Author: Sonu Singh

So you’re made the decision to head to Hawaii. Lucky you.  Now comes the hard part: choosing which idyllic island to visit. Among the larger destinations, two finalists will quickly emerge: Oʻahu and Maui.  Which of these two stars should you choose for your time in paradise? We’ve asked two passionate writers to make the case for why the natural attractions, beaches, food scene and overall vibe give their preferred island the edge. Immerse yourself in the best experiences the world has to offer with our email newsletter delivered weekly into your inbox. Why I’m mad for Maui Amy C…

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All cities and the majority of tourist sites in Taiwan are connected by a web of safe, efficient and affordable transport. That said, there are far more options to go up and down the island than across, because of the Central Mountain Range running down the middle like a spine. If you plan on traveling all over Taiwan, be prepared to use a mix of train, high-speed rail, ferry and bus. Steps are being taken to increase the number of electric vehicles on the road, most notably through the Blueprint for Net-Zero Emissions in 2050. Currently only 8% of city and intercity…

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Cape Town has a long-standing reputation for outdoor activities, thanks to its chain of mountains overlooking an equally beautiful string of beaches. Over the past decade or two, this city at the tip of Africa has added gastronomy and culture to the list of its best things to do. Having weathered colonialism and apartheid, the Rainbow Nation’s richly historical city has only gotten more dynamic post-1994, with new attractions joining staples such as the Table Mountain cable car. It’s now a place where you can begin the morning on a mountainside hiking trail, enjoy a seafront breakfast, spend the day…

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Best known for its gorgeous Atlantic coastline and immense cultural wealth, Ghana is also a great destination for keen walkers. While this compact West African may lack any showstopping hiking icons, a well-organized network of reserves and community-based ecotourism projects offers some great guided day walks in lush tropical settings inhabited by elephants, monkeys and other wildlife – and few other humans. Here are 10 of our favorite hikes and walks in Ghana. Scout new ways to explore the planet’s wildest places with our weekly newsletter delivered to your inbox. Mole National Park has a famously calm population of elephants,…

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From a traveler’s perspective, there are two reasonable responses to the prospect of a long, cold winter: embrace the chill and seek out the most spectacular winter destinations, or follow the warmth, wherever you can find it. If you’ve had your fill of icy sidewalks and overheated buildings, no one will blame you for choosing option two. For US travelers, you don’t even need to leave the country to ditch the scarves and mittens. Whether you’re after a beach escape, a wildlife adventure or a dose of big-city culture, here’s where to find fun in the sun this winter. Join…

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Demi Perera, a London-based travel journalist, shares a snapshot of her recent trip to Istanbul, Turkey, highlighting the best things to do, experience and eat.   In a previous career as a fashion buyer, I traveled to Istanbul for work several times where prolonged meetings, dinners, and emails were the norm. At fleeting moments of respite, the backdrop of Istanbul imprinted itself on my heart. It remained there unwavering, vast, and vivid. Demi Perera takes a selfie on the roof of the Grand Bazar It was a sunny November morning, seven years later, when I finally returned, armed with more time…

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A mash-up of tradition, technology and creative energy, Amsterdam’s star continues to rise – as do travel costs. Save money by taking advantage of a host of freebies, from architectural jewels and archeological treasures to inventive art exhibitions and concerts. Here’s our guide to the best free things to do in the Netherlands’ spirited capital. Make your travel budget go a little further with insider tips from our weekly newsletter delivered to your inbox. Amsterdam’s canals are a feat of engineering from the Dutch Golden Age © InnervisionArt / Shutterstock 1. Wander through the “living museum” of Amsterdam’s Canal Ring Roaming…

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So much of the beauty of New York State isn’t just in its landmark attractions, but rather in the in-betweens – like the foliage blanketing the rolling hills in the Catskills, the serene stillness of the waters in the Finger Lakes and the silent strength of the peaks of the Adirondacks. While these five road trip itineraries showcase some of the Empire State’s best sites – from museums and beaches to art parks and nature centers – remember that here, the experience truly lies in the journey and the little gems you’ll witness outside your car window.  Squeeze every moment…

