This is the truth about European bus tours, the likes of Contiki and TopDeck and their ilk: not everything you see is real. Or at least, it's not what you think it is.
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.
Some foreign dishes we have respected in their original form, some we've even improved on – and some we've totally stuffed up.
There are some amazing stopover destinations available to Australians, but doing one has become extremely difficult.
The Trans-Siberian and the Trans-Mongolian are names that are instantly recognisable to many travellers.
Some people have come to know more about travel, and more about the world, than almost anyone else.
We have a problem: no one is going to book a holiday if they think they're going to lose money on it.
Australia could have the sweet life if we really wanted it. But we don't.
For so many young travellers, a bus tour of Europe is a rite of passage.
As of this week, the Australian government's ban on its citizens departing the country has been lifted. But some countries remain closed to us.
NSW is missing one thing: a grudge against the other states.
Nothing beats grabbing a bike and cycling your way through this historic wine centre.
The big question now is not can you travel – it's should you travel? And strangely enough, the answer right now could be "no".
Travel is back! It's actually back. This is not fantasy, it's not a dream – for Australians, finally, this is real. Travel is back.
Why is everyone going to Byron Bay if they want beach-bound peace and quiet?
Western Sydney is wild on flavour.