Maria Rendon

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Railroad romance: taking the train from Vancouver to San Francisco

“You came on the train?”<p>The way the taxi driver spoke these words suggested I might, equally, claim to have arrived in San Francisco on a …

Sanibel: Florida's haven of tranquility

Every tide that hits Sanibel is like the upending of a treasure chest. In the morning, the blindingly white beaches of this island off Florida's Gulf …

Road Trips USA: Seeking the best Florida travel tips

Contribute with Guardian Witness<p>On Monday 29 April, the Guardian will begin Road Trips USA, a series of reader-guided road trips across America. …

Top 10 budget hotels, hostels and B&Bs in Miami

The New Yorker Boutique Hotel<p>The New Yorker, a classic motel designed in 1953 and protected by the city's Historic Preservation Board, could serve as …

Florida Keys' highway over the sea

1 Alabama Jack's, Key Largo<p>The ideal place to start a road trip and get some Florida Keys attitude; it's located on Card Sound Road, a toll-road …

Florida road trip: welcome to the weird and the wonderful

Florida's reputation is literally all over the map. First there's the whole tropical intrigue angle: intoxicating postcard views with a splash of …

Top 10 B&Bs and guesthouses in Florida

Black Dolphin Inn, New Smyrna Beach<p>This elegant B&B overlooks the Halifax river and takes its name from the dolphins that patrol the waters off its …

Trekking in the Himalayas: how to do it

Hindu scriptures say that in "a hundred ages of the gods" you could not do justice to the Himalayas. So where do mere mortals start? Knowing where to …

Bhutan: a trekking holiday adventure

Near the top of an acclimatisation hike to Bhutan's most famous attraction, Taktshang Goemba, the tigress's nest monastery 900m above Paro valley, I …

Sightseeing Seattle: a city with more than coffee at its core

There are some popular misconceptions about Seattle – like the notion that it rains <i>all the time</i>. It is, in fact, raining as I type this. Am I going …

Top 10 roadside attractions from Portland to San Francisco

The drive along the Pacific coast from Portland to San Francisco offers vistas of towering trees and, well, more towering trees. Nature has gone a …

Top 10 cheap eats in Singapore

Eating out is everyone's favourite pastime in Singapore – one subject that enthusiastically unites the country's diverse population of Chinese, …

Top 10 budget hotels, hostels and B&Bs in San Francisco

Nob Hill Inn<p>A turn-of-the-century Victorian hotel built after the great quake of 1906, this beautifully restored townhouse is located in the posh Nob …

Shanghai's best street foods and stalls

Shengjianbao<p>A Shanghai speciality, <i>shēngjiān mántou</i> – or <i>shēngjiān bāo</i>, as they're known everywhere else in China – are juicy pork buns wrapped in …

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A Welcome, and my Favorite Photos from China<p>Here is a rediculous video… you can see me struggling I think! hehe… but it was fun to make… and I ended …

Pt 1: Tribal horse racing in Shangri-La

Lonely Planet writer Shawn Low heads to the remote region of Yunnan, China, to observe an electric summer tradition that is part skill and part colourful showmanship.

Horse Racing

Pt 2: Female reverence at a Buddhist temple in China

Blurring the line between sacred and profane, Shaxi locals prostrate before a one-of-a-kind replica of the female reproductive organ, praying for a smooth childbirth.


Voices of Tallinn, Estonia

One of the first cities to shake off its Soviet shackles, Tallinn’s beautifully preserved city is full of architectural, coastal and cultural delights.

European Travel

Visby, Sweden’s summertime haunt

In-the-know Swedes head to Gotland, a secluded island 90km east of the mainland, to reconnect with their country’s medieval roots and Viking heritage.

European Travel


South America

The sacred and the pagan in Ethiopia’s greatest kingdom

Towering obelisks hewn from single stones stand in the ancient city of Axum, a land steeped in biblical history.


Pt 3: A taste of tagine in the Atlas Mountains


Living in: Venice

In this living, breathing, sinking city, residents enjoy dreamlike canal settings, peerless Gothic and Renaissance architecture and masterpieces by Titian and Tintoretto.<p>Venice is one of those places that everyone has seen before they visit. The green canals and famous bridges; the warmly coloured</i> …



If the dazzling sites of this golden Burmese city don’t take your breath away… then the searing temperatures certainly will.