However you like your hotels, the upcoming year is sure to please, with architectural acrobatics, spectacular renovations and innovative technologies colluding to produce some fantastic new accommodation offerings.
Take a look at some of this week's best entries in our Big Picture reader travel photo competition.
We are a family of four on a budget wanting to spend a week in southern Europe. Any suggestions?
Ever alert for drop bears and roos on CBD street corners, Michael Gebicki tackles the enduring foreign misconceptions about a holiday in Australia.
Take a look at some of our top travel photos of the week, from newly minted US tourists smoking Cuban cigars in Havana to beach babes in Rio.