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ON TRACK TO OHIYA: Sri Lanka has over 1500 kilometres of railway line and the higher you get the more scenic the journey. From Nan Uoya, at 1613 metres, it's an hour by train to Sri Lanka's third highest railway station at 1774 metres. Ohiya opened in 1893 as part of a British colonial government network created to transport tea and coffee from the hill country to the port of Colombo. The best views of villages, farms and forest on this north-to-south route are from the right-hand side of the train. Tickets can be bought on the day at the station and dangling your limbs out the windows and doors is permitted.

One of the world’s most spectacular train rides costs less than $10

Chugging along at 40km/h past tea plantations, gorges, rivers, waterfalls, viaducts and villages is slow travel at its finest.

  • by Julia D'Orazio
Manual cars are usually cheaper to hire, especially in Europe.

Avoid the rip-offs: How to get the cheapest rate for a car rental

Now that travel has returned there are car shortages – and higher prices for hiring them. There are, however, ways to mitigate the pain.

  • by Brian Johnston
Inside Hamburg Airport – mostly drab and grey.

This 112-year-old airport hub is an uninspiring monolith

One of the world’s oldest airports, Hamburg hasn’t been updated to reflect the city’s trendy, upscale vibe.

  • by Michael Fowler
Retro umbrellas by the rooftop pool.

Travel hot list, August 2023: Revamp for Melbourne heritage hotel

A backpackers is reborn in Sydney, an unassuming ’70s building is revamped in Melbourne and a new Spanish gallery finally opens, close to 100 years after its conception.

A single trip may not change you completely, but each time you travel had an impact on who you are.

Does travelling turn you into a worse person?

An American philosopher claims travel turns us into the worst version of ourselves. I disagree.

  • by Ben Groundwater
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