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We all have personal reasons for visiting different places but there is one common driving force: we’re curious about what’s beyond our own front door.

Your love and fascination for faraway (and nearby!) places doesn’t end when you unpack your bags, so it seems natural to help continue your …


Family travel snap

This month we’re talking to the lady who, as our marketing manager, makes sure everyone hears about all the fun stuff Lonely Planet does. Katie, her husband and her son Vincenzo love to travel and have recently returned from a European trip to Italy and Istanbul. However, this snap is all about …


Just back from… Auckland

Tracy Whitmey, Product Editor at Lonely Planet, is just back from a visit to Auckland, New Zealand.

Tell us more Since moving from Auckland to Melbourne nine years ago we have made frequent trips back to New Zealand but usually we scoot through the city on our way elsewhere. This time, a two week …


Vine adventures: on safari in Botswana

There’s magic in the moving image – even in the most fleeting examples of it. That’s why we’re big fans of the six-second looping video platform, Vine. We love seeing and sharing the six-second creations from travel enthusiasts on the channel.

To help surface some of the best of them, we’re kicking …


Mapping the world with Lonely Planet Kids

The UK is celebrating National Non-Fiction November and this year it’s zooming in on the world’s greatest maps. So, we thought we’d give you a sneak peek behind the scenes of the Lonely Planet office. Here Lonely Planet cartographer, Wayne Murphy, gives us an insight into the makings of our …


LP Pathfinders: top Instagrams from October 2015

There was a good appreciation of light and the transitioning of colours in this month’s Pathfinders Instagram round-up, with captures from Mam Tor to Meteora.

Every month we share the most eye-catching and interesting Instagram captures from our Pathfinders community. Here are our selections for …

European Travel

#lpExpertHour: Is it time to go back to Nepal?

Since the catastrophic earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May 2015, we’ve been committed to providing travellers with the most up-to-date and accurate advice about travel to the country.

With Kathmandu and the surrounding valleys being the most affected areas, we’ve worked with a team of …

Asia Travel

Just back from… Croatia

Claire Murphy, Product Information Coordinator at the Lonely Planet Melbourne office, is just back from drinking in the sights of sunny Croatia.

Tell us more… I caught the overnight ferry from Ancona (Italy) to Split, and spent just shy of a week exploring a tiny fraction of the coast of Croatia, …


Your dream tourism projects: winners from our Travelstarter competition

Our competition with Travelstarter to help make someone’s dream tourism project a reality has now come to a close! We received a strong batch of entries and would like to thank all of our entrants for their fantastic submissions. We thought hard about who should win and why and in the end it wasn’t …

Travel (Canada)

LP Pathfinders: top posts from October 2015

From the frosty hues of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon and the explosion of green in Bali to the ochre sands of the Sahara, this month our Pathfinders have been exploring a world of colour and textures. Here are the best of October’s blogs.

Cappadocia day tours: a DIY guide – Adam and Meghan

Churches, …


win a bundle of books with this month’s creative challenge!

This month’s Lonely Planet Kids’ creative challenge is going to turn the world as you know it upside down.

To celebrate the release of Lonely Planet Kids’ You Rule, a book that shows you step-by-step how to design your very own country, we’re giving away a bundle of Lonely Planet Kids books to the …


Join our Best in Travel #LPChat

‘Where is the best place to travel right now?’

If we had a penny for every time this question was debated in the Lonely Planet office we’d be, well, let’s just say pretty far away from our desks right now! As self-confessed travel geeks we’re always looking ahead to our next adventure and we have it …


Pathfinder pics: Riga, Latvia

Lonely Planet Pathfinder Abigail King, of Inside the Travel Lab, recently visited Latvia. Here she shares some tips on how to enjoy the best the country has to offer and some of the most picture-perfect scenes she Instagrammed along the way.

‘Latvia sits as the meat in the sandwich of the three …


Family travel snap: 13yo Jess from Family Travel Times

For October’s family travel snap we’re in conversation with Jess who, together with her brother Robert, regularly contributes to her family’s travel blog, Family Travel Times. Jess likes holidays with lots to do, and some of her favourites include seeing the sights in Vienna, cycling around …

U.S. Travel

Just back from… Istanbul

Laura Crawford, destination editor for Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines, is just back from her first trip to Turkey, exploring the capital city of Istanbul.

