Celeste Brash Lonely Planet author
If someone asked, ‘Are you are happy?’ what would you say? Well, if you lived in Fiji, there is an almost nine-times-out-of-10 chance you’d say ‘yes!’. According to WIN-Gallup 89% of Fijians report they are happy, making Fiji one of the happiest countries in the world. And what are the odds that a trip to Fiji […]Continue reading '10 reasons Fiji is one of the world’s happiest countries'
Rose Dykins Lonely Planet author
What brings you to the Gili Islands? Are you looking to party and come away with your diving license? Or are you desperate to get away from the crowds? Or maybe you’ve sparked up a holiday romance and are looking for somewhere to escape to together? Fringed by white-sand beaches and coconut palms, all three […]Continue reading 'Which Gili island is for you?'
Steve Waters Lonely Planet author
Lonely Planet has produced this article for Qantas. All editorial views are those of Lonely Planet alone and reflect our policy of editorial independence and impartiality. With a coastline stretching over 20,000km, roughly a third comprising islands, it’s no surprise that WA is Australia’s aquatic adventure capital. Huge, remote and sparsely populated, its reefs, bays, […]Continue reading '11 aquatic adventures in Western Australia'
Tom Hall Lonely Planet author
Bang for your buck and pizzazz for your pound: here’s where to stretch this year’s travel budget until it oozes contentment. 1. Tunisia When it comes to Tunisia, the conversation has moved on from safety to recovery for tourism, and a renewed appreciation of why the country is such a compelling destination. Most travel warnings […]Continue reading 'Best value destinations for 2015'
Chris Zeiher Lonely Planet author
As more and more nations grant equality to same-sex couples, here’s a list of the most progressive, inclusive and accepting destinations that open their arms to the LGBTQ traveller. 1. Copenhagen, Denmark Denmark may be the home of Lego and at the forefront of New Nordic Cuisine, but importantly it made history in 1989 by […]Continue reading 'The most gay-friendly places on the planet'
Mark Baker Lonely Planet author
A trip to the remarkable Curonian Spit that runs along the southeastern coastline of the Baltic Sea is a highlight of any visit to Lithuania. The spit, split between Lithuania and Russia’s Kaliningrad province, extends south from the Lithuanian seaport of Klaipėda. It’s a fragile, peaceful ecosystem of pine groves and sand dunes that offers […]Continue reading 'Discovering the Curonian Spit'
Emily Matchar Lonely Planet author
Sometimes you just want to lie on a beach chair and drink daiquiris through a bendy straw so you don’t even have to move your head. You can do that just about anywhere in the Caribbean and have a fantastic time. But if you’re looking for a less predictable vacation, then St Lucia, a rocky […]Continue reading 'How to get off the beaten track in St Lucia'
Emma Sparks Lonely Planet author
There is no questioning the beauty of Mauritius’ beaches. And the famous powder white sands, which slope gently into sapphire blue waters, have long lured visitors to the island. Yet beyond their achingly picturesque aesthetics lies an island waiting to be discovered: markets hum, gardens bloom, swathes of feather-tipped sugarcane ripple across undulating fields and […]Continue reading 'Beyond the beaches: exploring Mauritius'
Paul Stiles Lonely Planet author
So you’ve heard about Boracay. You’re not alone. In the past few years this small island in the Philippines has ridden a global wave of media attention to become one of the world’s top island destinations. But that notoriety presents a new challenge for the visitor: sorting through the endless options of where to stay, […]Continue reading 'Getting the best out of Boracay'
Emma Sparks Lonely Planet author
Mauritius has a unique identity. Visited by the Portuguese in the early 1500s, and subsequently colonised by the Dutch, French and British, its long history includes an influx of slaves and immigrants from Africa, India and the Far East. This fusion of cultures has unsurprisingly – and thankfully – left its mark on the country’s […]Continue reading 'A taste of Mauritius: the food lover’s guide'