Lonely Planet Writer

Take me away! Lonely Planet's new iGoogle themes

The amount of time we spend on computers is often far greater than the time we can devote to traveling the world in the flesh. So how can we use that time to experience the world virtually?

Lonely Planet’s new collection of iGoogle themes might be just what the doctor ordered. Launched as part of iGoogle’s World Travel & Destinations Collection, Lonely Planet has eight gorgeous themes based on our new full-color Discover series, all designed with incredible imagery from Lonely Planet Images.

Shots from the Discover Japan and Discover Italy iGoogle themes

Each of the eight themes has six eye-popping images that change throughout the day to reflect different experiences, times of day, or the mood that is typical for that destination. Japan? You’ll want sushi, a view of Mount Fuji and a walk amid ancient bamboo groves. Australia? You’ll be able to almost reach out and pet a kangaroo’s nose, or soar above the crystal blue waters of Lord Howe Island. In France, you can gaze up at the magnificent glass and gold domed ceiling of Galeries Lafayette in Paris, or find yourself out in the countryside amid bright yellow mustard fields and tree-lined country roads. And there are five more destinations to choose from!

australia4 of the images from the Discover Australia iGoogle theme

See them all here and pick the one you like best. But use caution – with inspiration like this, you might just be booking a ticket before you know it!

Don’t have an iGoogle page or know what we’re talking about? Don’t worry – it’s basically a personalized homepage you can customize with themes (think wallpaper) and gadgets (everything from swimming fish to moon phases and TV guides).

Just go to the Google homepage and click the iGoogle link on the top right corner. In the dialog box that pops up, click the categories that are of most interest to you, and choose a theme if you want. Click save and you’re done. Except you’ll keep coming back to select new themes and travel the world with Lonely Planet, right? See you out there!