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The perfect trip: Italy

A new take on the Grand Tour proves that the country’s treasures remain as rewarding as ever.<p>The Grand Tour was a European cultural jaunt focused on Italy that became part of the education of 18th-century high society. We offer a new take on the trip, proving that the country’s treasures remain as …

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Lonely Planet’s best value travel destinations for 2014

When times are tight we suggest you travel more, not less – but pick carefully. This is where your wallet will smile at the memories for years to come.<p>Greek Islands<p>View of Navagio Beach, also known as Shipwreck Cove, on Zakynthos Island. Image by Dave Porter Peterborough Uk / Photolibrary / Getty …

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 …

Highland hideaways: 10 of the best Scottish escapes

From a snug log cabin to a converted castle, here are 10 new places to stay for a wintry break in Scotland's Highlands<p>Moody, mist-shrouded mountains, snow-caked moorland, rushing burns and steely grey lochs: the Scottish Highlands can be forbidding in winter. They can also be magical, a …

How to choose between Thailand’s classic gulf islands

With hundreds of dreamy tropical islands scattered along Thailand’s extensive coastline, choosing your ideal island escape can be overwhelming. Each one of those specks in the ocean is a tantalising composition of turquoise water, lush jungles and divine beaches – so how's a traveller to …

Expert guide to Tenerife

Essential Information<p><b>Flight time</b>: anything from 4hr to 4hr 30min from London<p><b>Time difference:</b> the Canary Islands are in the same time zone as Britain<p><b>Currency:</b> the Euro; most establishments take credit and debit cards and there are plentiful ATMs<p><b>Foreign Office advice</b>: …

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A foodie autumn break in Abruzzo, Italy

A late November break in Italy's Abruzzo brings short days, long lunches, and the all-pervading scent of a food tradition as old as the region's hills<p>Italians say the best pecorino cheese is made from the milk of sheep that graze in wild places. I had no doubt that this was the case with the pale, …

The world's best wild swims

Little can match the pleasure of taking a dip in a secluded spot. Sliding into a river or striking out for the centre of a lake, it’s impossible not to feel as if you’ve become part of the scene, rather than simply marvelling at it.<p>Indulge in one of these stunning swims and we promise they’ll make …

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, …

Ten Shakespearean sites for travellers

With 2014 heralding the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, celebrate the Bard at some of his old haunts and best play places.<p>Shakespeare's Birthplace in Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Image by Glenn Beanland / Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images.<p>Stratford-upon-Avon, England<p>It …

Ten delightfully different Christmas markets in Europe

From Alpine summits to the coast of Cornwall, we've tiptoed off the well-trodden Christmas market trail to bring you ten of our European favourites for a festive shop.<p>'le quai de la poissonnerie à noël' by Office de Tourisme Colmar. Creative Commons Attribution licence<p><b>Schloss Hellbrunn</b><b>‏, …

Top 10 budget beach hotels and hostels in Bahia, Brazil

These friendly pousadas and hostels in the city of Salvador and along the coast of Bahia offer laid-back comfort near stunning tropical beaches<p>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, …

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Best apps and sites to plan, record and share your trips

Dreaming up a trip is the easiest part of every journey. All you need is a working imagination. The other bits before you go? Not so easy, or so much fun. You’ve got to book tickets, worry about accommodation, work out budgets, apply for visas…then you’ve got to plan your itinerary. And what about …

Top winter experiences in northern Sweden

Wrap up warm and let northern Sweden work its magic on you this winter. Here are nine incredible experiences to get you started.<p>The Icehotel<p>Built from blocks of ice from the Torne River, the award-winning Icehotel (www.icehotel.com) opens its doors from December–March. Its ice rooms, furniture and …

Off the beaten track in Borneo

From steaming jungle to the cloud-capped summit of Mt Kinabalu, Borneo’s natural wonders are undeniable. But the island is no longer the deserted paradise it once was.<p>Package tours and cheap flights from Southeast Asia have placed Borneo firmly on the tourist trail, and solitude is becoming hard to …

Living in: Abu Dhabi

Considered Dubai’s less-brash sister, a growing cluster of international museums and high-rise apartments make this city an increasingly attractive place to live.<p>The capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a modern miracle on the shore of the Arabian Sea. Considered Dubai’s less-brash sister …

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Driving Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

The 'Wild Atlantic Way' driving route neatly packages the abundant attractions of Ireland's west coast, from West Cork to Donegal. The well-signed, easy-to-navigate route includes 157 'Discovery Points', where drivers can stop and learn more about the must-sees and lesser-known diversions of this …

A guide to India's tiger reserves

How can you be sure a tiger-spotting trip has conservation at its heart? TOFTigers was set up to monitor and rate the operators working in Indian nature reserves. Here founder Julian Matthews shares his tips on the best lodges and jungle safaris<p>India's wild places face seemingly unstoppable …

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>Icefields Parkway …

'Ultimate bucket list' plotted out

It would take a minimum of 255 days – and almost £50,000 – to complete 100 of the world’s greatest travel experiences in one non-stop trip, according to a home exchange web site.<p>The itinerary put together by LoveHomeSwap would take in activities ranging from cheese-rolling in Gloucestershire to …

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Doctor Who at 50: events, tours and attractions

Grwwwwngd. Grwwwwngd.<p>I would know that noise anywhere. It sounds like two millstones struggling to grind a lump of Araldite and it signifies the often bumpy reappearance of the retro blue police box known to practically every child in Britain as the TARDIS.<p>As the futuristic doors at the BBC’s …

Most Colorful Places Around The World

ROY G BIV. Easter Eggs. Crayola.<p>Whatever your fancy, it turns out that places around the globe--from neighborhoods to entire towns--like to sport their preferred shades on their facades.<p><b>CORRECTION: A previous version of this story called the Melbourne area beach "Denby Street Beach."</b>

'Tis the season to be jolly - and nothing says jolly more than a visit to a Christmas market. The concept of this rather magical experience started in Germany as early as the Middle Ages, when traders gathered to sell their goods before the bleak

'Tis the season to be jolly - and nothing says jolly more than a visit to a Christmas market. The concept of this rather magical experience started …

top 10 countries

These 10 countries are destined for an epic year, whether they’re hosting festivals, cutting the ribbon on new attractions or simply raising their game for travellers. Feast your eyes on 2014's most unmissable destinations.<p>1. Brazil<p><b>All eyes on the pitch for 2014’s World Cup</b><p>A game of beach football …

Everything you need to know about swimming holidays

Thinking about taking the plunge and heading to the Austrian lakes or Montenegro? Miriam Zendle answers all your questions<p><b>What is a swimming holiday?</b><br>A swimming holiday pretty much does what it says on the tin. It's a holiday where you spend almost all of your time swimming. They're great fun, …

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Lonely Planet travel destinations

Destinations in Africa<p>A<p>Angola Algeria<p>B<p>Botswana Burkina Faso Benin Burundi<p>C<p>Cameroon Central African Republic Cabo Verde Comoros Chad Côte d'Ivoire<p>D<p>Democratic Republic of Congo Djibouti<p>E<p>Eritrea Ethiopia Equatorial Guinea Egypt<p>G<p>Gabon Guinea Ghana Guinea-Bissau<p>K<p>Kenya<p>L<p>Lesotho Liberia Libya<p>M<p>Mali …