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Lonely Planet November 2019

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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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editor’s note

I recently enjoyed being a guest on the podcast The Travel Diaries (find it on Apple Podcasts and elsewhere), following rather more famous travellers such as Sir Richard Branson, Nadiya Hussain and Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Journalist Holly Rubenstein gave me a cheerful grilling on my life of travels, with our discussion meandering between subterranean encounters with opal miners in South Australia and paddling through the tropical backwaters of Kerala. My most intense flashback came while describing a highly eccentric Lost in Translation style fortnight I once spent in Tokyo – memories prompted by having just read the feature ‘Only in Tokyo’ written by my colleague Amanda Canning for this issue (see p46). Brace yourself for some of the experiences Amanda encourages us to try, among them sleeping alongside Godzilla, visiting…

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signature dune

Autumn on Gran Canaria is hard to distinguish from summer, at least in terms of weather. There is a dip in visitor numbers though, making this prime time to discover its underrated natural attractions. The Dunas de Maspalomas are one compelling example. These 404 hectares of dunes feel like a patch of the Sahara has drifted over from North Africa, just 130 miles away. The colour-shifting sands are threaded with trails to ocean-side bathing spots (sometimes clothing-optional). If walking on sand doesn’t come naturally, there are also dune tours on the backs of more sure-footed creatures (camellosafari.com). Drives away from the coast trace the curves of proud canyons to villages that grow mangos, avocados, and papayas, if you need further evidence you’re not in Europe anymore. grancanaria.com…

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motel moments

The final season of Nashville may have aired last year, but the state capital of Tennessee (and country music capital of the USA) that gave its name to the hit TV series has no intention of leaving the stage. Direct flights from London to Nashville with British Airways are just one sign that the city is drawing interest beyond core fans of the country sound. Ever-more imaginative hotels are popping up, and one of the most anticipated is The Dive Motel. This renovation of a 1950s motel is part of a US-wide trend in finding love once more for these staples of mid-century life on the road. The 23 rooms revel in disco-era colours and mirror balls, shag-pile bedspreads and log cabin-style Americana. While there’s ‘no diving’ at the pool,…

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everything you need to know about… house-swapping

1. UNDERSTAND THE COSTS No swap is free. You’ll pay membership fees for websites such as HomeExchange.com or LoveHomeSwap.com. Many sites offer a free trial, after which rates vary from a $15 (£12) pay-per-night plan to an annual rate, usually around £100–£125. When you join, you can list your property, see available homes, and contact homeowners to request swaps. It’s up to both parties to agree on the details. In some cases, you won’t pay anything other than the membership cost, but occasionally swappers require a cleaning fee, and if it’s a long stay, you may need to negotiate utility bills. 2. COMMUNICATION IS CRUCIAL Before confirming the swap, you’ll make contact with your exchange partner through emails and phone calls to make sure you’re both comfortable with the swap – some sites…

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break away

With overtourism rarely out of the headlines and cities such as Bruges, Barcelona and Venice considering capping visitor numbers, there’s a new trend – undertourism, or going to places that get hardly any tourists, precisely because they don’t. Tour operator Intrepid has responded by appointing a chief purpose officer, Leigh Barnes, whose role is to look beyond profits and improve the diversity and sustainability of the trips the company offers. For visitor and visited alike, it’s win-win, says Leigh. ‘In an undertouristed destination you have better interaction with locals and a genuine warmth that can be missing from busier places,’ he says. ‘It’s also about cash dispersion – getting money into local communities that need it most. Tourism can be a lifeline for rural areas in need of a sustainable revenue…

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If estimates are to be believed, the world’s mobile-phone users will have taken over one trillion digital photos by the end of the year. The judges at the IPP Awards thankfully only had to sift through a tiny fraction of these, and you can see the winning entries online. Among the scenes captured on iPhones and iPads is this snowball-like form in a desert sandstorm at Nevada’s Burning Man festival. ippawards.com Take better pictures on your smartphone • Set the camera resolution to the highest setting. Images will take longer to save and send but they will be the best quality your device can deliver. • Move closer! When you zoom in on a smartphone camera, you’re effectively cropping the image, reducing the resolution and often degrading the quality of image quite dramatically. •…