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Is a camper vacation right for you?

Is a camper vacation right for you?

country by RV can be a romantic one. You and your best pals trundling along a meadow-flanked lane, pulling over into a scenic turnout to toast the sunset before bunking down for the night. But is traveling by camper as good as it sounds? Tips for First Time RVers ADVERTISEMENT Andrew Ditton has been touring motor homes and caravans his whole life, and seven years ago gave up stationary life to liv... »

10 great day hikes in Wales

10 great day hikes in Wales

give the crowds the slip in this country of lonely moors and mountains, cliff-rimmed coastlines and tucked-away valleys. Mostly you’ll share the trails with nothing more than the odd unruly sheep. Here we bring you our pick of the best day hikes for when lockdown restrictions ease on 6th July. Cadair Idris Snowdon has the height edge – but for equally phenomenal views and far fewer crowds, opt ins... »

How to prepare for your first post-COVID trip

How to prepare for your first post-COVID trip

In some parts of the world that have been fighting COVID-19 more successfully than others, people locked down for months are starting to look at their summer holiday plans. Many of us are trying to figure out what going on holiday might be like in a world where the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is still circulating. Some governments, especially in continental Europe, are allowing or even encouraging dome... »

Raise a glass at the world’s most unique distilleries

Raise a glass at the world’s most unique distilleries

For those with boozy inclinations, touring a distillery is always fun, especially if it comes with a tasting at the end. But why sip spirits in an ordinary building? How about an old German storage bunker or perhaps a castle? Here are nine distilleries housed in unexpected places. Tours and opening times are all subject to change due to COVID-19. If you are planning a trip, always enquire ahead an... »

3 fun ways to celebrate the Fourth of July while staying safe at home

3 fun ways to celebrate the Fourth of July while staying safe at home

This Fourth of July holiday weekend is unlike any other celebration in any other year. Ever. As Americans socially distance and shelter at home to help stop the spread of COVID-19, friends, neighbors and families are getting innovative on how to get into the patriotic spirit. Fireworks at home Firework sellers across the USA are reporting record sales in 2020 with jumps of 200-300% as thousands of... »

A grand tour of the world’s most amazing architecture

A grand tour of the world’s most amazing architecture

When we travel it’s often to see a building – the Taj Mahal, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower. We then photograph ourselves in front of them as though needing proof that we stood in their shadows. But why? Because, buildings are endlessly intriguing: things of beauty, symbols of their age and emblems of human endeavor. Lonely Planet’s book, Amazing Architecture: A Spotter’s Guide,... »

Italy’s coolest city: why Naples is the place to be right now

Italy’s coolest city: why Naples is the place to be right now

All Feature ArticlesEuropeItalyNaplesItaly’s coolest city: why Naples… FEATURED ARTICLE Italy’s coolest city: why Naples is the place to be right now SOPHIA SEYMOUR Lonely Planet Writer 8 JULY 2019 With its strong community spirit, unsanitised street culture and crumbling architecture, the gritty southern-Italian city of Naples attracts those who want to see a raw and untamed side of Italy. In the... »

Sunsets, lanterns and art: free things to do in Hoi An

Sunsets, lanterns and art: free things to do in Hoi An

Visitors to Vietnam often cite charming Hoi An as one of their favourite cities. A thriving medieval port city that was reduced to a backwater country town by the late 18th century, Hoi An was more recently reborn as a Unesco-listed World Heritage Site for its well-preserved Old Town. Nowadays, up to five million people visit Hoi An annually, most spending a modest VND 120,000 for a ticket to see ... »

The Caledonian Sleeper: Britain’s best train journey?

The Caledonian Sleeper: Britain’s best train journey?

