Joanne Loi

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19 free things to do in Singapore

Singapore may be one of the most expensive countries to visit in Southeast Asia, but there are plenty of free things to see and do to ease the pressure on your wallet. Here are some of our favourite Singapore freebies.<p>Baba House, Singapore. Image by Sarah Reid<p>Get a taste of Peranakan history at …

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Nine Cool Things to Do in San Francisco, on a Budget

Co-authored by Jeff Game<p><i>What happens when you put a travel writer, my boyfriend Jeff Game, and me, a financial planner, together who both love to travel? Besides it being a match made in heaven, it brings together a great team that loves to research new places, explore new parts of the world, and</i> …

Travel photography just got creepier

Not going to lie — sometimes I use Google Street View for less than savory purposes (like when I want to see what the outside of Benedict …

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Which country is best seen by rail?

Aeroplanes are faster and cars are more convenient, but in many parts of the world trains still reach unexpected and beautiful places that would be inaccessible any other way.<p>Once the only way to easily cross long distances, today train travel has been mostly replaced by the speed of aeroplanes and …

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Pt 1: On the road to nowhere in Palestine

Lonely Planet writer Amelia Thomas hails a taxi for Beit Sahour, but come nightfall there is still no sign of her hotel.

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Business trip: Istanbul

Long a bustling commercial hub thanks to its position between East and West, the port city that bridges Asia and Europe is taking its place on the international business stage.<p>Straddling the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul bridges Asia and Europe in a surprising cacophony of contrasts. Old and modern …

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Top 5 Fastest Dollar Dumpling Spots in Manhattan's Chinatown

McDonald's may have its 60-second service guarantee, but if it's not a Sausage McMuffin or McChicken you're craving off the dollar menu, the same buck can buy four or five Beijing-style fried meat-and-chive dumplings at dollar-an-order establishments all over Manhattan's Chinatown.<p>Fried dumplings …

Great American Beer Festival toasts the best brews and brewers in the land

DENVER — One of the benefits of vacationing at the nation's largest beer festival is the expectation that you will drink beer. Such expectation allows shaking off politeness, decorum and that ever-nagging "responsibility" to head directly to a bar after depositing your bags at the hotel. I mean, …

Top Ten Hurricane Season Hot Spots, According To MissTravel

You'd think that travelers would stay far away from the Caribbean during summer's peak hurricane season.<p>But users of the website MissTravel.com have booked 20,000 non-domestic trips for the month of August -- prime time for hurricanes -- with the majority of the destinations located in the …

Staying at a Hotel? Here's How to Get an Upgrade

When people discover I've spent 10 years in the hotel business, there is one question that seems to thrust itself to the forefront, one question everyone seems to want answered. They pause, throw a quick look around, lean in a centimeter, and then ask:<p>"How do you get upgraded?"<p>I intend, in this …

Sumba, Indonesia: Lose Yourself In A Different World (PHOTOS)

If you need to get away -- far, far away -- to a magical place completely different from anything you're used to, visit Sumba.<p>Sumba is a remote island in Eastern Indonesia, part of the Lesser Sunda Islands group in the province of East Nusa Tenggara -- a 55-minute charter flight east of Bali. The …

Top 10 US travel destinations for 2013

Every year our US-based editors team up with Lonely Planet’s expert authors to compile a list of US destinations that are prime for the next year. <i>Best in Travel 2013</i> already covered two places we think the world should be looking at – San Francisco and the Gulf Coast – but here we wanted to dig …

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11 Takeaways from IHG's Game-Changing Hotel Rate Agreement

The UK’s Office of Fair Trading entered into a landmark hotel-rate agreement, subject to final approval, with InterContinental Hotels Group, …

America's Best Food Crawls: From L.A. to Buffalo

We've all been there. Hungry in a strange city and all you want is some good, homemade, local grub. Well, skip the chains and fast food and explore the culinary treats America has to offer with a food crawl! Here are five of our favorites:<p>1. <b>Taco Crawl</b> - Los Angeles, California<p>California's known as …

Blue Mountains: The Perfect Summer Retreat in Ontario

The reflection of the southern shores of Georgian Bay along with the clear blue skies created a blue hue on the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, and hence the name Blue Mountains. As unusual as it sounds to us, it is Ontario's popular resort destination.<p>Situated just outside …

Is This Ohio’s Coolest Town?

Prior to a recent visit to Ohio, my only real connection with the Buckeye State was through multiple viewings of <i>Major League</i> (one of the joys of …

American Legend: Coast to Coast by Train

You don’t really know a train until you’ve slept on one.<p>And I don’t mean a half-hour doze between Philly and Baltimore but the real deal: a bunk in a berth, a sliding door with a latch lock, and those WWII-style knobs to turn off your reading light.<p>And when you’ve really settled into a train that’s …

Trains

Top tips for first-time family travel

The first time you contemplate hitting the road as a family can feel fraught with potential disaster – you envisage being stuck without vital wet wipes, or seeing your precious toddler getting sucked into the chaos of a Turkish bazaar. Relax. It will be okay. It’s actually very satisfying exploring …

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