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  Lonely Planet’s experts are constantly seeking out the latest travel trends, emerging destinations and brand new attractions to bring you the best of what the world has to offer. To celebrate the launch of our free ebook, New in Travel, join us on Twitter as we discuss some of our latest discoveries as well as …

By Emma Sparks   22 January 2015 10:54am Europe/London
The surreal colours and shapes of Gaudi's creations in Barcelona, Spain - a highlight for this travelling journalist. Image courtesy of Phil Weller
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Meet a traveller: Phil Weller, heavy metal travel journalist

A notepad, a guitar and the open road. That’s all music and travel journalist Phil Weller needs for his next trip. We caught up with Phil to find out about his travel dreams, disasters, and his …

By Anita Isalska   19 January 2015 3:39pm Europe/London
A cowboy watches a herd of buffalo in Custer State Park, SD. Image by Alexander Howard / Lonely Planet
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Storify: South Dakota road trip in pictures

Lonely Planet’s Destination Editor Alexander Howard travelled to South Dakota in September to check out the state’s best sights. And to see what new adventures he could find. [View the story “The making of an …

By Alexander Howard   16 January 2015 6:27pm Europe/London
Genghis Khan statue, Mongolia Image by Ludovic Hirlimann / CC 2.0
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LP Pathfinders: top posts from December 2014

Ever wanted to escape to the Mongolian wilderness, or motorbike along India’s tropical coast? Perhaps a stint on Bora Bora is more your thing? Now is the perfect time of year to start turning your travel dreams into …

By Emma Sparks   8 January 2015 12:37pm Europe/London
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Lonely Planet Kids: safari story competition

New year, new challenge for your little explorers. Let their imaginations run wild and follow the instructions below for the chance to win a bundle of Lonely Planet Kids books! The Task Imagine you are …

By Emma Sparks   7 January 2015 1:50pm Europe/London
Musician playing a traditional instrument in Jaipur, India. Image by Matt Munro / Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine
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Travel playlists: what Lonely Planet does on Spotify, and why

Travelling involves experiencing a place through all your senses. As much as the taste of a delicious bowl of ramen can remind you of Tokyo, or a photograph of snow capped peaks recalls the Rockies, …

By Seb Neylan   22 December 2014 3:43pm Europe/London
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#LPInstawalk: Washington DC in pictures

Lonely Planet’s #1 city for 2015, Washington DC Washington DC is our number one Best in Travel city for 2015. To celebrate – and to demonstrate why it made the top spot – we sent four of …

By Emma Sparks   16 December 2014 12:05pm Europe/London
Cascading water creates a rainbow at Seljalandsfoss, Iceland. Image by Gary Latham / Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine
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LP Pathfinders: top posts from November 2014

Seljalandsfoss, Iceland. Image by Gary Latham / Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine   We recently launched a new blogger programme called Lonely Planet Pathfinders, which helps us to find the most useful and inspiring travel blog …

By Emma Sparks   11 December 2014 2:48pm Europe/London
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Join our travel tips chat on Twitter at #LPChat

We all have that one friend – the one who snaffles last-minute flight deals, blags miraculous upgrades and avoids pesky baggage fees by somehow packing a fortnight’s worth of winter clothing into a handbag. Or …

By Emma Sparks   11 December 2014 11:01am Europe/London
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Lonely Planet Kids: colouring competition

With school holidays on the horizon and the festive season setting in, we have another treat in store for your miniature adventurers. This month our creative challenge is inspired by wild and wintry Lapland. Enter by …

By Emma Sparks   5 December 2014 10:25am Europe/London