Places boom, and then they bust. And then they boom again.
Traveller's globetrotting backpacker, Ben Groundwater, finds the good, the bad and the ugly in the world’s best destinations. Ben is a columnist, blogger, feature writer, and host of Traveller's podcast Flight of Fancy, who has visited more than 80 countries during his 12 years in the industry. Ben was named travel writer of the year by the Australian Society of Travel Writers in 2014 and 2015.
Australia: we love banning things. We must have more bans on things than almost any other country on the planet.
Is there anything more cringe-worthy than hearing someone proclaim that they're a ''traveller, not a tourist''?
If it's luxury and leisure you're after then this hotel is absolutely the spot for you.
I'm a clear example that it's possible to travel with an appalling command of the local language and still get by.
Travellers can sometimes miss the true highlight of a country.
There are still a few patches of white sand and cool, clear water in Europe that are flying under the radar. Enjoy these beaches before everyone else does.
One of the most beautiful spaces you'll ever lay eyes on is only open to men.
If you've done any of the following, then there's a good chance you paid too much.
Our travel writers reveal the times their trips didn't quite go according to plan.
There are few places for the traveller that quite match the excitement, and, on occasions, the intimidation, of the border crossing.
What makes Japan so interesting is that it's so intensely Japanese.
Toboggan, sledge, velogemel, quad bike, parachute ... scoff fondue.
If you can tackle these breakfasts of champions, then you truly are deserving of the title.
Though some of them are instantly recognisable as Australian – hello, Big Pineapple – there are plenty that you could mistake for being somewhere else entirely…