Why is everyone going to Byron Bay if they want beach-bound peace and quiet?
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.
Western Sydney is wild on flavour.
This is the European destination everyone should be going to (although please don't).
Italy's Amalfi Coast has a new luxury hotel - the first in about 15 years in this fiercely protected and much-loved part of the world.
I haven't done every great train trip in the world. There are plenty that elude me. But still, I'm going to say that the Trans-Siberian and the Trans-Mongolian are the best.
Next time you travel, it really is time to sever your attachment to the cyber world.
The story we all liked to tell ourselves, that if everything went wrong we could always just go home, was shown to be a lie.
Australians are drawn to coastlines both here and abroad.
How you identify does make a difference to how you travel.
My friends back home were worried, but I was rediscovering my travel roots and loving every moment.
The signs are there that one day, maybe even sooner than you think, we'll be able to indulge our passion for travel once again.
Think sport begins and ends at the AFL Grand Final? Think State of Origin is the pinnacle of fearsome rivalry? Think again.
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.