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LP Pathfinders: top Instagrams from January 2016

From the stark whiteness of Iceland in winter to the vibrant greens found in sun-kissed Bangladesh, it was all about colour in this month’s roundup of our Pathfinders’ top Instagrams.

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

Burning Man

Quiz: Which Best in the US destination should you visit in 2016?

It’s the start of a new year, with all of your travel dreams ahead of you. Is an American vacation in the cards for you this year? Whether you’re looking for a trip into America’s past, a glimpse into its future, or just a big ol’ plate of barbecue, our Best in the US 2016 list has something for …

Quizzes

Pathfinder pics: Geneva, Switzerland

Lonely Planet Pathfinders Peter and Kia of Atlas and Boots recently embarked on a road trip from France through to Geneva in Switzerland. Here’s a round-up of their favourite sights.

‘Geneva is the very definition of a global city. With nearly half the city’s population made up of foreign nationals, …

Switzerland

LP Pathfinders: top posts from January 2016

Another month, another Pathfinders round-up where we take a look at the travel tales you’ve been writing about recently. Our ‘best of’ from January meanders on and off the beaten track with posts ranging from cheap eats in London to visiting Peruvian tribes.

All about driving in Cuba – Hugo and

Travel (Canada)

Pathfinder Pics: Valle de Viñales, Cuba

Recently, Lonely Planet Pathfinder, Yasmine Awwad of Peeking Duck, visited Cuba and took some time out to explore Valle de Viñales, a region that made it on to our Best in Travel list for 2016. Here, Yasmine shares some tips on how best to explore this part of the globe.

‘Viñales is a small rural …

Cuba

Just back from… Lapland

Jane Grisman, writer and editorial support at Lonely Planet, is just back from a snowy escape in Lapland.

Tell us more… I spent a magical week in Finnish Lapland with my boyfriend and his family after Christmas. We stayed in a chalet in Levi (also known as Sirkka), which is the largest ski resort in …

Finland

Let’s Explore competition

We know that your little ones never stop being curious about the world, so this month it’s time to meet the newest members of our Lonely Planet Kids family: three activity books which will take your explorers-in-training on an adventure through the oceans, the jungle and onto safari!

To celebrate …

Kids

Join our travel tech #LPChat!

Do you like to stay connected while travelling? Or are you in favour of leaving it all behind? Whether it’s a GPS gadget that comes in handy when venturing off the beaten track, a translation app that helps you communicate with the locals or a portable wi-fi device that has you connected wherever …

Travel Technology

Family travel snap

This month we’re talking to one of our long-standing writers, Abigail Blasi, who covers an eclectic mix of Italy, India, Malta and the UK for Lonely Planet. Abigail has three half-English, half-Italian, but wholly well-travelled children. She recently took her family to Helsinki for a fascinating …

Italy Travel

Just back from… the Caribbean

Sarah Reid, Destination Editor at Lonely Planet, recently returned from her first-ever Caribbean cruise.

Tell us more… When Norwegian airlines (norweigen.com) announced direct flights from London to San Juan from November 2015, my fiancée and I thought it might be fun to escape the European winter …

San Juan

LP Pathfinders: top posts from December 2015

Toilets, spontaneous day trips and Texan barbecue ring in the new year in this month’s Pathfinders round-up. And if that eclectic mix isn’t enough, we’ve also got tales of wreck diving in Thailand (envy-inducing imagery included) and Narnia-like landscapes on the Thames. A great start to …

Travel (New Zealand)

LP Pathfinders: top Instagrams from December 2015

Epic natural locations blend with captivating street scenes depicting the everyday in this month’s Pathfinders Instagram round.

