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Things we're proud of

By admin   15 April 2009 11:29am Europe/London

We’ve been up to a lot in the last few months. And some folks have begun to take notice.

In the UK, the New Media Age gave us a great writeup (subscription required) – the best review they’ve ever had for a website! The Australian Gourmet Traveller has nominated us for a Best Travel Website award. We’ve won an iAward, given out to innovators in the technology industry. Once again, we’re up for a Webby Award. And just the other day, the London Times reckoned that we had pulled out the second best April Fool’s gag of the year.

We’re always pleased by media recognition, but we care much more about our users. The teams have been hard at work making lonelyplanet.com a better place for travellers.

In addition to regular destination and content updates, we’ve been adding new features to our destination sections. Users asked for more recommendations within destinations, so we’ve added ‘top picks’ to our most popular destinations. Now when you visit somewhere like France, India or Costa Rica, you’ll instantly see our favourite places and experiences in the destination.

We’ve also added in-depth history sections for many of our destinations. Interested in the Sukothai kingdom or Argentina’s Golden Age? We have the scoop.

We continue to be excited by the new guidebook ideas coming from users. Last year, Americans expressed interest in getting to know their own countries better. In response, we created a new Trips series. We’re particularly proud of these new guidebooks, as we feel they capture the Lonely Planet spirit beautifully: cultural immersion, close engagement and connection with the destination, and the energy and joy in savouring new places.

Speaking of which, we love hearing from folks on the road. One of the best developments is the high-quality travel blog. We wanted to recognise the achievements of these passionate, independent publishers – so we created the Lonely Planet Travel Blog Awards. Congratulations to the overall winners Two Guys Around the World, as well as all the category winners and nominees!

Whatever your journey, we hope we’re making it a bit better. And we love when you share it with us.