Destinations

If you thought the only things to come out of Taiwan were laptops, toys and bikes bearing the words ‘Made in Taiwan’, then think again. When 16th-century Portuguese sailors first came across Taiwan’s dramatic sea cliffs and white sand Pacific beaches, they named it Ilha Formosa, or ‘Beautiful Island’. This often overlooked island has jaw-dropping
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It’s true, love really does make the world go round. That’s love, not money. And definitely not the conservation of angular momentum. Insert confused face <here>. To celebrate Pride month coming this June and all those extraordinary LGBT warriors out there, we gave one of our Round the World routes the rainbow treatment based on
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An underrated destination that should be on every globetrotter’s list, Taiwan offers a diverse landscape for travelers: a kingdom with stunning national parks for outdoor adventurers, a wide range of yummy local food to feast on, a liberal and progressive Asian society – Taiwan just became the first Asian country to legalise gay marriage – 
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Wonderings: rambles through and reflections on travel… this month, James Kay considers tourism’s final frontier: space © Joe Davis / Lonely Planet Aside from a few forays to France, the furthest my maternal grandparents travelled was Pembrokeshire, Wales (repeat visits to a wind-buffeted static caravan in Croes-goch, if you must know). Just a generation later,
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Louise at the Longshan Temple in Taipei © Louise Bastock Louise Bastock, Assistant Editor at Lonely Planet, recently returned from a trip to Taiwan. Tell us more… When I used to think about Taiwan, the dominant images in my mind would be of its capital city Taipei, specifically the sky-scraper studded skyline shimmering against a
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How well do you know our home planet? © Dima Zel / Shutterstock Do you know the name of the world’s third-highest mountain? Or in what year the euro was introduced as legal tender? Pit your wits against our toughest travel quiz to date – a thirty-question, all-encompassing behemoth of world trivia, with questions taken
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Warmer than Norway and greener than Greenland; as “norths” go, northern Thailand is pretty brilliant. Getting there is pretty simple as the Bangkok – Chiang Mai train is not only cheap, it’s also a . Choose first class and a private air-conditioned sleeper compartment. Go second to sit or sleep, or go third class and enjoy the
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Where will our Pathfinders take you this month? © Alexander Ippolitov / Shutterstock From New York’s stunning street art scene to Siberia’s wild winter wonderlands, our Pathfinders have been jet-setting across the globe and have returned with ever more inspiring tales of their adventures. Check out March’s round-up of our favourite blogs, Instagrams and videos.
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Lauren getting a healthy dose of geometric patterns in Andalucia © Lauren Keith Our travel-mad staff share their recent adventures from enjoying cookery classes in Queensland to exploring architectural beauties in Andalucía and sitting in the shadow of thousands of bats flying out to feast in Cambodia. Getting a fine-art fix in Andalucía, Spain Some
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This time as part of our ‘Local Insider Series’ we asked Claudia, our Brochure Content Executive, to tell us all about Santiago. She studied there for 5 months on an exchange program (there and Paris, lucky gal), eating all the ice cream, drinking all the wine, and travelling around the country whenever she could.  Skyline
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Time and time again you’ve seen friends return from their travels wearing baggy elephant pants you wouldn’t dream of wearing in the US, with arms full of rope bracelets and a great tan, musing about their fabulous trip to Thailand. They tell you how much they’ve learned about themselves, the culture and most importantly, how
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It’s hoppening! From Ibiza’s barefoot Balearic beats to the castaway islands of Croatia or turquoise waters and ancient ruins of Greece and Turkey, summertime in Europe is all a boat island hopping. Here are some of our favourite European islands for this summer. IBIZA Clubbing capital of the world. The planet’s coolest island, not even
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