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What Did Ancient Romans Do Without Toilet Paper?

We’ve all been caught unawares by our digestive tract at one time or another.<p>It happened to the Nash family several months ago. We were nearing the …

Ancient Rome

50 Novels All Men Should Read Before They Die

No excuses, now<p>Forget coming-of-age fiction or impenetrable 'classics' – these are the books all grown men should be ticking off. Why? Because they're as entertaining as they are wise<p>On Beauty – Zadie Smith<p>The Circle – Dave Eggers<p>East of Eden – John Steinbeck<p>The Road – Cormac McCarthy<p>The Blind …

Literature

How to Complain at a Hotel

Even in the best hotels, things go wrong occasionally. Patience, persistence, and smile go a long way toward getting results when you have a valid …

Self-help

There Is a 'Wanderlust Gene' but You Can be a Digital Nomad Even Without It

Science now has a partial explanation why some people love to travel.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Why do some people like to travel more than others? Are nomads born or raised?<p>Furthermore, why do I keep an ever-growing list of places to visit that I can never seem to …

Does France really 'continue to make foreign residents feel unwelcome'?

"France continues to make foreign residents feel unwelcome", was the headline of a new global survey of expats published on Wednesday that ranked …

France

20 Charming French Bistros and Brasseries in NYC

There’s something immensely satisfying about a great French bistro meal, from luxuriously buttery snails to an excellently seasoned steak tartare. It’s filling fare that doesn’t skimp on robust flavors and plenty of richness. Luckily, NYC has a strong range of bistros and brasseries around the …

25 Best Things to Do in New York

New York may be ever-changing, but when it comes to can't-miss cultural experiences, the classics always win out.<p>Whether you're a local realizing you've yet to fully explore the city or an out-of-towner who doesn't know the Met from the MoMA, these quintessential stops will help you catch a glimpse …

New York City

28 Best Bars in Chicago

Whether you want rhum agricole blanc blended with coffee or a beer and a shot, there's a bar for that—a really great one.<p>Chicago has come a long way from being a post-shift, whiskey-and-beer town (not that there’s anything wrong with that). These days, the city’s bar scene thrives with creative …

Wall Art

21 Best Bars in New York City

Above all else, New York is a drinking town. Here, where the locals go for a tipple.<p>New Yorkers love a drink. And being an open-minded bunch, they embrace dives, wine bars, and cocktail joints in equal measure, meaning you won't go wrong when looking for a place to knock back a few. Read on for our …

New York City

31 Best Restaurants in New York City

If you can make it here (as a restaurant), you can make it anywhere.<p>New York, New York brings tourists in droves for its world-class museums, monuments, and theater. But have you taken a good look at our food scene lately? From fast-casual fried chicken to refined seafood temples and Caribbean from …

Ralph Lauren

25 Best Brunches in New York City

It's a way of life in this town.<p>No place does brunch like New York, whether it’s a mimosa and a plate of the best bagels and lox you’ve ever had on the Lower East Side, or soul food and jazz all the way up in Harlem (not to mention a whole world of brunch to discover in Brooklyn). Here, a guide to …

Breakfast

19 Best Places for Pizza in New York City

It's hard to find a bad slice in this town. But these spots do it better than the rest.<p>Pizza in New York is common ground: locals and visitors agree it's rarely overrated. Sure, plenty are just fine (a.k.a., okay to skip), and not every hole-in-the-wall guarantees a life-changing slice, but the …

New York City

15 Best Rooftop Bars in New York City

Whether you're looking for beer gardens and mini golf, or bottle service and a scene, the city has it all.<p>A city that excels in making the most of what it's got, New York has a roster of rooftop bars that's second to none, capitalizing on Manhattan's stunning skyline and reliably compelling views. …

Times Square

5 Best Day Trips from New York City

Our favorite places near the city for a quick getaway.<p>New York may be the city that never sleeps, but that doesn't mean its inhabitants don't. The city has endless allure for residents and visitors, from its cultural attractions to its dining and nightlife scene, but sometimes what you need most …

Ice Cream

Best US airlines for 2018, according to The Points Guy

<b>(CNN) —</b> When it comes to choosing an airline, there's a lot of criteria to consider: Do you prioritize low airfare or punctuality? Cabin comfort or frequent flier programs?<p>Specialist air travel website The Points Guy (TPG) has reviewed all these factors to compile its 2018 Best Airlines in America …

