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  • Exclusive Deal at Australia's Luxe Southern Ocean Lodge

    We are excited to bring you an exclusive, deal at one of the most stunning and secluded hotels in Australia—the Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island. Take a look.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on June 12, 2012 at 5:13:08 PM EDT in Deals, Hotels
  • Design Hotels Opens First Property in Sydney

    Set to open in the iconic Sydney building that once housed Gowings department store and the State Theater, the QT Sydney is Design Hotels's latest sleek, vibrant property worldwide.

    Posted by Deanna Cioppa on June 01, 2012 at 10:20:52 AM EDT in Hotels, News
  • Today's Top Headlines: May 4, 2012

    From Spirit Airlines' much-hated announcement this week to Karl Lagerfeld's chic take on a hotel pool, here are the top headlines we're reading this morning.

    Posted by Nicole Campoy on May 04, 2012 at 11:19:28 AM EDT in Travel Tips
  • 10 Perfect Girlfriend Getaways

    Nothing beats a getaway with the girls, whether you hit a nearby foodie haven like Portland for the weekend or make it a far-flung jaunt to scope out the big five in Kenya or sip champagne in Australia.

    Posted by Trish Friesen on April 30, 2012 at 5:22:42 PM EDT in Trip Ideas, Hotels, Trip Ideas
  • Exceptional Amenity Kits from First-Class Flights

    It might not be the top reason to splurge on a first-class plane ticket, but scoring one of the luxury amenity kits that get handed out in that exclusive cabin is certainly a perk. Here's a rundown on four of the best airline kits, brimming with enough indulgent goodies to make even an extra-long flight extremely comfortable.

    Posted by Rachel Felder on April 12, 2012 at 11:01:42 AM EDT in Trip Ideas
  • 10 Best Spa Trips for 2012

    Emerge from the long winter with a wellness-inspired pick-me-up—set out for a rejuvenating getaway with one of these 10 best spa trips around the globe. From mountain escapes in the forests of New Hampshire and New York to traditional Thai massages in exotic Bangkok to a Great Barrier Reef-neighboring oasis Down Under (and beyond), our list of top spa trips offers a variety of tempting destinations wide and far that are primed for some well-deserved R & R.

    Posted by Fodor's Guest Blogger on February 27, 2012 at 2:15:35 PM EST in Trip Ideas, Spas
  • Top 10 Places to Travel this Spring

    From chic new hotels to can't-miss art events, the season's top destinations are blossoming with fresh experiences. Whether you'd like to revel in the music at Prague's spring music festival, taste wines near the vines in Paso Robles, or mingle with Tuscan locals before the summer crowds arrive, these trips are sure to brighten your season.

    Posted by Elissa Richard on February 14, 2012 at 2:00:46 PM EST in Trip Ideas
  • 10 Top Kid-Friendly Hotels

    The prospect of traveling with children can indeed seem daunting, sometimes so much so that the very idea of it keeps families from leaving home altogether. Rest assured, there's hope out there yet for your next kids-inclusive vacation, thanks to these 10 family-friendly hotels that offer plenty of fun for the kiddies, without skimping on the amenities for adults.

    Posted by Fodor's Guest Blogger on February 14, 2012 at 11:42:40 AM EST in Hotels, Family
  • 13 Lessons Learned from Fodorites' 2011 Trip Reports

    Reading trip reports from other travelers can be an invaluable resource for planning your next vacation. They're often great for gathering information on topics such as what to expect when you land, where to find top hotels and the best under-the-radar restaurants, and when to book ahead for must-do activities. Essentially, it's all about the experience of what worked—and perhaps even more importantly, what didn't.

    Posted by Fodor's Guest Blogger on January 05, 2012 at 2:54:51 PM EST in Trip Ideas
  • On the Radar: Australia's North Queensland

    Many travelers head up to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, but the region north of Cairns offers a chance to experience tropical rain forests and Aboriginal culture. Take the cable ferry across the Daintree River, and you'll see a spectacular part of the country that most casual visitors miss.

    Posted by Doug Stallings on November 02, 2011 at 4:31:41 PM EDT in Trip Ideas
  • View beautiful coves and exclusive towns on Sydney's favorite coastal walk.

    The Bondi-to-Bronte Coast Walk is a lovely 3½-km (2-mi) cliff walk, popular with just about everyone in the eastern suburbs. Signage explains the flora and Aboriginal history, and the area is the venue for the hugely popular Sculpture by the Sea outdoor art display (held every October and November).