Ben Nevis sits cloaked in cloud the colour of charcoal as the Caledonian Sleeper jolts out of Fort William station. It’s one of those Scottish nights when you’re not sure if dusk fell or was pushed by the abominable weather. The train gathers speed, leaving the warm glow of the town centre behind, as it rattles through dreary housing estates and into the rolling hills of the Highlands. A hush fall... »

Belgrade–Bar railway: the ultimate Balkans train trip

Belgrade–Bar railway: the ultimate Balkans train trip

promises authentic culture and geographic riches around every bend as it rumbles over unsullied, mountainous landscape from the Serbian capital to Montenegro’s Adriatic Coast. During the 12-hour journey, the train disappears into the Dinaric Alps, charges through canyons, teeters on stilted bridges spanning river gorges, and skims atop an ancient tectonic lake. The view from the Belgrade-Bar train... »

Malta and Gozo’s best beaches

Malta and Gozo’s best beaches

be dramatic, rocky and sea-sculpted, with fewer soft, sandy curves of coast than you might expect. The Maltese make the most of every swimming spot – on these small islands you are never far from the sea, and water sports abound. Malta is Europe’s best diving destination, but even snorkelling here gives a remarkable window onto another world. Here we list some of the best beaches in Malta and its ... »

How to spend the perfect long weekend in Dubrovnik

How to spend the perfect long weekend in Dubrovnik

Wrapped in a tightly knit ribbon of stone walls, Dubrovnik perches dramatically on cliffs over the turquoise Adriatic Sea. The Unesco-listed old town, quaint surroundings and stunning coastline make Dubrovnik a perfect taster for Croatia, while its compact size makes it an ideal destination for a relaxing mini-break. While planning your perfect long weekend in Dubrovnik, resist the temptation to p... »

How to spend the perfect long weekend in Dubrovnik

How to spend the perfect long weekend in Dubrovnik

All Feature ArticlesEuropeCroatiaDubrovnikHow to spend the perfect… FEATURED ARTICLE How to spend the perfect long weekend in Dubrovnik VESNA CELEBIC Lonely Planet Writer 5 JULY 2019 Wrapped in a tightly knit ribbon of stone walls, Dubrovnik perches dramatically on cliffs over the turquoise Adriatic Sea. The Unesco-listed old town, quaint surroundings and stunning coastline make Dubrovnik a perfec... »

Gaze over an Australia gorge from a skywalk 100 meters above ground

Gaze over an Australia gorge from a skywalk 100 meters above ground

Travel NewsAll Travel News StoriesAustralia & PacificAustraliaGaze over an Australia gorge… Gaze over an Australia gorge from a skywalk 100 meters above ground MAYA STANTON Lonely Planet Writer ABOUT 7 HOURS AGO © Western Australia Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Thanks to its stunning red sandstone cliffs and gorges, Western Australia’s Kalbarri National Park is one o... »

Farm stays are having a moment in the UK: here’s 7 you can check out

Farm stays are having a moment in the UK: here’s 7 you can check out

Blame it on the rise of cottagecore or restrictions on international travel but it seems the allure of getting back to nature has brought a wave of new holidaymakers to farm stays this year, particularly younger people. Ask any millennial what they’re into and they’ll likely tell you: house plants, wine, figuring out which Harry Potter house they belong to and now, farm stays. Since th... »

Two days in Brisbane – explore Queensland’s booming capital

Two days in Brisbane – explore Queensland’s booming capital

It seems odd that Brisbane, Australia’s third-largest city and Queensland’s capital, could be described as ‘undiscovered’. But as the 2.2 million residents attest, this is precisely the case. Sydney has the beaches, the iconic architecture, the celebrity chefs; Melbourne has the coffee, the culture, the big-ticket sports events – but Brisbane? Who knows anything much about Brisbane? Brisbane... »

Alberta on ice: Winter adventures in the Canadian Rockies

Alberta on ice: Winter adventures in the Canadian Rockies

Alberta on ice: Winter adventures in the Canadian Rockies JONNY BIERMAN Lonely Planet Writer 4 DECEMBER 2018 We’ve all seen the Instagram photos – turquoise colors of Lake Louise, vibrant Rocky Mountain hiking trails, and waterfalls aplenty. But what happens when the snow flies and it all freezes? That’s when the ski hills open, the lakes turn to rinks, and Alberta, Canada is transformed into a wi... »

