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Ends of the Earth: enjoying an escape from social media at the Eqi glacier, Greenland. Image by Anita Isalska / Lonely Planet
Behind the scenes

Opinion: Want to travel smart? Ditch the smartphone

One minute you’re a carefree traveller. The next, you’re treating your smartphone like an extra limb. Lonely Planet editor and tech addict Anita Isalska looks at the benefits of travelling off the grid.  Ends of the …

By Anita Isalska   2 July 2014 3:08pm Europe/London
Community

#LPCelebrazil: week 2

Can’t get enough of the World Cup? Join us on Friday for a Google Hangout on Air with our on-the-ground author Kevin Raub, as we discuss what it’s like to be in Brazil during the …

By Emma Sparks   25 June 2014 2:12pm Europe/London
At the awesome Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland. Image courtesy of Christopher Keane.
Community • Thorn Tree

Meet a traveller: Chris Kean, world traveller, photographer and Thorn Tree member

Chris has lived in all sorts of places, ranging from Finland to Tajikistan. He’s currently in the US. Wherever he is based, he travels a lot. He’s an amazing photographer and has been a presence …

By Jane Atkin   20 June 2014 10:56am Europe/London
#LPCelebrazil, Rio
Behind the scenes • Community

#LPCelebrazil: the first seven days

It’s been a week of unwavering patriotism, organised chaos and intermittent 90-minute periods that cause the world to stop. The FIFA 2014 World Cup is officially in full swing. The latest from Brazil Our on-the-ground …

By Emma Sparks   19 June 2014 9:07am Europe/London
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Behind the scenes

Opinion: Leaving the country? Learn to speak football first

As fans around the globe cheer on their World Cup teams, Lonely Planet editor (and lifelong loather of football) Helen Elfer recalls how often the beautiful game has helped her while travelling. Stick one of these …

By Helen Elfer   16 June 2014 5:15pm Europe/London
Men playing foot volley on Ipanema Beach.
Community

#LPCelebrazil: it’s time for kick-off!

Here at Lonely Planet we can barely contain our excitement about the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off on Thursday 12th June. We’ve got a Lonely Planet author-on-the-ground to capture the buzz in Brazil, …

By Emma Sparks   11 June 2014 10:26am Europe/London
fwoggie
Behind the scenes • Community • Other • Thorn Tree

Meet a traveller: globetrotting Thorn Tree member Alex Banks, AKA Fwoggie

When we asked our moderation team to nominate a member of our online community to feature on Lonely Planet’s blog, they suggested fwoggie. We’re blown away by this traveller’s patience and diligence in organising extensive itineraries for complete …

By Jane Atkin   9 June 2014 9:41am Europe/London
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Community

Join our LGBT travel chat on Twitter at #LPChat

Image of Vancouver by Magnus Larsson/CC BY-SA 2.0 How do I take part? 1) Follow @lonelyplanet and the hashtag #LPChat on Twitter on Thursday 12th June from 5-6pm GMT+1/9am PDT. 2) Questions will be ordered Q1, Q2, Q3 …

By Emma Sparks   6 June 2014 11:05am Europe/London
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Behind the scenes • Community

We asked you: what’s your most treasured travel souvenir?

Ceramic skulls in Chichen Itza. Image courtesy of richard guy. Recently we asked our Lonely Planet staff  to share the stories behind their most treasured travel souvenirs. Curiosity piqued, we naturally turned to you, the Lonely …

By Emma Sparks   6 June 2014 10:59am Europe/London
Kevin swings in a hammock in Alcântara, Brazil. Image courtesy of Andre Maceira
Behind the scenes • Community

Meet a traveller: Kevin Raub, Lonely Planet author and South America expert

It will take a seasoned South America expert to guide us through the colour and chaos of this year’s World Cup in Brazil. But it’s safe to say that Kevin Raub is the right person to throw …

By Emma Sparks   3 June 2014 11:30am Europe/London