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On the Cajun music trail in Louisiana

A fiddle scratches out a sweet wail in a sweatbox dance hall. The wheeze of a button accordion adds a waltzing rhythm. These are the beginning bars of Cajun music, the aural legacy of rural southern Louisiana. It's a soundtrack that can alternately move you to tears or intense dancing (and …

How to have a budget break in Iceland

‘Iceland is too expensive to visit if you’re on a budget’. Along with ‘don’t eat the street food – it will make you ill’<i>,</i> this is one of the great travel myths. And it could lead you to miss out on some amazing experiences.<p>True, Iceland can be eye-wateringly pricey, but with some planning it is …

European Travel

Top 10: the best Amalfi Coast hotels

The fabulous coastline between Positano and Ravello, with its switchback road that hugs the cliff and curls around the deep bays that protect the towns and villages along the way remains as glamourous, compelling and historic as any summertime destination in Europe, with breathtaking views, …

Italy

Tofu Yum-Yum Rice Bowl

4 Servings<p>The marinade is ridiculously delicious; you’ll also want to use it on ribs or chicken.<p>April 2015Print<p>Ingredients<p>Tofu<p>1 14-ounce package extra-firm tofu, drained, cut into 8 pieces<p>1 small head garlic, cloves coarsely chopped (about ¼ cup)<p>½ cup soy sauce<p>¼ cup hot chili paste (such as sambal …

Tofu

Hot stuff: why Thai cooking is magic

In Thai cuisine, the pestle and mortar conjures rich, subtle effects from a small palette of ingredients<p>Sitting on a plastic stool at a roadside table in Bangkok, I was about to have a lesson in Thai seasoning. “Taste it!” commanded Saiphin Moore, gesturing towards the steaming bowl the street food …

'Boaters paddle the Nam Lang River, a freshwater channel that flows through Tham Lod Cave in the Mae Hong Son region of #NorthernThailand. The 1,666-meter-long limestone cave is home to many bats and swifts. Getting this shot required climbing the cavity of the cave for a higher vantage point to put the scene into perspective and create a sense of scale.' - Drew This is our second #travel image in this weekend's #lpInstaTakeover from Australian photographer @drewhopper. Stay tuned for two more to come.

14 free things to do in Seattle

Over the past few decades, Seattle has changed from a small, relatively ignored Pacific Northwestern city into a bustling metropolis filled with gourmet restaurants, top-quality culture, and a plethora of high-quality, high-end things to do.<p>Unfortunately, with a rising profile come rising prices, …

Barcelona

On the trail of West Australia's cute and not-so cute wildlife

In Australia's Wild West, even a cursory glance from your car window reveals an incredible richness of wildlife. Beyond well-known fauna like bottlenose dolphins and migrating whale sharks, you can seek out cavorting sea lions, strutting brolga and marsupials who definitely aren't camera shy. Here …

Shopping in Chiang Mai: your essential guide to the city's night markets

If you're planning to shop in Thailand, Chiang Mai is the place to bring an empty suitcase. This Northern Thai city's reputation for shopping extends back hundreds of years, thanks to its location close to historic trade routes connecting modern-day Myanmar, Laos and China. In the past, passing …

5 Reasons to Go to New Orleans Now

As the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, it’s a marvel to see how this formerly devastated city has emerged from the wreckage and …

New Orleans

Seattle City Guide - Pioneer Square - Turntable Kitchen

<i>Seattle in many ways feels like a spirit place for us. I’ve been visiting friends there since college, and every time I go, my heart is happy.</i> …

Turntables

Making the most of your Australian Working Holiday Visa

Fancy plenty of time to swim in the Australian surf, cuddle koalas, and gobble juicy barbequed prawns at night? By travelling to Australia on a 'working holiday' visa you can earn more dollars to fund travelling for longer and enjoy more of these iconic experiences. Our tips will help you avoid the …

Australia

The Journey of a Story

Partly because I wrote Lonely Planet’s guide to travel writing and partly because I’ve been a travel writer for more than 30 years, people assume that travel writing is easy for me.<p>It isn’t.<p>It’s painful.<p>And exhilarating.<p>But it almost always begins with pain.<p>For writers who despair when a story …

