Destination: Australia

Sydney Harbor Bridge, Australia

Sydney Harbor Bridge, Australia REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A photographer captures an evening rainbow as it sets above the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

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Dhani Tackles Poetry: ‘The Great White Caddy’

Photo by Sarah Beri, Red Line Films

NFL linebacker and Renaissance man Dhani Jones hosts the new Travel Channel show, Dhani Tackles the Globe.

Like any good Renaissance man, he’s writing poems inspired by the travel experiences featured on each show.

The topic of tonight’s journey: Surf life saving in Australia.







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Five Hostels I Have Loved

Five Hostels I Have Loved Photo of Lizard Point by Eva Holland
Photo of Lizard Point by Eva Holland

These days, there are more accommodation options than ever for the budget traveler: everything from house swaps to pod hotels to rock-bottom recession-era deals at more traditional travel digs.

But even with that abundance of choices—most of which I’ve sampled, and enjoyed—I think my shoestringer’s heart will always belong to the youth hostel. I love the hosteling community, I (sometimes) love the fiesta atmosphere, and—of course—I love the price. From grungy party pads to serene dorm-room retreats, here are five hostels I have loved:

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Arthur Frommer Promises to Keep Digging up the Deals

The guidebook author/publisher-turned-blogger takes a hard look at the latest travel numbers and trends, and concludes that while overall travel is down, “nearly 90% of all Americans are continuing to travel. And when they do, they are seeking bargains and values beyond all else.” He goes on: “Though some have criticized this blog for its alleged over-emphasis on special deals and discounts, we’re going to continue to make those discoveries a hallmark of our content.”

Well, consider me a fan of that alleged over-emphasis—Frommer’s blog is a great source for must-act-fast cruise, flight and hotel deals, and sure enough, here’s his latest bargain find: a set of $750 round-trip flights from the U.S. to Australia and New Zealand.


North Curl Curl Beach, Australia

little penguin REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

North, a Little Penguin, looks back as it is pushed into the sea by veterinarian Amy Twentyman of the Taronga Zoo at North Curl Curl beach in Sydney. The zoo released back into the ocean two adult Little Penguins after they had rested and been cared for at Taronga's Wildlife hospital.

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Morning Links: Japan’s ‘Ambassadors of Cute,’ Obama’s Position on Travel and More

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Tonight: ‘Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches’ Debuts

This is Bridget Marquardt, formerly one of “The Girls Next Door.”

She’s now a sexy blogger, a sexy Twitterer and star of a new show on the Travel Channel, Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches. Every week, she’ll be immersing herself in beach cultures around the world.

The first season kicks off tonight at 10 p.m. ET. The destination for her first sexy beach: Australia.


Best Cities to Drink Coffee

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Terry Ward takes a look at seven of the best cities in the world to sit and sip

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Morning Links: Best Job in the World Finalists, ‘Narco-Tours’ and More

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Kinglake, Australia

australia fires REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

A vehicle is seen near the remains of a house destroyed by bushfires is seen in the town of Kinglake, 34 miles northeast of Melbourne. Australian bushfires have killed more than 100 people and burnt hundreds of homes in the worst fire disaster in three decades.

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Morning Links: God and Jerry Springer in Italy, a Tourist in Falluja and More

Morning Links: God and Jerry Springer in Italy, a Tourist in Falluja and More Photo of U.S.-Mexico border by Allen Ormond, via Flickr (Creative Commons)
Photo of U.S.-Mexico border by Allen Ormond, via Flickr (Creative Commons)

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Morning Links: Disney’s Small World, Travel Writers Worth Following and More

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Morning Links: Americans Behaving Badly, Disappointing Attractions and More

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Morning Links: Australia’s Great Ocean Road, LEGO N.Y. and More

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Ni Hao from Down Under

I gave President Obama high marks last week for trying out his Indonesian while on a visit to the State Department. Well, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd does Obama one better. Here he is, wishing China a happy new year in perfectly fluent Mandarin, apparently the only world leader to record such a message.

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