No trip is too outlandish, writes James Schloeffel, if it delivers an unbeatable anecdote.
In freezing Kyrgyzstan, Barbara Bryan has dinner in a yurt and is warmed by hearty soup, vodka and dancing.
David Whitley launches himself on an exploration of the universe with feet firmly on Earth.
Helen Anderson finds the bizarre and beautiful on a road trip through Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.
Be it saving bears, unearthing ruins or chasing miracles, special-interest tours get you to the heart of the action.
Weird, wacky or simply wonderful. You think you've seen it all but these cities will make you look again. Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2009 names the world's top 10 most eccentric cities.
From war zones to playgrounds, rust belts to resorts, the ABC's legion of foreign correspondents has seen it all. But even reporters need a holiday. David Scott asks six to nominate their favourite destinations.