The Beauty of Two Million Bats: Touring Pak Chong, Thailand

In a country with over twenty-five million visitors per year, can you have a unique experience? In a country you can barely count your own passport stamps from, can you still be taken by surprise? In a country beloved by bloggers, can you share something original with the internet? This was my year of attempting to prove yes to all of those questions, when it comes to me and Thailand. Sure, I spent the majority of my time in my familiar old favorite Koh Tao. And yes, I returned to…

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Best time to go to New Zealand?

You know, it’s going to be great whenever you come to New Zealand, and people will travel here for different reasons. So if you’re coming here to ski, you probably don’t need our advice! Although… for what it’s worth, September is better than July! That said, this is a question we’re asked A LOT, so we decided to come up with six compelling reasons to travel here at certain times of the year. And the good news is, these periods all fall outside of peak season! Autumn Colours New Zealand…

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LP Kids activity: make mess-free tomatoes for La Tomatina festival

On the last Wednesday in August, the town of Buñol in Spain turns red and squishy as thousands of people take to the streets for the world’s biggest food fight! More than 100 tons of tomatoes are thrown and competitors get covered head to toe in the space of an hour. The tomato-tastic tradition has been taking place in the town since 1945. Follow the instructions below or download and print our activity sheet to make your own paper tomato for a food fight without the mess! You will need:…

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A Weekend of Beachfront Charm on Koh Phangan

It was like clockwork: after a little over a month back on Koh Tao, I was itching for a mini getaway again. Nothing major, just a teeny change of scenery to scratch my travel itch. So it couldn’t have been more perfect that I was already planning a weekend away on my neighboring island of Koh Phangan to meet up with college bestie and Alex in Wanderland regular Zoe, who was visiting Thailand with two of her own high school best friends, Mikey and Mikel. As I boarded the ferry,…

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Hike Your Heart Out Koh Tao: The Dusit Buncha Trail

I’d heard the rumors: there was a deep jungle trail that connected the northern tip of the island’s main road to around the backside of my favorite Koh Tao viewpoint. If you look at a map, there’s nothing between the two aside from hills and jungle. I couldn’t find anyone who’d actually done it, just those who knew someone who had and wanted to. It took two different hikes — expeditions would be a more appropriate word, really! — before I found the correct route to connect the two areas.…

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Quiz: what type of packer are you?

Travellers revere the art of packing a perfect bag. Some revel at the challenge; others approach it with a shiver of trepidation. Temperament aside, all of us bring our own technique to bear on this fundamental stage of the journey. Do you obsess over what to put in your bag or case, or is yours a laissez-faire, ‘stuff-it-in-and-see’ approach? Take our quiz to find out what sort of packer you are – and get tips on how to up your game. And if you’re still looking for more bag-stuffing solutions…

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LP Pathfinders: top posts from June 2016

The colourful canals of Burano, Venice © Cornelia Doerr / Getty Images June’s round-up features outdoor adventures in Alberta, Canada, a stormy Antarctic crossing and a feast of delicious dishes from Southeast Asia. And if that doesn’t peak your wanderlust, we’ve also got tall tales of scaling the Sydney Harbour Bridge and discovering hidden gems in Venice. You Pathfinders get more adventurous every month! Antarctica cruise: crossing the Drake Passage during a storm – Victorina Piccio From sea sickness to sewage spills, Victorina’s vivid play-by-play of enduring a class 10…

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Where To Eat and Drink in Siem Reap

I’m not sure I can remember a single thing I ate or drank on my first two trips to Siem Reap — aside, of course, from several gallons of cheap cocktails at Angkor Wat? nightclub. Those trips just had a different focus. But for my most recent return to the city, I couldn’t have been more excited to really check out the local bar and restaurant scene. For us this was less rough-and-tumble travel, more chill-and-indulge vacation. I’ll be honest. I couldn’t have made this list without the amazing advice…

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LP Pathfinders: top Instagrams from June 2016

This month, our Pathfinders challenged us once again to narrow down all of the amazing images we received to just five.  It wasn’t easy but our top picks take us from secluded beaches and desert dunes to urban high rise cityscapes and mountain vistas. Every month we share the most eye-catching and interesting captures from our Pathfinders community. Here are our selections for June. Erg Chebbi Dunes, Morocco A photo posted by Nomad Revelations Travel Blog (@joaoleitaoviagens) on Jun 5, 2016 at 11:09am PDT ‘Every now and again you’ll bump into one…

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Just back from… Namibia

Matt Phillips looking rather pleased with himself after summiting Big Daddy in 22 minutes © Matt Phillips Matt Phillips, Destination Editor for Sub Saharan Africa at Lonely Planet, recently returned from a trip to one of his all-time favourite destinations, Namibia. Tell us more… Much like the Namib dunes at sunrise, my heart glows whenever I think of Namibia. I first visited the country in 2002 as part of a year-long solo overland trip from South Africa to Morocco, and its wonders have lured me back several times since.  Memorable…

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