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Just back from: Uzbekistan

Just back from: Uzbekistan

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Megan revelling in the beauty of the mosques and mausoleums of Uzbekistan © Megan Eaves Megan Eaves, Destination Editor for North Asia, recently returned from a trip to Uzbekistan. Tell us more… I spent seven days travelling around Uzbekistan, one of the biggest travel drawcards in Central Asia. I had been to the region before, but never to Uzbekistan, so the aim of the trip was to see all of the country’s highlights in its main cities – the capital, Tashkent, as well as Bukhara and Samarkand – and to learn about its rich cultural heritage. In a nutshell… If, like me, you have dreamed about seeing the Silk Road, Uzbekistan is the country that ticks all the boxes. Blue-domed mosques and incredible mosaics covering the outer walls of mausoleums and medressas (Islamic schools) define Uzbekist
I Still Fucking Hate Koh Phi Phi

I Still Fucking Hate Koh Phi Phi

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Yeah, I used the F word. That’s how much I hate Ko Phi Phi. I was supposed to visit Ko Phi Phi in 2005, but the deadly 2004 tsunami destroyed the island. Thousands were killed and injured on the island. The entire coast was devastated, with Phi Phi one of the hardest it. It was one of the biggest natural disasters to ever hit the country. Determined to get there and wanting to contribute to the rebuilding, I made it my first stop in Thailand when I quit my job to travel the world in 2006. Construction was all over the place, tourists were returning — some also helping rebuild — and the government was promising to make the island more sustainable. Spirits were high. Naturally, it wasn’t like the postcards. The inner beach was littered with coral swept in by the sea, but just outside
Travel news quiz: February edition

Travel news quiz: February edition

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Have you heard about the Welsh capital’s latest quirky coffee trend? © Yulia Grigoryeva / Shutterstock What’s noteworthy about the Arctic Circle’s latest hotel? And which US city has been named the most romantic in the country? Test your knowledge of the latest happenings in the travelsphere with our travel news quiz, featuring some of this month’s most intriguing news stories. TAKE THE QUIZ Get a regular dose of travel inspiration by signing up to our Lonely Planet newsletter.
Why you need to visit these 5 cities and towns in the Basque Country of Spain

Why you need to visit these 5 cities and towns in the Basque Country of Spain

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There is so much to love about Spain it can be hard to choose where to go and what to see when planning a trip. Sitting on the west coast of Spain, undiscovered by most tourists, is the Basque Country, a region full of beauty, amazing experiences, fantastic food, beautiful beaches, historic architecture and friendly […] The post Why you need to visit these 5 cities and towns in the Basque Country of Spain appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
7 great reasons to take the family on a Galapagos expedition cruise

7 great reasons to take the family on a Galapagos expedition cruise

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Leaping dolphins, darting penguins, lumbering giant tortoises, diving boobies, graceful rays and eerie iguanas – these are just a few of the unforgettable sights you can expect to share with your children on a Galapagos family cruise.   The islands were tailor made to provide a diversity of once-in-a-lifetime moments you’ll reminisce about for years to come.   […] The post 7 great reasons to take the family on a Galapagos expedition cruise appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Ketchum, Idaho – a luxury winter getaway

Ketchum, Idaho – a luxury winter getaway

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Ketchum is a cozy lodge-style town beside Idaho’s beloved Sun Valley, which only sees grey skies about 20 percent of the year. Ernest Hemingway found refuge here, as do a list of other celebrities; artisanal cuisine, luxurious lodging and world class skiing reside in this heavenly slice of Idaho. Luxurious lodging Right within downtown Ketchum […] The post Ketchum, Idaho – a luxury winter getaway appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Galapagos: where to encounter giant tortoises in the wild

Galapagos: where to encounter giant tortoises in the wild

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Sure, you can walk on down to the Charles Darwin Research Station in the town Puerto Ayora to have a look at captive tortoises in their pens (part of a breeding program) or do the same again in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal island, and one more time in Villamil on […] The post Galapagos: where to encounter giant tortoises in the wild appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Top 10 things to do in Reykjavik

Top 10 things to do in Reykjavik

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Reykjavik has come a long way since I first visited in 2004. It was a charming city then, but it did feel small. It has now become an exciting and innovative capital filled with art, great food, cutting-edge architecture and loads to do. Most visitors to Iceland are justifiably focused on seeing Iceland’s natural attractions […] The post Top 10 things to do in Reykjavik appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Top 5 astounding places to see in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador

Top 5 astounding places to see in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador

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The rainforest is full of many views that astonish travelers every single day. It welcomes people who want to discover the treasures of this land. Located in the eastern lowlands, the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador is 300–600 meters above the sea level and lies at the foothills of the Andes mountain range. Although its climate is mostly […] The post Top 5 astounding places to see in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.