• 3 great travel reads to pack for India

    It's the best time of the year to bag some book bargains, and if you're planning a trip to India then Marissa Cooke has chosen some great reads to add to your list.

    India is the sort of country where you can spend all day soaking up some magnificent sights, but still find time to relax in a quiet corner with a cup of chai as the hustle and bustle continues around you. Take note of these three fascinating books, and pop one in your backpack (or load it to your Kindle if you are that way inclined!)

  • Recipe for tandoori chicken skewers

    Hear that? It's the sound of thousands of Aussie barbecues getting warmed up in preparation for summer. But regardless of the weather, there's nothing like the fiery, fresh taste of tandoori chicken.

    Pop them on the barbie or get them sizzling on a char-grill pan. These easy skewers are a great dish when unexpected guests drop round. Cook in advance and eat cold at a picnic. You can even experiment by alternating some of the chicken for chunks of roast capsicum and onion.

  • Which country had the power to change you?

    We posted a blog recently about how travelling to India has the power to change you. We asked our Facebook fans which country has changed them, and we were overwhelmed by the response.

  • Image of the week: Kerala backwaters, India

    This image was taken along the Kerala backwaters in India by Natalie Neal.

    Here's some facts about this stunning part of the world:

  • Warning: India will change you

    You know when you visit some countries, and they're unlike anything you could ever have imagined? 

    India is not that country.

  • Image of the week: Rajasthan herder, India

    Today's incredible image of the week is a Rajasthan herder, India. It was taken by our very own Steve Wroe.

    Trip of the week: The colours of Rajasthan

    Inspired to take a trip to India? Why not check out all our trips and find the one that best suits you.

  • Would you rather: Eat cautiously or try everything?

    We recently asked our Facebook fans to take part in a travel debate.

    The topic:
    Are you overly cautious with food when travelling or do you throw caution to the wind and try the lot?

    Try everything:
    Most people were keen to try the local cuisine, but also understood the risks. Despite a few reports of Bali Belly and the odd dodgy tummy, it seems our Facebook fans are a pretty adventurous lot:

  • Saving the tiger

    Those people lucky enough to have seen a tiger in the wild often speak about their experience in hushed tones.

    For many, it's just a fleeting glimpse of black and orange darting through the trees. Others are lucky enough to get even closer. But any sighting of this rare and magnificent beast is enough to get the heart racing.

    Coming face to face with this powerful, graceful and horrifically endangered beast is so rare that it has been described as an almost spiritual experience.

  • How to write your own travel blog

    The word ‘blog’ originated from the term ‘web log’ and was initially taken up only by those web savvy enough or with the funds to dedicate to the idea. Today, however, it’s easy. You don’t need to know anything about source code or HTML and you don’t need a cent. If you have the time and the motivation to write about anything you can easily set up your own blog.

  • Rajasthan villager, India - Image of the Week

    Image of the week: Rajasthan villager, India, by Steve Wroe

    Trip of the week: The Land of the Kings
    Do you like what you see? Then why not have a look at our The Land of the Kings trip. A comprehensive adventure encompassing the traditional and more unusual highlights of Rajasthan.

  • Rajasthan woman, India - Image of the Week

    Image of the week: Rajasthan woman, India, by Steve Wroe

    Trip of the week: The Colours of Rajasthan
    Do you like what you see? Then why not have a look at our The Colours of Rajasthan trip. Explore beyond the magnificent forts and palaces of Rajasthan and discover its hidden secrets. An ideal journey for the discerning traveller.

  • Sri Lanka on a plate

    A good helping of Indian spices, stir in some seasoning courtesy of Dutch and Portuguese influences, then finish with a dash of Malay flavours: welcome to Sri Lankan cuisine, mouth-tingling, moreish and one of Asia's great unsung foods. For starters, have a read of our lowdown on the island's fiery, fabulous cooking, then dig into our tasty 15-day Highlights of Sri Lanka tour.

  • Four Pilgrimages

    A few days until Christmas, so it seems apposite to have a blog with a religious bent. Their origin may lie in atoning for sins, but like Christmas, pilgrimages nowadays mean much more than just an expression of devotion to a particular faith. Whether secular or religious, they are in some ways the essence of travel: a practice that mingles the private and the public, mixes the many joys of camaraderie with the more private pleasures of reflection and discovery – of place, people and oneself. Here’s a whistlestop global tour of some of the great pilgrimages.

  • A dozen films to give you wanderlust – the sequel

  • A dozen films to give you wanderlust, part one

    Films that are both inspiring journeys and inspire others to journey – the entries on this ‘The Beach’ -free zone all share the power to have you swiftly salivating at the scenery and adding a whole raft of new destinations to your ‘must visit’ list. In a blatant Harry Potter-style bid to spin out a good thing, we’ve split the list into two sections – the sequel will be released next week. Grab some popcorn, indulge, then let us know which flicks we missed.

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