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What 2014 Taught Me

Come December, I usually write a blog post and look back and express gratitude for all the exciting opportunities that came my way that particular year. I also recall my top 10 travel moments of that year. But as I put pen to paper this year, I share not my travel experiences but what the year has …

Turn The Attic Into A Perfect Play Area For The Kids – 25 Inspirational Design Ideas

Trying to find a practical use for your attic? Look no more because we have the perfect concept. Turn the attic into a bedroom or a playroom for the …

Bea's B B

Welcome to the eclectic world of Bea Mombaers. This doyenne of style and dealer of delicious furniture opens her home to travellers as a bed and …

Bed and Breakfast

Tag: Offices

Exotica at Work: 13 Ideas to Steal from a Historic Office in Charleston<p>by Annie Quigley<p>10 Easy Pieces: Wall-Mounted Shelving Systems<p>by Sarah …

Storage Ideas

Make A Creative Statement With A New Throw Pillow

Just as a new piece of art makes a creative statement on your wall, a new <b>throw pillow</b> makes a creative statement on your sofa, chair or bed. Have you …

The Top Online Travel Booking Sites for January 2014

<i>Editor’s Note: Late last year we started a once-a-quarter feature on top trafficked sites in various sectors in travel, using monthly data from</i> …

Lonely Planet's top 10 best value stays for 2014

Amazing experiences aren’t reserved for unlimited budgets. These characterful places to stay around the world offer comfort and charm in superlative settings - all of them are well under US$100 per night, and plenty have dorm beds for only a few dollars. Here are our top 10 wallet-friendly hotels …

8 Nifty Little Items You Never Pack... But Should

<i>Photo courtesy of Stephanie Adams. Article by Sean O'Neill, contributor to Budget Travel.</i><p>No matter where you're traveling next, there are a few things you can add to your grab-and-go bag that will make everything run a little more smoothly. Meet eight items that will turn you into the MacGyver of …

The Best Way to Travel is With Kids

Less and less people think of me as weird when I say this. Of course more and more of these people are parents like me. Because let's face facts -- if we loved exploring the big wide world before we had our children, isn't it only natural to continue doing it and sharing our passion with them? I …

Five family-friendly destinations you may not have considered

Everyone knows travel changes once kids come into the picture. Suddenly you have to plan around naps, easily accessible rescue centers for soiled-underpants and whining backseat drivers. What they don’t tell you is how much fun it can be, and that it doesn’t have to be limited to timeshares on …

World's Hottest Museums for 2014

Planning to visit a few up-and-coming museums this year? In addition to the great ones you already know, these newcomers attract with striking architecture and thought-provoking exhibits. Moreover, they are a benefit to their neighborhoods, drawing in fashionable new lodgings, restaurants, and …

Pioneering Stand-Up Paddleboarding Yoga in Costa Rica

There’s something undeniably special about being a pioneer—especially when the backdrop is a pristine, deserted bay in the northwestern Costa Rican jungle. I can’t tell you exactly where because then I’d have to kill you. But suffice to say that it’s the perfect canvas for combining the soothing …

Yoga

Great places to stay on the world's loveliest islands

Don’t waste precious travel time dragging your flip-flopped feet to the beach. We’ve rounded up ten places to stay on some of the world’s most beautiful islands – and they’re all a stone’s throw from the beach. Best of all, you don’t need to sell your granny to enjoy an island getaway, we’ve picked …

How To Say “This Is Crap” In Different Cultures

I had been holed up for six hours in a dark conference room with 12 managers. It was a group-coaching day and each executive had 30 minutes to describe in detail a cross-cultural challenge she was experiencing at work and to get feedback and suggestions from the others at the table.<p>It was Willem’s …

The Best Food Apps for Cruisers

Use one of these apps to help you decide where to eat in Venice. -- Photo by vesilvio / Thinkstock<p>Choosing a restaurant while in port shouldn’t be a game of chance. Thankfully, there are plenty of apps to make finding your next bite a quick and painless process. These apps -- many of which are …

The Best Travel Apps for Cruisers

Reading email at the beach doesn't just break your vacation vibe -- it's also bad for your wallet. <i>Photo by allensima / Thinkstock</i><p>Faced with the choice of buying pricey Internet packages on cruise ships and paying exorbitant roaming charges, many cruisers simply turn their phones off for their …

Reader Recs: Best Travel Advice Ever

With a new season of travel just around the corner, we asked our Facebook fans to share the best travel advice they’ve ever received. Their responses ranged from practical tips to inspirational musings.<p><b>Here’s what they had to say:</b><p>To kick things off, Ben C. had wise words for those of us with …

Airplanes

Lisbon, Portugal -- Baixa, Heart of the City

We wanted a unique travel experience, not just another "typical" tourist destination... and we found a very special place in Lisbon. Rooted in the past with time-weathered buildings and cobblestone streets, Lisbon is rich in charm and history. Lisbon faces the ocean, unusual for European cities, …

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 …

7 Twitter Accounts That Will Make Your Next Trip A Zillion Times Easier

Guidebooks are <i>so</i> last century... and looking up from your iPhone was never in style to begin with.<p>Before your next trip, add seven types of accounts to your Twitter feed for a more seamless travel experience (and maybe a seat at the no-reservations steakhouse).<p><b>The tourism board</b> Skim their posts to …

Travel Quote of the Week: On the Stories of Travel

Who doesn’t love an inspiring travel quote? (As if we need any more reason to hit the road.) Like what you see here? There are plenty more travel …

Travel

Travels on the Run: Heart of Rome

As Italy’s ancient capital sleeps—relatively speaking—I head out for an early morning jaunt through history. From the wedding-cake monstrosity that is the National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II, I amble past the Roman Forum, noting such amazing ancient monuments as Trajan’s Column and the …

Italy

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 …

Twitter Travel Guide: How to Use Twitter Like a Pro when Visiting a New City - Vagabondish

<i>Editor's note: Dig this post? Don't miss our related Facebook Travel Guide: How to Use Facebook Like a Pro when Visiting a New City!</i><p>Exploring a new …

Social Media

Five over-the-top treehouse hotels

Special, secluded and surprisingly luxurious, these five wooden creations prove that treehouses are no longer just for kids.<p>Special, secluded and surprisingly luxurious, treehouses are no longer just for kids. Here are five wooden creations for grown-ups to lay claim to.<p><b>Châteaux dans les Arbes,</b> …

Vancouver Island

Your Perfect Weekend In NYC — Straight Ahead!

<i>We live for the weekend. So, this summer, we're sharing the epic destinations that are filling up our 48 hours of uninterrupted freedom in this new</i> …