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Scenic and wild: the best day trips from Santa Marta

Scenic and wild: the best day trips from Santa Marta

A host of outdoor adventures await travelers visiting Santa Marta. Set right on the Caribbean Sea at the foot of the mighty Sierra Nevada, Colombia’s oldest Spanish city is a short jaunt from picturesque beaches, wetlands, verdant jungles, hiking and surfing. Here are just a few of our favorite day trips. A view of green hills with Santa Marta far away in the background Take in the view of Santa M... »

Beyond the pretzel: Munich’s hippest eats

Beyond the pretzel: Munich’s hippest eats

Nowhere in Germany can you find sweeter mustard or plumper dumplings than in Bavaria. The food identity of the southern state is strong and marinated in tradition. There are even rules about when to eat sausages that rival those of how to enjoy coffee in Italy. And yet visitors to the Bavarian capital of Munich will be pleasantly surprised to encounter a growing wave of burrito joints, burger shac... »

Piedmont for foodies: epicurean nirvana unplugged

Piedmont for foodies: epicurean nirvana unplugged

Feasting on local seasonal produce – of extraordinary quality – has been alla moda in Piedmont (Piemonte) since time immemorial. From Alba’s insanely desirable white truffles, snuffed out of the earth by dogs, to noble red wines crafted by multiple generations of Langhe winemakers, this Alps-fringed region in northwest Italy cooks up the ultimate trip for epicureans. With a staple larder bursting ... »

From Sappho to Pride: a guide to LGBT-friendly Greece

From Sappho to Pride: a guide to LGBT-friendly Greece

law in Greece may have tempered this LGBT paradise, it’s once again rearing its beautiful head in some of the country’s most desirable locations. A huge rainbow flag in front of the Greek Parliament during the annual Pride parade © Kostas Koutsaftikis / Shutterstock A huge rainbow flag in front of the Greek Parliament during the annual Pride parade © Kostas Koutsaftikis / Shutterstock Athens Pride... »

Hidden glory: a guide to Bucharest’s neighbourhoods

Hidden glory: a guide to Bucharest’s neighbourhoods

At first glance, Bucharest may be hard to define. The enormous Palace of Parliament gets the most attention as the second-largest administrative building in the world, but it’s far from what constitutes the everyday local life. Dig a little deeper in Bucharest’s walkable neighbourhoods, with their period architecture and pockets of hidden glory, and you’ll find an eclectic mix of old and new, arts... »

Best things to do in Lviv in winter

Best things to do in Lviv in winter

Winter looks good on Lviv. This western Ukrainian gem of a city may well be the best destination in the whole of Ukraine to enjoy the snowy season. The romance of narrow medieval streets, the cosiness of fragrant coffee shops, the beauty of its architecture – all these things turn Lviv into a fairy-tale winter getaway. Here are a few tips for making the most of your stay despite the chilly weather... »

Fast-track Fiji: making the most of a stopover

Fast-track Fiji: making the most of a stopover

With more than 330 islands, a rich, ancient culture and showstopping scenery both on land and below its incredibly blue waters, you could easily spend an eternity exploring fabulous Fiji. But if forever isn’t feasible, don’t despair: even if you’re en route to elsewhere, a layover in the ‘Land of Smiles’ is a holiday unto itself. Whether you’re here for two days or a few hours, there’s an abundanc... »

Culture, commerce and cuisine: eight of the world’s best Chinatowns

Culture, commerce and cuisine: eight of the world’s best Chinatowns

Most great cities boast Chinatowns, enclaves of Chinese culture, commerce and cuisine. While none were necessarily planned, or follow a template, all share fascinating histories and repay curious travellers with ebullient architecture, fire-cracking festivals and delectable food. Each of these eight Chinatowns – testaments to the questing, cosmopolitan spirit of their founding cultures – is a wort... »

