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Contiki

IT DIDN’T seem there was anywhere you couldn’t go — even places you’d never heard of — that you couldn’t visit on a Contiki tour. When it celebrated its 55th birthday last year, the powerhouse tour company was taking 18 to 35-year-olds on trips to 60 countries across six continents, …

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Paris open air urinals dividing opinion

PARIS’ penchant for urban urinals has taken a new ecological turn with trialling of a new dry and allegedly odourless version known as the “uritrottoir”. But the red-topped receptacle appears to have mainly provoked ribbing and ridicule and, among some local residents, even rage. “It’s a little weird … but …

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Coney Island

EVERY year tens of thousands of people head for the beach on New York’s Coney Island for its historic July 4 Independence Day celebrations. On a normal hot summer’s day about 120,000 people can crowd on the sand but it really was standing room only on the 4.8km stretch of …

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Area 51

FOR years the United States government denied the existence of this highly-secretive base in the middle of the Nevada desert. Now, potential candidates are being offered the chance to work at Area 51 after it posted its first ever job advert: for a pilot on top-secret flights, The Sun reports. …

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Naked travel

“YOU didn’t know that on Sunday evening there’s a swingers party?” They were the words that froze travellers Nick and Lins in their tracks. The jetsetting Belgian couple, who share nude photos of themselves travelling the world on their popular Instagram page Naked Wanderings, have seen thousands of people in …

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Nevis Catapult at AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand

IT’S a wild ride like nothing you’ve ever experienced before — a catapult reaching almost 100km/h in 1.5 seconds, propelling thrillseekers 150m across a ravine and through a series of jaw-dropping bounces. Officially launched at AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand today, the Nevis Catapult is billed as the world’s biggest …

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Qantas, Singapore Airlines

SINGAPORE Airlines has booted Qatar from the number one spot in a prestigious list of the world’s best airlines by Skytrax. It’s the latest proof that the golden oldie, which was once known as the Queen of the Skies before falling off the radar, has well and truly taken back …

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Bacalar, Mexico

I’D HEARD whispers from fellow travellers of a mythical little town on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast, boasting Maldives-blue water, no crowds, and a substantially cheaper price tag. Seduced by descriptions that likened it to a Caribbean island paradise, we swiftly ditched the tequila-soaked clubs of Cancun and Tulum and chanced the …

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