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Oaxaca, gourmet heart of Mexico

Sarah Gilbert Lonely Planet author

Mole is one of Oaxaca's traditional dishes, made with up to 40 different ingredients. Image by Sarah Gilbert / Lonely Planet

Mexican cuisine is so good it’s on Unesco’s cultural heritage list. And while you can eat well across the entire country, the top place to sample the best of Mexico’s food is the state of Oaxaca (pronounced wa-ha-ca). From the Sierra Norte Mountains to its wild coastline, Oaxaca is a mix of cultures and traditions […]

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Short break in Bangkok: 3 tailored itineraries

Brian Spencer Lonely Planet author

The reclining Buddha, Wat Pho, Bangkok. Image by Austin Bush

Bangkok has a reputation as an intimidating city. So much so that many travellers decide to give it a miss – or at least short shrift – en route to the islands or up north. But if you’ve got a day or two to spare, we strongly recommend stopping by to get a taste of […]

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Lapland beyond Santa: culture and wilderness in northern Finland

Kerry Christiani Lonely Planet author

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There’s more to Finnish Lapland than Santa encounters, as Lonely Planet author Kerry Christiani found when she headed 500km north of the Arctic Circle, discovering a Christmas card scene of frozen lakes and boreal forest, reindeer-driven sleighs and snow that lies deep and crisp and even – all bathed in the bluish twilight of the polar night. […]

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Best things to do in Barcelona this December

Sally Davies Lonely Planet author

The traditional Christmas market at the cathedral. Image by © Turisme de Barcelona

The run up to Christmas is one of the most charming times to visit Barcelona, its streets hung with twinkling lights and lined with craft and food markets. A huge outdoor ice rink is set up in the Plaça Catalunya, a life-size nativity scene fills the Plaça Sant Jaume with crowds, and the city’s myriad […]

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What does Thailand’s political situation mean for travellers?

Austin Bush Lonely Planet author

Riot police, Bangkok. Image by Austin Bush Lonely Planet

On 22 May 2014, Thailand’s military seized control of the government in a self-professed effort to ‘reform the political structure, the economy and the society.’ Nearly six months on, the junta continues to rule Thailand, having formed a military-heavy national legislature headed by Prayuth Chan-ocha, himself the former Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai […]

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America’s best Thanksgiving Day parades

Zora ONeill Lonely Planet author

A giant Papa Smurf floats over Manhattan. Image by Macy's Inc

Thanksgiving: an American holiday on the fourth Thursday of November, for eating roast turkey (just as the Pilgrims did in the 17th century) and watching football. But before all that, in the morning, Thanksgiving is also about lining the streets of major cities to watch marching bands, grinning clowns and enormous floats inaugurate the festive […]

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The Algarve’s wild western coast

Lola Akinmade Akerstrom Lonely Planet author

Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park. Image by Lola Akinmade Åkerström / Lonely Planet

Portugal’s least developed region, the western Algarve has nationally protected nature reserves, pristine beaches, wild coastlines, jagged cliffs, and is home to Europe’s southwestern most point, Cabo de São Vicente (Cape St Vincent). From fresh seafood caught daily by local fishermen and the best beaches in Portugal to relaxing spas, coastal activities, and access to nature […]

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Trekking safely in Nepal

Joe Bindloss Lonely Planet author

Approaching the Thorung La in snow. Image by vetlesk / CC BY-SA 2.0.

Before 14 October 2014, the Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal was more associated with carefree young backpackers snapping selfies and eating apple pie than with danger, but the tragic blizzards that closed in on the Thorung La left more than 40 people dead, buried under snows that swept in suddenly on the back of Cyclone Hudhud. […]

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Australia’s best food experiences: on the cheese trail

Katie O'Connell Lonely Planet author

Melbourne's Milk The Cow cheese bar. Image courtesy of Milk The Cow.

Listen up, cheese lovers – we’ll let you in on one of Australia’s best-kept secrets: the great land down under produces some truly magnificent cheeses, arguably every bit as interesting and complex in flavour as many of their European counterparts. The country’s southeastern states, in particular, are home to a cool climate and fertile farmland […]

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20 free things to do in Melbourne

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet author

Federation Square houses the NGV and ACMI as well as cafes and restaurants. Image by Rexness / CC BY-SA 2.0

Melbourne is consistently voted the world’s most liveable city and Melburnians are quick to tell visitors what makes this city such a great place to live from their favourite restaurants (‘400 Gradi makes the world’s best margherita pizza, you know!’) to the laneway bars and cafes (‘better than Sydney’). But what makes a city really […]

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