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Is Space Case 1 the world's most hi-tech suitcase?

Its makers claim it is the “ultimate travel companion” , making best use of “technology, style and function”, with a range of features such as a digital scale built into its 360-degree rotating wheels.<p>Welcome Space Case 1.<p>Available as a carry on bag (21.5in x13.5in x7.5in; weighing 3.6kg) and …

How DuckDuckGo Rode A Wave Of Post-Snowden Anxiety To Massive Growth

Two years after the NSA surveillance story broke, DuckDuckGo hasn’t stopped growing.<p>When it first launched, DuckDuckGo seemed like it couldn’t possibly be serious. A tiny, Philadelphia-based search engine going up against Google? Indeed, its early growth was glacial, despite offering itself as a …

'Madrid has many parks, but the city’s crown jewel is El Parque del Buen Retiro, often simply referred to as El Retiro. The Palacio de Cristal (or Glass Palace) pictured here stands at the center of this grand and beautiful park. Built in 1887, this large pavilion originally displayed plants brought back from Spanish colonies, particularly the Philippines. Today, it hosts temporary exhibits of modern art curated by Madrid’s Museo Reina Sofía. The real attraction, though, is the building itself and the way the light streams through it like a prism.' This image (and quote) is part of our #lpInstaTakeover for the week-end, from travel blogger, and member of the #lpPathfinders programme, @venturespain. To find out more about our travel blogger programme, click the link in our bio! #travel #europe

China for beginners: 7 first-timer fails to avoid on your trip to Beijing

Beijing's contradictions create a rip-roaring adventure for first-time visitors. Neon lights flash alongside swaying lanterns. Enormous squares yawn next to labyrinthine <i>hútòng</i> (alleyways). Catcalling market sellers and car horns provide a constant soundtrack.<p>In a city as deafening as it is …

#RoysPeak, #NewZealand. This week's #lpfanphoto was shot by #travel blogger @wingsofafeather. Check out her feed for more travel inspiration!

Costa Rica’s top five marine adventures

Costa Rica’s thriving forests and abundant wildlife have made it a premier destination for eco-travelers, but the country’s lesser-known offshore environments teem with life and have just as much to set the spine tingling. Sadly, in recent years these underwater habitats have been tainted by …

Hiking in Greece

Most of Greece is mountainous and a hiker’s paradise – you can even climb the mountain of the gods, Mt Olympus. The most popular routes are well maintained, others barely more than an overgrown sheep’s path. Hiking on the islands is particularly rewarding, from <i>kalderimia</i> (cobbled or flagstone paths …

Meet a traveller: James F Reilly, former astronaut

Between his three trips to space, a voyage to Antarctica and time spent in a submarine off Mexico, James F Reilly has been to some of the most inhospitable and incredible environments both on and off earth.<p>We caught up with this all-round adventurer to find out more about his enviable travel CV, …

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#LonelyPlanet writer, @masmerquen, takes in this breathtaking view of #MachuPicchu on a recent trip to #Peru. In a spectacular location, it’s the best-known archaeological site in South America. This awe-inspiring ancient city was never revealed to the conquering Spaniards and was virtually forgotten until the early part of the 20th century. #lp #travel

Top 10 Maui travel experiences

Admit it – you’re grinning already, even before you step on the plane. It starts with the idea of Maui… the anticipation. With the abundance of white beaches, waterfalls, and waves, what is there not to love? With all this island has to offer, you may be wondering where to start – never fear we got …

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'Boaters paddle the Nam Lang River, a freshwater channel that flows through Tham Lod Cave in the Mae Hong Son region of #NorthernThailand. The 1,666-meter-long limestone cave is home to many bats and swifts. Getting this shot required climbing the cavity of the cave for a higher vantage point to put the scene into perspective and create a sense of scale.' - Drew This is our second #travel image in this weekend's #lpInstaTakeover from Australian photographer @drewhopper. Stay tuned for two more to come.

Aboriginal cultural experiences in the Top End of Australia

Australia’s Top End offers a unique opportunity to discover, explore and interact with Australian Indigenous culture. The Top End encompasses a massive sweep of the country from Cape York in Queensland, through to the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The area was settled by Australia's …

In the shadow of Mt Fuji: great trips from Tokyo

Mt Fuji may dominate the horizon southwest of Tokyo, but it is just one of many reasons to stray out of Japan’s exciting capital. The prefectures of Kanagawa, Yamanashi and Shizuoka, which surround the famous volcano, offer visitors an intriguing mix of sights and activities.<p>Kamakura<p>The charming …

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From Disneyland to art treasure hunts: top tips for Paris with kids

Paris is a sprawling global hub, but it somehow works on a scale that kids can comprehend. The urban canyons of Manhattan and ridiculous crowds of London are largely absent, and despite the Parisian rep for treating tourists with disdain, the French love kids!<p>Having your offspring with you will …

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Lonely Planet's best places for family holidays in Europe 2015

Europe is famed for its historic sights and world-class museums, but it doesn’t want for more family-friendly attractions. Choose the right place and youngsters will fall for what the continent has to offer: storybook castles to fire an imagination of any age; forests straight out of a Brothers …

Cape Town's top activities

Cape Town's reputation as a rather laid back place, is reflected in its nickname ‘Slaapstad’ which means ‘sleepy town’ in Afrikaans, the local lingo. All very strange as the Mother City and its surrounds are stacked with opportunities to stay awake and get active. Indeed, adventure sports operators …

Exploring Europe through the eyes of Van Gogh

In the 125 years since Vincent Van Gogh’s death, his paintings have inspired countless art lovers to scramble for a map.<p>Scenes conjured by Van Gogh’s paintbrush – the billowing skies of <i>Starry Night</i>, his swooning <i>Sunflowers</i>, Provence’s cypress groves – make many of us wish we could step right into …

A perfect day in Singapore: the ultimate one-day itinerary

For a country just two-thirds the size of New York City, Singapore packs a big punch, with entertainment, shopping and dining options matching the world’s best. And with a super-efficient (not to mention economical) transport system, it’s possible to visit most of Singapore’s top sights and …

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Iceland: Into the glacier

The layers tell a story of what the weather was like during previous winters. How cold it was, how long it lasted, how intense the snowfall had been. …