Think sport begins and ends at the AFL Grand Final? Think State of Origin is the pinnacle of fearsome rivalry? Think 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.
Holiday here this year. Stay in Australia. Explore your backyard. I have to say – right now, I don't really fancy it.
Is there any country you would refuse to visit? Any nation that you just couldn't bring yourself to go to for political reasons?
Eighteen months with no travel and I can barely remember what the whole experience feels like.
The COVID-19 has stopped us from travelling, but in doing so it has also allowed us to sit back and take an objective look at the world we love.
Our former foreign minister's boastful tweet about his holiday in France rightfully upset the many Australians struggling through lockdown. But there's another way to look at it.
The pandemic takes from all of us. But for some it takes more.
It's the heart-rending, tear-jerking, passion-swelling call to action that Australia has been waiting for. And curiously, it has come in the form of a Qantas ad.
You think Australia's two biggest cities have a rivalry? You think we have cultural differences? In comparison to these notorious enemies, we're the best of friends.
If you're anything like me, you probably don't understand why your travel photos suck so much.
The next trip has always been on the horizon. I've always known where I'm going. Until now.
The Snowy Mountains resort has a shiny gondola, packed apres-ski calendar and traditional mountain restaurants... and then there's the skiing and boarding
One thing you discover when you travel the world is that the police aren't always on your side.
You haven't seen Australia until you've seen a sunset in WA.
Even during closed borders and lockdowns, there's one surefire way to see the best travel spots in the world from the comfort of your lounge.