November news & releases

  • 3 November 2010
  • UK

>> Lonely Planet tips the Shetland Islands for 2011

The Shetland Islands have been listed as one of the top regions in the world to visit in 2011. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2011 singles out the ‘last untamed corner of the UK’ for special praise, advising ‘adventurous travellers to step this way’.

Lonely Planet spokesman Tom Hall commented: “This year’s picks for Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2011 reflect the passion for discovery that our readers have. It’s no surprise then that we’ve singled out a little-known but beautiful and rewarding corner of the UK as a must-see next year. The Shetland Islands have a huge amount to offer wildlife-watchers, outdoor enthusiasts and culture buffs.”

The book features destinations from across EMEA including Spain, Croatia and Italy. For further information and to see if your region features, we have made our Top Cities to visit for 2011 app available for free on the Windows Phone 7. Screengrabs are available.

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>>Survey finds UK free time is wasted

A survey by Lonely Planet has found that the nation is wasting their precious days off, with lack of money and a shortage of inspiration preventing people from doing more.

To encourage people to grab back their free time Lonely Planet is offering a variety of inspiring, cheap and free things to do across the UK and Europe each week when they sign up to our Seize the Days e-newsletter. To get people started, when they sign-up they will receive a “10 free days” mini-guide, and as more people sign-up all subscribers will receive special offers and prizes from Lonely Planet and Red Letter Days. Start grabbing back your free time at the link below (

The results from the survey are available upon request from

>>Lonely Planet launches guide with BBC Books

The Traveller’s Guide to Planet Earth is the first joint release from Lonely Planet and BBC Books and offers a comprehensive guide to all of stunning destinations featured on the BBC series Planet Earth. Divided into chapters which correlate with each episode of the popular television series, the book includes practical information on how to prepare for your trip, how to get to each destination, what to see while you are there, and fast facts for each destination.

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November releases

We can provide gratis copies of Lonely Planet titles for review or recommendation
Cover images are also available for new releases

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>>Lonely Planet at World Travel Market

Tom Hall, Laura Lindsay and Katie Silcox of the Media and Communications team will be attending World Travel Market. If you would to meet for coffee to chat through media opportunities please contact

>> Free iPhone city guides from Lonely Planet

Watch iTunes over the next month as Lonely Planet is giving away four of its newly updated iPhone City Guides. Today, the Prague city guide is free on iTunes. The London city guide will be given away to coincide with Internet Week Europe (8th-12th November).

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>>Lonely Planet author Frances Linzee Gordon at the RGS

Author Frances Linzee Gordon is chairing an evening of Ethiopian debate, music, dance and photography at the Royal Geographic Society on Wednesday 10th November. The evening starts at 7pm, costs £10 and includes a conversation with Frances, Jonathan Dimbleby and Gus Casely-Hayford, author of the Lost Kingdoms of Africa.

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AMSTERDAM ENCOUNTER 2nd edition £7.99

BALI ENCOUNTER 2nd edition £7.99

BARCELONA 7th edition £12.99

DISCOVER NEW ZEALAND 1st edition £16.99

DUBLIN 8th edition £12.99

MADRID 6th edition £12.99


PRAGUE 9th edition £12.99

RIO DE JANEIRO 7th edition £14.99

SINGAPORE ENCOUNTER 2nd edition £7.99

VENICE ENCOUNTER 2nd edition £7.99

VIENNA 6th edition £12.99

Lonely Planet Magazine: November issue

>> Krakow, Inside out – From snowy walks through to fairytale castles to warming hot chocolate and cherry vodka, both embrace and escape the cold on a winter’s break to Poland’s second city (page 72)

>> The Perfect Trip to Norway – A winter’s journey in the Norwegian wilderness, including crab hunting, sledding and northern lights (page 42)

>> All at sea – The best way to explore New Zealand’s Bay of Islands is to make like a local and get out of the water, from tall-ship sailing to a journey in a traditional Maori war canoe (page 58)

>> Mini Guides – Six free cut-out and keep guides to Durham, Stratford-upon-Avon, Galicia, Bratislava, Tunes and Buenos Aires (page 125-135)

The Lonely Planet Magazine team is available now to discuss the November issue.

For further information or to book an interview contact:

Amy Brill, BBC Magazines Press Office on 020 8433 2208 or email: