Lara Brunt Lonely Planet author
Sydney’s gobsmackingly gorgeous harbour needs no introduction. While the harbour hums with activity, its eight idyllic isles are surprisingly quiet. Mid-week, you may even have their million-dollar views all to yourself. That’s not the case come New Year’s Eve, though. Five islands – Fort Denison, Shark and Clark to the east of the Harbour Bridge,…Continue reading 'Island-hopping in Sydney Harbour'
Emily K Wolman Lonely Planet author
Planning a vacation in the US next year but aren’t sure where to go? After all, it’s a big place! For the fourth year running, our travel experts have scoured the States to make the decision a bit easier for you. While Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 covers global must-sees, including Chicago and Texas,…Continue reading 'Top 10 US travel destinations for 2014'
Kate Morgan Lonely Planet author
Pristine beaches, star-studded night skies, searing sunsets and whales splashing in tropical waters are not the usual things to expect on a trip to Japan. But venture about 1000km south of downtown Tokyo and that’s exactly what you’ll find. The recently designated World Heritage Ogasawara Archipelago (also known as the Bonin Islands) sits in the…Continue reading 'Exploring Japan’s subtropical Ogasawara Islands'
Laura Crawford Lonely Planet author
Japan seduces and dazzles travellers with its buzzed-up, sprawling, ultra-convenient big cities. But if you’re weary of crowds and vending-machine-packed streets, get yourself to Matsue in Western Honshū and hop a ferry to the slow life on the remote and fascinating Oki Islands. Newly added to the Unesco Global Geoparks Network, the islands offer rugged…Continue reading 'Escape to Japan’s Oki Islands'
Tom Hall Lonely Planet author
When times are tight we suggest you travel more, not less – but pick carefully. This is where your wallet will smile at the memories for years to come. Greek Islands View of Navagio Beach, also known as Shipwreck Cove, on Zakynthos Island. Image by Dave Porter Peterborough Uk / Photolibrary / Getty Images. Greece…Continue reading 'Lonely Planet’s best value travel destinations for 2014'
Sarah Baxter Lonely Planet author
2014 is the International Year of Small Island Developing States: tiny, remote and environmentally vulnerable spots. Here are 10 that need you – and are glorious too! Palau Snorkelling in Jellyfish Lake, Palau. Image by Reinhard Dirscherl / Waterframe / Getty Images. The Micronesian nation of Palau isn’t formed so much of islands as giant…Continue reading 'Best beaches and small islands for travel in 2014'
Ann Abel Lonely Planet author
This is the time to shoot for the moon: travel further, stay longer, eat more and bring home a lifetime’s worth of romantic memories. Hot air balloons take off in the early morning light over Göreme town in Cappadocia. Image by Christopher Pillitz / The Image Bank / Getty Images. Cappadocia, Turkey The fairy chimneys…Continue reading 'Best honeymoon destinations for 2014'
Emilie Filou Lonely Planet author
Here’s a challenge for you: could you place the Comoros Islands on a map? Named after the Arabic word for ‘moon’, Qamar, this poetically named but little-known archipelago is located between Madagascar and Mozambique. It was an important trading post for Arab, Persian, African and European traders from the 15th century onwards. Annexed by the…Continue reading 'Comoros Islands: tropical charm off the beaten path'
Emily K Wolman Lonely Planet author
You know how they say to unplug electronics and power strips when you leave home, to conserve energy? Well, what ‘they’ forget to mention unplugging is you. When you take that much-needed vacation, leaving behind the digital distractions that pervade our modern lives will help ensure a relaxing, rejuvenating escape. Yet for device addicts who…Continue reading 'Three places to power down your laptop, your phone…and yourself'
- 4 October 2013
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Coasts and islands
Claire Boobbyer Lonely Planet author
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad, Cuba, was built on the back of the 19th-century sugar and slave trade. At its zenith, in 1827, one of the 56 sugar mills in the region harvested the biggest cane haul in the world — just under a million kilos of white pressed crystals. This enormous, conspicuous…Continue reading 'Top 10 things to do in Trinidad, Cuba'