Booking a few things to do in advance can take out the stress of arriving in a new place. You can touch down and get straight into the action: skip the line at famous monuments or jump on a hop-on hop-off bus, join a walking tour for an insider's view, learn to cook like a local, or even dive with sharks. With a little planning you won't miss any of the big highlights.
This year has a particularly rich calendar of anniversaries. If you’re looking for a trip down memory lane, look no further.
The hordes come to these places for a reason. Don't hate them just because they're popular or you'll miss out!
So, what is the 'Grand Tour' version of today? The Lonely Planet Discover Europe guide has one that gives a wide-eyed first-timer the 10 best of Europe's cities in three weeks. (Of course, it's OK to take longer.)
The world is full of incredible buildings, but what about those that have become truly iconic, the instantly recognisable ones that have come to symbolise a destination or even a period in time?
Those monuments you’ve crossed the planet to see – they’re big, but are they clever? Well, yes, actually they are. These 10 works of engineering genius span the centuries and are guaranteed to boggle the traveller's brain and leave mouths agape.
Whether you're craving things to see in New York City, or want to explore la belle Paris, a tour is a great way to get straight to the heart of a new place. Lonely Planet's huge range of sightseeing tours and activities gives you choice galore, from elephant orphanage tours to Italian cooking classes.