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The Victorian slopes will be championing its own bonafide luxury accommodation this year with Astra Lodge taking out Australia’s Best Boutique Ski Lodge 2016 at the World Ski Awards in Kitzbühel, Austria.

The award was presented to the family-owned hotel for its newly renovated ski-in ski-out lodge which showcases exceptional features such as panoramic mountain views, a heated magnesium mineral pool and fine Italian dining restaurant all under the one roof.

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On Thursday, the US Department of State issued a notice to the Federal Register, soliciting public comments on a new procedure for vetting immigrants and asylum seekers applying for US visas. If approved, applicants will be asked for their past five years of social media handles and could be denied entry if they refuse. The new rule, which is still under review but is slated to take effect May 18, would apply to visa applicants who have "been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism".

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Over the next month, I'll be spending upwards of 90 hours in the air, and probably just as long sitting in airport lounges and standing in queues — I travel a fair bit for work. I always have a laptop and a couple of phones with me, but juggling them all is a pain. I find it much more relaxing to switch everything off and put it away, except for one phone I have filled to the brim with movies, books, music and podcasts.

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Video: Planning a trip is tiring, but planning a trip around the world is exhausting. Aren't holidays supposed to be relaxing? Instead, save yourself a bunch of time, stress and money by visiting some of the world's most popular tourist destinations through this impressive hyperlapse video. It's assembled from 3305 Google Maps screenshots, so strap in and get ready to armchair cruise.

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Video: Argentina has so many wonderfully different backdrops and views that it's a pretty perfect place to travel through. Guillaume Juin walked on the roads of the beautiful country and captured gorgeous imagery in this video. You can really see how diverse the landscape is. In the northern parts of Argentina it's a total desert. In the south? You'll run into the beautiful snow-capped mountains of Patagonia.

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Google's Chromecast is one of the most useful streaming dongles ever invented — but its functionality falls down as soon as your internet access is restricted or just not available at all. Getting a Chromecast working in a hotel room isn't easy, but it is possible. These are the tricks you can try.

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For most of Cape York, the remote peninsula north of Cairns that runs parallel to the Great Barrier Reef, the nearest major city isn't even in Australia, it's in Papua New Guinea. You know, where head-hunting was a thing up until a couple of decades ago. We just drove through it on the most challenging off-road trail down under.

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The internet has revolutionised the way we work and play, making it more possible than ever before to make money while travelling. There are also a number of opportunities for less tech-savvy travellers to earn extra cash while roaming the globe.

Here are 13 of the best ways to combine work and wanderlust. The Dream is not as distant as you think.

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Earlier today, an American Airlines plane with 170 people aboard caught fire at O'Hare Airport in Chicago. Everyone was evacuated alive, though there are some minor injuries. But now a second plane, this one operated by FedEx, has exploded at the Ft Lauderdale airport in Florida.

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A Twitter user at Chicago's O'Hare airport tweeted out a photo showing a plane on fire this morning. Popular conservative columnist Michele Malkin also tweeted out her own photo from a plane where she just landed. Ironically, this is the same day that O'Hare was conducting fire drills and telling people on social media not to be afraid if they saw anything unusual. But this one is legit.

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Video: Shanghai is a city that's as chaotic and as busy as you'd expect from a place with a population of nearly 25 million people. This frenetic video, which runs through Shanghai as if it were teleporting all over the city, gives you a glimpse of what life is like beyond its iconic skyline and tourist attractions by focusing in on the local people of the city.

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You've landed somewhere brand new, and you're ready to explore the new city, but you have absolutely no idea where to start. This is where your trusty smartphone comes in. There are loads of cool travelling apps you can use to help you find awesome spots around town. Here are 9 of our favourite apps for discovering new places in unfamiliar surroundings, beyond what the more well-known travel guides have to offer.

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One trip in Business Class, and you’ll never go back to Economy. One trip in these Business Class seats and you might even consider giving up your car because it’s not luxurious enough. In 2016, it’s all about the 1-2-1 configuration and lie-flat beds. New generation aircraft are making airlines bring out the big guns when it comes to design and comfort, making travellers actually look forward to flying. These are our nominees for the best Business Class seats of the year.