Catherine Le Nevez Lonely Planet author
Lonely Planet has produced this article for Tourism Ireland. All editorial views are those of Lonely Planet alone and reflect our policy of editorial independence and impartiality. Ireland’s reputation precedes itself, so first-time visitors might think they know what to expect: fields of clover, gabby locals, etc. But there’s so much more to Ireland than […]Continue reading 'Top 10 Ireland for first-timers'
Bridget Gleeson Lonely Planet author
What’s old is new again – in New York and in Cusco, on the beach in Uruguay, on a Venetian island – as historic landmarks are reborn as contemporary hotels. While the interiors now feature futuristic amenities from glass-topped spas to Instagram stations, the buildings’ colourful pasts remain. You can check into the hotel where John […]Continue reading 'Sleeping inside a landmark: seven historic buildings reopen their doors'
Mike Milotte Lonely Planet author
Tehran is the city travellers love to hate, with many avoiding a stay here altogether en route to Iran’s more popular tourist destinations. But as Mike Milotte discovers, the capital’s gorgeous galleries, sociable locals and exhilarating pace give it a beautiful side too. Iranian friends and our guide/interpreter alike think we’re mad, but we persist with […]Continue reading 'Don’t skip Tehran’s unmissable sights'
Patrick Kinsella Lonely Planet author
For many people the mere mention of the word ‘cruise’ can evoke cringeworthy images of forced fun and chintzy cabins, but boat trips can be a thrilling way to see the world – it just depends on the cruise you choose. Feel the local rhythm on a freshwater cruise With smaller boats and fewer people, river and […]Continue reading 'How to explore the world by cruise ship'
Tom Spurling Lonely Planet author
Travel amplifies feelings. Newlyweds run away to road-test their vows and down cocktails in the sun while backpackers fall in and out of dorm beds on emotional routes less travelled. But everlasting love can’t always catch the next bus out of town. Sometimes it is simply time to say farewell. When to drop that bomb […]Continue reading 'Breaking up isn’t hard to do (if you’re in the right place)'
Rana Freedman Lonely Planet author
California is blessed with an abundance of geothermic activity and its mineral waters have been appreciated by those who have lived here for thousands of years. Over time, infrastructure has developed around many sites and as a result you’ll find resorts throughout the state with very different characters and facilities, from hippy enclaves to family-friendly […]Continue reading 'Getting hot and steamy in Northern California'
Matt Phillips Lonely Planet author
The white beaches and azure waters along Kenya’s coastline have long put smiles on visitors’ faces. There are fewer smiles today, but only because there are fewer faces – terrorist attacks in Nairobi, Mombasa and remote areas of the north coast have unfortunately had an impact on tourism everywhere. Yet most of the coast is […]Continue reading 'Is now a good time to visit Kenya’s coast?'
admin Lonely Planet author
Love is universal, yes – but romance takes an astonishing array of forms around the world. We scoured our travel guides and picked our writers’ brains to uncover some of the world’s most fascinating dating, love and marriage customs, from sweet to downright sinister. If you’ve never wooed your beloved with a spoon, won your […]Continue reading 'Thirty-five incredible love and marriage customs of the world'
Rachel Berg Lonely Planet author
A Hawaiian honeymoon has all the storybook ingredients to make couples swoon: sherbet-colored sunsets, songbird serenades and palm-tree hammocks shimmying in the trade winds. But the island of Maui has more than a few surprises up its aloha-shirted sleeve, with something unique to offer every type of couple, be you food lovers, thrill-seekers or […]Continue reading 'An island of sweet surprises: Maui for honeymooners'
Andy Symington Lonely Planet author
An emerald shore receding behind, a sea breeze in your face, a dolphin surfing the bow wave as escort. The magic begins as soon as you board the ferry from Scotland’s rugged west coast and head for the Hebrides, a scattering of over 50 inhabited islands that takes in the stirring mountainscapes of Skye and […]Continue reading 'The Hebrides: Scotland’s magical western islands'