The ritual occurs every time I plan a holiday: I sit at a desk, opposite a travel agent, who tries hard to persuade me that this or that destination is my best possible choice.
Three quarters of a century after a "royal skinny dip" made it a pioneering nudist destination, Croatia is striving to attract more of the world's growing army of "nakationers".
Margaret Turton takes a river cruise laced with spies, revolution and royalty.
The tragedy and comedy of broken relationships are chronicled in Zagreb, writes David Whitley.
Andrew West travels by rail through the Balkans and finds beauty and new life along with the scars of war.
Taking trains, coaches and ferries, Stephanie Gardiner finds long-haul travelling in Europe is a mixed bag.
How's your Egyptian? Your Cantonese? Hungarian? The strong Aussie dollar makes many destinations more affordable, beyond the usual haunts in America and Europe.
Nicola Walker lives like the rich and famous in a splendid historical hotel in Croatia.