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Mexico’s Island Eden: Isla Holbox

“Holbox reminds me of Tulum, ten years ago.”<p>“Yeah, or Playa del Carmen back in the day, when the Blue Parrot was the only place on the beach.”<p>Okay, I was eavesdropping; a <b>Holbox Island</b> newbie sitting beside a group of silver-haired <i>norteamericanos</i> in faded board shorts and boat shoes who looked like …

How to Use Lightroom's Contrast, Clarity, Sharpening & Dehazing Tools for Better Images

There are four Lightroom 6 tools that add a bit of sharpness (not to be confused with the action of sharpening) to an image. These include <i>Contrast,</i> …

Tutorials

Chile Adventure Guide: Three Adventures of a Lifetime

From kayaking among calving glaciers in Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park to soaking in thermal hot springs in the Atacama Desert, a trip to Chile can provide a lifetime of adventures. Here are three of our favorites.<p>Stretching over 2,600 miles down the southwestern coast of South America, …

Best Travel Apps And Hacks For Your Vacation Workout

Tired of hearing that you should just use the stairs when you travel or give the hotel elliptical a whirl? What if your hotel doesn't HAVE an elliptical?<p>Never fear, we've got a few travel hacks that will help you stay fit on your next excursion.<p><b>1. Map that run</b><p>MapMyRun is a must-have app, …

SmartLantern: A Go-anywhere Flashlight/Lantern/Backup Battery Pack - Vagabondish

We’re rarely fans of the “all-in-one” device (see: TV/radio/DVD player combos that were all the rage in the 90s …). Unless they’re actually, ya know,</i> …

Camping

5 things to know before traveling to Bolivia

The first thing most travelers will encounter in Bolivia is the transport system. Like in most of South America, people get around the country via an …

DIY Voluntourism: A Manifesto

More than a hundred years ago, when Hiram Bingham brought the Inca site of Machu Picchu to public attention, he and other explorers of his time traded on travel as a vehicle for high adventure.<p>Motivations have shifted in the modern era, with many of today’s travelers driven by a deep desire to …

The Best Vegas Bachelor(ette) Party Ever

What happens in Vegas... is awesome. Especially on a perfectly planned bachelor/ette party for your favorite bride- or groom-to-be. From the sleep to the scene, the pre-game and the real gaming, Jetsetter.com plots a blowout farewell to singledom, Sin City style.<p><b>THE SLEEP</b><p>Where you stay is where …

World Booze Guide: The Best Things to Drink in 43 Countries

Credit: Minerva Gallery<p>In an effort to provide you with a comfortable booze option no matter where you are, we put together a list of the best things to drink in 43 countries all over the world. Depending on how the citizens of the country drink it, we chose either a particular type of booze or a …

Alcohol

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

Beyond the Seven Summits

I’m not a professional mountaineer, nor do I think paying an experienced guide makes me one.<p>Nevertheless, I am an avid hiker and the allure of altitude always draws me in. So when I heard about an opportunity to join a mountaineering expedition on Mount Aconcagua–South America’s highest peak–in the …

Oasis in Botswana

Without thinking twice about it, if I had to name five of my absolute favorite places on Earth, I'd include the <b>Okavango Delta in Botswana</b> on that list. It's surreal, in so many ways!<p>This video piece is the result of my most recent visit to the Delta, and if I can convince you of only one thing, it …

Botswana

A Transformational Tanzanian Safari (Photos)

There are many reasons why safaris are such an amazing experience. I just completed a safari in Northern Tanzania and met couples on their honeymoon, families exploring scenes only accessible previously on the Discovery Channel and friends on a mission to create unforgettable memories together. All …

Wildlife

West Africa's best wildlife parks

Everyone knows about the great national parks of eastern and southern Africa – Masai Mara, Kruger and Serengeti all conjure up images of majestic landscapes, packs of lions lazing in the shade and herds of elephants roaming the savannah. But have you heard of Mole, Pendjari and Waza? These wildlife …

Wildlife

90% of Egyptian women are subjected to what happens in this video

WHILE IT’S NOT an excuse, it’s no wonder men and boys are completely clueless when it comes to how big of a deal female sexual harassment is. How …

A World of Contrasts on the Trans Siberian Railroad

The musicians strummed their strange-looking instruments as they sang, the vibrations rising from deep in their throats and bellies into the desert air. As I sat on the ground, transfixed by their voices, I watched camels grazing in the background and an infinite expanse of sand stretching to the …

Exploring the quiet side of California Wine Country

Blooming orchards under azure skies, vivid mustard flowers beneath budding vines, and rocky hillsides wrapped in fingers of fog – it’s no wonder California’s Wine Country receives millions of annual visitors. With its mild Mediterranean climate and mineral-rich soil, Napa and Sonoma Valleys seem …

Wine

The Biggest Booking Mistake Travelers Make

There is a science to airfare: The day, time of day, and the time of the month that you book matter.<p>The number one mistake I see most travelers make is to book too early. Unless you are planning travel for high-traffic days, like Christmas or July 4, you stand the best chance for the lowest …

Flying

5 Destinations To Celebrate Six More Weeks Of Winter

Yesterday, Groundhog Phil saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter.<p>While we're not quite thrilled with the idea of another month and a half of snow, ice and polar vortex temperatures, why not take advantage of the extra weeks and travel to a winter wonderland?<p>Check out these five spots …

Travel Writing That Matters: Part II

Last summer, in the middle of an epic five-week Grand Tour which took me the equivalent of 1.7 times around the globe, I had the great pleasure of speaking at the TBEX blogger gathering in Dublin, Ireland.<p>Dublin was just as charming as the hype would have it be–every taxi driver seemed to have a …

How to enjoy recreational marijuana in Colorado when most places are smoke-free

<i>My hotel room is non-smoking. So is every restaurant and bar in Colorado. So are the ski areas. Wait, what? I was promised pot tourism and legal</i> …

China: The Tea Horse Road and Shangri-La

Tucked into China’s southwestern corner and pushed up against the Tibetan plateau, Yunnan province was once crisscrossed by the Tea Horse Road, an …

What Are the Best Travel Hacks?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora.</i><p><i>Answer by Thomas Snerdley,</i><p>Here is 44 years of travel advice from a military brat and a military veteran who's been around the world a time or three.<p>The Two Bag System. Every pro traveler I've ever met travels light using some variation of this …

Backpacking

Grab a Paddle! World's First Point-to-point, 120-Mile Kayaking Expedition Across Botswana’s Okavango Delta - Vagabondish

Botswana’s Okavango Delta is among the world’s most stunning destinations for safari-goers. This intensely wildlife-rich area is home to hippo, …

Wildlife

What are your travel resolutions for 2014?

Let's face it. As soon as the last New Year's balloons have deflated, your resolve to be a fitter, healthier superhuman in 2014 will be as flat as morning-after champagne. So why not make some resolutions you <i>can</i> keep by planning your travel adventures for 2014? At Lonely Planet we aren't hanging …

Travel

Ten of the world's best off-season adventures

Avoid the crowds and bag a bargain by travelling to the world’s best bits when everyone else isn’t. Here are 10 reasons to resist travel during high season, straight from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures</i>.<p>'Green season' safari, Botswana<p>Hippos in Botswana by Mazzali / CC BY-SA 2.0<p>Botswana is …

Yellowstone National Park