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Lonely Planet September 2018

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

The late Bruce Chatwin, author of In Patagonia and one of the most influential figures in our niche world of travel writing, had a theory that humans are instinctively nomadic. After reading through the pages of this issue, I’m seeing evidence to support his idea: humans happily meander all over place in our major features. You’ll find them boarding the Rocky Mountaineer rail service to embark on a dramatic wilderness-ogling journey, departing from Vancouver, Canada (p86). They take to the road to follow the banks of a river – the mighty Mississippi – in search of the music and literature at the heart of the culture of the USA (p76). And they swap between light aircraft, Landcruisers and foot to observe – as our distant ancestors also would have –…

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old havana, cuba

SUNSET BOULEVARD ‘If you only do one thing when you come to Havana, you have to go to the Malecón, the city’s five-mile sea drive, and watch the sun set over the ocean. At this time of day, the Malecón transforms and comes to life. Street performers play all along the thoroughfare as the dusk sets in, couples go walking, and groups of friends talk and watch the waves together. It’s very beautiful.’ Avenida de Maceo IN HEMINGWAY’S FOOTSTEPS ‘Calle Obispo is a pedestrianised street that runs from the very heart of the city, Parque Central, right up to the ocean. It’s packed with small shops, cafés and food vendors. If you walk down here, you get a real snapshot of Havana, and all the sights and smells of the dusty colonial town.…

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your best fit

Any visitor to New York City can upgrade their experience with some focused local advice. The thing is, opinions here can change in a New York minute. Enter Localike, a travel service that’s constantly being updated by its roving scouts. Simply plug in details about your personality and interests, and, hey presto, a customised itinerary, built by your own consultant, will soon arrive in your in-box. The options in the online ‘tell us about yourself’ form are probably the most detailed we’ve seen from any similar platform: you can request to see the Big Apple as a late-sleeping bargain-hunter with a penchant for Vietnamese food, or an athletic fan of rooftop bars and literary history. We road-tested the service to see where we might end up on a future trip…

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cold spell

Who would go for a penny lick? Why does ‘brain freeze’ happen? What does a cloud of vanilla ice cream taste like? Resolve all these questions and more at Scoop: A Wonderful Ice Cream World, an interactive exhibition run by the newly popped-up British Museum of Food in London’s King’s Cross. The tour through the past and future of ice cream includes a chance to try historic flavours such as cucumber, a hit in 1845, at the attached Conehenge café. Tickets £13; until 30 September; bmof.org PHOTOGRAPHS: NICK GARBUTT, BOMPAS AND PARR…

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lesser-spotted wildlife

Resplendently remote, Maliau Basin is home to some of the best-preserved tropical rainforest on Borneo. Researchers didn’t set foot in the area until the 1980s; while it’s now a tad more accessible, it’s still a fitting focus for one of Natural World Safaris’ new series of RAW (remote, authentic and wild) trips, which explore wildlife destinations away from the well-rutted Jeep circuit. If you’ve already tracked tigers in India’s Rajasthan, how about looking for Asiatic lions in Gujarat? Been on a game-drive in Kenya? Then try a walking safari, accompanied by camels. In the Maliau Basin, you’ll embark on a five-night guided trek through the jungle, stopping in camps overnight. It’s a rare glimpse into a world of many-tiered waterfalls, insect-eating pitcher plants and unique creatures: if you’re lucky, you’ll…

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west sweden

Before you go , download our soundtrack for the weekend. Search Lonely Planet’s profile on Spotify to find ‘Swedish Road Trip’ in our Public Playlists 1 FRIDAY EVENING Fly into Gothenburg airport, pick up your hire car and head north. Your aiming point for the night is Baldersnäs Herrgård, a lakeside manor house 2½ hours’ drive away. The house has atmospheric rooms in the main building and in its annexes, but we prefer the peaceful two-room wooden cabins with verandas in its grounds a couple of miles away (from £115). Don’t miss out on the inventive five-course menus in the book-lined, candle-lit restaurant (from £40). baldersnas.eu 2 SATURDAY MORNING It’s time to get active. It’s a 20-minute drive to Silverlake Camp. Here, hire a two-man canoe and spend the morning paddling about the forest-fringed lakes…