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As travellers, when we’re not out exploring the world, we’re imagining our next adventure. And when it comes to imagination, kids have got it sussed. To celebrate the launch of our new site, lonelyplanetkids.com - home to all things entertaining and educational for your travellers-in-training – we’ve come up with a creative competition for kids which …

By Emma Sparks   1 October 2014 9:34am Europe/London
#LPChat world food

Join our world food chat on Twitter at #LPChat

There are many ways to explore a destination, but we all know the best way to get to know a place is through stuffing your face, right? Join our #lpchat on world food on Wednesday, 1 October …

By Emma Sparks   29 September 2014 2:53pm Europe/London
Picnic à la Paris. Image by Bruno De Hogues/ Photographer's Choice/ Getty
Behind the scenes • Community • Other

Opinion: Parisian picnics beat restaurants every time

If Paris is the world’s foodie capital, then why is it so hard to find a great restaurant there? Stick to picnics and you’ll eat much better, says Lonely Planet editor Helen Elfer. Picnic à …

By Helen Elfer   19 September 2014 4:00pm Europe/London

We asked you: do you remember your first flight?

Image by Hide/Flickr CC2.0 As travellers, the likelihood is you’ve experienced your fair share of flights. It’s also likely that the magic of soaring through the skies has worn off slightly over the years, leaving …

By Emma Sparks   9 September 2014 9:19am Europe/London
Dawn breaks after a traumatic final night at sea for James Kay and his wife in Indonesia, the scene of a recent shipwreck. Image by James Kay / Lonely Planet
Behind the scenes • Other

Opinion: there’s no such thing as risk-free travel

Lonely Planet editor James Kay recalls his own drama at sea after a tourist boat sinks in Indonesia. There but for the grace of God go I, as the proverb says. That’s what went through my …

By James Kay   21 August 2014 2:59pm Europe/London

NYC vs. LDN #LPChat: the results

Images by Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine   We teamed up with Lonely Planet authors Regis St. Louis and Sally Schafer and bloggers Christine Amorose (cestchristine.com) and Monica Stott (thetravelhack.com) to put two titans of tourism …

By Emma Sparks   18 August 2014 9:10am Europe/London
Blogstock by Seb Neylan

Blogstock 2014: a blogging conference with a twist

Image by Seb Neylan/Lonely Planet [View the story "Blogstock 2014" on Storify]

By Emma Sparks   14 August 2014 12:03pm Europe/London
NYC vs. LDN #LPChat

Join our NYC vs. LDN debate on Twitter at #LPChat

 Images courtesy of Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine Do you heart New York? Or are you more of a London lover? Whether you are a passionate urban native with local knowledge, once spent a glorious long weekend discovering the …

By Emma Sparks   8 August 2014 9:35am Europe/London
Paul and Andrea in the wild in Turkey

Lonely Planet in the wild: guidelines for getting featured in our fan photo albums

Paul and Andrea in the wild at Lake Acıgöl, Turkey. Image courtesy of Paul Barbieri   We love receiving your photos and travel stories, and sharing them with Lonely Planet’s online community. If you’re a fan …

By Emma Sparks   7 August 2014 2:29pm Europe/London
Wield your maps and apps with pride, there's no shame in being a 'tourist'. Image courtesy of Jane Atkin
Behind the scenes • Community

Opinion: Why is ‘tourist’ a dirty word?

After wandering around the block twice to find a charming out-of-the-way restaurant on the promise of bistecca alla fiorentina, I was starting to get hangry. So when my travelling companion in Florence argued he didn’t want …

By Jane Atkin   1 August 2014 10:34am Europe/London