How to live like a Local in Dubrovnik

How to live like a Local in Dubrovnik

LP Local Vesna Celebic has been living in Dubrovnik for a few decades, but she only started truly appreciating its intricate history once she began guiding walking tours around the town and region. She loves the dramatic setting, proud locals, leafy nature and sparkly sea, and her favourite local tradition is lingering long over a coffee on a beautiful open-air piazza. Dubrovnik’s beautiful ... »

10 spectacular sunset spots in Dubrovnik

10 spectacular sunset spots in Dubrovnik

With over 250 sunny days per year and a stunning setting on the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is a top destination for anyone who loves to watch the sun drop below the horizon amidst a meditative play of oranges and magentas. The medieval Old Town’s picturesque stone walls and the glittering sea with its constellation of islands become even more beautiful as they bask in the seductive glow of the ... »

Connect to culture: experience First Nations traditions in British Columbia

Connect to culture: experience First Nations traditions in British Columbia

Long before European fur traders arrived in the 18th century, indigenous people populated the area known as British Columbia, Canada for tens of thousands of years. Today, the richness of the First Nations culture lives on. There are 198 distinct First Nations in British Columbia, each with their own traditions and history – and visitors can experience this living history through cultural adventur... »

Best things to do in Tel Aviv in winter

Best things to do in Tel Aviv in winter

Think of Tel Aviv and sandy beaches, bronze bodies and rooftop bars usually spring to mind, but a visit here in winter reveals a different side to the city. Though it has its fair share of winter sun, Tel Aviv’s ‘off-season’ (roughly November to March) can be surprisingly chilly. But there’s much to warm the cockles – from experiencing the festivals of Hanukkah and Christmas to escaping the cold i... »

Charm for sale: On the road to Oregon’s country stores

Charm for sale: On the road to Oregon’s country stores

Autumn and early winter in the Portland area means plenty of chilly, foggy days, ideal for long scenic drives on back roads through colorful woods. Some of the best of these drives take you right by charmingly old-fashioned country stores, the kind of one-stop shops where you can pick up a six-pack, some matches, a corndog or two, a fishing license, homemade elk jerky, and candy bars you haven’t s... »

Spotlight on: Christmas in San Diego

Spotlight on: Christmas in San Diego

There’s an abundance of sun on display in San Diego year round, and although temperatures are a bit crisper than usual, winter is no exception. Festivals, parades and dining specials make good use of the city’s enduringly pleasant weather to create uniquely San Diego holiday experiences. Here’s a sample platter of what to do, see and tuck into during the Christmas season. Christmas lights adorn th... »

Spotlight on: winter’s festive season in Kyiv

Spotlight on: winter’s festive season in Kyiv

Kyiv may not be the first city that comes to mind for Christmas travel. However, visiting the Ukrainian capital during the festive season may change your mind completely. In December and January, this eastern European metropolis becomes a sparkling winter wonderland, with a variety of cozy markets and tasty street food, not to mention its impressive ancient cathedrals and traditional celebrations.... »

Dive into Bonito’s aquatic adventures

Dive into Bonito’s aquatic adventures

The small town of Bonito is tucked away in the corner of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, a decidedly landlocked location. Surprisingly, however, some of the Brazil’s most fascinating underwater activities are a stone’s throw from this eco-minded community. Bonito makes for an ideal stop either before or after an epic wildlife-watching trip to the Pantanal, so spend a couple days finding... »

Chasing art in Carmel-by-the-Sea and Big Sur

Chasing art in Carmel-by-the-Sea and Big Sur

Along California’s scenic Highway 1, nestled high on wild mountain cliffs overlooking the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean lie the picturesque communities of Carmel-by-the-Sea and Big Sur. For more than 100 years, these peaceful artist retreats have been infusing creativity into every aspect of local culture. Art isn’t a luxury here. It’s a way of life. a finished landscape stands on an easel i... »