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Manhattan’s concrete jungle may get New York’s marquee treatment, but the state’s natural beauty lies outside of the five boroughs. Many regions of the Empire State have picturesque natural wonders, ideal for stunning and memorable hikes.  Whether it’s pathways around famous bodies of water, like the 11 Finger Lakes or the 2173-acre Lake Placid, or through some of the most notable peaks, like the Adirondacks in the northeast and Catskills in the southeast, the Empire State’s trails offer everything from gorgeous waterfalls to dramatic gorges and beautiful scenery every step in between, stretching from Long Island’s east end to the Niagara…

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Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto is one of Canada’s most exciting cities. Shining skyscrapers, diverse neighborhoods, and even some lakeside beaches – there’s plenty to keep you busy in the capital of Ontario.  The best part? Despite Toronto being an expensive city, there is quite a lot you can experience for absolutely nothing. Here’s our list of the top things to do in Toronto for free. Make your travel budget go a little farther with insider tips from our weekly newsletter delivered to your inbox. 1. Photograph Graffiti Alley Like many major cities, Toronto has a debate…

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Hailing a taxi may be an easier way to travel around the island, but nothing provides a peek into Bajan culture quite like hopping on a city bus.  Barbados has one of the most comprehensive and user-friendly public transport networks in the Caribbean. With modern, electric government-run buses, always entertaining private buses and minivans, and a B$3.50 (US$1.75) price tag, using public transit certainly has its advantages.  Get more travel inspiration, tips and exclusive offers sent straight to your inbox with our weekly newsletter. If you’re willing to walk a little, buses can take you pretty much everywhere. If you’re…

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Distinguished by three topographical regions – mountains, jungle and arid coast  – Peru is an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts as all roads seem to lead to a superb hiking trail.  Ascending the Andes at a steady pace brings you to exhilarating, high-elevation lakes of an azure hue while venturing to the Amazon region is the chance to view an exquisite array of flora and fauna that are far from the main roads. Finally, at a lower elevation and far less humid climate, the desert coast surrounding Lima’s capital has a few hidden gems to appease even the most amateur…

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Peru may be known as a cradle of ancient civilizations, but its topography also makes it a wonderland of adventure. The icy mountain peaks of the Andes draw trekkers and climbers, the untamed desert coast is lapped by excellent waves for surfers, and for explorer types, there’s the Amazon – a vast mass of wetlands and rainforest brimming with monkeys, macaws and slinky, rare felines. Gear up – Peru is a wild ride! Plan your trip with this guide to the country’s very best experiences. Explore the planet’s most surprising adventures with our weekly newsletter delivered to your inbox. 1.…

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Thailand has a deserved reputation as one of the easiest places to travel in Asia. There’s an amazing amount to see, hassles are limited, English-language signs and menus are commonplace and you can get around easily, at almost any time of day or night.  However, there are a few things every traveler should know. Here are our top tips for making the most of your trip.  Get trusted guidance to the world’s most breathtaking experiences delivered to your inbox weekly with our email newsletter. Rainy-season travel means lower prices and smaller crowds © Manop Phimsit / EyeEm / Getty Images 1.…

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Puerto Rico’s eclectic cuisine – cocina criolla – is an amalgamation of historical influences, from the island’s indigenous Taíno roots to the trans-Atlantic trade of enslaved people and Puerto Rico’s time as a Spanish colony before it became a US territory. It draws on ingredients from multiple cultures, as well as traditional cooking techniques, resulting in one of the most diverse and exciting culinary scenes in the Caribbean. Throughout the year, boricuas (Puerto Ricans) celebrate Puerto Rican food culture in a series of food festivals across the island. The rest of the time, you can sample Puerto Rican staples everywhere,…

