Ute Junker

Ute Junker worked as a magazine editor and TV and digital producer before running away to become a travel writer. She now gets to pursue her passions - including food, history, art, architecture and wildlife - across the globe, and is happy to travel a long way for a coral reef, fine French champagne, or a bathtub with a view.

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Islands & beaches

Australia's 10 greatest holiday islands named

Australia has more than 8000 islands to choose from. Here are the 10 best for a holiday.

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Yrjonkatu Swimming Hall.

Finland

24 hours in Helsinki

Finland's compact capital is one of Scandinavia's best-kept secrets. Ute Junker reveals how to make a day of it.

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Beach, Malta.

Mediterranean

The Mediterranean's secret hot spot

Fierce knights, ancient cities, gorgeous swimming spots and the odd tortured genius: why Malta is the Mediterranean's secret hot spot.

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The island of Rurutu has jutting cliffs, fascinating caves and plenty of hiking trails, not to mention swimming with whales.

South Pacific

A different type of paradise

There are no lagoons or luxury hotels on this remote Polynesian island: just caves, coffee and a retired god.

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