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7 things I hate about travel

I love travelling, but I do have a few complaints… 1. Too many other travellers. The French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre noted that “hell is other people”. This pretty much covers how I feel about the …

By admin   8 April 2010 6:00pm Europe/London
The Concorde's Lavatory by bensonkua.

Ryanair: ‘You should have gone before we left’

Remember those long family road trips? Inevitably, one of the kids would start clamouring to use the toilet within minutes of departure, driving Mom and Dad crazy. Well, Ryanair has found a solution. Starting this …

By admin   8 April 2010 5:55pm Europe/London

76-Second Travel Show: ‘Is San Francisco better than New York?’

The New Yorker cliche: After college, move to a crappy downtown Manhattan apartment and aim to change the world Enjoy the bars and frantic pace, then gradually get frustrated with your career and relationships Move …

By admin   7 April 2010 1:29am Europe/London

Driving games: road trip heaven or hell?

You’re too old to sing ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ and you’re too easily irritated to play ‘Eye Spy’. When the scenery is about as captivating as sorting rice, how do you pass the time without wanting to commando roll out the car and into a ditch?

By admin   6 April 2010 4:27pm Europe/London
Behind the scenes

Lonely Planet’s new iPad app

You’ve heard the buzz: the Apple iPad is a revolutionary new way to view content. Is this just hype or is it for real? See for yourself with a brand new application, 1000 Ultimate Experiences, …

By admin   4 April 2010 12:00am Europe/London
Behind the scenes

Take me away! Lonely Planet’s new iGoogle themes

The amount of time we spend on computers is often far greater than the time we can devote to traveling the world in the flesh. So how can we use that time to experience the …

By admin   3 April 2010 9:13am Europe/London

Tragic moderator war breaks out on Thorn Tree

The customarily cool-as-ice moderators on Lonely Planet’s iconic Thorn Tree travel forum erupted in an uncharacteristic flame war early yesterday that left community members and lurkers confused, anxious, and uncertain about the future. Showing an …

By admin   1 April 2010 10:15am Europe/London

Truly authentic traveller found in Ho Chi Minh City

While researching for the new Vietnam guide last month, a Lonely Planet author encountered a traveller who has truly learned to experience a place like a local. The author, who speaks fluent Vietnamese, noticed that …

By admin   1 April 2010 12:00am Europe/London
Robot Reid chats with locals in Cuba, cleverly circumventing American travel restrictions
Behind the scenes

Lonely Planet invents iAuth app

In a move hailed as ‘visionary’ by publishing industry magnates, Lonely Planet has invented a new application for Apple’s iPad that will enable completely remote author research. The bleeding-edge application, or ‘app’ (a Gen Y …

By admin   1 April 2010 12:00am Europe/London

Passenger strike at Heathrow Airport

London’s central airport, notorious for its delays and recently hit by a British Airways strike, has ground to a halt for a whole new reason: a passenger strike. As officials struggled to contain the mass …

By admin   1 April 2010 12:00am Europe/London