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How to trek to Everest Base Camp

Mount Everest has captivated intrepid men and women since the 1920s. The exploits of legends such as George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay put the mighty mountain on the map; thousands have followed, making huge sacrifices – many with their lives – in their own attempts to the …

Everest Base Camp

36 Hours In...Tokyo

Expert guide to Tokyo<p>From timeless shrines and ancient temples to the edgy fashion of teen tribes and skyscraper cocktail bars – not to forget a sushi fix... A weekend in Tokyo can happily showcase the very best of the city, in terms of its traditional heritage as well as its futuristic …

20 free things to do in Sydney

You don't need a fat wallet to enjoy the glamour and chic of Sydney. These 20 attractions, activities and icons won't cost you a cent.<p><b>Take the Bondi to Coogee Walk</b><p>One of the most spectacular walks and coastlines you could hope to see, this route takes in some of Sydney’s most iconic beaches. In …

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How to travel around the world in 80 days

In Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, Phileas Fogg had a devil of a time trying to travel around the world in 80 days. But in the 21st century, circumnavigating the globe has become a bit of a breeze: all you need is a round-the-world (RTW) ticket. In fact, a dedicated (if masochistic) …

Do yourself a favor: travel solo at least once

Have you had a life-altering travel experience? Where did you go and what made it special? Share your adventure in the comments to inspire others.<p>In 2003, when I was 20 and studying abroad in Italy, I got dumped for the first time. More notable than the break-up itself was its timing: my boyfriend …

Classic Cake Recipes

Serious home bakers will want to master these crowd-pleasing recipes for cheesecake, chocolate cake, carrot cake, and more.<p>First up: What could make traditional red velvet cake even better? Chocolate, of course!

10 Gorgeous Stained Glass Ideas for Your Home

We know, we know. The first thing you think of when you see “stained glass” is probably a church, and you’re probably wondering what this might have to do with your home. Well, the art of playing with light is definitely one that historic structures the world over have mastered, but you can also …

Strawberry and Blackberry Crumble

<i>Filled with delicious summer fruits this strawberry and blackberry crumble should be enjoyed as a dessert come sun down. The juiciness of the fruit</i> …

Six weekend breaks in Europe

If you’ve ticked off Europe's big city hitters such as Paris, Rome and Madrid, then <i>Lonely Planet Traveller</i> magazine has some suggestions for your next trip.<p>Jerez de la Frontera, Spain<p>Jerez distils Andalucian culture down to its most dramatic elements. It is a beguiling town of sherry bodegas, sleek …

European Travel

Food: Recipes, Cooking Tips, Celebrity Chef Ideas & Food News

Don't just focus on the foods you may need to give up! Here, fitness guru Ella Magers shared...<p>He still may not know how to eat a Kit Kat, but at …

Cooking

In Guardian Cook: The 10 best banana recipes Bananas, the nation's favourite raw snack, are endlessly versatile in the kitchen. Mash and fry, slice and curry or unzip and bake whole – see which of these 10 treatments you prefer http://t.gu.com/n8iy3 Photo: Tiny banana tartes tatin. Yuki Sugiura for the Guardian

The Latymer's signature dish: English strawberry panna cotta

A two-Michelin-star restaurant found at Pennyhill Park Hotel and The Spa, The Latymer is run by Michael Wignall and draws from excellent British produce to create a regularly changing menu. A regular favourite, especially during hot summer days such as those we're experiencing currently, is the …

13 Best Movie Karaoke Scenes: ‘Lost In Translation,’ ‘(500) Days of Summer,’ More

Only God Forgives, in theaters now, features a sword-wielding antagonist who loves karaoke. From Bill Murray in Lost in Translation to Joseph …

Strawberry Lemonade Cake Recipe

<b>Serves 12</b><p>Ingredients<p>1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature<br>• 1 3/4 cups sugar<br>• 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon zest<br>• 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour<br>• 1 tsp. …

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Top things to do in Rome

Few cities evoke the sheer wonder and amazement of Rome. Ancient history, outstanding art and religious icons are around every corner and when it all gets too much you can just join the locals in sipping espresso in one of the city's many squares. With so much to see and do, the real test will be …

Italy

Top 5 unmissable journeys by rail

There are few more memorable ways to travel than by train. Here are <i>Lonely Planet Traveller</i> magazine’s top five ways to get on board.<p>1. The Ghan, Australia: the luxury rail ride<p>The Australian outback is a place that’s hard to grasp: a vast, ill-defined area mapped by Aboriginal people not on paper …

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35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

Crowdsourcing Spiffy New Book Covers For 50 Literary Masterpieces

Recovering the Classics, a joint initiative that includes the Harvard Bookstore, will print public domain books with well-designed jackets for $15.<p>Seventy years after a writer dies, their work falls into the public domain. That may sound sad, but from here it can be freely distributed to the …

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Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

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These 10 Hiking Trails Will Blow Your Mind

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

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Readers' travel tips: 10 of the best beach cafes in Europe

WINNING TIP: La Pagoda, Marzamemi, Sicily<p>On the waterfront, overlooking the harbour in this Sicilian fishing village is the bar La Pagoda. This is a …