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How to clear your leave

Let our guide to the best regional escapes inspire you to chuck work aside for a coupla days and treat yo’self

Normally, we wouldn’t tell you to skip town, what with the amazing things you can already do here. But it’s that time of the year to check your annual leave balance, grimace, realise it’s only work, pack your bags, and set your email’s auto-reply to ‘I’m on holiday, so get bent!’ It’s cool. You’re only human after all.

You’ll be happy to hear that our global Time Out family stretches far and wide. And because they’re the experts of their cities, who better to ask for travel advice than them? So we did. We got tonnes of recommendations, tips and must-dos for these places you see on the map here.

Think of this as a ‘travel mood board’ – read on for inspiration to hop on a jetplane and leave the island for a while. You deserve it.

Tokyo

We sought out those cafés that seemed as animal-friendly as possible, with few to no cages and enough space to wander. Whether the animals seemed stressed or not, and are well-cared for. With this in mind, we've compiled our top spots around Tokyo, ranging from the ubiquitous cats down to snakes and owls.

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By: Time Out Tokyo Editors

Denarau Island, Fiji

The friendliness of the Fijian people starts the moment you step off the jet at Nadi Airport. ‘Bula’, you can expect to hear – it literally means ‘life’ – is something the Fijians are full of and the key ingredient for a relaxing break on the buzzing Denarau Island, 10km west of the landing strip.

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By: Time Out editors

Perhentian Islands

Five must-dos on the constellation of islets: Bubbles Dive Resort, Terengganu Marine Park, Turtle Bay Divers, Scuba Walkers and Tupai Beach Bar.

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By: Leah O'Hearn
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Bali

You've heard about the backpacker hangouts, boozy drinking joints and perma-packed main beaches, but where do Indonesians go to enjoy Bali? Unggul Hermanto offers his top ten insider tips for doing Bali like a local.

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Perth

Trips out to the Margaret River wine-making region – a 3hr drive south of Perth – are a common feature on many a travel itinerary, but November is shaping up to be the yummiest time to visit.

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By: Time Out Singapore editors

Con Dao islands

Con Dao’s main draw is its beaches, which are some of the most spectacular and unspoilt in the region. Even Bai An Hai, the easiest public beach to reach here feels wild and untamed. You’ll probably have the rugged strip of coast to yourself most of the time and are more likely to pass trawlermen heading out to sea than fellow tourists.

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By: Time Out editors

Colombo

Gather the squad and snap one for keepsake at the Arcade Independence Square, Sky Lounge or at Colombo's only public park – Viharamahadevi Park.

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By: Time Out editors
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Telunas Private Island

Located off the coast of Pulau Sugi, Telunas Private Island offers couples a romantic island escape without skimping on the luxury.

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By: Time Out editors

Nikoi Island

Step into seclusion – then cosy up with your partner – on this 15ha romantic wonderland to the east of Bintan.

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By: Time Out editors

Shanghai

Shanghai has so many nightlife options to choose from it can be hard to know where to start. We recommend ten of the best bars and clubs in the city for drinks with a view of the famous Pudong skyline, clubbing on The Bund, enjoying a quiet cocktail in the Former French Concession or heading underground for electronic music.

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By: Time Out editors

Hong Kong

Skip the malls, the best finds are at Hong Kong's street markets. From food, antiques, electronics, bric-a-brac and more, we list the top ten most iconic Hong Kong street markets. 

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By: Time Out editors

Melbourne

It's a fact – drinks taste better at high altitude, so round up your friends to howl at the moon and salute the sun at the best rooftop bars in Melbourne.

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By: Time Out editors
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Penang

We know there's really just one big reason to make the hike up: the amazing food. Here, we've round up the best cheap eats in georgetown, most open 'til the wee hours.

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By: Time Out Penang editors

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