Tell us more… My fella and I spent a week in Istanbul, hoping to make the most of the end of the European summer and …


Thorn Tree: 2015 annual survey

At Lonely Planet we’re proud of our online community of independent travellers, and the fact that we continue to host one of the most enduring discussion boards on the internet today. Each year we take the opportunity to survey the members of our travel community, asking them questions about who …

LP Pathfinders: top Instagrams from September 2015

Strong focal points were a recurrent theme in this month’s Pathfinders Instagram round-up, from a stoic monk in China to a fisherman’s bike in Myanmar.

Every month we share the most eye-catching and interesting captures from our Pathfinders community. Here are our selections for September.

Stamford, …

Asia Travel

Just back from… Provence

Louise Bastock, Editorial and Community Assistant at Lonely Planet, is just back from eating her way around the southeast of France.

Tell us more… I spent a long weekend travelling around Provence on a press trip investigating the delicious foods and flavours that make this region so special. …


On the foodie trail: Thailand

If there’s one thing you’ll know Thailand for its the foodie scene. And whether you love a creamy green curry or prefer a zingy som tam, we all know that it’s Thailand’s locals who know how to make it best. Which is why we travelled back to the source to produce our new book, From the Source: …


The ultimate travel list: our top sights

From the mysterious Machu Picchu to the mesmirising Great Barrier Reef, the world is full of unforgettable wonders. Many will amaze you, some will humble you and others will surprise you. But when it comes down to it, can you rank the world’s best sights?

It’s a pretty tall order, but we asked our …

Asia Travel

LP Pathfinders: top posts from September 2015

This month our favourite Pathfinder stories involve off-the-beaten-track cities, charming towns and big, beefy mountains. All offer unforgettable travel experiences.

Little snail, slowly slowly climb Mount Fuji – Aaron Paulson

Middle-aged adventurer Aaron, who finds himself more than a decade into …

European Travel

Win the ultimate spy kit with this month’s creative challenge!

Whether your little one can crack a code in record timing, is crazy for cool gadgets or likes to don a quirky disguise from time-to-time, this month’s Lonely Planet Kids’ creative challenge is all about the cryptic world of espionage.

To celebrate the launch of Lonely Planet Kids’ How to be an …

Pathfinder pics: south Germany

Lonely Planet Pathfinder and travel blogger Abigail King recently visited the south of Germany. Here are her favourite Instagrams from the trip and some tips on how to enjoy a slice of traditional Germany.

‘South Germany has some obvious charms: the scenery and superstitions of the Black Forest, …

Industrial Revolution

Family travel snap

This month we’re talking to veteran Lonely Planet writer Nicola Williams, a British author who lives in France with her German husband. Travel has always been a big part of their life together – they met while living in the Baltics and now pad around the planet en famille with their three …

European Travel

Win $1000 to make your dream tourism project a reality

At Lonely Planet, we believe that responsible travel is a force for good. Which is why we’ve teamed up with our friends at TravelStarter to offer you, our community of inspiring and creative globe-trotters, the chance to win $1000 to kick-start a dream project that will help like-minded travellers …


around the world competition

From tropical islands and astounding natural landscapes to bustling cities and incredible architecture, the world is undoubtedly one big and fascinating place. So, for this month’s Lonely Planet Kids creative challenge we’ve teamed up with Scribblitt to embark on an educational yet creative journey …


Get on your bike for our next #LPChat!

From pedalling along the Amsterdam canals to long distance adventures (like the one our very own Rana Freedman did earlier this year) and mountain biking in Aspen, cycling is not only an immersive way to travel but it can often take you further than your own two feet can. And here at Lonely Planet, …


Just back from… British Columbia

Matt Phillips, Destination Editor at Lonely Planet, recently returned from a trip to his native British Columbia.

Tell us more… Having grown up in Vancouver, I try to head back often to see family and friends. This latest trip was a little over three weeks, which allowed me plenty of time in and …

Travel (Canada)

Pathfinder pics: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lonely Planet Pathfinders Kia and Peter of Atlas and Boots have just finished their year-long trip which came to its final stop in the captivating town of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Here they share some of their best Instagram captures of the city’s world-famous landmarks and some tips on how to see …


Just back from… Catalonia

Maria McKenzie, Social Communications Coordinator at Lonely Planet, has just returned from an action-packed road trip around Catalonia in Spain.

In a nutshell… My boyfriend and I decided to venture beyond Barcelona and take a look at what Catalonia has to offer. The result? Astounding scenery …