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

VINALES, CUBA

‘After a …

Dominican Republic

design your own planet competition

There may be a whole world of adventure at our very feet, but there are also many more beyond this planet that we call home. So, whether your little one is an aspiring space explorer or is always on the lookout for unexplored territories, this month’s Lonely Planet Kids’ Creative Challenge is all …

Kids

Family travel snap: Gina Vercesi from Kids Unplugged

This month’s family travel snap is going ‘unplugged’ as we talk to Gina Vercesi, founder of kidsunplugged.org. Her travel site encourages families to ditch their electronics in favour of each other and the world around them.

What’s the story behind this photo?

This image was captured on an …

North America Travel

Vine adventures: the Christmas markets of Hamburg

Lonely Planet Pathfinder, Abigail King of Inside the Travel Lab recently took a trip to Germany to tour the Christmas markets and get in the festive spirit. Here she shares some of her favourite Vines.

‘Hamburg’s twinkling December lights and wooden chalets mask an interesting fact: their Christmas …

Christmas

Just back from… Myanmar (Burma)

Bella Falk, freelance director and producer, recently returned from a two-week group trip around Myanmar.

Tell us more… As a photography geek I had lusted after Myanmar for ages – I’d heard the people and landscapes are a photographer’s dream. I’d booked to go with a group tour as my boyfriend of …

Burma

Join our festive travel #LPChat!

It’s what many people consider to be the most wonderful time of the year; decorative fir trees are standing tall, twinkling lights are lighting up city streets and the scent of roasted chestnuts (and mulled wine!) is in the air. Yes, 2015 is swiftly drawing to a close and Christmas and the New Year …

North America Travel

LP Pathfinders: top Instagrams from November 2015

This month’s Pathfinders Instagram round-up includes captures from the ice caves of Alaska to the ancient desert towns of Morocco.

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

BYRON GLACIER, ALASKA, …

Sailing around the world…selling lemonade

Lonely Planet Pathfinder Aric S. Queen is on an unusual (but awesome) mission: to solo circumnavigate the globe…selling lemonade along the way.

About a year ago he sold everything to make it a reality. Then he found out the boat he bought wasn’t even a good boat, and has since been stuck in a …

LP Pathfinders: top posts from November 2015

As always, this month our Pathfinders have been sharing their stories from around the world. November’s best travel blogs cover peaceful escapes, natural beauty and plenty of colour in the form of street art and Diwali celebrations.

The festival of light, Rajasthan – Annapurna Mellor

Anna travelled …

Scottish Highlands

Pathfinder pics: The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Lonely Planet Pathfinder, Jayne Gorman of Girl Tweets World spent four days exploring the Great Barrier Reef, recently ranked the second most amazing sight on the planet in our Ultimate Travel list.

Here Jayne shares some of her favourite Instagram images of the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding …

Lonely Planet at Other Voices

This year, Lonely Planet is delighted to sponsor Other Voices, a unique music festival taking place in Dingle, Co Kerry, Ireland, from 4 to 6 December.

Every year, Other Voices invites a diverse range of musicians to perform in the intimate setting of the 80-seater St James’ Church and broadcasts it …

Just back from… Easter Island

MaSovaida Morgan, Destination Editor for South America, is just back from a once in a lifetime trip to Easter Island.

Tell us more… I spent a few days exploring Easter Island (Rapa Nui) before attending the Adventure Travel World Summit in Puerto Varas, Chile. Easter Island is one of those alluring …

Easter Island

Thorn Tree: results of the 2015 annual survey

Every year we take the opportunity to run a comprehensive survey of the users of our travel forum, Thorn Tree. Our aim is to better understand the needs of our online community so that we can keep its members at the heart of our plans for the future.

We’ve framed our analysis to address the …

out of this world competition

We all know that a world of adventure awaits us on Planet Earth, but with all the recent talk of far-off universes and intergalactic rebels, this month’s Lonely Planet Kids’ Creative Challenge is all about the ‘out of this world’ travel experiences your little explorers have encountered!

Follow the …

What is Lonely Planet travel news?

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 …

Museums

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 …

Family

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 …

Auckland

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 …

Botswana

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 …

Kids