Pleasure island ... Tanna Island, one of 83 in Vanuatu.

Isle of smiles

Daniel Scott talks to Ni-Vanuatu on Tanna Island, among the happiest people on Earth.

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Epi Island Kerry Van Der Jagt.

Haunts of the jungle

From guesthouse to waterfall to beach, Epi Island is an ethereal experience, writes Kerry van der Jagt.

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Carnival Sao Paulo

Top 10 countries to visit in 2011

Lonely Planet has drawn on the knowledge, passion and kilometres travelled by its staff, authors and online community to present the Top 10 Countries to visit in 2011.

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Under sail ... on board the brigantine Soren Larsen.

Tall tales and true

Melanie Ball signs up as a crew member on a sailing adventure to Vanuatu's remote northern islands.

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Adventure islands ... sailing in New Caledonia.

Playgrounds in the tropics

Keep the kids amused and intrigued with some thrill-seeking fun in places you'll reach before you hear the first 'are we there yet?'.

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Even closer ... the Te Vakaroa Villas in the Cook Islands

Battle of the beaches

Direct flights are driving prices down as resorts compete for Australian business, writes Jane E. Fraser.

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