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Tea is the Secret to Smoky, Wok-Charred Flavor at Home

Smoking food with wood chips and charcoal is an ancient practice, and I recently became fascinated with the idea of figuring out an easy way to adapt …

The Five Commandments for Making Perfect Biscuits

At Olamaie in Austin, the off-menu biscuits are available by request only. People have been known to protest when they run out. Here, chefs Michael …

Your Shot: Machu Picchu

TravelYour Shot<p>Located high in the Peruvian Andes, Machu Picchu was hidden from the outside world for hundreds of years. Explore the well-preserved Inca ruins in this gallery of photos submitted by National Geographic.

Redwood National Park

Travel<p><b>Location: California<br>Established: October 2, 1968<br>Size: 131,983 acres, including 3 state parks</b><p>Sometimes, when the morning fog caresses the great trees, you can imagine the past flowing through the long, misty shadows … Vast redwood forests flourishing across a lush and humid North America … …

The world's most illuminating experiences

2015 is the UN Year of Light – so make a beeline for these brilliantly bright, bedazzling places.<p>1. Aurora, Abisko, Sweden<p>The northern lights shimmer right across the polar regions – if solar activity is particularly exuberant you might even glimpse the lights as far south as Scotland. But, really, …

Spirits of the forest: Congo's gorillas

A vast, uncharted wilderness, Africa’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ once drew Victorian explorers in search of seemingly mythical creatures. Follow in their footsteps with a gorilla-tracking safari in the Congo Basin’s rainforests. Here is one man's story, originally from <i>Lonely Planet Traveller</i> …

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Baroque n stroll: two days in Vienna

As the former HQ of the Hapsburg Empire, the Austrian capital has a flabbergasting stash of cultural and art treasures – more than you could ever hope to see in a lifetime. But with 48 hours on your hands, you can easily take in some of the city’s trophy sights: baroque palaces bejewelled with …

Top 10 experiences in St Lucia

From the sky, the teardrop-shaped island of St Lucia looks like a precious piece of jewelry dropped in the eastern Caribbean Sea. The mountains are emerald green, the beaches golden and the clear waters sparkle diamond-bright in the hot noon sun.<p>Yet despite its splendor, St Lucia’s remoteness makes …

Into the Arctic: driving Norway’s Kystriksveien

When it comes to imagined destinations, few can rival the Arctic. It is a place of deep and abiding longing, and has been for centuries; a land so utterly different from our own that entering it calls for some grand rite of passage, for a journey of such beauty as to prove worthy of these …

National Parks

Inside Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris. #LonelyPlanet staffer @ranajean taking time out from her marketing work to explore #Paris #France.

How to get the most from a short trip to Ireland

Vibrant cities, otherworldly monuments, ancient castles, sweeping beaches bordered by jade-green fields, cosy pubs with crackling fires and toe-tapping traditional music sessions – Ireland offers a multitude of memorable experiences. And its compact size makes it possible to fit many in, even on a …

Rocky Mountain National Park's best hikes

Lace up your boots and get ready to explore the vast wilderness of Rocky Mountain National Park, where the windswept tundra contains an ecosystem of hundreds of species of wildflowers, and the sculpted peaks silhouetted against the blue sky serve as a dramatic reminder of the last ice age. Traverse …

How to reach Machu Picchu without the Inca Trail

One of the world’s great wonders, Machu Picchu is the holy grail for any traveler visiting South America. A common misconception is that one needs to complete a four-day trek to reach this incredible site, and for many, surviving the Inca Trail is very much part of the Machu Picchu experience.<p>But …

Watching wildlife in Norway’s north

Northern Norway is one of the most varied wildlife-watching destinations in Europe, its combination of High Arctic landscapes, Atlantic shorelines and boreal forests sheltering an astonishing array of species. If you miss the land mammals in the wild, most can be seen at Polar Park (near Setermoen: …

The #Parthenon -- the monument that more than any other epitomises the glory of ancient #Greece. Image by #lonelyplanet staffer @sparkyseetheworld. #europe #travel