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Barbados is one of the most visited islands in the Caribbean for good reason. The newly minted republic is blessed with naturally occurring marvels, a network of architectural and historical attractions, exotic wildlife, a wealth of water sports, and pristine beaches. It’s why favorite daughter Rihanna doesn’t stay away from home for too long and why you’ll keep coming back. Here are the best places to visit in Barbados.  Explore Barbados’ rum history at Mount Gay Distilleries Barbados’ legacy of sugar cane production and the ideal tropical weather conditions for alcohol maturation converge to produce the perfect rum at Mount…

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​Hong Kong is not a cheap place to visit. But with good planning, a bit of creativity and an eye for beauty, you can spend an enjoyable day in the city for very little money. Besides parks, beaches, temples, and the usual suspects, free art and music abound in this sophisticated, fast-paced metropolis. And sometimes a well-curated walk in a storied neighborhood can be as richly rewarding as a trip to any museum. Make your travel budget go a little farther with insider tips from our weekly newsletter delivered to your inbox. So if your wallet is feeling a little…

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Touted for its gastronomy, revered for its cultural legacies and marveled for its biodiversity, Peru is a land worthy of multiple visits – how else would you be able to see, taste and do it all? With landscapes ranging from mountains and jungle to sea, Peru has activities and experiences that are as varied as its terrain. From sky-high Inca ruins to remnants of pre-Hispanic civilizations once buried beneath desert sands, these are the best places to visit in Peru. Get trusted guidance to the world’s most breathtaking experiences delivered to your inbox weekly with our email newsletter. Worth the trek for the…

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While most people think of Anchorage as a summer destination, winter is when this community glitters. The best way to experience all the city has to offer is to act like a local. Fill your daylight hours with outdoor adventures in and around the city and spend your evenings snuggling by a fire- you’ve earned it! Anchorage offers many ways to enjoy the snowy setting, including great downhill skiing. © christiannafzger / Getty Images Getting Around Don’t let the sound of winter driving intimidate you. Anchorage is a well-maintained city with many transportation options. Renting a car is easy and can be…

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International visitors have missed Australia during the pandemic, and with travel returning down under, it’s also an opportunity to connect with the city in new ways. From hosting one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world to its new Indigenous tours over the bridge, return to Sydney and see it from a new perspective. We asked Sarah Reid to map out a way to reconnect with Sydney over four days.  I called Sydney home for nearly a decade, and I still get a buzz every time the harbor comes into view through the plane window on my regular visits…

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Living in Los Angeles is a balancing act between the calm and the chaos. While the city has dazzling energy and a fast-paced beat, a crucial aspect of what makes living in California so great is its dedication to zen. As much as I thrive when my calendar is booked and busy, I’ve come to learn that there’s never any judgment in LA if I’m compelled to cancel everything in order to decompress. It’s fair to say that most Angelenos are bonafide proponents of slowing down and soaking up the laid-back vibes we’re known for around the world. The way…

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One of the last Himalayan kingdoms, the country of Bhutan measures its success according to the happiness of its people or its Gross National Happiness Index. If that, combined with the news of the opening of the Trans Bhutan Trail, has you itching to visit the country, check out Misty Terrace’s idea for the perfect day in Bhutan.  My name is Tandin Wangchuk but I go by the name Misty Terrace. I am a singer, musician, poet and travel facilitator from Thimphu, the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. When I am not performing at concerts with my band,…

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Known as the Nature Island, Dominica (pronounced DomiNEEkah) is often confused with the Dominican Republic. We don’t expect that to happen for much longer. Though historically a lesser-visited island in the Caribbean, Dominica is now served by direct flights on American Airlines from Miami, and Kempinski opened a luxury resort in 2019. Nasha Smith takes you through divine Dominica, in four dreamy days. I’m a St Lucian travel writer who has studied abroad in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Spain, the USA and Wales – yet I always find my way back to the islands of the West Indies.…

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Accra, Ghana is full of energy and chances to connect with both the city and its people. Frenetic, bustling markets, new community spaces like skate parks and creative spaces for artists to gather plus a nightlife with a great music scene, you can’t help but connect with the people and culture of Ghana. Community builder Sandy Alibo and musician Pure Akan show you how to connect with the people, music and culture of Accra.  Sandy Alibo: I’ve lived in Ghana since 2016, and launched a collective called Surf Ghana to empower youth through surfing and skateboarding. I recently helped build…