How to get the most out of the Jordan Pass

How to get the most out of the Jordan Pass

The treasures of Jordan have beguiled visitors for centuries, from the rose city of Petra – unknown to Westerners for centuries – to the otherworldly Martian-red sands of Wadi Rum. Access to Jordan’s most popular tourist attractions, plus a whole host of other worthy sites around the country, is now easier and cheaper for travellers thanks to the Jordan Pass. Travellers explore the sites of the an... »

Inside Jordan’s fiercest football rivalry

Inside Jordan’s fiercest football rivalry

They may not be household names in international football, but the intense rivalry between Al Wehdat and Al Faisaly, Jordan’s two best teams, runs deep. Wehdat, founded in a refugee camp in southeast Amman, is the main team of the Palestinian diaspora, and Faisaly, associated with so-called ‘native’ Jordanians – and the most successful club in the country – are very much Jordan’s team. To wi... »

Adventures in Anchorage: exploring Alaska’s city in the wilderness

Adventures in Anchorage: exploring Alaska’s city in the wilderness

Visitors are drawn to Alaska’s biggest city for its perfect blend of outdoor opportunities and urban advantages. Bring your hiking boots and build up a healthy appetite, as Anchorage’s adventure, gastronomy and cultural scenes are all worth delving into. From the Chugach Mountains that serve as the backdrop to the city, to the local cuisine served up in a fancy dining room or from a street cart, y... »

Only in Tokyo: a tour of Japan’s pop-culture experiences

Only in Tokyo: a tour of Japan’s pop-culture experiences

Whether you grew up on Godzilla, Super Mario, Hello Kitty, Pokémon or Sailor Moon, you’ll know that Japan’s pop culture has spread far and wide. In Tokyo, you can see it all come to life. If you’re already a fan, read on to find your favorite pop-culture icons; if you’re not, read on to learn about the city’s sometimes-baffling, always-fascinating attractions. There’s... »

Along the waterfront: riverside retreats in New York City

Along the waterfront: riverside retreats in New York City

The Big Apple’s skyline and streetscape are ever-changing, but the past year has also seen a revitalization of its waterfront, from retail hubs to elaborate green spaces. All accessible via ferry and a short stroll or Citi Bike ride, here’s where to encounter some of New York City’s newest waterside attractions. Lawn chairs line up along the waterfront with the Domino Sugar Factory in the backgrou... »

Discover the best of National Harbor, DC’s glitzy playground

Discover the best of National Harbor, DC’s glitzy playground

National Harbor, Maryland, is only about 10 miles south of Washington, DC, but it feels like a world away. This glitzy, buzzy enclave on the Potomac River is bursting with hotels, restaurants and shops, not to mention a giant Ferris wheel and a casino. A popular accommodation choice for visitors, and a top staycation spot for locals, it’s practically the Mid-Atlantic’s Vegas – with ple... »

Escaping Thimphu: where to go to find Bhutan’s hidden treasures

Escaping Thimphu: where to go to find Bhutan’s hidden treasures

Bhutan may be a tiny dot on the map, but its topography is epic, even daunting, in scale. Measured in terms of altitude change rather than miles, this is a big country to explore. Beyond the gateways of Thimphu and Paro there are countless valleys in which to lose one’s self and discover some of this Himalayan country’s less obvious gems. Places where global influence is less obvious, where ... »

Best detours from Bengaluru

Best detours from Bengaluru

While feted for its year-round good weather, feet-friendly markets and tree-shaded lanes, Bengaluru is no stranger to the relentless march of urban development. The city is sprawling ever outwards and upwards as its population soars. But before you dismiss Bengaluru’s easy-going reputation as nostalgia, remember that there is one trick that India’s tech-city still has firmly up its sleeve – easy a... »

Offbeat DC: 20 unusual things to do in Washington DC

Offbeat DC: 20 unusual things to do in Washington DC

Lincoln Memorial? Done. Smithsonian troves? Seen ’em. But have you popped your eyes on the giant hairball or hugged your state tree? Did you see Helen Keller’s ashes or smell the ‘corpse flower’? After you’ve checked off the top sights, here are 20 beyond-the-norm things to do in Washington DC. 1. Seek out Lincoln’s Summer Cottage Abe diehards can make the trek ... »