Travel gear reviews: great gifts for globetrotters

Travel gear reviews: great gifts for globetrotters

On the whole, travellers tend to favour memorable experiences over physical possessions. It’s an admirable trait, but one that makes them a notoriously tricky bunch to buy presents for. But fear not, disgruntled gift giver! In this set of gear reviews we take a look at a cross section of gift items that are perfect for those with a penchant for exploring pastures new, from jewellery that stokes wa... »

Remedies of the road: our travel tales of getting sick (and better)

Remedies of the road: our travel tales of getting sick (and better)

Germ-laden airports, upended sleep patterns and unfamiliar local bugs are just a few of the health risks travellers face when seeing the world. But sometimes these travel maladies can yield a good story – in the problem solving of travelling companions, the mysterious (and miraculous) local remedies, or the assistance offered by total strangers. We asked our travel editors and writers to tell us t... »

Kolkata in festivals: a calendar of celebrations

Kolkata in festivals: a calendar of celebrations

There’s a saying in Bengali that goes, baro mashe tero parbon, literally ‘13 festivals in 12 months’, neatly summing up the importance — and yearlong abundance — of festivals in Kolkata’s everyday life. From cultural extravaganzas to some of India’s biggest Hindu festivals, there’s always something going on in the city. Rarely will more than a few weeks pass without some kind of festiv... »

Three days in Zadar: exploring in and around Croatia’s coolest city

Three days in Zadar: exploring in and around Croatia’s coolest city

Thanks to its flourishing culinary scene and bustling nightlife, the seaside city of Zadar is fast becoming known as Croatia’s ‘capital of cool’. With a Unesco-protected Old Town, Roman ruins, Adriatic sunsets and the unique sea organ, this rising city can no longer be kept a secret. And if you want to venture further afield, the northern Dalmatian hinterland has an abundance of attractions ... »

Southern Caribbean adventures: three islands, three ways

Southern Caribbean adventures: three islands, three ways

Lounging beachside with a frosty cocktail is a Caribbean essential, but there are lots of adventurous alternatives if you want to get active. Down toward the southern end of the chain, Barbados offers wonderful watersports and scenic coastal hiking, Grenada comes tops for wreck dives and easy-access waterfalls, and while nudging Venezuela, Trinidad is the king of outdoor pursuits, with pristine wa... »

Best detours from Delhi

Best detours from Delhi

residents who love its multifarious charms. Despite Delhi’s mind-boggling heritage, vibey neighbourhoods, laissez faire lifestyle and general bonhomie, every so often almost everyone feels a little swamped by the vast crowds filling most urban spaces. Fortunately, for all the maddening chaos, mindless traffic and soup-thick pollution, it’s easy to take a break. Here’s a list of quick day trips and... »

How to live like a local in Bengaluru

How to live like a local in Bengaluru

Lonely Planet Local Supriya Sehgal splits her days between her ‘home at heart’ Bengaluru, and her working home in Delhi. Having lived in Bengaluru for more than 12 years, she knows the ins and outs of the city and its best haunts, old and new. Flowers for sale in Bengaluru’s Krishnarajendra Market © Pierre Ogeron / Getty Images Flowers for sale in Bengaluru’s Krishnarajendra Market © P... »

More than mall food: eight fabulous food halls from around the world

More than mall food: eight fabulous food halls from around the world

Food halls have been earning major hype over the past decade or so, with new hotspots seemingly springing up every week. Some are housed in gorgeous purpose-built structures, while others fill rehabbed spaces in empty warehouses or department stores. They’re paradise for the indecisive food-lover: you can take a nibble here and a nibble there until you’ve sated your belly and your curiosity. That’... »

Been there, Notre-Dame that: Paris off the beaten track

Been there, Notre-Dame that: Paris off the beaten track

Paris’ prevailing popularity saw the greater area welcome more than 40 million overnight visitors in 2017, but despite these record-breaking figures, it’s easy to escape the crowds. The French capital offers plenty of under-the-radar alternatives to its most famous monuments, museums, palaces and expansive green spaces – you just need to know where to look. A red Citroen 2CV parked alo... »

