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  • 11 February 2013
  • UK

In February’s edition of Latest from Lonely Planet:

Surprising Romantic Getaways 

Racking your brains for a gift other than roses or chocolates this Valentines Day? Lonely Planet’s US Travel Editor, Robert Reid, selects six romantic breaks to surprise your loved one. Sitting pretty at number one is Canterbury, made famous by literary genius Geoffrey Chaucer.  Click here to see why Canterbury takes the top spot and to see where else made the list. Please contact for more information

Ben Fogle’s Year of Adventures

The brand new TV series Ben Fogle’s Year of Adventures sees Ben Fogle taking part in some of the world’s greatest challenges, including climbing into a glacier in Iceland, paragliding in Italy and desert buggy racing across Australia. This five part series, which is based on the Lonely Planet book A Year of Adventures, Thursday nights at 9pm on Discovery Channel. Please contact for further information.

Lonely Planet Book Saves Lives

It was reported in the Australian press that Lonely Planet’s book, How to be a World Explorer, helped to save the lives of three children in Queensland recently. The book, from Lonely Planet’s Not for Parents series for children aged 8-12, details survival essentials including how to escape quicksand. Nine year old Vasco Gonsalves didn’t realise what an important read the title would be until he and his friends started sinking in mudflats. Vasco used the advice from the book to break free, enabling him to get help for his friends. He said ‘I got out because of the book.’
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Days out with the kids in Britain

With half term looming and parents searching for ways to keep the kids entertained, Lonely Planet’s Not for Parents series offers up hundreds of interesting and exciting facts to occupy the kids. Not for Parents Great Britain, out this month, is packed with quirky trivia to make attractions in Britain more interesting for the kids, such as:

– Stonehenge: The plain on which Stonehenge stands is littered with other prehistoric monuments. One of the weirdest is Silbury Hill. It is an artificial hill as big as an Egyptian pyramid and about as old. When archaeologists tunnelled inside, they found 4500 year old grass so well preserved that it was still green!

The Tower of London: For 600 years the Tower of London housed the Royal Menagerie, including three leopards, an elephant and a polar bear. The bear was allowed to fish on the River Thames, but it was always on an iron chain.

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New releases:

Australia (Not for Parents) £9.99

Great Britain (Not for Parents) £9.99

China (Not for Parents) £9.99

U.S.A (Not for Parents) £9.99

California’s Best Trips (2nd edition) £15.99                                                    

Central Europe Phrasebook & Dictionary (4th edition) £4.99

Eastern Europe Phrasebook & Dictionary (5th edition) £5.99

Istanbul (7th edition) £14.99

Korea (9th edition) £16.99

Malta & Gozo (5th edition) £11.99

Mediterranean Europe Phrasebook & Dictionary (3rd edition) £5.99

New England’s Best Trips (2nd edition)  £15.99    

Pacific Northwest’s Best Trips (2nd edition) £15.99

Pocket Guide Istanbul (4th Edition) £7.99      

Western Europe Phrasebook & Dictionary (5th Edition) £5.99           

The Best Worst Travel Pick Up Lines

For Valentine’s Day, we wanted to help the lonely travellers of the world by providing a collection of travel pick-up lines. We asked fellow travellers on Twitter and they replied with some brilliant pick-up lines, some that made us blush, and many that were incredibly corny. Here are some of the best (and worst) of the bunch:

@abrrril Are you from South England? Cause you Brighton up my day

@gypsynester You must be from Paris because you’re driving me in Seine

@garrettpalm hey girl you’re looking Varanasi

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Lonely Planet Magazine March

This month’s Lonely Planet Traveller magazine looks to Thailand’s delicious food, white-sand beaches, peaceful northern hills and ancient cities for holiday inspiration. Plus, 21 fun days in London, 5 European castles and Mauritius island life are all explored.

Find out more from the Lonely Planet Magazine team >

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