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Traveler Tips and Articles Archive: January 2013

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Discover Cartagena

Mike Power Lonely Planet author

It’s hard to remember, on those cold days when you pile on your heavy coat and scarf, that there are places on the planet where the sun rarely stops shining. The Colombian city of Cartagena has skies so blue and cloudless that they look permanently polarised.  It’s a fine spot for a winter-dodging getaway, and […]

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Before you go: immunisation tips for world travellers

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet author

Mystified by array of immunisations and the maze of sometimes contradictory information available for travellers? This basic guide can help you sort through the confusion get you to the basic info you need to know before you go. Immunisations help protect you from some of the diseases you may be at risk of getting on […]

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How to eat Indian street food safely

Sarina Singh Lonely Planet author

'colors - indian street vendor' by utpal. CC BY 2.0

Tucking into street food is one of the joys of travelling in India – here are some tips to help avoid tummy troubles.

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Learn the art of natural navigation

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet author

In this excerpt from Lonely Planet Magazine, natural navigation expert Tristan Gooley shows you how to ditch the compass and GPS and find your way using only the signposts that are all around us. These tips are written from a northern hemisphere perspective – many directions can be reversed for the southern hemisphere – eg, […]

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Too soon? 5 questions to ask when disaster strikes your travel plans.

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet author

Has a disaster ever forced you to rethink travel plans drastically? When calamity strikes, it’s tough to think of yourself. Earthquakes, hurricanes and civil wars cause unimaginable devastation and tragedy for the people who are directly affected. In comparison, your itinerary feels insignificant. But as the dust settles, you’ll need to make a plan. Should […]

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Tips for first-time travel – from other travellers

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet author

Lonely Planet has a bucketload of advice for first-timers (in our guidebooks, mobile apps and on lonelyplanet.com) but one of the best spots for know-how is our favourite and most vocal resource: other travellers on the Thorn Tree forum.

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Buyer beware: 10 common travel scams

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet author

While you’re often safer overseas than you are in your hometown, a few scams seem to pop up all over the world. Repeat the mantra: if it looks too good to be true, it must be too good to be true…

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Keep your cool when you lose your bags

Anita Isalska Lonely Planet author

Ah, that sinking feeling as your fellow passengers grab their bags and hit the exits, while you stare sadly at the empty baggage carousel. Plenty of us have had our travel excitement deflated by the disappearance of our luggage. So when that conveyor belt grinds to a halt and you’re left empty handed, what do […]

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How to budget for a big trip

George Dunford Lonely Planet author

For most of us, budgeting for a trip is like going to the dentist before bingeing on sugar for a few months.

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Top ten experiences in Tasmania

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet author

Tasmania is still Australia, but beguilingly and bewitchingly it’s just that little bit different. It’s compact enough to ‘do’ in a week and layered enough to keep bringing you back. The island state produces gourmet food and wine, and a flourishing arts scene and a burgeoning urban cool point to a positive and vibrant future. […]

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