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Lonely Planet’s day of local adventures

Man sitting on rock in front of Hong Kong skyline at sunrise © Martin Puddy / Getty Images You don't have to travel far to embark on an adventure © Martin Puddy / Getty Images

To celebrate the launch of Lonely Planet’s Everyday Adventures we challenged our staff to get out and explore their local areas and inject a dose of excitement into their everyday routines.

From lunchtime art classes to wild swims in Wales, here’s a selection of the microadventures Lonely Planet staff and contributors embarked upon.


Our London office was spoilt for choice when it came to potential adventures, with historical walks, experimental art classes and an evening yoga session at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Hunger for small-scale adventure not completely fulfilled, North Asia Destination Editor Megan Eaves took a tube to the end of the line to uncover the joys of Cockfosters while Deputy Online Editor Emma Sparks participated in a lunchtime yoga class 135m off the ground.

New York

Staff in the Big Apple swapped the traditional office lunchtime routine of sandwiches and social media swiping for a rather suave tour of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan.


The team from our Oakland office took to the streets in search of some of the city’s best street art on a tour led by the director of a local art organization, Dragon School. Seemingly things got a little out of hand...


The guys down under opted for an edible adventure, heading to Melbourne’s weekly Winter Night Market to sample a selection of the diverse dishes on offer from Taiwanese pancakes to West African Acarajé.


Our Dublin office spent an enlightening afternoon learning about some of the inspiring women who led Ireland’s suffragette movement during a guided walking tour.


Franklin staff members started their day with a dose of zen thanks to an early morning yoga class and continued the edifying activities with a tour of Fisk University’s art galleries, led by the curator himself.


Lonely Planet Trailblazer Daniel James took on a cross section of mini adventures that included putting his social media followers in charge of his daily activities (what could go wrong?), while Chloe Gunning, also a Trailblazer, took a day to explore the photogenic Amalfi Coast.

Elsewhere Lonely Planet Local James Pham explored the undeveloped Thanh Da peninsula (just 15-minutes from Ho Chi Minh City), writer Kerry went wild swimming in Wales and author Tim Bewer explored a temple near his home in Khon Kaen, Thailand.

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Itching to embark on your own microadventure? Check out Lonely Planet’s Everyday Adventures for ways to see a new side to your hometown.