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In 2 years of living and working in Malaysia, no one ever told me 'no' — and it took me months to understand why

One of the most challenging aspects of moving to a new country is adapting to a new style of communicating.<p>In many cases, some of the nuances of a culture's communication style aren't immediately apparent, and they often take months or even years to fully appreciate.<p>That's what I learned in …


This Poet's Take On 'The Good Life' Makes Me Smile Every Time I Read It

"The Good Life," written by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith, is displayed in some New York trains as part of the Poetry in Motion series by the MTA, the city's transit authority.<p>I first remember reading it in 2013, and have spotted it several times since on my way to or from work.<p>It reads:<p>It …

Pulitzer Prize

What I Would Tell My 18 Year Old Self

Life<p>by Holly Peacock | 05 12 2014<p>Mean Girls<p>What Would You Tell Your 18 Year Old Self<p><b>When you’re 18 everyone tells you the things they think you need</b> …

The world's best sunrises

Kicking back on a beach, cold beer in hand while watching the sun go down is one of travel’s finest pleasures. But there’s something far more rewarding about heaving yourself from bed in the pitch black and blearily traipsing to the top of a mountain or the edge of a cliff to see the sun rise in …

Mount Agung

This Video About Worry Will Really Make You Think

"Can you allow your mind to be quiet?"<p>British philosopher Alan Watts poses the question in his speech on worry, which he describes as "a mind in the grip of vicious circles." Tragedy & Hope wonderfully illustrates the cycle of worry in the video above, layering visual elements with Watts' original …

9 Butt Exercises for a Super-Toned Tush

Yeah, you squat. But aren’t you ready to mix it up a bit?

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 …

Turkey’s hidden holy land

After years of violence, the newly accessible region of southeastern Anatolia offers dramatic landscapes and a rich heritage combining Turkish, Arabic and Kurdish culture.

Ancient History

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 …

Reader Recs: Romantic Destinations

Planning a trip with that special someone? We asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite romantic destinations, and they came through in a big way.<p><b>Whether you’re looking for a tried-and-true classic or something more off the grid, our travel community has got you covered:</b><p>Not surprisingly …