Some people get out the Frisbee. Others prefer to lie comfortably on a lounger. When most Australians hit the beach, however, they have just one thing in mind: plunging into the water.
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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Stockholm's metro is more than just a transport system; it is also the world's longest art gallery.
These startling rock formations are so remote that few people are prepared to make the trip.
How to spend a perfect day in Downtown LA, the city's hippest 'hood.
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Ute Junker discovers the delicate balancing act behind delivering luxury in the bush.
Ah, Scandinavia. Home to Viking-types who drink vodka by the bucketload, love hiking and cross-country skiing, and relax by sitting naked in a sauna with a dozen or so of their closest friends. Well, sort of.
Islands & beaches
Australia has more than 8000 islands to choose from. Here are the 10 best for a holiday.
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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