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Would you brave the freezing temperatures to see inside Europe’s largest glacier?

These explorers were willing to sacrifice in order to capture these magnificent ice caves before they melt away.<p>Stunning images have revealed ice-cool tourists chilling out inside Europe’s largest glacier. The spectacular collection of images show the explorers braving the freezing temperatures to …

Europe

In pictures: the incredible Bala Chaturdashi festival in Nepal honouring lost loved ones

The Bala Chaturdashi festival is held near Kathmandu in Nepal every year. It traditionally occurs in late November or early December, and Hindu pilgrims gather here to perform a ritual in memory of their deceased loved ones.<p>The ritual begins with an all-night vigil at the shrine near Pashupatinath …

Festivals

Delta resumes flights to Cuba 55 years after the last one touched down in 1961

For the first time in 55 years, Delta Air Lines is operating commercial flights to Cuba. It is the only existing US airline to previously fly between the US and Cuba before service was suspended on 6 December, 1961.<p>The carrier has now launched a passenger service from the US, with nonstop daily …

Air Travel

America’s National Parks celebrated in a stunning collection of 59 screen-printed posters

America’s 59 National Parks celebrated 100 years this year and a series of screen printed posters celebrates the beauty and diversity of the parks in a unique way.<p>The series of screen prints by prominent poster designers and artists like Daniel Danger, Teagan White, and DKNG has already gained a …

Posters

To delight chocolate-lovers, a pop-up Ferrero Rocher café has just opened in London

It’s a well-known fact that December is the month for over-indulging in chocolate, so the news that a Ferrero Rocher pop-up is running in London has made us feel all festive. Dolce by Ferrero Rocher has just opened in Covent Garden, and it will run for ten days. The delicious menu has been created …

London

This Irish teddy bear is travelling the world and adorably documenting it all on Instagram

The latest person to fuel our wanderlust here at Lonely Planet is an Irish teddy bear who is travelling the world and documenting it all on social media.<p>Packie the bear is from Leitrim and is currently on an amazing world trip with his devoted owner Figs.<p>He has visited 51 countries in six …

Travel

Looking for a fresh start in 2017? Find out which European countries you can earn the most in

If 2016 has simply worn you out and you’re looking for a fresh start in the New Year, perhaps it’s time to think of packing your bags and moving? It’s a romantic notion, but doesn’t have to be foolhardy if you go where the money is. Now a new study has made it easy by comparing where in Europe you …

Europe

The Spanish city of Palma de Mallorca changes its name back to Palma – again

Palma de Mallorca on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca is to simply be called Palma from now on, making it the third time in a decade that the city has changed its name. While most of its residents already call it Palma and that’s the name that appears on road signs, its regional parliament only …

Lifestyle

Discover the thirteen towns that have been deemed the most beautiful in Spain

Thirteen lucky towns have been picked as Spain’s prettiest. There are already 44 “pueblos más bonitos” on the list compiled by the Association of the Most Beautiful Towns in Spain, but that list is set to grow next year with some similarly photogenic new additions.<p>The association was started in …

Spain

It’s mince pies and mistletoe on Bondi as Australia is voted most desirable destination for Christmas Day

Forget dreaming of a white Christmas, because it turns out that most of us would prefer to spend Christmas Day lounging on a beach in Australia, than watching the festive TV specials indoors at home. That’s according to a survey of 2000 people in the UK, Australia and the US on behalf of …

Australia

Take a first look at Sweden’s new year-round ice hotel with incredible art and more

Icehotel 365 is now open, meaning travellers can now enjoy a year-round sub-zero experience complete with suites created from snow and ice by artists from around the world.<p>Entrance to the Icehotel. Image by Icehotel<p>Ice chandelier in the main hall. Image by Icehotel<p>The addition of a permanent …

Sweden

Bottoms up! From Essex to Edinburgh, the UK could become a major wine producer

Britain may find itself on the wine-exporting map within the next century, with vineyards stretching from as far apart as London to Scotland.<p>The Evening Standard reports that altering climate temperatures and rainfall levels may make somewhere like Peckham, in the capital, an established white wine …

United Kingdom

It’s summer somewhere! Australia is luring travellers with drone video of its beaches

If you’re already wondering how you’ll bear another cold winter, it may be time to think about a trip to Australia as it heads into summertime.<p>A Snapshot of Sydney Beaches from the Sky from Destination NSW on Vimeo.<p>Destination NSW (New South Wales) is showing off just how nice Sydney is in the …

Australia

A life-size replica of the Titanic will become a tourist attraction in China

Work has begun on a full-size replica of the Titanic in Sichuan, China, with plans for the ship to serve as a tourist attraction at a new resort.<p>The new Titanic will be located at a reservoir in Daying County, according to Chinese news agency Xinhua. The replica is 269 metres long and 28 metres …

China

A ‘digital pill’ to track your well-being on flights, could soon be a reality

British Airways is looking into technology that would see the airline serve passengers a “digital pill” that can monitor vital signs and tweak their travel experience accordingly.<p>The airline has filed a patent application that takes advantage of technology first explored by scientists at MIT last …

