Lonely Planet Writer

Get answers from the Book of Everything

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Have you ever found yourself slogging up the side of a mountain, silently wishing you had known how to shed a few pounds from that backpack before starting out?

Or perhaps you once wound up at a posh English country house for the weekend, but didn’t know the correct etiquette for pouring and passing the port after dinner?

To travel is to ask questions of the world around you. Confronting the unknown is one of the reasons we do it, right?

The questions that exercise travellers’ minds embrace everything from the general (what colour are the buses in Africa?) to the specific (is that my Timbuktu bus disappearing over the horizon!).

They might arise in the planning phase long before a trip begins, or pop into your head while you wait for that flight, or become a matter of urgency as you bump down a dirt road in the middle of nowhere.

From time to time all of us wish we had an all-embracing almanac, a book that could tell us everything, stowed within easy reach. Well, Lonely Planet wants to give you that book of...everything. But to do so we need to hear the unsolved riddles of your life as a traveller.

Which nagging questions have set your mind aflame while you were out on the road? What brain teasers have robbed you of sleep in a foreign land? Perhaps you want to know how to make the perfect Singapore sling, or find the preferred technique for wrestling an alligator while knee deep in a billabong, or maybe you’d just like to understand how the hotel trouser press works.

It might be a titbit of trivia or a matter of life and death, but no matter how big or small your quest for knowledge, Lonely Planet wants to hear about it.

But what if you have all the answers? Well, we’d love to hear from you, too, so we can help pass on that know-how and expertise to others.

So if you have a question about how to do something travel-related, or know a way to do something that you’re willing to share, please email infographics@lonelyplanet.com.au