Some of us still carry around the strangest and most pointless stuff when we travel. Why?
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.
The Japanese are a polite, welcoming and accommodating people – however, a little cultural understanding will go a long way.
It pays to know at least a few words in the local language before you travel.
The snooty Frenchman. The rude Frenchman. The Gallic snob who refuses to speak English even though he or she clearly can.
Everything is fine in Iran. Until it's not.
Was travel really better back in the day? Back in the 70s and 80s and 90s?
You're supposed to lust after luxury. That's the dream. That's the ideal.
From what to pack to where to go, as well as some hair-raising tales: tips on how to have a successful road trip.
You can arrive or depart by water taxi - a novel way to begin a stay here.
Nostalgia is an interesting thing. It can make even the worst experiences seem amazing.
There is a bigger story to tell about Pamplona (without the bull).
Europe is the most popular travel destination on Earth, by a long way.
Dress up if you don't want a good dressing down - even if it might just be in the minds of locals.
Nobody's perfect. We've all made mistakes. We've all done things we later regret.
You don't need to leave planet Earth to have these 10 cool space experiences.