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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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Just back from… Austin, Texas

Natalie (right) and her cousin catching some rays on the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin © Natalie Nicolson Natalie Nicolson, US PR manager at Lonely Planet, is just back from an extended weekend in Austin, Texas. Tell us more… My cousin, who was living in Austin (and started an online magazine – thefoolmagazine.com – about local artists in Austin), suddenly got a job in New York City. So I immediately booked a ticket with some of the rest of our family to celebrate her last hurrah. We stayed at a…

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Just back from… Canada and the United States of America

Joe is king of the road in Joshua Tree © Joe Davis Joe Davis, Online Marketing Coordinator at Lonely Planet, is just back from an epic road trip through Canada and the United States of America. Tell us more… I spent three months driving 8000 miles from Calgary to New York with two friends. Our route took us to Vancouver through the Rockies in a camper van, down the entire West Coast of America in a convertible Mustang, and across to Boston in a more sensible car (a Nissan Altima). We…

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Just back from… Sri Lanka

Emma on Mirissa Beach, Sri Lanka © Emma Sparks Emma Sparks, Deputy Editor at Lonely Planet, recently returned from a two-week trip to Sri Lanka. Tell us more… My boyfriend and I travelled in a loop from Colombo to Kandy and along the southwest coast, spotting elephants in Uda Walawe National Park, pushing our tastebuds to the limit with spicy curries and paddling in the bathwater-warm sea. In a nutshell… Sri Lanka is home to world-class train journeys, fiery-hot food, an abundance of wildlife and glorious beaches. There’s loads to…

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Just back from… Norway

Bella lapping up her winter wonderland surroundings © Bella Falk Bella Falk, freelance TV Producer and Director, recently returned from a Lonely Planet filming trip to Norway. Tell us more… I was sent to the remote village of Geilo, in the Norwegian mountains, to film at the annual Ice Music Festival. Ice Music? Well quite. It turns out it’s exactly what it says on the tin: a series of concerts where all the instruments are carved out of ice and even the stage is built from snow! In a nutshell……

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Just back from… Marrakesh

AnneMarie soaking up some sun with a view over Marrakesh © AnneMarie McCarthy AnneMarie McCarthy, social news coordinator at Lonely Planet, is just back from an action-packed excursion to Marrakesh. Tell us more… I went with 9 other people to celebrate a friend’s 30th birthday. A three-day trip to a hot climate to look forward to in January? Yes please! As there was so many of us, we booked an entire riad so not only did we have lots of space and a rooftop terrace to relax in, we got…

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