Top tips for an authentic Shabbat experience in Jerusalem

Top tips for an authentic Shabbat experience in Jerusalem

The electric atmosphere makes the air sizzle in the hours leading up to Shabbat in Jerusalem. Before the western side of the city shuts down for a full 24 hours from Friday evening to Saturday evening, bakeries are cranking out the last of the rugelach, a popular Jewish pastry made by rolling a triangle of dough around a filling, and locals are running last-minute errands. Observers of Shabbat are... »

Five family adventures in the Riviera Maya

Five family adventures in the Riviera Maya

For kids who go wild over beach days and adventures, the Riviera Maya has an astounding variety of child-friendly day trips, once you know where to look. With just a little knowledge of the region, you can give your kids the opportunity to explore the jungle, experience local traditions and make sand castles on some of the world’s most breathtaking beaches. A girl stands in the shallow water of a ... »

Where to go for Budapest’s New Wine and Cheese Festival

Where to go for Budapest’s New Wine and Cheese Festival

The New Wine and Cheese Festival comes to the fairytale Vajdahunyad Castle in Budapest’s City Park on 24 November. Packed with stalls offering spreads of local cheeses and bottles of újbor (young wine from the newest vintage), it’s the perfect occasion to learn about Hungarian wine and nibble on some craft cheese. This year the festival lasts one day but if you miss the date or feel like making a ... »

Under the radar USA: music, murals and museums in Akron, Ohio

Under the radar USA: music, murals and museums in Akron, Ohio

You’re never far from a live performance, art gallery or public art installation in Akron, Ohio. Over the past decade, this Great Lakes city – home to artists like Devo and the Black Keys – has transformed from a rundown former industrial town into a vibrant hub for artists of all kinds (and a wallet-friendly tourist paradise). Sign reading “welcome to Akron Ohio, home of the Black Keys̵... »

The best detours on Australia’s Great Ocean Road

The best detours on Australia’s Great Ocean Road

Wind your way beside the crashing Southern Ocean, twist around hairpin bends hugging limestone cliffs, take pit stops under koala-filled tree canopies, and bask in the sun on secluded beaches on one of Australia’s most spectacular drives: the Great Ocean Road. While the drive is best known for the iconic Twelve Apostles and famous beaches at Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Lorne and Apollo Bay, many of th... »

The long road to Machu Picchu for Inca Trail porters

The long road to Machu Picchu for Inca Trail porters

The Inca Trail is one of the most famous treks in the world, hosting thousands of hikers each year looking to experience the historic path that stretches across the southern Peru’s rugged peaks and cloud forests. The final payoff after several days of clambering across rocky terrain at high altitudes: passing through the Sun Gate, with the lush grounds of Machu Picchu opening up before you. ... »

Adventures in Northern Patagonia: exploring Chile’s verdant peaks and valleys

Adventures in Northern Patagonia: exploring Chile’s verdant peaks and valleys

There are few places left in the world as wild and unruffled by the hands of man as Patagonia. The little-visited northern half of Chilean Patagonia is a markedly different world where fairytale rainforests, puffing volcanoes, raging rivers and sharply hewn fjords all compete for attention. Ripe for exploration, here are seven of the most epic outdoor adventures you won’t want to miss. The salty s... »

Seoul traders: fall head over heels for South Korea’s crazy sock scene

Seoul traders: fall head over heels for South Korea’s crazy sock scene

Barack Obama socks? Korean boy-band socks? Instant ramen socks? Matching socks for couples? Socks for pets? If you can imagine it, you can find socks in Seoul to match. Socks are fun and affordable and make perfect souvenirs to warm your toes or to bring home to friends. Several racks of socks in a variety of colours and patterns In Seoul, crazy socks come in all colours and stripes © Megan Eaves ... »