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Instead of breezing through Manchester’s charms in one day, why not spend a long weekend learning more about the city and the surrounding area. Jemima Forbes maps out an extended four-day itinerary through the city’s creative, culinary and archeological gems.    I’m a full-time travel writer and part-time explorer. While I’ve lived and worked all over the world, the UK is where I was born and where I’ll always call home. Manchester holds special significance for me: it’s the place I’ve lived the longest – and it has never failed to satisfy my food-loving heart.   Why you should visit Manchester Delectable…

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White sand beaches, scenic mountain peaks, waterfalls and rivers — it’s easy to see why Jamaica would be a favorite in the Caribbean to unwind.  But with new hotels complementing its momentum to become a republic, now is the time to experience Jamaica’s energy and spirit.  Sheri-kae McLeod takes the stress out of planning and shows you how to unwind in Jamaica in four days.    I’ve been a travel writer for over seven years, focusing mainly on Caribbean destinations. I’m what Jamaicans call a “dry-land tourist“ – someone living in Jamaica who spends her time exploring the island. Although I…

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Lima, Peru is a gastronomical delight centuries in the making. Best known for its cevicherías and Pisco cocktails, Lima is the place for fresh seafood, exploring Peruvian cuisine and so much more. Chef Ricardo Martins shows you the culinary wonders of the city.  I’m the chef and owner of Siete Restaurante in the Barranco district of Lima, Peru. We serve contemporary Peruvian cuisine made from local produce, and with a fun, global perspective on food. (If you stop by, try our short ribs, scallops or cheese tart.)  Before I became a chef, I studied anthropology and music. I love hunting…

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Much-loved by European visitors for decades, laid-back Malta is attracting more visitors from around the world, beckoned by its prehistoric temples, fantastic scuba diving and buzzy Valletta, its beautiful capital. We asked Brett Atkinson to craft a four-day itinerary designed to help unwind on this European island.  Spending a month exploring Malta’s multiple layers of history, culture and cuisine for the Lonely Planet guidebook was my third visit to the island nation. One of the Mediterranean’s most fascinating destinations will always be a favorite travel memory.    Why visit Malta  At the heart of Mediterranean Europe, Malta is one of…

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Don’t sleep on the food scene in Kuala Lumpur. This Asian metropolis is one for the senses including your palate. Food stall-lined streets, markets with delicious snacks, and a lively nightlife scene put this Malaysian capital city on our list for places to eat. We asked Kuala Lumpur-based food writer Yi Jun Loh to show you what to see and eat in Malaysia’s capital city if you have just one day.  Hi, I’m Jun. I’ve been living and breathing food in Kuala Lumpur – the capital of my Malaysian motherland – for all of my 30 years. I write about…

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Rejuvenated and forward-looking, this stunningly beautiful Central American country has momentum building that landed it a spot in our Learn category.  El Salvador’s idyllic beaches are catching the attention of professional surfers from around the world as it works hard to establish itself as Surf City. The country is quietly becoming the place where those in the know come to catch waves and hone their surfing skills. There’s so much to learn about this country. Lonely Planet guidebook author Paige R. Penland plans out your four-day getaway to its coastal waters, quaint towns and volcanoes. I’ve visited El Salvador a…

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Known as the Land of Enchantment,  the state of New Mexico in the southwestern United States,  lives up to its nickname. Home to 23 native tribes, this is an ideal spot to learn about indigenous culture, art and music while also enjoying the food and natural beauty of the American Southwest. ShanDien Sonwai LaRance shows you how to learn about her culture and ancestral home of New Mexico, USA.    My name is ShanDien Sonwai LaRance and I am a Native American hoop dancer from the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo of the Eight Northern Pueblos of New Mexico. My tribal affiliations…

