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Lonely Planet's travel nightmares

Even the most careful travellers occasionally find themselves getting lost, failing hard at local etiquette, or otherwise blundering and puking around a new destination. And while we’re seasoned explorers, Lonely Planet’s writers and staff have experienced their fair share of travel …

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Lonely Planet’s best value travel destinations for 2014

When times are tight we suggest you travel more, not less – but pick carefully. This is where your wallet will smile at the memories for years to come.<p>Greek Islands<p>View of Navagio Beach, also known as Shipwreck Cove, on Zakynthos Island. Image by Dave Porter Peterborough Uk / Photolibrary / Getty …

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Escape to Japan's Oki Islands

Japan seduces and dazzles travellers with its buzzed-up, sprawling, ultra-convenient big cities. But if you’re weary of crowds and vending-machine-packed streets, get yourself to Matsue in Western Honshū and hop a ferry to the slow life on the remote and fascinating Oki Islands.<p>Newly added to the …

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World’s Biggest Spider Explained

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><b>In a world where even the smallest spiders can provoke a fearful shriek, Theraphosa blondi takes scare tactics to a whole new level.</b><p>This South American tarantula holds the record for world’s largest spider. Other spiders might have longer legs, but <i>T. blondi</i>‘s large body means …

Keep your sticky fingers off our jam

There are changes creeping up on us that we deplore, and runny jam is one of them<p>As a student, I once had a holiday job sitting on a conveyor belt putting cut-out golliwogs into jars of Robertson’s jam. If you collected enough, you won a small enamel golliwog brooch. The golliwog was a …

A Sturdy, Industrial Kitchen in Napa Valley

In wood, steel, and brick.<p>Salvaged wood, raw steel, and glazed brick give a St. Helena, California, kitchen a sturdy, industrial look. Tour this kitchen designed by Dan Doyle for design ideas. For more kitchen decor tips, read the interview with the designer.

50 Coolest DIY Pendant Lights

Looking to add a bit of brightness and a hint of glam to your home? Nothing gets this done better than pendant lights. Of course, there are a …

Top Pin of the Day: A Dark Blue Family Room

See what's trending today. For more inspiring photos and ideas, follow us on Pinterest.<p>"I like to put the pattern on the floor and solids on the furniture," designer Phoebe Howard says of this room in a New York apartment. Family room rug by Tai Ping.<p>Pin it now.<p>Tour the New York apartment with …

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Cameron Brooks's Photography Project Shows Hawaii Like It's Never Been Seen Before

It's been said that helicopter pilots in Hawaii have one of the best gigs going. The same could be said of photographers in Hawaii. So, what happens when you combine the two?<p>Pure awesomeness.<p>Cameron Brooks is a professional photographer who does most of his work in a helicopter, thus capturing some …

Mini guide to Thailand’s islands

Ko means island in Thai, and the very word conjures up dreamy beaches, fantastic rock formations and undersea gardens. Hop in a long-tail boat and cast off the moorings.<p>‘Ko’ means island in Thai – the very word conjures up dreamy beaches, huts in the shade of a coconut palm, fantastic rock …

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Best honeymoon destinations for 2014

This is the time to shoot for the moon: travel further, stay longer, eat more and bring home a lifetime’s worth of romantic memories.<p>Hot air balloons take off in the early morning light over Göreme town in Cappadocia. Image by Christopher Pillitz / The Image Bank / Getty Images.<p>Cappadocia, …

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Tunisia attack prompts travel warning

The explosion occurred at 0945 local time (0845 GMT) near the Riadh Palm Hotel in the resort town of Sousse, around 90 miles south of the capital Tunis.<p>Reports suggest a male attacker, wearing a belt of explosives, was spotted and chased away from the hotel before he blew himself up on the empty …