Lego, Vikings & an underground bunker: family heaven around Billund, Denmark

Lego, Vikings & an underground bunker: family heaven around Billund, Denmark

Denmark: so child-friendly it even has a ‘Capital of Children’. This kid-friendly utopia is centred on Billund, the heartland of Lego, but around it there are plenty of other attractions too, including a Viking town, Scandinavia’s best waterpark, and the fantastic Givskud Zoo. Adults and children playing with brightly-coloured Lego bricks inside the Lego House in Billund © Abigail Blasi / Lonely P... »

Greener Paris: how eco initiatives are changing the French capital

Greener Paris: how eco initiatives are changing the French capital

Ambitious environmental initiatives are making the French capital cleaner and greener than ever. Visitors to Paris today will encounter riverbank parks reclaimed from expressways, new gardens, vegetated rooftops and living walls, fewer cars, more cycling paths, eco-friendly public transport, renewable energies – including sleek, silent Eiffel Tower wind turbines partially powering its operations –... »

Whitby – how a Yorkshire seaside town became the UK’s gothic capital

Whitby – how a Yorkshire seaside town became the UK’s gothic capital

Dracula’s arrival in England, Bram Stoker’s classic 1897 novel established this pretty Yorkshire seaside town’s reputation as a gothic icon. Whalebone arch, Whitby The whalebone arch recalls Whitby’s maritime past – and gave Bram Stoker a perfect view of the abbey © Lorna Parkes / Lonely Planet Today, still loomed over by the spectral ruins of the medieval abbey that inspired Stoker, Whitby ... »

Spotlight on: Festival of Sufi Culture in Fez, Morocco

Spotlight on: Festival of Sufi Culture in Fez, Morocco

As Fez is the spiritual capital of Morocco, it’s only fitting that the annual Festival of Sufi Culture should take place here each October. Sufism, the esoteric branch of Islam that promises bliss, mysticism and spiritual ecstasy, has a strong heritage in the country. A week’s worth of discussions, round-tables, concerts and performances by Sufi brotherhoods are on offer in spectacular venues acro... »

Gozo: a weekend of history and adventure activities

Gozo: a weekend of history and adventure activities

that getting from one to another, whether by foot, bicycle, taxi or public bus, is breeze. Sunlight bursts through a huge, angular rock arch on the coast of Goza at Wied il-Mielah. Wave surge between the two rock arms © Ramon Portelli / Getty Images The stone arch at Wied il-Mielaħ on Gozo’s northwest coast is accessible to hikers, mountain bikers and rock climbers © Ramon Portelli / Getty I... »

Valleys, villages and vertiginous views: the Amalfi Coast’s best hikes

Valleys, villages and vertiginous views: the Amalfi Coast’s best hikes

When it comes to easy accessibility, drop-dead gorgeous scenery and sheer number of trail options, there is no better place to go hiking in Italy than the Amalfi Coast. The precipitously beautiful coastline is handsomely endowed with footpaths, many dating back to medieval times when they served as the primary means of getting from village to village. These days local farmers still use the paths t... »

Scenic Big Sur: top sights on your Highway 1 road trip

Scenic Big Sur: top sights on your Highway 1 road trip

An epic road trip is one of America’s favorite pastimes, and few drives are more iconic than Highway 1 through Big Sur. Tight turns hug the rugged coastline while mile after mile of stunning vistas inspire awe in even the most seasoned traveler. Blooming purple flowers sway in the breeze backed by a steep cliff coastline The best season for wildflowers is spring, but any time is right for a drive ... »

Best new food experiences for travellers in 2019

Best new food experiences for travellers in 2019

Food travel is a trend that’s only getting hotter, as everyone from gourmands to social-media junkies pack their bags, armed with a list of must-try dining in dreamy destinations. The world is not just your oyster, in 2019 it’s a smorgasbord of delicious discovery. Dining with a difference at Mil, Cusco © Gustavo Vivanco Dining with a difference at Mil, Cusco © Gustavo Vivanco Mil, Cusco, Peru Fan... »

Best new openings for travellers in 2019

Best new openings for travellers in 2019

Just because you’re a seasoned traveller doesn’t mean you have any reason to get jaded in 2019. There are plenty of exciting new openings coming next year to inspire you to plan your next trip. Academy Museum, Los Angeles, USA Discover the art and science of the silver screen in a space that promises a lot more glitz than your average museum. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the or... »

