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Lost in translation: your ultimate tongue-tied travel moments

Lost in translation, or a watersports call-to-arms? Image by Ajay Tallam / CC BY-SA 2.0   You’re feasting on local food, immersing yourself in a new culture, so it makes sense to try out the lingo. But …

By Seb Neylan   11 July 2014 2:09pm Europe/London
Kevin Raub #lpcelebrazil

#LPCelebrazil: week 4

It’s been a record-breaking, nail-biting week in Brazil: the World Cup 2014 semi-finals left the world speechless and the host nation’s pride in tatters. Our on-the-ground author Kevin Raub witnessed it all. Fortaleza Fan Fest …

By Emma Sparks   11 July 2014 9:34am Europe/London
Alex extends an arm to capture his motorcycle-helmet-wearing face against a backdrop of the arid Argentinian countryside
Behind the scenes • Community

Meet a traveller: Alex Chacón of Around the World in 360°

If you don’t know who Alex Chacón is then you aren’t one of the 8.6 million people who have seen Around the World in 360°. At the beginning of his adventure, Alex sold everything he had, including …

By Jane Atkin   10 July 2014 11:31am Europe/London

Join our festivals chat on Twitter at #LPChat

Chhath Puja festival, Kolkata. Image by Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine How do I take part? 1. Follow @lonelyplanet and the hashtag #LPChat on Twitter on Thursday 17 July from 10-11am GMT+1/7-8pm AEST. 2. Questions will be ordered …

By Emma Sparks   9 July 2014 9:23am Europe/London
Travelling in a light aircraft allows you to get a lot closer to the action. Image by James Kay / Lonely Planet
Behind the scenes

Opinion: For a flight of the imagination, choose a small plane

Fresh from a short hop across the English Channel, Lonely Planet editor James Kay explains why a yo-yoing flight in a light aircraft always trumps a First Class seat in a jumbo jet. Travelling in …

By James Kay   8 July 2014 9:13am Europe/London
Football crowd. Brazil.

#LPCelebrazil: week 3

Here in the Lonely Planet offices, we’ve been as glued to the ups and down of the world’s biggest football tournament as our fans have. Our eyes remain firmly fixed on Brazil as all the drama of …

By Seb Neylan   3 July 2014 12:29pm Europe/London
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

#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