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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 …

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 …

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The Philippines: a guide to the best islands

For a country with thousands of idyllic islands, plus world-class surfing and diving, the Philippines is a relatively undiscovered travel destination. Tourism is crucial to the country's economy, accounting for eight per cent of its GDP, but compare the UK visitor numbers – 120,000 in 2012 – to …

Highland hideaways: 10 of the best Scottish escapes

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 Narnia-style wonderland enchanting to explore on foot, skis or snowshoes, and peppered with a clutch of new boltholes, gourmet …

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 …

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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>: …

A foodie autumn break in Abruzzo, Italy

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, aromatic slice I ate for breakfast, alongside a spoonful of pear conserve scented with saffron from crocuses grown in Gabriella's garden. There was …

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 …

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Top 10 Australian beaches: readers' travel tips

WINNING TIP: Hellfire Bay, Cape le Grand, Western Australia<p>Cape Le Grand is 50km from the nearest town, Esperance, which is itself a long way from anywhere, but that's WA for you), so you'll have to make an effort to get here. But once you've driven through the spectacular national park, dotted …

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 …

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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><b>Schloss Hellbrunn</b><b>‏, Austria</b><p>Christmas markets glitter all over Austria come advent, but few are as magical as this one held at …

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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 …

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Finding the best holiday destinations for sun at the right time is not always straightforward. Tropical weather can be fickle, and there is more to finding the best climate than simply heading south. Looking for winter sun? Some parts of the Caribbean and south-east Asia can be wet or unsettled …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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 …

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A guide to India's tiger reserves

India's wild places face seemingly unstoppable pressures, from poaching, deforestation and overgrazing, as well as the irreversible tide of humanity that brings rapacious development in its wake. A 2010 government survey estimated that only 1,711 tigers remain in its shrinking jungles, just 2% of …

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 …

'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 …

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>

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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 …

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Everything you need to know about swimming holidays

<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, giving you a unique and exciting experience (most people will think you're mad, just FYI). Companies such as SwimTrek, Strel …

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Lonely Planet travel destinations

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

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