Best new attractions for kids in 2019

Best new attractions for kids in 2019

Each year the world seems to provide more and more amazing experiences for the younger generation. Here are just some of the new attractions that children will love to explore in 2019. Lego House © Photo courtesy of Lego House Lego House © Photo courtesy of Lego House Lego House, Billund, Denmark What’s not to love about the ‘Home of the Brick’? Firstly, it’s an entirely Lego-themed museum and exp... »

Top travel trends for 2019

Top travel trends for 2019

Travel fads come and go, and they’re fun, for a while. Cronut- and freakshake-hunting was, at one point, deemed an essential city trip activity for Instagrammable-snack devotees, while barnyard yoga seemed to make perfect sense for flexible nature lovers – where better to hone your cow pose? Some trends, however, emerge slowly and have the potential to stick around for the long haul. So what’s on ... »

Travel trends for 2019: augmented attractions

Travel trends for 2019: augmented attractions

VR, AR. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve heard of virtual and augmented reality, technologies that have made the leap from sci-fi to smartphone. And now they’re transforming every stage of the travel experience. First, let’s recap: VR refers to a computer simulation of an environment that you can experience through the senses – principally sights and sounds but... »

Travel trends for 2019: my DNA and me

Travel trends for 2019: my DNA and me

In a world where we’re increasingly virtually connected, we can feel disengaged from our roots. But thanks to developments in genetic testing and accessible historical records, travellers are finding it easier than ever to pack a bag and journey back to their origins, forging stronger connections with people and cultures along the way. All travellers are curious – it’s what keeps the wanderlust al... »

From seaside to mountain valley: the culinary riches of Chile

From seaside to mountain valley: the culinary riches of Chile

Home to buzzing seafood markets, food-centric highland villages and sun-drenched vineyards, Chile offers a dazzling array of culinary temptations. The nation’s great size and wide-ranging geography has created astonishing variety when it comes to regional delicacies, and there are countless ways to partake of a memorable meal. You can indulge in ancient dishes fired up in earth ovens in Chiloé, li... »

Alternative Caribbean: 6 unique experiences in the Cayman Islands

Alternative Caribbean: 6 unique experiences in the Cayman Islands

Barbie-pink houses, plush beachside condos and glossy corporate buildings – stroll through capital George Town and you might see a hint of the Cayman Islands’ rep as a financial hub. But look beyond the glass and you’ll see the archipelago is just as rich in natural charms, with extraordinary wildlife, dramatic cave formations and world-class dive sites scattered among curaçao-colored waters and s... »

The honeymoon’s over: our post-wedding trip mix-ups and mishaps

The honeymoon’s over: our post-wedding trip mix-ups and mishaps

No matter how much time or effort you put into researching your dream honeymoon destinations, planning your newly-wed adventures or packing the perfect shared suitcase, don’t be fooled: honeymoons, just like any other trip, can go wrong. Our staffers thought their post-wedding plans represented the epitome of romance – but hadn’t anticipated baboon invasions, being mistaken for OAPs or dodgy duck ... »

The complete guide to Yellowstone National Park

The complete guide to Yellowstone National Park

Millions of years ago, the geologic hot spot fueling Yellowstone National Park’s famous geysers, hot springs, and travertine falls sat underneath the part of Idaho now preserved as Craters of the Moon National Monument. Eventually, that magma chamber slowly drifted northeast and one enormous, cataclysmic eruption later, created this astonishing landscape genuinely unlike any place on earth. ... »

Here’s what you need to know about safe travel in France

Here’s what you need to know about safe travel in France

With its world-class art and architecture, seductive cafe life, village-square markets and unwaveringly romantic capital, France has enticed travellers since time immemorial. As the country reopens its borders, summer holidays in la belle France are back on – but with some notable differences. The reopening of French borders on 15 June to travelers arriving from the EU, UK and Schengen zones hails... »