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Few places can you start your day in the mountains and end it at the sea. Albania’s natural beauty will take your breath away – and you’ll have far more of it to yourself than neighboring Greece.  That space could win it a spot on our Best in Travel list to unwind, but when you hiking through its mountains you’ll no doubt have more time to connect with the people who live there along the way. We asked mountain expert and writer Stuart Butler to give us a four-day itinerary in Albania’s Accursed Mountains.  I’ve been a travel writer, guidebook…

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With improved airlinks on the way, it should be easier than ever to get to this diverse South American country in 2023. Enhanced access will catapult Montevideo’s laid-back beaches and under-the-radar food and wine scene will top travel wish lists.  Lola Méndez takes you on a four-day culinary adventure, eating your way through South America’s secret foodie destination. I’m a dual Uruguayan-American citizen and travel journalist who has been on the road full time for over seven years, visiting nearly 80 countries. Yet Uruguay will always be home. I’ve written about Uruguay’s delights for USA Today, Refinery29, Wine Enthusiast and…

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Located at the tip of northern Kyūshū, friendly and sunny Fukuoka has a coastal location on a bustling trading route that has historically made it a popular choice to visit in Japan.  But Fukuoka landed on the Best in Travel list for its mouthwatering culinary options, from the incredible mobile food scene to, of course, the internationally renowned Hakata ramen. We think food lovers will find Fukuoka an exciting addition to their must-travel list.  Stephen Lyman shows you where to go if you have four days in Fukuoka.  On my first visit to Fukuoka from New York, I thought, “I want…

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Along with being an accessibility-friendly destination that’s also doing a lot for sustainability, Manchester has some exciting things happening in 2023. The Manchester Museum is getting a major renovation, the Manchester Jewish Museum is expanding and historic Castlefield Viaduct is being transformed into a green walking trail.  We asked Jemima Forbes to craft a one-day itinerary to learn more about Manchester. I’m a full-time travel writer and part-time explorer. While I’ve lived and worked all over the world, the UK is where I was born and where I’ll always call home. Manchester holds special significance for me: it’s the place…

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The beauty of Nova Scotia, Canada, can’t be confined to one town. The best way to experience the postcard-perfect communities that dot its shores is by taking a journey, driving between seaside villages. Dean Petty takes you on a journey through his Nova Scotia.    My name is Dean Petty and I feel extremely lucky to call Nova Scotia home. I originally moved here for university 18 years ago, and it immediately felt like I belonged here. After bouncing my way through a surfing career and various odd jobs, I now own a few small businesses including a coffee roastery,…

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With improved airlinks on the way, it should be easier than ever to get to this diverse South American country in 2023. Enhanced access will catapult Montevideo’s laid-back beaches and under-the-radar food and wine scene will top travel wish lists.  Lola Méndez takes you on a four-day culinary adventure, eating your way through South America’s secret foodie destination. I’m a dual Uruguayan-American citizen and travel journalist who has been on the road full time for over seven years, visiting nearly 80 countries. Yet Uruguay will always be home. I’ve written about Uruguay’s delights for USA Today, Refinery29, Wine Enthusiast and…

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White water rafting in the summer and skiing in the winter, Idaho could be a great adventure destination for our Best in Travel list. And if adventure is what brings you to Boise, we won’t fault you. But it’s this mid-sized city’s year-round natural beauty, combined with terroir and culinary scene, that landed it on our 2023 list for best places to connect.  Lonely Planet asked local writer Lex Nelson to recommend how you should map out your perfect day in her hometown.  I’m not quite a Boise native – but I’ve called the city home since 2004, and have been…

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Located on the Elbe River in Saxony, Dresden’s story is one of rebirth. Allied bombing leveled the city in 1945, but in the decades since the end of the war, renovations have restored the historical core into the vibrant city it was in the 18th century.  Dresden’s urban rebirth continues in 2023 with a second phase of renovations of the Altmarkt (central square) to include more accessibility and climate protection measures. The project is set to reopen in time for the 2023 Striezelmarkt, one of the oldest and largest Christmas markets.  Seema Prakash fell so in love with the city…

