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First time Greece: top 10 experiences

With its sparkling white beaches, crystalline water and venerable ancient sites, Greece lives up to all the hype. But how to approach this vast country with enough islands to suit everyone’s taste and antiquities dotting the landscape like a historical map of Western civilisation?<p>Most first-time …

New York City's top shopping strips

<i>This is an excerpt from the Shopping chapter of Lonely Planet's</i> <i>New York City</i> <i>guide.</i><p>To the question ‘Where do I shop?’, NYC answers ‘How much you got?’ Well-funded shoppers head to Midtown’s Fifth Ave and the Upper East Side’s Madison Ave. SoHo has high-end boutiques stocking the wares of …

Top 15 travel experiences in Sikkim, India

One of the Himalaya’s best-kept travel secrets, Sikkim is a welcome diversion from all conventional notions of an Indian holiday. Far from Rajasthan’s royal trail, Goa’s beaches and Kerala’s backwaters, this tiny Indian hill state prides itself on pristine alpine forests, lofty snow-capped …

23 free things to do in Washington, DC

Accommodation aside, Washington, DC, is one of the most, er, capital-friendly cities in the world. From performances in the Kennedy Center to tours of the White House, and the Smithsonian's free museums and galleries (and zoo!), you can spend weeks having fun without spending a dime.<p>Tick off our 23 …

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

NYC's most decadent and delightful themed bars - bar crawl travel

From the bright neon lights of Times Square to iconic buildings that touch the sky, New York City is anything but ordinary. Yet, with so much personality thriving in one place, getting noticed is easier said than done. These 11 themed bars, while perhaps not as well known as Jekyll and Hyde or …

A brunch-lover’s guide to New York City

Ahh, brunch. One part omelette, two parts mimosa, three parts coffee – life’s sweet distraction when the workweek is nigh. Though not a uniquely New York 'thing' <i>per se</i>, there’s no other city that takes its breakfast-lunch combustion quite as seriously as the Big Apple and every visitor should take …

Hideaway hotels you can't reach by road

Leave your Samsonite above the wardrobe and your car keys on the dresser, you won't be needing either on this trip around some of the planet's more access-challenged accommodation. Travel light, wear sensible shoes, and take some deep breaths...<p>Hotel Pilatus-Kulm, Lucerne, Switzerland<p><b>Access:</b> …

How to tip like a New Yorker

Tipping plays a small but pivotal role in so many NYC experiences, from ordering a drink at a bar to taking a taxi across town. Knowing when to tip and how much can seem like picking your way through a minefield in this service-oriented town. Before you set off for New York City (or anywhere else …

One perfect day: 24 hours in New York City - NYC travel

Twenty-four hours in New York is nowhere near enough, but if that’s all the time you’ve got, we’ve got a locally designed itinerary designed to help you make the most of every New York minute.<p>Morning<p><b>8am</b> – Start your day on the Upper West Side with a pilgrimage to the granddaddy of New York Jewish …

Best things to do in New York in October

In October, the weather in New York City turns chilly, and residents start to look indoors for their fun <i>–</i> hence the surge in theater, music and movie festivals. And with Halloween at the end of the month, look for spooky (and funny) thrills in the weeks leading up to the big night.<p><b>Fall colors in</b> …

Danny MacAskill releases breathtaking Isle of Skye tricks video

Watch footage of trials rider Danny MacAskill risking life and limb on the Isle of Skye's notorious Cuillin Ridge<p>Danny MacAskill's has made a name for himself as one of the world's most fearless trial cyclists by documenting his exploits in a succession of YouTube videos since 2009.<p>It all started …

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Take to the skies: the world's greatest airborne adventures

To mark Lonely Planet’s sponsorship of the iconic 1917 Curtiss JN-4 ‘Flying Jenny’ Biplane’s commemorative air tour this summer we’re exploring aviation's history and continued impact on travel. Here are 10 ways to soar into the ether in some of the world's most inspiring locations, adapted from …

24 hours in Mumbai

Be prepared to be jostled, hurried and incessantly chatted to as you soak in the trendy yet traditional vibe of Mumbai.<p>24 hours isn't nearly enough time to explore all the highlights of this intoxicating city, but this whistlestop tour will help you catch the flavour of Mumbai: serene mornings by …

These 31 Photography Links Will Keep You Busy For a Really Long Time

Another wonderful week has passed us by in the world of photography, and Toad Hollow Photography has been looking in all corners of the internet to …

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