Australia

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Australia — Australia is the only country in the world to cover an entire continent. The region is practically synonymous with the Great Barrier Reef, didgeridoos, kangaroos, and barbecues – rightly so – but visitors can expect much more. The diverse landscape, located a world away from North America, is also home to the Outback (an arid, expansive desert that takes up 70 percent of the land), tropical, Gold Coast beaches, stellar wine-producing regions, a fascinating indigenous heritage, and warm Aussie hospitality. While most people come for outdoor adventures like diving, surfing, and wildlife-spotting, the classy, cosmopolitan cities of Sydney and Melbourne deserve more than a passing glance.

Why Go

For some of nature’s more impressive feats – Technicolor reefs, pristine beaches, awesome surfing, and diverse wildlife.

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Inspired Travel: Stay in Vintage Trailers, Refurbbed Airplanes & Other "Upcycled" Digs

October 27, 2014 by Christine Wei

Why sleep in a concrete-and-glass building when you can stay in a vintage trailer, a Boeing 747, or even in a wine barrel? These quirky hotel concepts are ... Read More »

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Q&A: Does Chef Curtis Stone Cook on Vacation?

October 09, 2014 by Hilary Sheinbaum

Once upon a time, Australian Chef Curtis Stone had a misconception about American food. “Before I moved to the States, when I thought of American food, my mind ... Read More »

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4 Ways to Save in Uluru, Australia’s Most Expensive Destination

September 29, 2014 by Will McGough

You won’t find too many Americans in Australia’s Northern Territory, and there's a good reasons for it. Considering the high cost of air travel and the time ... Read More »

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Quick Tips for Saving Money in Sydney – One of the World’s Spendiest Travel Cities

September 10, 2014 by Caroline Eubanks

You may have dreams of visiting Sydney, the Australian city that’s home to the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge, but if you’ve done even a little bit of ... Read More »

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New, Affordable Great Barrier Reef Getaways Courtesy of Jean-Michel Cousteau

September 03, 2014 by Karen Gardiner Dion

Ready to book your bucket list getaway? Try this one on for size: Explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau, eldest son of Jacques Cousteau, is ... Read More »

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“Diaper bags make fantastic carry-on totes. They're sturdy, fit under airplane seats, and have tons and tons of pockets.”

Christine Wei Assistant Editor

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