Air Travel

Plane rides, flame-spinning and music from a converted bus: inside Thailand’s Wonderfruit festival

If you fancy flying in a plane over the festival grounds or watching musical acts performing on a stage converted from an old bus, Thailand’s Wonderfruit festival could be right up your street.<p>Wonderfruit is a sought-after destination festival in Pattaya near the Gulf Of Thailand. Many of its …

Festivals

This solo traveller is hoping to become the first woman to visit all 196 countries on earth

An American woman is nearing the end of her quest to set a Guinness World Record for becoming the first documented woman to travel to all 196 countries on earth. Cassie De Pecol has been travelling alone for the past 16 months, and has covered 188 countries so far with only eight left to go.<p>The …

Lifestyle

There’s a dating website that encourages people to travel together to see the world

Dating websites have proven to be a rapidly expanding industry in recent years, with new varieties that cater to unique groups with diverse interests constantly popping up. One such example is MissTravel, the world’s first dating website specifically targeting travellers with an urge to see the …

Travel

Netflix and fly: move over inflight entertainment, you can now download from your Netflix account

Travellers no longer need to be tethered to the internet to watch their favourite movies and TV shows while on the road, as Netflix has announced that members can now download content to their devices at no extra cost.<p>The news will no doubt be welcomed by those who regularly find themselves on long …

TV

This quirky Portuguese hotel with 45,000 books is a bibliophile’s dream

If your idea of heaven is spending your holiday reading, this Portuguese hotel should top your list of dream destinations.<p>The Literary Man Hotel in Óbidos has 45,000 books, all of which can be read and purchased. They’re everywhere in the hotel – in the bedrooms, bars, restaurant and relaxation …

Hotels

The ghosts of Christmases past

Here at Lonely Planet we don’t like to trade our passports for mince pies when it comes to the Christmas season. Once all the gifts are bought and wrapped, we love to pack our bags and travel the world – just like Santa (sadly, without the sleigh).<p>In the spirit of the season, we’ve asked some of …

Christmas

Travel gear reviews: great gifts for travellers

Whether you’re planning to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Eid Milad ul-Nabi, New Year, the solstice, or just the happy holidays, this is a time of year for giving. So why not whip up the wanderlust of a globetrotting relative or friend with one of these perfect presents for travellers?<p>North Street …

Lifestyle

A seasonal shake-up: alternative ways to spend the festive period

The festive season doesn’t have to mean turkey and all the trimmings. Plus it’s undoubtedly one of the best times of year to hit the road. So forget the usual Christmas feast, leave that tacky jumper in the wardrobe and try out one of these alternative ways to spend the festive period</b> …

Lifestyle

Get stuffed: a world tour of Christmas dinners

Though Christmas may be celebrated differently around the globe, there’s one festive tradition that is shared the world over: dinner.<p>Be it roast turkey with all the trimmings, spicy meat stew, grilled seafood or even Kentucky Fried Chicken, ‘tis the season for feasting. Here are nine traditional …

Food

Shoelicious! This Osaka chocolatier is creating super-realistic men’s shoes from chocolate

A talented chocolatier in Osaka, Japan, is putting his best foot forward with an exclusive collection of chocolate men’s shoes that will be ready in time for Valentine’s Day. Motohiro Okai from Rihga Royal Hotel’s chocolate boutique, L’éclat, has crafted nine pairs of men’s shoes entirely from …

Chocolate

Photographer transforms the world into a vibrant land of Lego art

A photographer has shared a new book full of wonderful images that transform the world as we know it into a colourful and vibrant land through the clever use of Lego.<p>“Birdy Kids” doing graffiti, taken in Lyon, France. Image by Samsofy<p>“Rom Express” taken in Lyon, France. Image by Samsofy<p>The images …

Lego

Seals have a new rest spot after Belgian town of Blankenberghe builds them a pontoon

Seals traversing the coast of northern Belgium now have a dedicated place to dry out at the beach town of Blankenberghe, after the council built a brand new seal pontoon.<p>They had previously been seen resting on a pipe that was being used for dredging, or on floating sea debris, as the local beaches …

Lifestyle

Ambitious plan unveiled for Iceland’s volcanoes to power British homes by 2022

The idea of Icelandic volcanoes powering British households sounds like a pipe dream – but it’s looking increasingly likely to actually happen, reports Sky News. The ambitious project, dubbed Atlantic SuperConnection, has now been backed by a multi-million pound investment from French investment …

Iceland

Watch free airline tickets drop from the skies to help families in Fort McMurray

Low-cost airline Westjet had a very special festive surprise for the residents of Fort McMurray in Canada; free airplane tickets that parachuted from the sky.<p>The townspeople had gathered for a ‘Snowflake Soiree’ after being invited by the airline. Many families are still in the process of …

Aviation

Bet you can’t guess the essential elements of a good Christmas market according to the experts: Germans

Christmas markets have been a festive feature in Germany’s cities since the Middle Ages, so you’d expect the locals to know a thing or two about just what makes the jingle bells ring on a successful event, and a survey published this week by pollsters YouGov revealed that there was one element …

Christmas