5 of the best places to camp near major US cities

5 of the best places to camp near major US cities

After a spring of uncertainty and serious stay-at-home efforts, everyone is wondering what travel will look for the foreseeable future. Experts are predicting an emphasis on domestic trips, especially in the US, when more than a few foreign destinations aren’t reopening to Americans just yet. Already, travelers mindful of social distancing have sent RV rentals soaring, and many would-be wand... »

Why Alaska’s stunning coast is best seen by ferry

Why Alaska’s stunning coast is best seen by ferry

Less a cruise, more a coastal adventure – this scenic route through Alaska’s islands is easily explored using the state-run ferry system. Hop among remote communities to encounter rural hospitality, landscapes teeming with wildlife and glaciers galore. My knees are pinned to my chest in the back seat of a tiny Cessna 185 Skywagon. I’m 2000ft in the air, staring through the portside window at a wal... »

Ask Lonely Planet: ‘Will flights cost a lot more after COVID-19?’

Ask Lonely Planet: ‘Will flights cost a lot more after COVID-19?’

The global pandemic has upended global travel, leaving people around the world with endless questions about what comes next. We asked wanderlust-filled readers what they want to know most and called in some expert opinions to answer How much can we expect the cost of plane tickets to increase by when we can fly again? According to Stella Penso, Senior Director of Pricing at price comparison websit... »

Sustainable travel: 6 ways to make a positive impact on your next trip

Sustainable travel: 6 ways to make a positive impact on your next trip

Sustainable travel begins long before we reach our destination. It’s about making smarter choices in every aspect of the trip; from booking transport and accommodation to seeking out local experiences and being conscious of where we’re investing our tourist dollars. That doesn’t mean you need to totally overhaul your vacation though. We’ve put together a list of practical t... »

India’s tribal artists produce face masks to fight coronavirus

India’s tribal artists produce face masks to fight coronavirus

The #culturemasks project was born from the idea of create a product under the current climate that is both necessary and culturally relevant”, says Leenika Jacob who spearheads Kala Chaupal that works in the space of arts, culture, rural economies and environmental sustainability in New Delhi. Produced by weavers, painters and tribal textile craftspeople showcasing the art of their region and mak... »

5 of the best places to camp near major US cities

5 of the best places to camp near major US cities

After a spring of uncertainty and serious stay-at-home efforts, everyone is wondering what travel will look for the foreseeable future. Experts are predicting an emphasis on domestic trips, especially in the US, when more than a few foreign destinations aren’t reopening to Americans just yet. Already, travelers mindful of social distancing have sent RV rentals soaring, and many would-be wand... »

An American in Cardiff: Geordan Burress on learning Welsh in Ohio

An American in Cardiff: Geordan Burress on learning Welsh in Ohio

  All Feature ArticlesEuropeWalesCardiffAn American in Cardiff: Geordan… FEATURED ARTICLE An American in Cardiff: Geordan Burress on learning Welsh in Ohio 22 JULY 2019 Geordan Burress is an intelligent woman who is curious about the world around her and other cultures; none of that made the headline when The Sun reported on her learning Welsh alone in Ohio in a way that implied it was pointl... »

The best places to see tigers in the wild

The best places to see tigers in the wild

With as few as 3890 tigers left in the wild, the thrill of spotting one of these rare and elusive predators in their natural habitat is simply unmatched. It’s also a much more sustainable alternative to visiting a captive tiger attraction, many of which have come under fire for animal mistreatment. The modern world hasn’t been kind to tigers. Three of the nine tiger subspecies became extinct withi... »

All-inclusive adventures: 10 resorts you should consider for your next trip

All-inclusive adventures: 10 resorts you should consider for your next trip

A week at an all-inclusive resort promises idle, sunny days but it doesn’t usually spell adventure. After all, where’s the thrill of exploration when there’s a beach in easy reach of your bed, and all meals and drinks are served on site? But hold the piña coladas: resorts can offer much more than a do-nothing holiday. At these 10 all-inclusives, guests go galloping across lonesome prairies, watch ... »