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on March 07, 2011 at 2:00:00 AM EST in Travel Tips Tagged: Arches National Park, denalinationalpark, Vatican City
  • Try Australia & New Zealand's Beauty Buys & Experiences

    From the massive landmass of Australia to the islands of New Zealand, the South Pacific has many unique botanicals that are found nowhere else on earth. With their active lifestyles and increased sun exposure, Aussies and Kiwis understand the power of nature—as traveling skincare enthusiasts will quickly learn. So, the next time you’re Down Under, give your skin a break from surfing or trekking through the bush to explore some of the region’s top skincare products and wellness experiences.

    Posted by Dr. Leslie Baumann on February 24, 2011 at 3:48:17 PM EST in Trip Ideas Tagged: Olympic Penninsula, germany, Nicaragua
  • Know when to tip—and not to tip—in Australia

    Australians don't expect tips and hotels and restaurants don't usually add service charges. That said, a small tip for good service is common practice and appreciated. Room service and housemaids are only tipped for special services. Taxi drivers don't expect a tip, but leaving small change will win you a smile. Guides, tour bus drivers, and chauffeurs don't expect tips either, though they're grateful if someone in the group takes up a collection for them. No tipping is necessary—indeed, it would cause confusion—in hair salons or for theater ushers.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on February 08, 2011 at 2:00:00 AM EST in Travel Tips
  • Around the World with Jeanne Baret: the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe

    The true story of this remarkable female traveler is told in Glynis Ridley’s The Discovery of Jeanne Baret. Here are some of the highlights of Baret's story and the natural wonders along the way. Re-tracing her journey, dates are given for each location, so you can see how long it took an 18th-century ship to complete the voyage under sail.

    Posted by Fodor's Guest Blogger on December 28, 2010 at 10:13:05 AM EST in Trip Ideas Tagged: prague, Wales, guatemala, Airlines, The Disney Fantasy
  • Top Places to Celebrate New Year's Eve

    The year 2011 is almost upon us so we've rounded up nine cities around the globe that celebrate the New Year with style. Find your perfect party, from family-friendly affairs to all-night debauchery to classic celebrations.

  • Stopover Tips for South Pacific Trips

    For many, a trip to the South Pacific—dotted with over 20,000 total landmasses, large and small—is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Australia and New Zealand draw a lot of the attention, as well as vacationers, from their smaller neighbors, but it’s possible to add a Polynesian stop in Hawaii, Fiji, or Tahiti to a down under adventure.

    Posted by Stephanie Butler on November 05, 2010 at 2:00:00 AM EDT in Travel Tips Tagged: Denmark, Naples, loscabos, Guatemala, fingerlakes
  • Australia: Unless you have tons of time, limit where you go

    Australia is enormous. Don’t pack in too much if you’ve only a couple of weeks—it would be like trying to see the entire United States in 14 days. Instead, start by determining what the best activities are during the time of year you plan to go—touring wineries, bushwalking, skiing, diving. Then plan your trip around them, including a couple of noteworthy areas that will keep you happy and busy rather than frazzled and run ragged.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on September 26, 2010 at 2:00:00 AM EDT in Travel Tips
  • 11 Fall Value Travel Destinations

    Don't be fooled by the term "off season." Now is the best time to take advantage of travel deals; the crowds are gone and many hotels and airlines have dropped their rates. We've rounded up our favorite value fall travel destinations, where you'll get the same luxuries for a fraction of the price.

    Posted by Arabella Bowen on September 22, 2010 at 5:48:37 PM EDT in Trip Ideas Tagged: laquinta, La Quinta, mumbai, Mumbai, korea, Korea, angkorwat, Angkor Wat
  • Australia: Make rail reservations well in advance

    This is especially necessary during peak tourist seasons, roughly from November through February. Advance-purchase train fares, which afford a 10%–40% discount between some major cities, are best bought before departure for Australia, as they tend to be booked up far in advance. Contact your travel agent or the appropriate Rail Australia office.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on September 06, 2010 at 2:00:00 AM EDT in Travel Tips
  • Australia: Know how to read a menu

    Down Under, entrée means appetizer and main courses are American main courses.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on July 16, 2010 at 2:00:11 AM EDT in Travel Tips