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LP Pathfinders: top posts from May 2016

zanzibar The Rock restaurant, Zanzibar © Peter Richardson / Getty Images

This month's travel tales and practical tips come to you from off-the-beaten-track destinations around the world. From ancient cities in Europe to azure African coastlines, animal encounters in South America and astounding natural phenomena, May delivers a bucketload of adventures.

City guide to Muscat, Oman – Diana Biason

Oman is a destination fast creeping up on peoples’ bucket lists. And should you ever find yourself in the country's capital, Muscat, Diana’s guide – chock full of practical tips and unique insights – will lead you to epic swim spots, stunning cultural sites and places to indulge in some traditional foodie fare.

This Aussie girl from Sydney current calls Qatar home. Follow her blog at yokomeshii.com

Plovdiv: from ancient city to modern cultural capital – Evelina Radoycheva

Much like the city of Plovdiv itself, Evelina combines a fascinating history with intriguing cultural sights to map out why you should visit this lesser-known region in Europe. This guide is simple yet sophisticated, and the images add a nice splash of colour to the piece.

This traveller has a fascination for the ancient world. Follow her blog at littlebigtraveler.com

Photo diary: the Wave Vermillion Cliffs National Monument – Esther & Jacob

Only 20 people can visit this national park every day, so be prepared to experience some serious feelings of envy mingled with some serious feelings of awe at this incredible photo post. Esther and Jacob expertly capture the colours and textures of this extraordinary US treasure.

Esther and Jacob are out to explore the world, one city at a time. Follow their blog at localadventurer.com

Travel to the Galapagos with kids – Sarah Lawrence

Proving that off-the-beaten-track escapes are not just for adults, Sarah's blog post lays out family-friendly activities, animal encounters and practical advice to help you and the brood plan the ultimate adventure holiday to the Galapagos.

This new mama hopes to travel the world with her family. Follow her blog at thefamilyexplorer.com

A Guide to Unguja, Zanzibar – Hayley Lewis

Hayley’s vibrant images draw you in immediately and evoke dreamy thoughts of paradise. Her narrative beautifully complements these colourful snaps with its informal, light-hearted tone. Highlighting everything from bars to beaches and beautiful sunsets, this guide will have you reaching for your passport in no time.

Hayley is on a mission to prove that even with work and limited funds you can travel the world. Follow her blog at alovelyplanet.com

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