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How to travel around the world in 80 days

In Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, Phileas Fogg had a devil of a time trying to travel around the world in 80 days. But in the 21st century, circumnavigating the globe has become a bit of a breeze: all you need is a round-the-world (RTW) ticket. In fact, a dedicated (if masochistic) …

Five Reasons to Stop Dreaming and Travel Now

People are really good at coming up with excuses NOT to do things and sadly travel is a frequent victim. I don’t have enough money, I don’t have …

How to plan a round-the-world trip

Itʼs the ultimate trip: circumnavigating the planet, and stopping off wherever takes your fancy. Great for travellers who want to see it all, or who are just plain indecisive. But booking a round-the-world (RTW) trip can be a complex business. Hereʼs our guide to getting started.<p>How to do it<p>The …

National Geographic Travel

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

European Travel

How to travel with friends (and not want to kill them)

I have two permanent, oddly positioned bald spots on my head. Though my mother claims they’re from a scalp thing I had as a kid, I have it on good authority from my oracle that they’re probably where the Martians attached the electrodes.<p>However, spontaneous balding frequently has nothing to do with …

7 tips for a successful shared homestay experience

You’re staying in someone’s home you don’t know on a trip. Naturally that means you walk around in your underwear, fart, make a mess in the kitchen, throw used towels on the bathroom floor and hog the TV remote. Right?<p>Of course not. But this picture isn’t as rare as it sounds. Now that more …

Make or break: travelling as a couple

Travelling as a couple can present unique challenges (and advantages) on top of the exhilaration and standard stress that accompanies long-term travel. Will it make or break the relationship? What happens when one person wants to go to the Full Moon Party and the other wants to jungle trek?<p>Like …

Travels to Hell: inside Indonesia's Ijen volcano

Nobody in Europe had heard of the Ijen volcanic crater during the European Middle Ages, when painters were busy decorating churches and chapels with paintings depicting the gates of Hell. If they had, those artists would have needed no further inspiration: here is a real life Hell and it smells of …

Top 25 experiences in Bali and Lombok

The mere mention of 'Bali' evokes thoughts of a paradise. It’s more than a place: it’s a mood, an aspiration, a tropical state of mind.Yes, Bali has beaches, surfing, diving, and resorts great and small, but it’s the essence of Bali – and the Balinese – that makes it so much more than just a …

Asia Travel

Budget airlines: getting your money's worth

Budget airlines. Low-cost carriers. Whatever you want to call them, these no-frills airlines are appealing for the most basic of reasons: wallet-friendly prices and an incredibly extensive and diverse set of flight routes. But really, do you get what you pay for?<p>The bad bits: things we love to …

The ultimate guide to Galicia

Galicia gives travellers an alternative Spanish experience. With its strong Celtic connections, wild beaches and arguably the best seafood in Europe, this unique region in Spain’s northwest remains largely unexplored by the tourists flocking to Barcelona or the Costa del Sol.<p>While Santiago de …

When is the best time to visit US and Canada's National Parks?

When is the best time to visit the National Parks of the US and Canada? You might think the answer would be one of the summer months. But when we looked at the 'best time to go' picks by Lonely Planet guidebook authors for the most visited and best-known parks in the US and Canada and stacked them …

National Parks

A guide to the eateries of Spain

Restaurants have been a part of Spanish culture for centuries. Indeed Spain is home to the oldest surviving restaurant in the world. According to the Guinness book that would be Sobrino de Botín (established 1725) just off Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Botín is merely the oldest and you’ll find many other …

Barcelona