Top things to do in Sfax’s historic medina

Top things to do in Sfax’s historic medina

With few touristy sites, industrial Sfax usually falls off travellers’ radars, but its 1200-year-old medina – the smallest in Tunisia – has plenty of history and heritage architecture to entice art lovers, markets and eateries to tempt any foodie, and lots of local colour and atmosphere. The medieval fortification of Sfax surrounded by lush gardens with many colourful flowers, Tunisia. Once an are... »

Sunrise over Jade Mountain: a trip up Taiwan’s Alishan Forest Railway

Sunrise over Jade Mountain: a trip up Taiwan’s Alishan Forest Railway

Sometime before dawn, a group of dedicated travellers huddle in the dark cold of a small mountain train station. Little puffs of breath rise on the frosty air, and with arms crossed into jackets, the group shuffles along as a rickety old diesel train chugs up to the platform and comes to a sudden, creaking halt. The passengers board quickly – in a rush to warm up in closer quarters, but also in an... »

I would drive 500 miles: road-tripping the Scottish Highlands

I would drive 500 miles: road-tripping the Scottish Highlands

I would drive 500 miles: road-tripping the Scottish Highlands TIM MOORE Lonely Planet Writer 8 NOVEMBER 2018 Bleakly beautiful, the North Coast 500 is Scotland’s very own Route 66. Buckle up for a road trip around Britain’s outer limits, where you’ll find otherworldly landscapes and down-to-earth welcomes. The road snakes up to the viewpoint of Bealach na Ba from the inlet of Loch Kishorn The road... »

Scouting out Chicago’s changing Wrigleyville

Scouting out Chicago’s changing Wrigleyville

Chicagoans once held two truths to be self-evident: the Cubs were baseball’s eternal lovable losers, and the general tenor of Wrigleyville, the team’s home ’hood, was boozed-up and unrepentantly lowbrow. Then in 2016, the Cubbies clinched the World Series – and sticky-floored Wrigleyville began smartening up, welcoming swanky new hotels, cocktail bars and restaurants worth hitting even after the s... »

Tarifa: the Costa de la Luz’s outdoors capital

Tarifa: the Costa de la Luz’s outdoors capital

Sink your feet into unspoilt powder-white sands, then grab your kitesurfing kit and hit the Atlantic waves. Welcome to one of Spain’s favourite summer playgrounds, the wild, beautiful Costa de la Luz. This natural, undeveloped coastline sprinkled with glorious blonde beaches and attractive, authentically Andalucian towns stretches northwest from activity-mad Tarifa, on the southernmost tip of Spai... »

Where to shop in Madrid’s Las Salesas

Where to shop in Madrid’s Las Salesas

Madrid’s Las Salesas neighbourhood – named for the nearby Plaza de las Salesas – has sprung to life in recent years thanks to a new wave of pioneering business owners. Nestled between the iconic Gran Vía, party-loving Chueca and stately Colón, Las Salesas is especially well-known for its variety of independent shops. A quick detour through this central barrio (district) is perfect for picking up q... »

How to live like a Local in Helsinki

How to live like a Local in Helsinki

Spending time in Helsinki’s relaxed wine bars, steamy saunas, cheap and cheerful restaurants and inspiring art galleries are just some of LP Local Violetta Teetor’s top tips for coping with the city’s notorious ‘Brrr!’ factor. Unless you’re brave enough for an icy Baltic Sea dip that is… LP Local Violetta Teetor sitting on a bright yellow City Bike in Hels... »

Castle-hopping in Wales – seven of the country’s best

Castle-hopping in Wales – seven of the country’s best

For a small country, Wales certainly goes big with its castles. There are more than 100 of them today – down considerably from the 600 or more built over the country’s history, but still enough to make knowing where to start difficult. To help you out, here are seven of the best, whether you like them old and craggy, recently renovated or simply historically significant. Cardiff Castle interior Ca... »

