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LP Pathfinders: top posts from January 2015

New York City. Image by Matt Munro / Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine
New York City. Image by Matt Munro / Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine

From the ancient gems of Guatemala to the simple pleasures of Spanish life, our Lonely Planet pathfinders have been busy documenting their latest travel experiences to help inspire your next trip. Here are some of the best, handpicked by our editorial team.

Seven simple pleasures of travel in Spain - John Schellhase

There is so much to see in Spain. But what may strike you most when you visit this country of castles and cathedrals, of Goya and Gaudí, of the Pyrenees and the Costa del Sol are the simple pleasures of Spanish life, which infuse Spain with its undeniable charm.

John lives in Segovia, where he gets to enjoy Spain's simple pleasures. Follow his blog at venture-spain.org

A local's guide to visiting New York City - Chanel Brown

Forget the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Explore New York City from the eyes of a resident. See the city like a local —and get fed while you're at it— with these handy tips.

Chanel lives in New York City and has a weakness for cupcakes. Follow her blog at culturalxplorer.com

Stop and go in Guatemala - Macca Sherifi and Brianna Wiens

With ancient sites such as Tikal, the pure raw beauty of Semuc Champey and the old colonial feel of Antigua, Guatemala is a bit of a favourite for backpackers in Central America. This video blog highlights some of the best things to do in the area.

Macca and Brianna recently travelled through Central America. Check out their videos at abritandabroad.com

Down the rabbit hole in Tokyo’s best nightlife district - Aaron Paulson

Until recently, the bars of Golden Gai were closed to all but local regulars and elite visitors like film director Wim Wenders. Changing times and shifting demographics have opened the doors to many of these intimate places. This small part of Shinjuku has become a unique meeting place for locals and in-the-know visitors.

Aaron lives in Tokyo, Japan. Follow his blog at medium.com/the-big-sushi

Self-guided treks in Nepal - Nick Hewitt

What's it like to look at the roof of the world? Nick and Elle set out on a 6-day self-guided trek around the well-trodden, scenic and low avalanche-risk Ghorepani Trail to find out.

Nick and Elle are currently travelling in Asia. Follow their blog at followmeeast.com

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