Ben Groundwater puts to rest the age-old notion that to backpack is to slum it with this list of 'poshpacker' hostels.
Some cities take a while to reveal their charms - but these are the ones I loved as soon as I arrived.
I didn't know it at the time, but I've come to see that I probably did chip something out of the greatness of a city I love.
Berlin's Bohemian quarter is changing but Leisa Tyler finds that creativity and culture continue to thrive there.
W Hotel is making inroads in the People's Republic, opening in Guangzhou in February.
From art and museums to kebabs and beer, this is the best on offer in Berlin.
Turning her lens on the 'coolest city on the planet', photographer Louise Hawson is touched by small reminders of Berlin's horrific past and the larger-than-life characters of its decadent present.
Berlin's legendary music and club scene are complemented in a new hotel that strikes a chord with Michelle Wranik.
Understated but cool, Berlin is an eclectic mix of glamour and quirks. River-side bars, posh restaurants and underground clubs; the city is a balance between modern efficiency, grandeur and rich culture. Cruise the city, east to west; wonder through endless halls of museums; explore inner-city graffiti laneways; find gems in the outlying boroughs; but don't miss the Brandenburg Gate or the East Side Gallery.