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Top 10 extraordinary places to stay in 2014

Think back to where you stayed on your last trip. Was it simply a place to rest your head, or did it immerse you in local colour, surround you by wildlife and fire your imagination? We asked Lonely Planet’s authors and editors to nominate the most extraordinary hotels and hostels around the world. …

Top 10

20 unmissable extreme sports (and where to try them)

Ready to feel your pulse racing? From zorbing to volcano boarding, we’ve rounded up 20 adrenaline-packed but accessible activities to tick off your bucket list – and the most stunning destinations to try them in.<p><b>Volcano boarding</b><p><b>The gist:</b> pioneered by an Australian traveller in León, Nicaragua, …

Adventure Travel

Europe’s top 10 scenic rail journeys

Give thanks to the engineers who built railways across Europe's most difficult terrain, their hard work has translated into some of the world's most picturesque journeys – in Scandinavia along icy rivers to fjords, in Germany, Switzerland and Italy through carved valleys in the Alps, along the …

European Travel

Top 40 rock 'n' roll travel sites countdown (40-21)

You don't have to worry about road trip tunes when rock 'n' roll is your destination. The beat comes naturally when you're connecting the dots between crossroads, polyester suit shops, distortion pedals, death sites and links to those Gallagher brothers. To help start, here's our Top 40 list. Just …

Jack White

Sydney's top 10 hotel bars

Melbourne may be known for its rooftop and laneway bars, but when it comes to hotel bars Sydney has the standouts. From popular stalwarts to hip new arrivals, we’ve rounded up 10 city hotels that offer travellers more than just a place to sleep.<p><b>Gilt Lounge, QT,</b> <b>49 Market Street, Sydney</b><p>Overlooking …

Australia

Unusual places to stay in the USA

We all know that lodging can make a break or vacation, but staying somewhere truly unique – a tipi, say, or a giant bird's nest, or even spending the night underwater – can turn a humdrum holiday into an unforgettable trip.<p>The USA's entrepreneurial spirit knows no bounds, and it's frequently …

Key Largo

Paris hotels: the new seven wonders

Train tickets: the best bargains and the worst ripoffs

You can buy a train ticket for £3 from Birmingham to Edinburgh – or £107 arriving slightly later. We highlight some of the extraordinary anomalies of Britain's bewildering rail fare system<p>In a fortnight we will hear how much rail fares will be going up in 2015 – and long-suffering commuters can …