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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.

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

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8 Incredible Underwater Hotels

March 27, 2014 by Tommy Burson

If you’ve ever dreamed of splashing around with dolphins, Flipper-style, singing with crabs like a certain redheaded mermaid, or simply like the sound of ... Read More »

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American-Themed Diners Abroad

March 27, 2014

Tokyo: In American fashion, Baker Bounce serves up its burgers and fries with a drink rarely seen in Japan: root beer. Read More »

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Adelaide: 5 Things to See in this Off-the-Beaten-Path Australian City

January 31, 2014 by Alex Schechter

Two hours by plane from Sydney (and one and a half fromMelbourne), Adelaide is generally known as a quieter, more rustic alternative to Australia's bustling ... Read More »

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5 Inexpensive Ways to See Spendy Melbourne

January 30, 2014 by Jessica Festa

Australia in general isn’t known for being cheap, and Melbourne specifically – touted as the world’s most livable city and the capital of the country’s most ... Read More »

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Inspired Travel: 3 Places to See Penguins Up Close

January 20, 2014 by Christine Wei

We all know that there's something irresistible about a waddling penguin. But who knew that some species are facing extinction due to the changing climate and to ... Read More »

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