Flying

Nudity in Germany: Here's the naked truth

<b>(CNN) —</b> When I was a kid, my father always used to sunbathe nude in our garden at weekends. In public pools, children of all ages were allowed to run around naked all the time.<p>Even now I'm comfortable with getting naked in the sauna or gym changing room. Maybe it's because I'm German.<p>Nudism is …

Beaches

Chester County, Philly's most delicious day trip

It’s no secret that Philadelphia’s food scene is a thriving one: venerable institutions like Reading Market and the Italian Market sidle up against trendy farm-to-table spots and starred culinary establishments. What visitors may not realize is that much of the bounty on Philly’s splendid tables …

Queen Village, Philadelphia: A low-key local wander

If you’re looking for a way to break free of the tourists milling about downtown Philadelphia, check out Queen Village. This walkable maze of narrow streets in South Philly is home to eclectic shops, cozy local restaurants, eye-catching architecture and, of course, historic sites.<p>Once a suburb of …

Essential eats in Pittsburgh

Sometimes lightning does indeed strike twice; such is the case for Pittsburgh, a vital star in the constellation of so-called Rust Belt cities. The city's recent economic developments have re-energized its long culinary legacy, and new restaurants are popping up each week alongside some of the …

More than skin deep: where to seek the soul of the city

Cities abound with sights, tours and activities for travellers to enjoy. But not all of them deliver an authentic experience, affording a real insight into the soul of a place. So we asked a team of Lonely Planet local writers across the globe to give us tips on how to get under the skin of their …

How to live like a Local in Tel Aviv

Lonely Planet Local Dan Savery Raz has been living in Tel Aviv for almost 10 years. Initially attracted by the beaches, bars and general bustle of Tel Aviv, he stayed for the freewheeling, spontaneous lifestyle and family-friendly atmosphere. Oh, and the Middle East’s most diverse culinary scene …

Travel gear reviews: travel bags for any itinerary

Whether being hauled up the high-passes of the Himalaya, strapped to the roof of a speeding Serengeti jeep or paraded along the promenades of Paris, selecting the right luggage receptacle can help take the weight off any travel experience.<p>In our latest gear reviews, we test a range of bags suited …

How to live like a local in Washington, DC

Lonely Planet Local Barbara Noe Kennedy has been living in Washington, DC, for more than 20 years. She’s watched the cityscape transform from a staid affair into a buzzing global destination with an outstanding foodie scene, rejuvenated neighborhoods, thrilling theater, amazing music and more. The …

Travel

‘You could say I’m reluctantly retired from writing books': travel writer Dervla Murphy

‘Sláinte,” says Dervla Murphy, settling back into her armchair, her pint raised aloft. We are in the bohemian study of her home in the centre of Lismore, County Waterford. Home is actually a collection of unconnected buildings adjoining a cobbled courtyard that once formed the historic town’s …

Books

How to ace your Hong Kong flight stopover

Hong Kong is the perfect stopover city. It’s small and densely packed, with everything from frantic street life to sky-high rooftop bars all packed into a postage stamp of an island. The Airport Express train takes just 24 minutes to zip from Chek Lap Kok airport to the heart of it all – meaning …

Hong Kong

Bucket lists are ruining tourist hotspots – here’s where to go instead

I first noticed the phenomenon in Seville cathedral. A tour group trailing behind an umbrella-wielding guide were put on the spot. Quite literally. The guide pointed to a particular flagstone and said: “This is where you take your picture.” And they all did. And the next group, too.<p>That was before …

Taj Mahal

How to find cheap flight deals: 5 expert tips

Book early with Asian airlines for Christmas and ‘peak-east’ flights<p>Most airlines – especially east Asian ones – get their business from local passengers. This means prices are set according to national holidays and in Asia this means that flights around western holidays, such as Christmas and …

Flying

Why the Relaxed Viennese Attitude to Work Is Actually Very Productive

Coffee house culture<p>As with much of Vienna’s history, everything leads back to coffee in one way or another. Although Austrians didn’t actually …

PHOTOS: The beautiful new Cathedral in Knoxville

Hundreds of faithful from the Diocese of Knoxville and beyond attended the dedication Mass of the United States’ newest Cathedral last Saturday.The …

How Italian women used words to fight the Nazis

When the sun set over Turin, Italy, the city’s clandestine network of printing presses roared to life with a group of female partisans at the controls.<p>I chained up my rusty red bicycle and stepped into the courtyard of the former Conceria Fiori tannery, where the chairs and tables of a beer garden, …

Italy