10 reasons Fiji is one of the world’s happiest countries

If someone asked, ‘Are you are happy?’ what would you say? Well, if you lived in Fiji, there is an almost nine-times-out-of-10 chance you’d say ‘yes!’. According to WIN-Gallup 89% of Fijians report they are happy, making Fiji one of the happiest countries in the world.<p>And what are the odds that a …

Crazy Horse monument. #SouthDakota #USA. Captured by #lonelyplanet Destination Editor @alexmhoward. Gently rolling prairies through shallow fertile valleys mark much of this endlessly attractive state. Throughout the state are important Native American sites and interesting towns big and small. #travel

Top 10 unforgettable family travel experiences for 2015

Inspire a sense of wonderment in the next generation with our best family travel activities.<p>1. Self-drive safari, Namibia<p>Etosha National Park, with its otherworldly landscapes and iconic wildlife species in their natural habitat (not to mention 340 bird species including the greater flamingo), is …

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¡Salud Mexico! The story of tequila, mezcal and pulque

When it comes to tequila, most people already know about lick, sip and suck. But what’s the deal with tequila’s smoky older sibling, <i>mezcal</i>? And why are young Mexicans worshipping the foamy drink of the Aztec gods, <i>pulque</i>? These three drinks are all made from the agave plant, but each has its own …

Australia's best food experiences: on the cheese trail

Listen up, cheese lovers – we’ll let you in on one of Australia’s best-kept secrets: the great land down under produces some truly magnificent cheeses, arguably every bit as interesting and complex in flavour as many of their European counterparts. The country’s southeastern states, in particular, …

How to interact ethically with elephants in Thailand

For many people, riding on the back of an elephant in Thailand is the ultimate bucket list experience. However, there’s now overwhelming evidence to support claims by animal welfare experts that this form of tourism is harmful for Asia’s gentle giants.<p>You can barely turn a corner in Thailand …

Top five places to get a taste of the jungle in Singapore

For a tiny country, Singapore has some serious green space. Today, you’re more likely to see a squirrel scuttle across your path than come face-to-face with a tiger (sadly, Singapore's last tiger was shot in the 1930s) but there are still places you can visit to get a taste of the jungle in the …

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Beat jet lag: top tips for travellers

You notice the warning signs - red eyes, irritability, heart-pounding wakefulness in the dead of night. It strikes without warning, transforming travellers into dead-eyed, shuffling automata. Once you glimpse your gaunt reflection in the hotel mirror, the transformation is complete.<p>Have you joined …

America's legendary drives

With over four million miles of highway, the USA offers more road trips than anyone could tackle in one lifetime. Whether you’re itching to peek into Wild West history, or just longing for a big ol’ soulful dose of nature’s vistas, you’ll find them along America’s backroads and byways. Here are our …

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Ten of France’s natural wonders

France's smorgasbord of cultural delights could keep even the most avid museum-hopper busy for a lifetime, but don't forget about the great outdoors. France smoulders with natural beauty, so why not go <i>au naturel</i> at mountain ranges, canyons and startling stretches of coast? This round-up of …

A taste of Mauritius: the food lover's guide

Mauritius has a unique identity. Visited by the Portuguese in the early 1500s, and subsequently colonised by the Dutch, French and British, its long history includes an influx of slaves and immigrants from Africa, India and the Far East. This fusion of cultures has unsurprisingly – and thankfully – …

Road trip Australia: East Coast or West Coast?

Australia’s coast was just made for road tripping. Thousands of kilometres of sun, sand and surf, dotted with lazy beach towns, quirky accommodation, big things (pineapples, prawns, what have you) and enough fish and chip oil to fuel a few weeks of open-road adventures.<p>However, choosing between the …

Ten of the world's best destinations for drinkers

Instead of cracking a can at home, why not search out one of these boozy hotspots? Whether you fancy guzzling a pint, sipping a cocktail or knocking back a dram or two, we can help you quench your thirst in style.<p>Pivni Lazne Bernard, Prague, Czech Republic<p>Sure, a pint of pilsner wouldn’t go amiss - …