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Insider’s Guide to RV Road Tripping

Recreational vehicles sit somewhere between hotels and tents.<p>The upside: RV life is autonomous—your quarters travel with you—and allows for spontaneous stops. But then again, RVs need loads of gas and can be tricky to park. In any case, they represent a truly unique mode of transport that’s …

Ten of the world’s great natural wonders – in pictures

From the giant redwoods of California to the almost miraculous honeycomb rock formations of the Giant's Causeway, marvel at some of the planet's most extraordinary natural landscapes. These images are taken from The World's Great Wonders, a new book published by Lonely Planet

Travel tips: holidays in Cornwall and this week's best breaks at home and away

Take me there: Rame Peninsula, Cornwall<p><b>Why go?</b><br>This is the closest Cornwall gets to "overlooked". Just the other side of the Tamar Bridge – or, even better, reached by ferry from Plymouth – it's known as the "forgotten corner" and you'll find plenty of elbow room on its vast sandy beaches and …

The world's most unusual beaches

Candy sands, disappearing waves, transformed trolls - if life's a beach, these are its strangest days. These 10 beaches from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Sights</i> might not all be swimmable, but they are all extraordinary.<p>1. Bowling Ball Beach, California<p>Compared to green sand or vanishing tides, …

Ten things you need to know before visiting Transylvania

Transylvania is best known as the mysterious land of bloodthirsty vampires and howling wolves. Some may think it’s fictional, but this central Romanian region <i>is</i> a real place. And it’s pretty special, too. Bordered to the east by the Carpathian Mountains, ‘the land beyond the forest’ still feels …

First time Ireland: unmissable Emerald Isle experiences

Ireland’s reputation precedes itself, so first-time visitors might think they know what to expect – rolling green fields, chatty locals and a pint for each hand – but there’s so much more to Ireland than its stereotypical charms. Skip the bus tours stopping at leprechaun-filled souvenir shops and …

Best Spring Trips 2014

Vibrant spring blooms in the northern hemisphere and dazzling autumn displays in the southern make this the perfect season to get outside and walk, hike, or take a scenic drive. Use our editors' list of 10 best spring trip destinations as the launching pad for an active—and colorful—spring getaway. …

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Travel tips: holidays in Croatia and this week's best breaks at home and away

Take me there: Osijek<p><b>Why go?</b><br>Ryanair's new destination in Croatia (it launches flights from Stansted on 4 April) is a likable, laid-back university town. It's the capital of Slavonia, a land of cornfields, vineyards and pastel-hued villages, famed for its cuisine. (Nope, we'd never heard of it …

National Geographic Thematic Maps Launch in New Google Tool

Google Maps Gallery brings classic cartography online.<p>National Geographic has been producing thematic maps for decades, revealing not just physical features but also location-based details on cultures, history, wildlife, science, and more. Now, a treasure trove of more than 500 of those maps are …

Top 5 alternative New Zealand road trips

<i>Who can resist the urge to hit the open (and almost empty) road in New Zealand? Certainly not us...but don't forget that the country has urban adventures aplenty, too. Check out our selection of lesser known (but no less wonderful) road trips, then head over to BBC Travel to find out about the</i> …

Cappadocia from the ground and from the sky

From above, the curvaceous landscape of Cappadocia spools out to the horizon in rippling waves of rock tinged shades of blushing pink. Hot air ballooning may be big business in this geological wonderland, but don't make the mistake of thinking this is the only way to view it.<p>Ballooning companies …

Northern lights seen from Isle of Man – timelapse video

Rare sightings of aurora borealis as far south as Essex and Jersey, with spectacular displays in Scotland and north-east England<p>Published: 28 Feb 2014<p>The aurora borealis could be seen across skies in Scotland, Northumberland and as far south as Essex on Thursday night<p>Gallery<p>Published: 28 Feb …

Northern lights visit southern UK

For one night only the northern lights came south, seen in spectacular displays of green, pink and crimson as far south as Essex and Jersey.<p>The light show by the aurora borealis on Thursday night – the result of an unusually clear, cold night combined with a strong solar storm – was also seen in …

True wilderness in Australia's Northern Territory

It's 7.30am and our four wheel-drive bus is heading towards the Northern Territory's wildest bushland, otherwise known as Kakadu national park. Most of the people on the bus are dozing but I'm up front with Nathan – driver, guide, and enthusiastic naturalist – as he runs me through the wildlife …

Ukraine's Ring of Fire

Kiev's Independence Square became a fiery war zone Tuesday.<p>Protesters at Kiev's Independence Square stand under metal shields to protect themselves against riot police armed with stun grenades and water cannon.<p>In bloody clashes Tuesday and Wednesday, 26 people—both government foes and …

Europe’s top 10 scenic rail journeys

Give thanks to the engineers who built railways across Europe's most difficult terrain, their hard work has translated into some of the world's most picturesque journeys – in Scandinavia along icy rivers to fjords, in Germany, Switzerland and Italy through carved valleys in the Alps, along the …

Northern lights trips: holidays to see the aurora

Winter adventure, Saariselka, Finland<p>Snowmobiles, cross country skis and husky or reindeer sleds provide the means of transport to explore the wilds of northern Finland on this active winter holiday. In the evenings you can relax in cosy Muotka Lodge, and clear your pores in its Finnish sauna. …

A day in … Innsbruck, Austria

The capital of the Austrian state of Tirol neatly combines an impressive mountain setting with a storied and historic past. Stroll through the city's old town and you'll feel like you've gatecrashed the set of a medieval movie; look up, and you're surrounded by the peaks of the Nordkette mountains. …

Northern lights: hunting the aurora borealis – a family pilgrimage

Our philosophy can be summed up as, "Keep looking up!" We are a family of six who live for the aurora borealis, nature's most sensational light show, and we are about to set off on our most illuminating adventure yet: a five-month northern lights pilgrimage across Lapland.<p>With the biggest increase …

Walter Mitty gives Iceland its first leading role in a Hollywood blockbuster

It's not uncommon to find Iceland grabbing attention in Hollywood movies – it's just rare for audiences to know it is Iceland. In the last two years, the country's glaciers, volcanoes, black sands and waterfalls have lent the required other-worldliness to films such as Oblivion, Prometheus and …

Films to inspire your travels in 2014

Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus<p>The title of this psychedelic road trip extravaganza gives a good idea of the drug-fuelled adventures to come. Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffmann), otherwise referred to as the "crazy dancing girl", joins Jamie (Michael Cera) and his Chilean pals as they embark on a road …

Dorset B&B voted best in the world in Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Awards

British B&Bs were once derided as naff and fussy but proof that the fusty image has been well and truly consigned to history comes today with the annnouncement that an £85-a-night guest house in Dorset has been named the best B&B in the world. Bindon Bottom, a five-room bed and breakfast in the …

Cool cottages in the Gower, Wales – in pictures

Fancy staying in an 18th-century folly, an old rectory on the beach or a hut overlooking the sea? There are hideaways for beach lovers, surfers and walkers in south Wales's beautiful Gower peninsula

Cool cottages … Alpine style

Pining for a Heidi-style hideaway? You don't have to head to Switzerland. These cool UK cottages can fulfil all sorts of high-altitude fantasies