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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 …

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Top 10 adventures in Peru

Peru may be known as a cradle of ancient civilisations, but its wild topography also makes it a wonderland of adventure. The icy mountain peaks of the Andes draw trekkers and climbers, the untamed desert coast is lapped by excellent waves for surfers, and for explorer types there’s the Amazon – a …

South America

Exploring Argentina and Chile by bus

First-time visitors to the southern cone of South America arrive in Buenos Aires or Santiago with visions of glaciers, waterfalls, penguin colonies, vineyards, the baby whales off the Patagonian coast and the dramatic spires of Torres del Paine.<p>Argentina and Chile have all of this, and more – but …

South America

Unmissable South America

South America is home to dramatic landscapes, archaeological splendours from the past and a dizzying variety of wildlife - the largest collection of plant and animal species on earth, in fact. For the sheer awe factor, it's hard to top seeing Incan ruins through mist-covered cloud forest, spying …

South America

Expert tips for your first trek to the Indian Himalaya

Yearning to explore the forbidding peaks of the Indian Himalaya, but not sure where to start? These expert tips from a seasoned trekker will help you dodge the newbie mistakes and ensure your journey exceeds expectations.<p>Planning your trip<p>Thorough planning (or lack of it) can make or break a trip, …

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Amazon rainforest retreats: The Fab Five

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A beginner's guide to Brazil

What do you get if you combine cinematic landscapes, kaleidoscopic culture, head-spinning biodiversity and a constant rhythm of carefree joie de vivre? Welcome to Brazil!<p>The world's fifth-largest country commandeers the lion's share of South America, all the way from the Amazon Basin – the world's …

Brazil

Holiday money: 10 destinations where you'll feel richer in 2014

Where Irish eyes are surfing

Ireland's fickle weather can change without warning. But when ferocious winds meet 3,171km of crenulated coastline, adventurers can tackle waves up to 12m high.<p>Pods of surfers bobbed on their boards, watching eagle-eyed as white-capped waves rolled in and paddling fervently for sea-sprayed ride …

Ireland

Northern Lights lure Britons to Iceland

Promote Iceland, the company tasked with enticing foreign tourists to the country, said 16,576 British holidaymakers arrived in January, up from 10,031 in January 2013 – a year-on-year increase of more than 65 per cent.<p>Many were lured by the current “solar maximum”, it suggested, which prompted …

Exploring Japan’s subtropical Ogasawara Islands

Pristine beaches, star-studded night skies, searing sunsets and whales splashing in tropical waters are not the usual things to expect on a trip to Japan. But venture about 1000km south of downtown Tokyo and that’s exactly what you’ll find.<p>The recently designated World Heritage Ogasawara …

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New Zealand's most wondrous night-time experiences

From night hikes to cave-rafts to midnight munchies, there’s lots to do in New Zealand when the lights go out...<p>1. Night-hike the Tongariro Crossing<p>The 19km Tongariro Alpine Crossing is frequently touted as the world’s best day walk, thanks to its compact combination of sulphurous lakes, huffing …

New Zealand

Musings: Daniel Zvereff’s Infrared Introspective

When artist Daniel Zvereff saw Richard Mosse’s <i>“Infra”</i> film project from the Congo, he knew he had to find a way to make the most of the discontinued, magenta-hued film. Known as “Kodak Aerochrome,” this film was originally intended for aerial photography to indicate areas of vegetation in surveys …

Nile cruises: the river where time stands still

In Egypt, history is ever present. As cruises between Luxor and Aswan resume, Toby Wilkinson recounts a memorable trip down the Nile aboard a traditional dahabiya<p>I am standing at the picturesque Dome of the Winds, a rocky outcrop atop rose-red sandstone cliffs, on the west bank of the Nile opposite …

Ten of the world's best city hikes

Stretch your legs over hours or days, without leaving some of the world’s biggest cities. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro<p>Aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by the Tijuca Forest. Image by Paddy Eckersley / Digital Vision / …