Chasing paradise: five alternatives to Boracay

Chasing paradise: five alternatives to Boracay

The Philippines’ famed island, Boracay, was closed to the public in April 2018 in an attempt to try and restore the incredible location to its former glory after suffering the effects of overtourism. The picturesque island, previously famous for pristine beaches and a heady party vibe, has reopened with a limit on the daily number of visitors and a set of rules designed to protect the enviro... »

Castles, cliff-tops and caves: exploring the white towns of Cádiz

Castles, cliff-tops and caves: exploring the white towns of Cádiz

Centuries-old castles, rust-red-roofed homes, white-walled alleys, soul-stirring strategic cliff-top sites and an enthrallingly volatile history: Cádiz’ pueblos blancos (white towns) are a joy to unravel. The finest can be perfectly strung together on a multi-day drive. Andalucía bursts with beautifully blanched villages – originally (unromantically) whitewashed in the 19th century to deflect the ... »

Getting the best out of your trip to Bhutan

Getting the best out of your trip to Bhutan

Mention Bhutan to savvy travellers and you normally get two reactions. First comes a wistful ‘aaahh’, as people summon up hazy images of a pristine Himalayan kingdom, of colourful Buddhist festivals and a traditional culture that seems lost in an earlier age. This is swiftly followed by a tear in the eye, as people remember that Bhutan is closed off to casual visitors and way beyond the average tr... »

Medieval and contemporary: unlocking the secrets of Córdoba

Medieval and contemporary: unlocking the secrets of Córdoba

It doesn’t get as much hype as fabled Granada or scintillating Seville, but there’s another city right in the middle of Andalucía that no one should miss. Famed above all for its wonderful Mezquita (mosque), one of the great works of Islamic architecture, Córdoba is a beguiling place that oozes history in every twisting lane and flower-filled patio of its old centre. It is also well in... »

Six can’t-miss winter activities in New Zealand

Six can’t-miss winter activities in New Zealand

Most visitors to New Zealand schedule their trip during the nation’s balmy summer months, but wintertime heralds a whole new set of attractions across both islands, from world-class skiing to bubbling hot springs, next-level wildlife watching to quirky winter festivals. With fewer crowds and prices for rental cars and accommodation typically slashed, it’s a wonderful time to rug up and explore thi... »

BC by sea: boating to the best of British Columbia

BC by sea: boating to the best of British Columbia

A large province in a large country, Canada’s British Columbia is almost three times the size of Germany. So how do you begin to wrap your head around this remote, rugged and ravishing region? Just start at the edge, among the nearly 40,000 islands and 16,000 miles of coastline. If you’re looking for wildlife, adventure or relaxation, you can access it all by boat – whether it’s a giant ferry powe... »

Emerging Montreal: walk the less touristed neighborhoods

Emerging Montreal: walk the less touristed neighborhoods

Montreal is a collage of language and history, a sum of its eclectic and evolving parts, where well-known neighborhoods like the Plateau Mont-Royal attract and charm visitors with their multicultural heritage and Quebecois cachet. But beyond the bagels of Mile End and cobblestones of Old Montreal are districts that, despite being off the tourist trail, remain vibrant parts of the city’s unique tap... »

Wien uncorked: how to enjoy Vienna responsibly

Wien uncorked: how to enjoy Vienna responsibly

There is no denying that Vienna is fit for a monarch. The Austrian capital brims with the earthly pleasures of humankind: heart-stopping cake-topping architecture, vast Baroque boulevards, rich full wines plucked and pressed from the surrounding hills, and enough museum masterpieces to gawp at until your crown falls off. But with all those regal elegances designed to spoil visitors rotten, tourist... »

