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Five destinations you should know more about

These countries might not be on traveller’s bucket lists – but according to the people that live there, they should be.<p>Whether it is the notion that Brits only drink tea or that all Argentineans dance tango, cultural stereotypes can overshadow a country’s true nuances.<p>For a more authentic take on …

South America

The ultimate guide to Galicia

Galicia gives travellers an alternative Spanish experience. With its strong Celtic connections, wild beaches and arguably the best seafood in Europe, this unique region in Spain’s northwest remains largely unexplored by the tourists flocking to Barcelona or the Costa del Sol.<p>While Santiago de …

The world's most unusual beaches

Candy sands, disappearing waves, transformed trolls - if life's a beach, these are its strangest days. These 10 beaches from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Sights</i> might not all be swimmable, but they are all extraordinary.<p>1. Bowling Ball Beach, California<p>Compared to green sand or vanishing tides, …

How to plan a round-the-world trip

Itʼs the ultimate trip: circumnavigating the planet, and stopping off wherever takes your fancy. Great for travellers who want to see it all, or who are just plain indecisive. But booking a round-the-world (RTW) trip can be a complex business. Hereʼs our guide to getting started.<p>How to do it<p>The …

Travel

Readers' travel tips: affordable accommodation in NYC

Contribute with Guardian Witness<p>A 24-hour city like NYC is going to play havoc with your wallet anyway, so saving on your accommodation could go a long way to leaving you with spare pennies to enjoy yourself. Do you have a tip for a place to stay that’s affordable?<p>Up for grabs is a £200 voucher …

The world's most extraordinary hotels – in pictures

First published on Tue 18 Feb 2014 01.00 EST

Advice on quitting your job and travelling for a year

Embarking on an extended adventure often means taking a leap of faith and leaving key responsibilities behind. But those that have done it say the experience is more than worth it.<p>Most of us see the world in snippets at a time – a long weekend here, a two-week vacation there. But when wanderlust …

San Francisco Bay Area

New York City's top shopping strips

<i>This is an excerpt from the Shopping chapter of Lonely Planet's</i> <i>New York City</i> <i>guide.</i><p>To the question ‘Where do I shop?’, NYC answers ‘How much you got?’ Well-funded shoppers head to Midtown’s Fifth Ave and the Upper East Side’s Madison Ave. SoHo has high-end boutiques stocking the wares of …

Five reasons to visit northern France in 2014

France’s refreshing Nord-Pas-de-Calais has been overlooked by travellers for too long. The region has embraced the jokes about chilly weather and yokel locals while quietly transforming into a world-class destination with a daring arts scene, clutch of historic sights and irresistibly rugged charm. …

Top 10 things to do in Trinidad, Cuba

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad, Cuba, was built on the back of the 19th-century sugar and slave trade. At its zenith, in 1827, one of the 56 sugar mills in the region harvested the biggest cane haul in the world — just under a million kilos of white pressed crystals. This enormous, …

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

50 Awesome Photography Websites Feature Shoot Recommends for Daily Inspiration

With the demise of our blogroll in our new site design, we thought we’d shine the light on 50 unique photography-based websites that inspire us on a …

All'Onda: New York City's Biggest Restaurant Opening of the Year?

NYC's All'Onda has already been called the biggest restaurant opening of the admittedly young year, thanks to the talent in the kitchen and the culinary twist on the menu.<p>NYC's All'Onda has already been called the biggest restaurant opening of the admittedly young year, thanks to the talent in the …

Canceled Flight? Stranded at an Airport? Try These Tips to Get Home

Whether there's a polar vortex or just a bad storm, here are tips on how to avoid getting stranded in an airport.<p>Whether there's a polar vortex going on or just your standard issue snow storm, no one wants to be stranded in an airport or on hold with an airline trying to find a way home. But that's …

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

How to road-trip Canada on a budget

Canada is big and beautiful, but climate, distance and the high cost of domestic travel make it hard to get to know her. Having the freedom to throw your stuff in the trunk and set off as you please makes self-driving a tempting way to explore this frequently spectacular country.<p>The Trans-Canada …

South Africa's Cape wine route: top 10 guide

The vineyards outside Cape Town offer superb value, with bottles for under £3. From sunset tastings against a backdrop of mountains to renting a thatched cottage overlooking the vines, we have the lowdown on where to drink, eat and stay<p>Just a half an hour drive outside Cape Town you are already at …

Top 10 Australian beaches: readers' travel tips

From the deserted to city, wild to family-friendly, there are thousands of great beaches Australia. Readers recommend their favourites from around the country • To add a tip for next week and be in with a chance of winning a Vango tent worth £450, go to GuardianWitness<p>WINNING TIP: Hellfire Bay, …

Top 10 budget beach hotels and hostels in Bahia, Brazil

Pousada Estrela do Mar, Salvador<p>Porto da Barra beach sits at the entrance to the magnificent Baía de Todos os Santos, one of the largest bays in the world, dotted with 50 tropical islands. This is one of the great city beaches, Salvador’s equivalent of Ipanema in Rio, only with more attitude and …

Follow World Cup Fever in Brazil on Fodors.com

In just over six months, crazed soccer fans the world over will descend upon Brazil, winner of five World Cup soccer championships, and the official …

7 Reasons to Go to Miami this Winter

Baby, it’s cold outside! Blizzards are blowing. The sun checks out for the day by 5pm. You’ve got four long months of bitter chill ahead of you and …

South Beach

Forget Hotels. The Best Way to See Burma is By Boat

Now that the tourism boycott is lifted, Burma is at the top of every traveler’s must-visit list. The best way to see the country? By boat.<p>Now that the tourism boycott is lifted, Burma's shot to the top of every traveler’s must-get-there-before-everyone-else-does list. But hotels book up fast, and …

A land of legend far Faroe away

The North Atlantic archipelago is a mystical place where Viking history mingles with Faroe folklore, sheep outnumber humans, and magical elves hide where birds come to roost.<p>These are interesting times for the Faroe Islands. The rugged North Atlantic archipelago is currently rewriting its history …

Nature

Lightroom Workflow - From Setup to a Finished Sunrise Photo

This step by step Lightroom workflow tutorial takes you from finding a location to setting up the camera all the way through processing the final …

Tutorials

New York Must-Dos

Our experts recommend the top attractions in and around New York—with advice on how to get the most out of your visit.<p><b>Ferry to Governors Island</b><br>172 acres (70 hectares) of quiet in the center of New York Harbor. "Part of the island is a national monument, with astonishing views of the skyline and …

Box Office

Top 10 posadas in South America: readers' travel tips

WINNING TIP: La Casa de François, San Agustín, Colombia<p>François, an architect from the Alps, stopped off in San Agustín on a motorbike journey from Mexico to Patagonia 19 years ago. He liked what he saw, bought a coffee plantation and designed and built an eco-friendly hideaway using sustainable …

The Philippines: a guide to the best islands

Six of the country's 7,000-plus islands were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan; many of the others badly need tourists to return. Local writer Aya Lowe picks the best places to go<p>For a country with thousands of idyllic islands, plus world-class surfing and diving, the Philippines is a relatively …

Seven incredible places you may have never heard of

As globalisation leaves no stone unturned, we took to Quora.com to find a few secret locales well worth the trip.

Lake Superior

Wine Lover’s Guide to Door County, Wisconsin

On the slender 75-mile-long peninsula in Northern Wisconsin that straddles both Lake Michigan and Green Bay is the country’s next up-and-coming wine …

Green Bay