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Can travel agents make dreams come true?

When it comes to arranging a trip, using a travel agent can almost feel a bit old-school in this age of click-click-book. But what if you could throw your dream itinerary out into cyberspace and …

By admin   3 May 2010 3:43pm Europe/London

Drinks and the city

Travelling and liquid refreshments go together like gin and tonic. Also, trying the local liquids is usually cheaper, and almost always more interesting than getting an international brand. To this end we asked our traveller …

By admin   3 May 2010 12:08pm Europe/London

Around the world in 360 ways

Sure, it’s not the newest way the internet can zoom you round the planet. But it’s still one of the most exciting and immediate. And it takes you inside the doors of some of the …

By admin   28 April 2010 5:44pm Europe/London

76-Second Travel Show: ‘How to be a hobo’

On a roadtrip across the USA’s thrilling (and often misunderstood) South recently, I had the pleasure of chit-chatting with hoboes around a campfire beside the Frisco steam engine that brought Franklin Roosevelt to Amory, Mississippi …

By admin   28 April 2010 2:53am Europe/London

Updated: iPhone guides for stranded travellers

This week Lonely Planet has seen more than 3 million downloads of its iPhone city guides, making them the top free travel applications in the iTunes App Store. To help travellers who were stranded due …

By admin   23 April 2010 8:50pm Europe/London

Have kitty, will travel

For pet lovers, one of the downsides to overseas travel is having to say goodbye, even for a little while, to their fuzzy little buddies. After a while out there, you can find yourself really …

By admin   23 April 2010 5:28pm Europe/London

Poll: Bye-bye American pie?

What’s the best regional style of pizza in the US? Can American pizza compete with Italian pizza? Travelers weigh in on the pizza debates.

By admin   22 April 2010 4:33am Europe/London

Happy National Parks Week!

We’re huge lovers of the US national parks so we’re excited that the National Park Service has waived fees April 17-25 in honor of National Parks Week. Yosemite is just a mere 3-4 hours from …

By admin   21 April 2010 9:49am Europe/London
Heathrow: only sparrows flying

Ash Tuesday

Volcano-related chaos may be abating in parts of Europe, but the problem shows no sign of going away. Yesterday at Heathrow Airport in London it was so quiet you could hear birdsong where normally there’s …

By Tom Hall   21 April 2010 2:45am Europe/London
Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland April 17 by NASA Goddard Photo and Video.

Ash Monday

Ash Monday – and Friday, Saturday, Sunday and for a bit longer yet, it seems. Not every day begins at 6.15am with the phone ringing and a researcher saying ‘There’s a cloud of volcanic dust …

By Tom Hall   20 April 2010 7:54am Europe/London