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Essential books to read before travelling

Planning a first-time trip to New Zealand? Then you should probably read ‘The Whale Rider’ or watch ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ then. At least that’s what New Zealand’s foreign ambassador to the United States, Tim Groser, suggests. Mr Groser...

Life along the river in Bangkok

Bangkok is one of my favourite cities. During a visit in October last year I was lucky enough to go on a long tail boat cruise through Bangkok’s canals – and it was a real eye-opener. It’s not a well-known tourist activity, and I...

Four quirky L.A. museums you need to visit

Los Angeles is renowned for its unique attractions. The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre… these are tried and tested tourist haunts guaranteed to always draw a crowd. But sometimes it’s nice to get away...

Hotel Review: Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

When Maureen and Tony Wheeler created the first Lonely Planet guide – Asia on the Cheap – in the 1970’s, they probably didn’t realise the travel revolution they would start. Years later, their publication continues to...

Everything new for the New Zealand 2017 ski season

New Zealand is far and away our favourite ski destination. It’s cheap, it’s convenient, and the powder is pretty much guaranteed to change your life. If, like us, you’re planning to duck over the pond for some on the ski slopes, here’s everything...

Hotel Review: The Convent Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is one of those destinations that require multiple visits. It’s near impossible to truly appreciate the diverse vineyards, restaurants and attractions of the region in one trip (or two… or five) – especially when...

Hotel Review: Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11

I love a good design hotel. Any property that breaks out of the boring cookie-cutter mould to deliver something new or exciting is doing something right in my books. One brand making waves in this space is Aloft Hotels, a part of Starwood. Created...

Griffith Observatory. Credit: Discover Los Angeles

Los Angeles’ most beautiful runs

Travel and staying healthy rarely go hand in hand, especially when you’re in a destination like the United States where supersized meal portions seem to be the norm. Sure, there may be those super dedicated people who religiously go to the gym every...

Mackay: A forgotten gem

The term ‘best kept secret’ gets thrown around far too often these days, but in the case of Mackay – a coastal city located midway between Brisbane and Cairns – it’s quite fitting. Though bordered by abundant national...

Where to find street art in Bangkok

Bangkok is internationally renowned as a mecca for food, shopping, and nightlife, but there’s a new reason starting to make a name for itself – street art. Out of the shadows and into the light, Bangkok’s emerging street art scene is one of the...