In 1973 the very first Lonely Planet guide, Across Asia on the Cheap, written by the company’s co-founder Tony Wheeler, was published. The previous year, Tony and his wife Maureen had driven an old people carrier from London to Afghanistan, sold it in Kabul, before continuing to Australia by whatever form of transport they could find. The book, which explains how to do the classic “hippie trail” or “overland”, via Turkey, Tehran, India and Bangkok, on a shoestring budget, offers an eye-opening and often amusing snapshot of a continent – and the priorities of the young travellers exploring it. Forty-five years on, here are a few of the more curious excerpts for each country. Afghanistan Backpackers still go to Asia to get high, of course. But today’s guidebooks wouldn’t dream of condoning it, and they certainly wouldn’t advise scoring drugs in Afghanistan. But before the late Seventies, when instability took hold of the country and … [Read more...] about ‘Sell your blood… or become an escort’ – bizarre advice for travellers from the first Lonely Planet guide
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Europe has many amazing countries that have iconic cities all connected by a great rail system, in fact, one of the best in the world, and a fantastic Eurail Pass system to get you moving around smoothly. Train travel in Europe is a classic experience that you shouldn’t miss despite the uprise of budget airline carrier. By using the train, you can easily jump from one major city to the next without having to arrive early at an airport and spend time commuting from outside the city. In our opinion, the biggest perk to using trains in Europe is that you tend to leave and arrive to the center of the city, saving hours of commute time, waiting in lines and waiting for luggage. Having a Eurail pass allowed us to discover the Europe many only dream about. This Eurail pass guide is jam packed with useful information that I wish we had known before using our Eurail passes for two months in Europe. This is one of the only Eurail guides on the Web that has been written by … [Read more...] about Ultimate Guide to Eurail Pass Train Travel in Europe
The fantastic new Bordeaux wine museum. Photo: AFP France's Bordeaux has topped a Lonely Planet list off the top ten cities to visit in 2017. "They used to call her the 'Sleeping Beauty', but – though she’s hit the snooze button a few times – Bordeaux is now wide awake and ready for action," trumpets Lonely Planet. The travel guide ranked the south western city above the likes of Cape Town and Los Angeles in its new list, which aims to offer readers the top choices for a city getaway. Lonely Planet's top ten cities to visit in 2017: 1. Bordeaux, France 2. Cape Town, South Africa 3. Los Angeles, US 4. Merida, Mexico 5. Ohrid, Macedonia 6. Pistoia, Italy 7. Seoul, South Korea 8. Lisbon, Portugal 9. Moscow, Russia 10. Portland, Oregon Brilliant Bordeaux. Photo: Flickr Lonely Planet noted that Bordeaux is soon to be ultra-connected to Paris next year thanks to the new TGV line between the cities. It also praised the recently … [Read more...] about Lonely Planet says Bordeaux is world’s best city to visit
France’s Dordogne region recently earned itself number four spot on Lonely Planet’s annual best destinations to visit in Europe, alongside the likes of Venice and Greece's Peloponnese islands. The surprise nomination has prompted the question: does it really deserve to be among the top places to visit in Europe? Or even in France? Having replaced the mountainous Auvergne region as Lonely Planet’s favourite French destination this year, it would seem only fair to explore this rural south western department for all it has to offer. Lonely Planet says their Best in Europe list recommends “destinations that have a buzz right now” and are “poised to be the next traveller find”, rating them according to a number of criteria including “wow factor, topicality and timeliness”. The Local spoke to Tom Hall, the Editorial Director of Lonely Planet, to get some insight into why the Dordogne, loved and cherished by locals and … [Read more...] about Is the Dordogne worthy of ‘top places to visit in Europe’ title?
So many beaches, so little time. Let’s travel the world and track down Earth’s best beaches on the ultimate bucket-list adventure: In This Beach Travel Article You Will Discover: Secluded Stretches of Sand on All Continents Lively Urban Beaches Classic Destinations & Unknown Getaways And So Much More! I grew up on a beach. I live in a city by the beach. I travel to beaches around the globe. I’m a lover of the ocean and the sand; of marine wildlife and maritime legend; of grand exploration and traditional cultures. Yes, I love beaches. Do you? Join me on an exploration of 61 incredible beaches all travellers should visit. Long Beach, British Columbia Canada Resources: Selected (by me) as one of the top beaches in the World on FlightNetwork.com! (not an affiliate link 😉) Kelly’s Beach, New Brunswick Canada Boasting the warmest waters north of the Carolinas, and preserved within Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick’s oceanside gem plays … [Read more...] about 61 Incredible Beaches To Put On Your Travel Bucket List