the outskirts of Paris, is a fascinating and less crowded alternative to the usual day-trip haunts of Giverny and Versailles.

  • Jane Knight
A section of the 18-metre-long Socialist mural on the current Ministry of Finance building.

Potent life lessons from Germany’s Finance Ministry

It’s not on the tourist map, but the Berlin HQ of the most powerful finance ministry in Europe embodies momentous times past and present.

  • Geoff Raby
French knitwear brand Molli produces chic contemporary pieces renowned for their cut and colours.

Five must-visit maisons of cutting-edge creativity in Paris

A former Melburnian shares her favourite niche businesses, from designer knitwear to furniture, in the city she now calls home.

  • Kate van den Boogert
Neil Perry at the Campo de’Fiori market.

Neil Perry’s top six places to eat in Rome

The inaugural Sydney-Perth-Rome Qantas flight marked the celebrity chef’s fifth visit to Rome – so who better to eat with in the Eternal City?

  • Fiona Carruthers
Danish author Hans Christian Andersen is immortalised in front of Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens.

Copenhagen celebrates a summer of freedom and joy

After lifting COVID-19 restrictions in January, the city is ready to party once more. The Tour de France kicks off a season of festivals and feasting.

  • Lisa Abend


Explore remote destinations that few people have ever seen.

Dream holidays close to home

Adventurous exploration begins here, with voyages of discovery to some of the most remote, yet welcoming places on the planet.



A giant kangaroo and quokka, plus Qantas staff and Italian media, were on hand to welcome QF5 when it touched down at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport on Sunday morning.

I just flew Australia to Rome direct – here’s what to expect

Down Under is now directly connected to mainland Europe after Qantas debuted its QF5 Sydney-Perth-Rome service. The final leg took 15 hours and 30 minutes.

  • Fiona Carruthers
Qantas will now operate three flights a week from Sydney to Rome via Perth, representing the only non-stop flight between Australia and Continental Europe.

Inaugural Perth to Rome touches down

The new Qantas route of Sydney-Perth-Rome touched down at Fiumicino Airport slightly ahead of schedule, in a fast flight time of 15 hours and 30 minutes.

  • Fiona Carruthers
Vatican City is one of the safest places you can visit in Europe, recording only 27 infections since COVID began, and no deaths.

Travelling to Europe in summer? Here’s what you need to know

Australians are bound for the continent en masse over the next few months in what travel agents are dubbing the biggest offshore migration since COVID-19 first hit.

  • Fiona Carruthers
An increasing number of hotels are looking at robots to assist in concierge and other services.

How my hotel room outsmarted me

Some of us are not quite ready for a future where voice activation is used to talk to the room.

  • Jill Margo
Zenkoji (Temple of the Benevolent Light), pictured here in spring, is a sacred Buddhist site.

A modern twist on ancient culture in the Japanese Alps

After two years closed off from the world, Japan’s north-eastern alpine towns are preparing to welcome tourists back. Oh, and the skiing is still great too.

  • Michael Smith
Construction under way at the Museum Hotel Antakya in Turkey, showing some of the 66 supporting columns and the 5th-century Roman baths beneath.

Step into this unique floating hotel and behold 2300 years of history

The Museum Hotel Antakya is an architectural feat that combines contemporary comforts with an ancient archaeological site.

  • Ute Junker

Is Venice still worth visiting? Here’s my (troubling) verdict

On a one-night visit to the city of bridges, after battling crowds and a belligerent host, our travel editor asks the unthinkable question.

  • Fiona Carruthers

Inside the Venice Biennale and its link with Australian big business

The weird and the wonderful of the world’s premier art fair, according to one member of the family with a unique connection to the event.

  • Luca Belgiorno-Nettis