Andalucía’s top parks for nature lovers

Andalucía’s top parks for nature lovers

Andalucía, Spain’s southernmost region, is famous for sunshine, the Alhambra, flamenco, beaches and fiestas. Less well known is that it’s also a paradise for nature lovers. Beyond the cities and beach towns stretch high, rugged mountains, rolling green hills and deep river valleys, with a spectrum of wildlife from ibex and lynx to some of Europe’s biggest birds. Whether you like to hik... »

Noord: a guide to Amsterdam’s coolest neighbourhood

Noord: a guide to Amsterdam’s coolest neighbourhood

From shipping hub to creative quarter, the ever-changing Amsterdam Noord neighbourhood has cemented itself as one of the Dutch capital’s coolest spots. With a new Noord/Zuid metro line supplying quick access, this once obscure ‘hood is gaining traction as the innovative hotspot of the Dutch capital. Patrons lounge on a beach at art festival Kinetisch Noord, held at NDSM Wharf Patrons lounge on a b... »

Travel trends for 2019: getting off the touristed path

Travel trends for 2019: getting off the touristed path

It’s no secret that some of the world’s most amazing destinations are feeling the tourism squeeze. But that’s no reason to stay put: as communities cope with travellers’ all-too-loving embrace, being a good tourist just means getting strategic about where to go and when. Every traveller is on a journey, though it’s becoming clearer that some paths are so well trodden that they’re at risk of wearin... »

Best new places for travellers to stay in 2019

Best new places for travellers to stay in 2019

Sleep in a bubble, yurt, hostel, boutique city hotel or remote luxury lodge. This year certainly offers up a world full of new choices when it comes to finding memorable places to stay. Arctic Bath, Sweden © Johan Kauppi / Arctic Bath Arctic Bath, Sweden © Johan Kauppi / Arctic Bath Arctic Bath, Sweden Although it resembles a mammoth bonfire in waiting, the only thing this giant ring of jumbled lo... »

Travel trends for 2019: road trips go electric

Travel trends for 2019: road trips go electric

Classic road trips are evolving into something more fully charged. As countries and rental companies make the electric leap, choosing to reduce your carbon footprint with an EV has never been easier. A car drives through a green forest © Dale Johnson / 500px Electric vehicles are better for the environment you’re road-tripping to see © Dale Johnson / 500px The EV revolution is coming Electri... »

Nairobi wildlife: 5 places for incredible animal encounters

Nairobi wildlife: 5 places for incredible animal encounters

Nairobi is known as the green city in the sun for good reason. After all, despite developing at a dizzying pace, it but still boasts areas of serene forest and sprawling savannah where visitors can get up close to some of Kenya’s famed safari species. Here are the top five places to spot Nairobi wildlife. A large standing against a white-sky backdrop, with two distant giraffe walking away. © Maria... »

The weird and wonderful food and drink of Madeira

The weird and wonderful food and drink of Madeira

Holidaymakers have long flocked to Madeira for the island’s laidback lifestyle, plentiful resorts and grand craggy cliffs. But perhaps the most unsung attraction is the unique gastronomy entwined in Madeiran culture. It would seem there’s nothing like a stiff sea breeze and an open mind to stoke some culinary creativity. Two brown poncha cocktails, a Madeiran specialty Poncha, Madeira’s sign... »

10 romantic getaways for city lovers

10 romantic getaways for city lovers

Cities aren’t always the most romantic places – tropical islands tend to trump traffic jams and sunshine always beats smog. But choose wisely and chances are you’ll fall in love all over again, while finding a place in your heart for a certain city. Our Lonely Planet Locals have shared all their best moves when it comes to courting in their hometowns. So what are you waiting for? Sweep your partne... »

Tempting gastronomic experiences to put Tunisia on your foodie map

Tempting gastronomic experiences to put Tunisia on your foodie map

Tunisia, ribboned by a thousand kilometres of prime Mediterranean coastline and blessed with a sun-drenched interior, might not be the first place that comes to mind as a destination for tastebud-led travellers, but its foodie cred stretches all the way back to the ancient Romans, who claimed this productive agricultural land as the breadbasket of their empire. Today, plenty of places around the c... »

