Ben Groundwater

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.

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Ten basic skills every traveller needs

Travel should be easy. It should be fun. It shouldn't require specialist skills or any specific qualification. And for the most part that's true.

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The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates  iStock image for Traveller. Re-use permitted. Dubai the Palm

Ten nice cities to visit - but you wouldn't want to live there

It seems like every few months there's a new list of the world's most liveable cities. People love this stuff. Depending on which list you choose, the world's most liveable city right now could be Melbourne, it could be Vienna, it could be Munich or it could be Zurich. Wellington is usually up there. Copenhagen too.

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