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LP Pathfinders: top posts from July 2015

Image by Leo Daly A Connemara pony along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. Image by Leo Daly / CC 2.0

Other-wordly landscapes, a dazzling metropolis and a generous dollop of sage travel advice all feature in this month's Lonely Planet Pathfinders round-up, courtesy of these five wise wanderers.

Driving Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way - Emma Higgins

Emma had only one day to see the Wild Atlantic Way, so despite the awful weather, she persevered. The result is a selection of haunting images that depict the raw beauty of Ireland.

UK-born Emma is spending 2015 exploring the British Isles. Follow her blog at gottakeepmovin.com

Real life Middle Earth locations - Amanda Williams

Did Tolkien give you the travel bug? He certainly inspired Amanda, who travelled to New Zealand after falling in love with The Lord of the Rings. Here's how to see some of the fantastical locations in real life.

Amanda is a small-town Ohio girl with big travel dreams. Follow her blog at dangerous-business.com

Pros and cons of travel with kids - Christine Knight

Travelling with children can be incredible, but it can also be exhausting... Is it worth it? Christine shares her honest pros and cons of hitting the road with little ones.

Christine is a travel-loving mum living in Sydney with her husband and three-year-old daughter. Follow her blog at christineknight.me

Volunteering: a viewpoint - Bethen Hodges

Volunteering is a tricky subject to tackle for travellers. Bethen does a good job of explaining her views on the matter, and offers some advice based on her personal experiences.

Ex-pat Bethen made the move from Wales to New Zealand in 2014. Follow her blog at howthemind-wanders.blogspot.co.uk

Tokyo: a neighbourhood guide - Yasmine Awwad

Tokyo is a big place, so it helps to break it down into neighbourhoods and tackle them one by one. Yasmine shares her thoughts and photos of each to help you craft your own itinerary.

Yasmine is a food-loving traveller currently galavanting around Europe. Follow her blog at peekingduck.co.

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