Balkan art and beyond: Belgrade’s cultural reawakening

Balkan art and beyond: Belgrade’s cultural reawakening

When visitors speak of Belgrade, they often think of its famous nightlife scene. But the Serbian capital has a culturally engaged population, a rich artistic history and, with the long-awaited reopening of its two premier museums, the city is cementing itself as one of southeastern Europe’s most interesting cultural destinations. The classical building of the National Museum on Belgrade’s ce... »

Down the Danube: meeting Serbia’s mystical east

Down the Danube: meeting Serbia’s mystical east

Serbia may be landlocked, but it boasts one of the most spectacular stretches of the Danube – which clocks up 588km here on its way to the Black Sea – including Đerdap National Park’s astounding Iron Gates gorge in the country’s far east. Largely off the tourist map, this legend-shrouded region makes for a great road trip, with history galore, ancestral wine cellars, arresting natural formations a... »

Ten unmissable things to do in Reykjavík

Ten unmissable things to do in Reykjavík

Reykjavík is small in size but big on exciting cultural attractions and activities. Ideally situated as a popular stop-over destination between North America and Europe, the world’s northernmost capital has plenty to tempt any culture-hungry (or just plain hungry) traveller looking to experience a slice of Nordic life in a brief space of time. Here are our top ten unmissable things to do on ... »

Amazing workspaces for digital nomads: Canggu, Bali

Amazing workspaces for digital nomads: Canggu, Bali

Once a sleepy surfing village known for its beginner-friendly waves and picturesque sunsets, Canggu has transformed into a booming digital nomad hub. Located northwest of Bali’s trendy hotspot, Seminyak, this coastal paradise has exploded in popularity thanks to its abundance of work-friendly cafes, cutting edge co-working spaces and the favourable climate. For remote workers looking for their own... »

Cool places to stay with your dog

Cool places to stay with your dog

British people love their dogs. In fact 25% percent of households in the United Kingdom include a dog, a figure that is likely to be even higher this year thanks to a surge in pet-owning popularity during the COVID-19 lockdown. And with a large number of travellers planning to book domestic trips in 2020, the timing couldn’t be better for the publishers of Cool Camping books, which releases ... »

These Caribbean countries are reopening for tourists this month

These Caribbean countries are reopening for tourists this month

As COVID-19 restrictions ease all over the world, a few Caribbean countries have begun the process of reopening to tourists for the summer months. Each country has instituted a series of strict guidelines to protect not only its citizens, but visitors to the respective island as well. As a whole, the Caribbean responded quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic and as a result, infection numbers have remai... »

Stonehenge: get to know England’s most mysterious monument

Stonehenge: get to know England’s most mysterious monument

Stonehenge is a prehistoric marvel. This stone circle rises out of Salisbury Plain, its rugged stones complemented by a swish visitor center that explores its incredible construction. But Stonehenge isn’t just a 4000-year-old monument: it’s a swirl of ancient myths and modern controversy, a symbol of England from long before England even existed, and one of the world’s great mysteries. Here, we ex... »

Europe is starting to reopen – here’s what you need to know about each country’s rules

Europe is starting to reopen – here’s what you need to know about each country’s rules

Some European countries are beginning to gradually reopen their borders this week in an effort to kickstart the tourism season but rules are far from coordinated. France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Greece and the Netherlands eased travel restrictions and opened their borders to tourists from most nations within the European Union on 15 June. They join countries like Italy, Cyprus and Croatia w... »

These are the 10 most-liked Airbnbs on Instagram

These are the 10 most-liked Airbnbs on Instagram

Now that our thoughts are turning to travel again, Airbnb has decided to give us some inspiration. It is looking back to the summer of 2019 and has unveiled the top 10 most-liked homes from its Instagram account, which just might help to fuel your wanderlust. Fisherman’s boathouse, Milos This traditional fisherman’s boathouse sleeps four and is located on Firopotamos beach on the Greek island of M... »

