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Lonely Planet

October 2019

Feed your love of travel with award-winning Lonely Planet. Inside you'll find topical ideas for easy inspirational weekend breaks and more adventurous experiences to try out, helped by the insider knowledge of Lonely Planet's many experts around the world. You'll be taken on a journey through words and beautiful photography, with highly atmospheric features transporting you to spectacular landscapes and allowing local people to reveal their culture, history ,food, drink and the natural wonders that surround them.

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United Kingdom
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English
Verlag:
BBC Worldwide Limited
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editor’s note

What, for you, makes the best hotel? Mind-blowing views, or the thoughtfulness of the staff? Unbeatable value, remarkable food, avant-garde architecture, or the quality of experiences on hand? When I was recently asked to name the best hotel I’ve ever stayed in, ‘Mashpi Lodge’ spilled out. This glassy Modernist cathedral to the natural world, as its owners sell it, lies deep in the Chocó rainforest of Ecuador, where clouds roll off the Pacific and smack against the lower slopes of the Andes. I won’t deny it was fancy – enough so to have later hosted Giles Coren and Monica Galetti for an episode of BBC Two’s Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby . But what stays with me most is the time I spent walking with Mashpi’s nature guide José…

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rock the boat

Known for an abundance of crystal-clear waters from stream to sea, Florida is a fine place to try out the latest active trend – transparent kayaking. At Rock Springs (pictured) you might see turtles, otters or alligators from your window seat, and Get Up and Go Kayaking offers tours all over the Sunshine State. Try spotting manatees along Crystal River, or a night-time expedition on the Atlantic coast in search of bioluminescence. The see-through vessels are well suited to this water-borne light show, which occurs when a dipped paddle disturbs comb jellyfish and certain plankton. From £45 for a 90-minute trip; getupandgokayaking.com PHOTOGRAPHS: JUSTIN BUZZI, BORROW A BOAT…

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new trend: boat-borrowing

A slew of companies now offer novices and more experienced sailors the chance to rent anything from a paddleboard to a superyacht. Here’s our pick: Borrow A Boat As well as straight-up rentals, such as in the Ionian Islands (pictured), this company offers packaged trips – from a kayaking adventure in Portugal’s Algarve (two-hour trip £33) to an Icelandic voyage on an historic tall ship (11-night voyage £1,400; borrowaboat.com). Click&Boat With 30,000 boats in the UK and beyond, this peer-to-peer service lists vessels with or without captain and crew. A skippered sailboat on the Italian Riviera costs from around £200 a day (clickandboat.com). SamBoat Focused mainly on Europe, SamBoat’s prices start from as little as £14 a day for a skipper-less fishing boat in, say, France or Croatia. Or try a weekly charter (samboat.com).…

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fresh starts

While users of the Gregorian calendar have a while to wait before ushering in new year, Ethiopia is celebrating this month. Enkutatash, Ethiopian New Year, falls on 12 September this time around, and is marked with new clothes and visits to family and friends. The date also heralds the start of less rainy weather in the country – perfect for exploring sites like the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela (St George’s is pictured). Elsewhere, Jews will sit down to New Year (Rosh Hashanah) feasts on 29 September. China, however, has a bit longer to get its party plans in place – and it’ll need it. Chinese Year of the Rat begins on 25 January 2020, and festivities generally go on for a whole week.…

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have a capital time

Even if you’ve never heard of the Georgian city of Tbilisi, visit in early autumn and you’re unlikely ever to forget it. On the first weekend in October the capital celebrates Tbilisoba – part harvest festival, part commemoration of the city’s founding, and wholly more exciting than it sounds. For a few days the streets fill with stalls selling mtsvadi (shish kebabs) and khinkali (spicy dumplings), as well as the excellent local wine. The latter lends good cheer to the roster of music and dance events, and the party atmosphere spills over into Tblisi’s many new drinking hubs, such as sewing factory-turned-cocktail bar, Fabrika. Find out more at the official tourist board site, georgia.travel; fabrikatbilisi.com…

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in deep

Malta’s clear Mediterranean waters and variety of dive sites make it arguably the best place in Europe to explore underwater – and newly permitted access to eight wrecks will add to its sub-aquatic appeal. The recently opened sites date back to WWI and WWII, and include aircraft, submarines and steamers, all surrounded by reefs and caves. This armada of sunken craft are watched over by Kristu tal-Baħħara or ‘Christ of the Sailors’, a statue secured to the seabed almost 30 years ago and now a popular dive site. Find out more about Malta’s dive centres at visitmalta.com…

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