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Belgium: exploring Flanders, the heartland of cycling

David Else Lonely Planet author

flanders cobbles

I was on a hill in Belgium – a country not famous for undulating terrain – at the side of a narrow road. In front of me, some of the world’s best professional cyclists pounded past at astonishing speed. Behind me, a huge crowd of cycling fans roared encouragement. This was Flanders, the northern region […]

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Getting hot and steamy in Northern California

Rana Freedman Lonely Planet author

Massage at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center

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 […]

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Alderney, Sark and Herm: exploring the lesser-known Channel Islands

James Kay Lonely Planet author

The rocky outcrops to the west of Alderney are home to a staggering 11,000 northern gannets, around 2% of the world population. Image courtesy of Martin Batt / Alderney Living Islands.

How much adventure can you fit into a few square miles? When it comes to the least explored islands of the English Channel, the answer is far more than you might think. Alderney, Sark and Herm share many of the traveller-pleasing traits of their bigger, better-known neighbours, Jersey and Guernsey: fine beaches and bays line their […]

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Is now a good time to visit Kenya’s coast?

Matt Phillips Lonely Planet author

Kitesurfing lessons in the shallows along Diani Beach, Kenya. Image by Matt Phillips / Lonely Planet

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 […]

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What’s on in London in summer

Sally Schafer Lonely Planet author

David Nalbandian in action at Wimbledon. Image by Kate / CC BY-SA 2.0

Something magical happens when the sun flickers into the British capital’s sky. Vitamin-D-starved Londoners emerge across the city, parks, pavements and pubs fill with convivial drinkers, and smiles spread across once-tight lips. Summer is prime tourist season, but the atmosphere and those balmy evenings, when the sun doesn’t set until after 9pm, more than make […]

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Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2014

admin Lonely Planet author

Santorini Greece affordable budget

Are you packing your bags for Europe this summer, or still just fantasizing about it? Either way, you’ll be spoiled for choice when you cast your eyes over our irresistible expert picks. While our Best in Travel 2014 already touted Paris’ urban renaissance, Scotland’s many events, and Yorkshire’s charms along with other countries, cities and […]

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Top 10 Maui travel experiences

Ned Friary Lonely Planet author

Admit it – you’re grinning already, even before you step on the plane. It starts with the idea of Maui… the anticipation. With the abundance of white beaches, waterfalls, and waves, what is there not to love? With all this island has to offer, you may be wondering where to start – never fear we got […]

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Six offbeat experiences in Yorkshire, England

Jessica Crouch Lonely Planet author

Tandem bike ride to Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire

Yorkshire is much-hyped of late, but for good reason – the four counties that make up this slice of northern England have so much to offer in terms of scenery, foodie experiences and historical action. Plus, it’s not all about the Tour de France. Here are six offbeat ways to get to know the region. […]

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African safari alternatives that don’t cost a fortune

Kate Armstrong Lonely Planet author

An assortment of animals congregate around a shrinking waterhole in Namibia. Image by Peter ten Broecke / E+ / Getty Images.

The Big Five (buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant and rhinoceros) sometimes elude safari goers in more ways than one. Rates for a five-night luxury safari – including guided wildlife drives, sunset cocktails, and tents with more puffy pillows than London‘s Ritz Hotel - can cost anywhere between US$5000 and US$12,000. But contrary to what many believe, you don’t […]

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The Hebrides: Scotland’s magical western islands

Andy Symington Lonely Planet author

Duart Castle on Mull emerges from the mist. Image by Gregory Heath / Moment / Getty Images

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 […]

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