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Join our Summer Escapes #LPChat

Summer Escapes #LPChat

It’s no secret that we love to travel come rain or shine, but we can’t deny that special summer feeling we get when travelling during the warmer months. The sun shines bright, the skies are blue and the beaches glisten…bliss! So, fresh off the back of our Best in Europe launch, we thought we’d find out where you’re headed this summer (or the next one, for those of you in the southern hemisphere!) with our upcoming #LPChat. Whether your idea of heaven is an isolated beach or a city that never sleeps, summer escapes can lead to the most unlikely destinations, and we want to hear all about them!

So, grab your shades, dust off the swimsuit and join our next #LPChat on Twitter on Tuesday, 30th June (5:30pm BST/12:30pm EST). Don’t forget to bring your best travel tips, holiday snaps and summer destination recommendations as the most creative and inspiring #LPChat participant will win a USD $250 flight voucher and bag of beach gear, thanks to our co-host The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. We’ll also have bags of beach gear for the two runners up.

How do I take part?

1. Follow @lonelyplanet and the hashtag #LPChat on Tuesday 30 June from 5:30pm BST/12:30pm EST.

2. Questions will be ordered Q1, Q2, Q3 etc. To answer Q1, begin your tweet with A1. For Q2, A2 and so on.

3. Add #LPChat to all of your tweets during the Twitter chat, so others (including @lonelyplanet) can see what you’re saying.

4. Bring your best travel tales, photos and tips!

Introducing our co-hosts

The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel

The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

Tourism in Fort Myers is looked after by The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau who are devoted to maintaining and building year-round tourism in Lee County. Think ‘Florida’ and your mental Rolodex flips through certain images. White beaches. Blue skies. Spanish architecture. Lush greenery. World-class shelling. Leave behind the cartoon mice and shows named for vice. In Southwest Florida, that sort of flash is traded in for the pure joy of watching egrets pick across the lagoons and digging Angel Wings out of the sand (that’s a shell if you’re wondering). This is Fort Myers, where pristine beaches and vibrant wildlife combine with fine dining and shopping in a medley that satisfies hardcore wilderness explorers, families and amateur naturalists alike. Follow them on Twitter @FTMyersSanibel.

Valerie & Valise


Valerie is a contributing Lonely Planet writer who is travelling the world, one destination at a time. Based in Seattle, she knows all the local hot spots and recently co-hosted our recent #LPInstawalk. You can read about Valerie’s travels on her blog, Valerie & Valise or follow her on Twitter @Valerie_Valise.

Terms and conditions

Entrants must be 13 years old or over. Judges’ decision is final. Promoter: Lonely Planet Publications Ltd of 240 Blackfriars Rd, London, SE1 8NW, UK. The winner will be notified via direct message and public tweet on Twitter. The winner must claim their prize and provide an address for delivery within 7 days of being notified, otherwise the judges may select another winner. Beach bag prize includes: canvas bag, baseball hat, beach towel, magnet, cell phone charging chord and a Fort Myers LP visitor guide.