Why now is a good time to visit the island of Hawaiʻi

Why now is a good time to visit the island of Hawaiʻi

Features – beach3000-15f7a15561e1 Sunrise on the shores of Pololu Valley. Image courtesy of The Hawaiian Islands / Tyler Schmitt. We don’t want to understate its effects: some 700 homes in the Puna district were lost, several residential roads in the area remain inaccessible, and Green Lake, once the largest freshwater lake in the entire Hawaiian archipelago, was literally boiled away. But f... »

Cool places to stay with your dog in Britain this summer

Cool places to stay with your dog in Britain this summer

British people love their dogs. In fact 25% percent of households in the United Kingdom include a dog, a figure that is likely to be even higher this year thanks to a surge in pet-owning popularity during the COVID-19 lockdown. And with a large number of travellers planning to book domestic trips in 2020, the timing couldn’t be better for the publishers of Cool Camping books, which releases ... »

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... »

Cool places to stay with your dog in Britain this summer

Cool places to stay with your dog in Britain this summer

British people love their dogs. In fact 25% percent of households in the United Kingdom include a dog, a figure that is likely to be even higher this year thanks to a surge in pet-owning popularity during the COVID-19 lockdown. And with a large number of travellers planning to book domestic trips in 2020, the timing couldn’t be better for the publishers of Cool Camping books, which releases ... »

9 of the most remote glamping spots in the world

9 of the most remote glamping spots in the world

When travel begin again, many of us will be dreaming of replacing our busy city breaks with longer holidays in beautiful, remote places, full of fresh air and easy social distancing. The good news for fussier travellers is that camping in the world’s wildest places doesn’t mean you need to give up the hope of a relaxing holiday. There are terrific glamping sites across every continent ... »

Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coastline is a lobster lover’s paradise

Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coastline is a lobster lover’s paradise

Now an indulgent food typically enjoyed on special occasions, lobster has a curious history in Nova Scotia, Canada, where the crustacean is now fished, and relished, year-round. In the 1800s – when the bottom-feeder was called the “cockroach of the sea” – most people turned up their noses to lobster, relegating it to prisoners and servants. Those people ate the seafood so often – several days a we... »

Kolam: the soul of Tamil cultural and social life

Kolam: the soul of Tamil cultural and social life

On the periphery, a kolam might look like a simple traditional design drawn on the entrance of a Tamil household, but they carry a deeper connotation, kolams are interwoven with cultural and humane consciousness. My introduction to this part of the Tamil cultural identity happened in Swamimalai, a small town in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. I was intrigued by the complexity of design and t... »

Learn to prepare desi dishes with these popular Indian chefs

Learn to prepare desi dishes with these popular Indian chefs

Chettinad Keerai Kootu ©Hema Subramanian Millennials’ food choices, in the pre-lockdown era, remained focused mostly on international cuisines with the ubiquitous junk food thrown in for good measure. Indian and home-made food – other than what moms forced them to eat, seldom figured on their list of preferences. Post the Covid-19 scare, things seem to have moved in the diametrically opposite dire... »

The best cycling tours in India

The best cycling tours in India

Cycling is the perfect mode of transport for the travel-lover, allowing to cover more ground than on foot, but without the barriers that a car imposes. The traveller is immersed in their surroundings, is self-powered, independent, and forever pondering the question ‘I wonder what’s over there?’ The bike rider is free to follow a whim, discover the limits of their endurance, or stop and settle for ... »

Where to buy your farsan in Ahmedabad

Where to buy your farsan in Ahmedabad

You may never have visited Gujarat, but it’s likely you have tried fluffy dhoklas, tender khandvi or wafer crunchy khakhras. But if you haven’t, it’s time you do! Snacking is an important part of every Gujarati household, and snacks called farsan or naasto could be home-made or store bought. While farsan can be eaten as part of meals or as a snack, naasto are mostly always eaten in between meals, ... »

Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coastline is a lobster lover’s paradise

Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coastline is a lobster lover’s paradise

All Feature ArticlesNorth AmericaCanadaNova ScotiaNova Scotia’s Atlantic coastline is… Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coastline is a lobster lover’s paradise Once a meal for the impoverished, Nova Scotia lobster is now in demand the world over © Jay Jones / Lonely Planet Now an indulgent food typically enjoyed on special occasions, lobster has a curious history in Nova Scotia, Canada, where the crustacean... »

The most colorful destinations in the US

The most colorful destinations in the US

There’s something about colorful destinations that is good for the soul: they seem to come to life, to crackle with personality. Here’s our tour of the most colorful places in the US, destinations that are sure to bring a little rainbow whimsy to your travels. A tractor in a field of red, purple, yellow and pink tulips, with a layer of fog and some coniferous trees in the background A tulip farm i... »

A guide to London’s food halls and markets

A guide to London’s food halls and markets

London has long shaken off its reputation for dubious dining, with world-class restaurants now competing for attention on practically every street. But the gourmet revolution is just beginning: in the last few years, a seemingly endless array of food markets have sprouted up, where you’ll find superlative cuisine from every corner of the globe. Here’s a guide to some of the very best food ha... »

America’s coolest motels

America’s coolest motels

Over the past few years, there’s been a bit of a motel renaissance. Creative hoteliers are taking rundown vintage motor lodges and sprucing them up with modern amenities without sacrificing any of the nostalgic charm. Here are a few of America’s coolest motels where you can rest your head, retro-style. A motel courtyard with string lights, plants and seating The courtyard bar at Austin Motel... »

How to keep cool in a heatwave: tips from a frequent traveler

How to keep cool in a heatwave: tips from a frequent traveler

With heat records breaking worldwide in the midst of the climate crisis, it’s harder than ever to stay cool on the road, especially in places where air conditioning is sparse and buildings aren’t designed for frequent and prolonged hot weather. But beyond loose clothing in natural fibres and drinking a lot, how else can you keep cool while still enjoying your trip? A close up of a hand holding a c... »

The US’ 10 best historic homes to visit with your family this summer

The US’ 10 best historic homes to visit with your family this summer

You can read an author’s entire body of work, study a president’s legacy, or celebrate the achievements of a civil rights hero, but nothing gives you a true understanding of a famous figure like a visit to the place she or he lived. Their home is their sanctuary for creating their art, developing and carrying out their righteous mission, or simply experiencing life in a setting that influenced the... »

10 reasons to visit Basque Country

10 reasons to visit Basque Country

Basque Country, in case you haven’t heard, isn’t like the rest of Spain. Proudly perched on the northern Atlantic coast, near the border of France, the fabled region – locally known as Euskadi or País Vasco – has its own language, its own culinary traditions, and a distinctive geographic and cultural landscape. From fairy tale-like villages and modern architectural landmarks to world-c... »

Top 20 free things to do in Nashville

Top 20 free things to do in Nashville

Like its infamous hot chicken, Nashville knows how to bring the heat. Even with its ambitious big-city plans, Music City retains the charm and gentility of a small Southern town. Despite its growing popularity, exploring Nashville doesn’t have to break the bank. From the wild honky tonks on Broadway to the scenic hiking trails along Radnor Lake, here’s our top free things to do in Nashville.... »

Top free things to do in Hawaii

Top free things to do in Hawaii

As one of the most isolated inhabited island chains on the planet – mainland landfalls are more than 2,000 miles in either direction – it’s rarely cheap to get to Hawaii, let alone to check off must-do bucket-list items across the state. Yet here in the land of aloha, free attractions, activities and events abound. That is if you know where to look. Here’s our top free things to do in Hawaii... »

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