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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) …

New Zealand

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

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Top things to do in Rome

Few cities evoke the sheer wonder and amazement of Rome. Ancient history, outstanding art and religious icons are around every corner and when it all gets too much you can just join the locals in sipping espresso in one of the city's many squares. With so much to see and do, the real test will be …

Italy

Best places to get naked

It's not news to point out that the human body has been fetishized by advertising, consumerism, cinema, etc. There is, however, no better way to realize the folly of this fetishism than to get naked with others (in some non-sexual way) and see how quickly the symbolic becomes hyperbolic. Here are …

Henri Matisse

Budget Edinburgh: the best freebies in Scotland's capital

Want to enjoy the very best of Edinburgh without breaking the bank? Whether you’re in town for the Edinburgh Festival (<i>www.edfringe.com</i>) or just touring Scotland’s grand capital, there’s a bevy of attractions absolutely free. Neil Wilson, who is researching Lonely Planet’s <i>Scotland guide book</i>, …

Scotland

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

A guide to the eateries of France

There's a vast number of eateries in France. Most have defined roles, though some definitions are becoming a bit blurred. Here's a quick guide:<p>Auberge<p>An <i>auberge</i> (inn), which may also appear as an <i>auberge de campagne</i> or <i>auberge du terroir</i> (country inn), is usually attached to a rural B&B or small hotel …

France

A guide to the eateries of Greece

Where to eat and drink in Greece? Perhaps the question should be: ‘Where not?’ Greeks live to eat and drink – they dream about it and talk about it at all times of the day. Wherever you go in Greece you might not find accurate clocks, punctual flights or a good cup of tea, but by Zeus you’ll find …

Europe

Top 10 stops for Central America first-timers

The green cufflinks between North and South America, these seven compact countries would be easy to skip on a map. Yet they represent a complex web of cultures, ancient ruins, tropical wildlife and adventure.<p>For starters, try climbing lava-gurgling volcanoes with perfect cones that poke above the …

Central America

How To Quit Your Job And Travel

Me in Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico.<p>In April 2012 I was sitting at home on a Saturday afternoon idly researching living in Mexico. I'd been looking to …

Top 10 Eastern European getaways

For years Eastern Europe was the undiscovered half of the continent - but things have changed. The diverse highlights of Eastern Europe are now drawing travellers by the trainload. Here are our top 10 Eastern European getaways.<p>1. Julian Alps, Slovenia<p>The Julian Alps form Slovenia's dramatic …

European Travel

First time Ireland: unmissable Emerald Isle experiences

Ireland’s reputation precedes itself, so first-time visitors might think they know what to expect: fields of clover, gabby locals, etc. But there’s so much more to Ireland than its stereotypical charms. Skip the bus tours stopping at leprechaun-filled souvenir shops and find better things to do …

Ireland

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 …

France

Barcelona's lesser-known attractions

Garish, gregarious Barcelona doesn’t guard its secrets jealously, but the Catalan capital does seem to get a kick from hiding the best of them in plain sight.<i>Lonely Planet Magazine</i> samples the city’s lesser-known delights.<p>The Gaudí-free guide to architecture<p>The amazing fin-de-siècle structures that …

Barcelona

24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

San Francisco

Walking in Inca footsteps in Peru's Sacred Valley

Encompassing what was the fertile homeland of the Inca Empire, the transcendent region – often overlooked en route to Machu Picchu – is steeped in Andean history and culture.<p>Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas stretches between Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire, and the legendary …

South America

Lonely Planet's Guide To Travel Photography - Lonely Planet Online Shop - Lonely Planet US

Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Photography<p>5th Edition Jul 2016<p>The fifth edition of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Photography shows readers how to develop their photographic skills and avoid common mistakes.<p>This ultimate step-by-step guide to taking better travel photographs is full of practical …

Travel

An artful 48 hours in Berlin’s most-hyped borough

Starting 14 June, vibrant Neukölln turns into a unique two-day art festival with an edgy, anything-goes atmosphere.<p>Nowhere can Berlin’s notorious change of pace be witnessed better than in Neukölln.<p>As artists and students have been gradually priced out of traditional inner-city areas such as …

Germany

Exploring the best of Croatia's islands

Croatia’s coast is speckled with dozens of magnificent islands that range from tiny, verdant and unpopulated to massive, arid and sporting ancient towns and villages. One of the chief delights on any visit to Croatia is hopping between the islands on the numerous ferries, catamarans and taxi boats, …

European Travel

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

Europe’s hot springs: 20 of the best spots for a soak

Sliding into a bathtub after a long day is one of life’s little luxuries, but there’s nothing quite like the restorative buzz garnered by a dip in a proper thermal pool. From Iceland’s idyllic Blue Lagoon to Switzerland’s most chic spa, here’s a rundown of some of Europe’s best hot springs.<p><b>Blue</b> …

European Travel

The world's best wild swims

Little can match the pleasure of taking a dip in a secluded spot. Sliding into a river or striking out for the centre of a lake, it’s impossible not to feel as if you’ve become part of the scene, rather than simply marvelling at it.<p>Indulge in one of these stunning swims and we promise they’ll make …

Yellowstone National Park

Berlin itinerary

Hit the highlights of Berlin with this three-day itinerary in the German capital.<p>DAY ONE<p>Start your Berlin exploration by seeing the city from above, preferably by booking ahead for an early lift ride up to the dome of the Reichstag. From here, stroll south past the Roma & Sinti Memorial to snap a …

Germany

Cheap holidays in Greece: readers' travel tips

Winning tip: The Sporades<p>We are just back from two weeks "island hopping" in the Sporades. With flights being so expensive, we bought a two-week …

Istanbul attractions: what to see and do in summer

<b>Why go?</b><p>Istanbul has become a year-round destination. Midsummer is sultry, but this is a great time to enjoy an outdoor meal at a Bosphorus-front fish restaurant, or Turkish coffee at a pavement cafe.<p>Summer attractions and day trips<p><b>Aya Sofya</b><p>One of the most important and imposing religious buildings …

San Francisco's City Lights: the bookshop that brought us the Beats

I remember the first time I went to City Lights – the first all-paperback bookstore in the US, founded in San Francisco in 1953 by Lawrence …

Top 10 coastal hikes in California and the Pacific Northwest

<b>WASHINGTON</b><p>Shi Shi beach<p>The Olympic national park is famous for many things: dense temperate rainforests, America's largest herd of Roosevelt elks and …