Hiking

Filmmaker Greg MacGillivray Shares His “Journey to the South Pacific”

<i>Journey to the South Pacific,</i> a new 3D IMAX film now in theaters, takes moviegoers on an adventure through the island paradise of remote West Papua, a province of Indonesia in the Coral Triangle.<p>Narrated by Cate Blanchett, the film tells the story of Jawi Mayor, a young island boy who discovers the …

Nepal slashes cost of climbing Everest

Fees for single climbers cut from $25,000 to $11,000, but veterans warn of increased cost of safer group expeditions<p>Nepal is slashing the climbing fees for Mount Everest to attract more mountaineers to the world's highest peak, despite concerns about the environmental and safety implications of …

Where Does the Amazon River Begin?

Five different tributaries have been designated as the source of the Amazon River through the centuries. A new study argues for yet another.<p>The origin of the world's largest river—by volume—has been surprisingly hard to pin down. Explorers and scientists have argued over where to locate the start …

Everest fees cut in Nepal

Hundreds of climbers attempt to the reach the 8,850m (29,035ft) summit each year, with the peak climbing season lasting from March until May.<p>Under current regulations, those tackling the mountain from Nepal, taking the same Southeast Ridge route as Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa did …

Exploring India's remote Nubra Valley

Ladakh - the ‘Land of the High Passes’ - is among the most stunning parts of the Indian Himalayas. Wedged between Pakistan, Tibet and Xinjiang Province ( China) and India’s Himachal Pradesh, it forms the eastern part of the contested state of Jammu & Kashmir. North of Leh, Ladakh’s ‘capital’, lies …

Hiking

Affordable skiing and snowboarding in Slovenia

Fancy skiing but horrified at the price? Slovenia has high-quality, low-cost resorts, with great scenery and friendly locals to boot<p>When I learned to snowboard in the French Alps over a decade ago, it was not particularly cheap, but it was affordable. No-frills airlines wooed us with crazy low …

Ice climbing in Norway: on the trail of the Telemark heroes

Our writer follows in the crampons of the famous wartime saboteurs on a classic ice climb in Norway's Rjukan valley<p>Smacking an axe into the ice and stepping up on a crampon spike, I hauled myself up the frozen waterfall one final time; at last I was out of the sunless ravine. Below me was more than …

Cool cottages … Alpine style

Pining for a Heidi-style hideaway? You don't have to head to Switzerland. These cool UK cottages can fulfil all sorts of high-altitude fantasies

Top 10 classic car rides

Classic cars don’t just look cool, they can put the soul into a journey. Put your favourite music on and fasten your seatbelts – it’s roadrunner time.<p>Volkswagen Camper, UK<p>Campervan driving down a road in Hampshire, England. Image by Ian Cumming / Axiom Photographic Agency / Getty Images.<p>The …

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Where to find secluded surf on Nicaragua’s southern coast

Inhaling the salty air, your body pleasantly fatigued from a morning surf, you gawk at the breathtaking, crescent-shaped cove and slouch deeper into your hammock. For surfers, Nicaragua has it all. From powerhouse waves to more relaxing rides to secluded surf for novices, you've got an array of …

Central America

Husky sledding in Canada: one man and his dogs

Learn what it's like to put your life in the paws of a team of sled dogs on a trip to the frozen wilds of Canada's Quebec province<p>It's cold, somewhere near -25C, but with the wind it feels more like -35C. My eyes keep tearing up, creating small rivers of saline that run down my cheeks and freeze …

Ten of the world's most mind-blowing landscapes

Gazing at a remarkable view for the first time is one of travel’s greatest thrills – and these 10 landscapes are among the most mind-blowing we’ve ever seen.<p>Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA<p>Yellowstone National Park has an embarrassment of astonishing sights, from the thundering waterfalls of …

National Parks