Asia Travel

14 Things You Didn't Know About New Orleans

Mardi Gras season is well under way. This year, around one million tourists are expected to flock to New Orleans to partake in the festivities. If you’re one of the lucky million and it’s your first time in the Crescent City, make sure to prepare yourself for the unique wonderland you're about to …

15 Things You Didn't Know About New Orleans

Between voodoo, Mardi Gras, the music, and the food—oh, the food—New Orleans has a heritage few American cities can match. But how does your …

New Orleans

Eat Like a Local in Vietnam

Vietnam

The cool beyond the castle: Edinburgh's top local experiences

The glories of history – think the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and Royal Yacht Britannia – are an undeniable part of Edinburgh's appeal. But Scotland's capital is something else too: cool. There's an array of excellent bars, boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants and contemporary galleries, and …

Short break in Bangkok: 3 tailored itineraries

Bangkok has a reputation as an intimidating city. So much so that many travellers decide to give it a miss – or at least short shrift – en route to the islands or up north. But if you've got a day or two to spare, we strongly recommend stopping by to get a taste of Thailand's cosmopolitan capital. …

The top 10 food and drink holidays in Turkey

For more general advice on booking a holiday in Turkey, see our Turkey summer holiday guide. Our guide features expert recommendations for beach, villa, culture, food and drinkand activity holidays.<p>1. Stay on a working olive farm, Datça peninsula<p>With its vast swathes of pine forests, secluded bays …

How to choose between Thailand’s classic gulf islands

With hundreds of dreamy tropical islands scattered along Thailand’s extensive coastline, choosing your ideal island escape can be overwhelming. Each one of those specks in the ocean is a tantalising composition of turquoise water, lush jungles and divine beaches – so how's a traveller to …

Exploring Indonesia’s Last of the Wild – the Forgotten Islands

Changing Planet<p>The Forgotten Islands occupy a region in the southeastern Indonesian province of Maluku, a sparsely-populated area covering about 50,000 square kilometers that includes a vast expanse of coral reefs. As the region’s name suggests, not much is known about these reefs and their …

masala papad recipe, how to make masala papad recipe at home

<b>masala papad recipe</b> with step by step photos – masala papad is an easy to prepare tasty starter snack of crisp fried papads topped with a masala …

Onions

matar paneer bhurji recipe, how to make matar paneer bhurji recipe

<b>matar paneer bhurji recipe</b> with step by step photos – matar paneer bhurji, <b></b>paneer bhurji <b></b>and egg bhurji are popular breakfast recipes in the northern …

Cheese

The best tropical holiday destinations in Asia for under £40

White sand, azure sea and palm trees on your doorstep … from India to Indonesia we round up Asia’s best affordable winter-sun idylls • See hotels in Africa & Indian Ocean | Australia | South America | Central America & Caribbean<p><b>Cambodia</b><p><b>Treehouse, Koh Rong</b><br>Cambodia’s second-largest island, Koh Rong, …

Goa: time to ditch the beach and head inland

As Goa’s beaches become ever more crowded, Deepti Kapoor looks inland for the Indian state’s fabled serenity and finds a wave of new restaurants and homestays<p>It’s eight in the morning in Salcete, the old Portuguese heartland of Goa. As sunlight floods the paddy fields, church services are coming to …

Highlights of Goa: readers’ travel tips

Spice farms, art galleries and the perfect place to watch the waves with a cocktail. Readers share their favourite spots in Goa • To add a tip for next week, and be in with a chance of winning a £200 Hotels.com voucher, go to Guardian Witness<p><b>Winning tip:</b> <b>Sahakari Spice Farm, Ponda</b><p>A short rickshaw …

Around India in 5 festivals

There's never a boring moment in India, especially during its myriad festivals. With everything from kite-fighting to camel beauty pageants, these 5 …

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 …

India Photos

See photos of India (including Mumbai, the Taj Mahal, the Ganges, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

India

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 …