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From street food to fine dining, you could spend several days eating your way through Kuala Lumpur’s dazzling food scene. And if you have a bit more time, it’s well worth it to savor this city.  Yi Jun Loh offers an extended version of his one-day itinerary for those looking to spend a little more time in Malaysia’s capital sightseeing, shopping and eating all the street food possible Hi, I’m Jun. I’ve been living and breathing food in Kuala Lumpur – the capital of my Malaysian motherland – for all of my 30 years. I write about Asian food for publications…

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Road trip on an island nation? That’s right. These pint-sized road trips pack a full dose of Bahamian culture at each stop. A visit to the Bahamas puts travelers in a Caribbean dream. The country comprises some 700 individual islands, and accordingly, beaches, water sports and sprawling resorts are the main attractions. But those looking for a deeper dive into Bahamian culture and North American history would do well to hit the road.  Scout new ways to explore the planet’s wildest places with our weekly newsletter delivered to your inbox. Stepping outside of the all-inclusive resort and onto the open…

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The best travel advice comes from the people who have done it all before. In this series, we ask well-traveled experts to share their memorable travel experiences. Chef Noor Murad is described as ‘Bahrain-made, New York-trained’ by her mentor and co-author, Yotam Ottolenghi. She has worked in his test kitchen since 2016, and their latest book, Extra Good Things, features recipes showing simple steps to turn an easy weekday dinner into something special. Here she shares her travel and food passions with Lonely Planet.   The last trip I took was to New York for work with Yotam for our book promotion. I took…

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Do you love music, culture, gastronomy and sport, or just laying back on a stunning beach in the tropical sunshine? If so, Barbados will tick all your checkboxes and then some. This lush tropical island at the southern end of the Caribbean has everything you’d expect from a Caribbean island and then some. If fun-filled festivals are your jam, you’ll find plenty on the cultural calendar during the peak season from mid-December to mid-April. But for more laid-back travelers drawn here by the lure of carefree beach days and relaxed exploring inland, the two shoulder seasons from mid-April to June…

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Look at Thailand on a map – the country resembles an elephant’s head. Stretching for more than 1000 miles (1610km) from Chiang Rai in the north (our Babar’s right ear) to Narathiwat in the south (the trunk’s end), there’s plenty of jungle, road and shoreline for travelers to cover. Fortunately, the country’s excellent, integrated transport system makes it easy to get around. From quick, convenient flights to affordable train rides and comfortable overnight buses, here’s how to make getting around Thailand an utter breeze. Get local insight on destinations all over the world with our weekly newsletter delivered to your…

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If the landscapes of each US state had their own Miss America–style competition, California would be a serious contender for the crown. Traversing a dramatic coastline, sky-high granite peaks, cascading waterfalls, the world’s tallest trees, translucent blue lakes and desert oases, this state’s eye-popping hikes offer such variety that choosing favorites feels ridiculous. But we’ve done just that. Scout new ways to explore the planet’s wildest places with our weekly newsletter delivered to your inbox. We’ve covered some popular trails but also a few that lead adventurers away from the crowds and into the wilderness, where experiences with diverse habitats…

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Do you know when you want to travel but just can’t decide where? We’re here to break down the best places to go in each month of the year so you can find the perfect travel experience for you.  As we look forward to 2023, 365 days of epic adventures, cultural experiences, foodie forays and wondrous wildlife encounters stretch out before us. But it can be hard to know exactly where to kickstart the year of travel.  Whether you’re looking for inspiration or information, Lonely Planet has done the legwork for you, answering the travelers’ perennial question: where to go…

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A sizzling strip of coastal desert. Endless snow-capped Andean summits. A humid expanse of rainforest mazed by mighty rivers. These three types of terrain form a triumvirate of totally different climates, ensuring every time of year is a great time to go to Peru.   This is a tradition-entrenched, festival-focused land, with at least one vibrant celebration a week to add color to your trip. Whether you’re a city-lover stopping in the famous foodie capital of Lima or an adventurer heading for the Inca Trail, you’ll find what you need to plan your perfect Peru vacation here. June to August is the best time…

