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Seven of the most treasured travel souvenirs (as voted by you)

Tired of snowdomes and T-shirts? Have a few too many fridge magnets? In an entirely non-scientific survey, we asked Lonely Planet fans on Facebook to tell us about their most treasured travel souvenirs. It turns out that the best keepsakes are often the things that pesos and pounds can’t buy…<p>1. A …

10 Urban Legends About Flying That Aren't True

From terrifying tales about airplane bathrooms to mid-flight door-opening fears, there are a lot of myths about air travel flying around out there. Here are 10 urban legends that just aren't true.<p><b>Airlines Dump Waste In-Flight</b><p>Apparently, so many people believe that airlines jettison sewage in-flight …

The 10 Best Hotels In The World

To compile these awards, the magazine asked its readers to vote on the best hotels they've traveled to, factoring in everything from rooms and food to service and location.<p>This year, Botswana's Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp took the top spot, ousting last year's winner, Tanzania's Singita …

South Africa

What to eat at a Dubai iftar

To celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, Dubai hotels put together lavish daily spreads that include Arabic mezze, Emirati lamb and sticky sweet pastries.<p>To celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, which starts on 9 July and ends a month later, many Dubai hotels are putting together lavish spreads for a …

Burj Al Arab

Amsterdam’s Hotel Gems

Every European city boasting a canal or two gets dubbed the Venice of the north. But Amsterdam can claim the title honestly.<p>Its historic liquid core, a checkerboard of intersecting canals, received formal UNESCO recognition as a World Heritage site in 2010 and is now marking its …

Hospitality

Where To Stay -- And Not Stay -- In Marrakech

Anyone who’s been back to Marrakech after a several year absence would have difficulty recognizing the place. The winding alleyways of the medina are still there, with atmospheric riads hidden behind nondescript doors and stall after stall of silks, slippers, brass on sale. And in the center of it …

Students bring back ‘McDiving’ fad at McDonald’s

Drunken students have revived an old craze and McDonald’s staff members are not exactly ‘lovin’ it’.<p>Videos have reappeared online showing students …

Are telegrams dead?

ON JULY 15th 2013 India became the latest country to shut down its official telegram service. The first message sent by telegraph in India was in …

National Parks use social media to squash rise in vandalism

It was the latest example of a trend that has been unnerving park officials from Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado to Arches in Utah and …

As the Confederations Cup Kicks Off in Brazil, Safety is Worth Considering

The World Cup was less than 48 hours away and vuvuzelas and jerseys were flying off the shelves. Fans and reporters were streaming into South Africa, a country that had never before hosted such a large sporting event.<p>One such person was Antonio Simoes. A photographer for the Portuguese daily <i>O Jogo</i>, …

22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From One Another

Everyone knows Americans don't agree on pronunciations.<p>That's great, because regional accents are a major part of what makes American English so interesting.<p>Joshua Katz, a Ph.D. student of statistics at North Carolina State University, published a group of awesome visualizations of professor Bert …

Language

The Perks of Going Rental

<i>By Larissa and Michael Milne</i><p>Last Christmas morning, we heard a knock on the door at the studio apartment we had rented in Bali. We opened it to find Agus, the building’s property manager, who held a spiky hunk of alien fruit the size of a football in one hand and a glistening machete in the …

Travel

What It's Like to Be Black in China

"People were staring at us—and snapping pictures."<p>Of all the countries we’ve visited as a family, the hardest, by far, was China.<p>A series of missteps on my part meant that, after a 13-hour flight, we found ourselves in a very non-touristy part of Beijing, at a “hotel” that was more like a …

Travel Photography

9 Rules Westerners Should Remember When Visiting Japan

In many ways -- to Western eyes anyway -- Japan is as baffling as Bill Murray's facial expressions made it seem in Sofia Coppola's brilliant 2003 Oscar-winner "Lost in Translation." The sea of black suits streaming down Tokyo's sidewalks. The young female barkers dressed like schoolgirls outside …

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

Explore Italy’s art masterpieces

Italy hosts such a rich variety of historical art pieces it is almost overwhelming to the novice art-appreciator.<p>You can see many of Italian art’s greatest hits in a single day if you want to shuffle along behind everyone else at the Vatican, but this is a recipe for Stendhal syndrome: an arguably …

I Flew the Dreamliner... and I Can't Wait to Again

After months of grounding by the FAA, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is poised to take flight again in the next few weeks. And that's great news for those of us who fly, especially in the back of the plane.<p>Photo Credit: (cc) Flickr.com/Kentaro Iemoto<p>A lot has been made of the fuel efficiency and the 30% …

The countries British travelers have fallen out of love with

The British travelers, long the intrepid explorers all over the globe, are changing their traveling habits amidst fears of Europe falling into a long …

Eco-tourism blossoms out of conflict in Rwanda

The brainchild of Praveen Moman, a Ugandan native, [Kyambura Lodge] was built “to allow people to explore the area’s gifts.” Moman spearheaded …

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Five ‘crimes’ that can get you killed

Even though most of the world has turned its back on the death penalty, some countries continue to impose capital punishment for acts like having …

What rights should Dzhokhar Tsarnaev get and why does it matter?

<b>(updated below [Sun.])</b><p>Shortly before Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, an American citizen, was apprehended last night, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham advocated on Twitter …

Coming, ready or not

THE threat of a global pandemic is rising again. In China an influenza virus never before seen in people had, as <i>The Economist</i> went to press, infected …