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If you’re looking for a new festival experience, you’re going to need a guide. Here, Lonely Planet writer Sasha Brady explains why France’s long-running Rencontres Trans Musicales music festival is worth traveling for and why you should make it happen. France’s Recontres Trans Musicales has become a December tradition for me. I’ve been every year since 2016 (bar 2020), and it’s a cherished winter experience; a festive city break and laid-back music festival rolled into one. I always come away from the festival feeling like I’ve discovered something special, and every year, I try to encourage more friends and family…

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In this series, Lonely Planet’s team of writers and editors answers your travel problems and provides tips and hacks to help you plan a hassle-free trip. This week, Brendan Sainsbury, who has been traveling to Cuba for over 25 years as both a guide and a guidebook writer, shares his top tips on currency in the country.  Question: Hi, I am traveling from the UK to Cuba for the first time, which currency should I take? Brendan Sainsbury: Money continues to be the trickiest question for travelers contemplating a trip to Cuba with the situation changing regularly. A quick recap. Cuba…

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It’s been over a century since Thailand’s first train line – a scant 50 miles linking Bangkok and the former royal capital of Ayuthaya – was completed. Tracks have since been extended to most of the country, and while train travel has almost entirely been superseded by bus and air, scenic railway routes and sleeper trains remain one of the best ways to see the country. Even the Thai government can see the potential in railways again. There’s talk of high-speed rail lines, and Bangkok’s shiny new Bang Sue Grand Station is (allegedly) Southeast Asia’s largest rail hub. For now, Thailand’s…

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As every skier knows, there’s something more fearsome than even the iciest cliff face: the cost of a ski trip. On everyone’s mind is Europe’s looming energy crisis this winter, already impacting ski resorts. Expect prices to increase as energy costs surge, along with trimming services like powering down select chair lifts and slowing down chair lifts to conserve usage.  A week’s lift pass in major European resorts can cost around €300, with some rising to even dizzier heights. Add accommodation fees and the breathtaking prices for bog-standard burgers and flat beer and it’s enough to send shivers down your spine. Could…

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A small country that’s big on hospitality, ancient history and culture – with numerous Unesco World Heritage sites – Jordan offers endless opportunities for adventure. From afar, it’s often unfairly lumped in with regional conflict and, as such, overlooked by timid travelers. But in reality, it’s a welcoming and peaceful destination not to be missed. Don’t hesitate to book your trip, pack your bags and check out these things all first-time visitors should know before they travel to Jordan. Make the most out of every adventure with help from our weekly newsletter delivered to your inbox. Even before you leave Jordan,…

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With its pulsing, modern cities, beautiful rural landscapes and world-renowned cuisine, Japan is one of the top stops for travelers seeking a fully immersive Asian experience. And there’s good news: travelers dreaming of a long-awaited trip to Japan need wait no longer – independent travel into the country resumed as of October 11, 2022. After establishing some of the world’s strictest border control policies during COVID-19, Japan has finally opened visa-free travel for visitors from most countries. In the new reality, a bit of pre-trip paperwork will smooth the way for travelers entering Japan. Read on for a rundown of…

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There are many reasons to put Jordan on your travel wish list.  Beyond the well-known (and justly famous) cliff-carved city of Petra, visitors here can the explore friendly villages and forested trails of Jordan’s north, the ancient ruins in Amman and the mind-bending Mars-like desertscapes of Wadi Rum. Jordan is a fabulous destination for travelers with an adventurous spirit and an interest in Arab history and culture.  The intensity here – of the weather, traffic and terrain – can be overwhelming for first-time visitors, yet if you let go of your expectations and embrace all that Jordan offers, you’ll likely find warm hospitality…

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Jordan is a small country largely covered by desert, but the weather is not uniform and varies depending on altitude, location, and season. When choosing the best time to visit Jordan, you’ll need to first decide what’s most important to you.  Two of the biggest factors to consider are the weather and your budget. Summers in Jordan tend to be hot and dry while winters are cold and wet, so if you’re interested in outdoor activities, fall and spring are your best bet. Of course, if you travel to Jordan during the high season, you should expect larger crowds and…

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