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Lonely Planet December 2017

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

Welcome to our annual Best in Travel issue! This is our chance to celebrate the places we’d most love to encourage you to visit over the year ahead (p42). Our coverage in the magazine is a smörgåsbord of the best countries, regions, cities, paradise islands, budget options, and cultural destinations perfect for families. To explore these winners and more in depth, let me point you in the direction of our Best in Travel 2018 book – you can claim your copy by taking out a subscription, also a fine way to tick a Christmas gift off your list (p16). You’ll already have found a whopping hint as to our number one country on the cover of this issue, and more views from it are shown here. Chile is a spectacularly…

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behind the scenes

Gongs aplenty for Lonely Planet magazine We were thrilled to be named Consumer Publication of the Year at the annual Travel Media Awards! Senior features writer Oliver Smith also scooped Consumer Writer of the Year, and the Photography Award went to long-standing contributor Jonathan Gregson. And at the AITO Awards, Sophie McGrath was named Young Travel Writer of the Year for her magazine piece on the Great Lakes in the US. LP LOVE The prize for ‘creative reuseof Lonely Planet’ goes to readers Lorayne and Jeff Wall. When the travel-obsessed pair tied the knot this summer, the bunting at their reception was made by their friends and family using back issues of the magazine! JUST BACK FROM... THE ROUTE NAPOLÉON Sub-editor Rory Goulding has just returned from a French road trip, driving the Route Napoléon…

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VARANASI, INDIA The light fantastic Every evening thousands of people assemble at Dashashwamedh Ghat, the wide riverfront steps in Varanasi, to view the Hindu ritual of aarti. Priests in traditional Indian clothes hold oil lamps and move in time to music. Hundreds of pilgrims, photographers and tourists rent boats to watch the show, and every inch of the ghat is occupied, with people even standing on nearby rooftops. It was an extraordinary experience and a visually beautiful ceremony. I wanted to take a picture so I could relive it again and again. For me, there is no better place to celebrate my life than with the multitude of people, of all colours and cultures, at the aarti ceremony. TRAPANI, SICILY New dawn You get a fantastic view of Trapani’s skyline and its medieval walls from…

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Star attraction IT’S BEEN A DECADE IN THE PIPELINE, but the Louvre Abu Dhabi finally opens its doors to the public this month. Designed as the centrepiece of a new cultural district in the city, the gallery appears as an island city floating in the waters of the Arabian gulf. The 55 exhibition spaces sit under a gigantic domed roof made up of thousands of interlocking stars, which throw patterns onto the floors and tidal pools below. The effect, according to its architect, is of a ‘parasol creating a shower of lights’. Of course, this is a Louvre, so there are plenty of star-gazing opportunities inside, too. The gallery’s collection stretches from prehistorical objects – such as the Bactrian Princess created in Central Asia nearly 5,000 years ago (right) – to…

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new winter getaways

PROVING THAT LOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING is Istanbul’s Room Mate Emir. It has the feel and design of an expensive hotel, but rooms clock in at a rate more often seen at mid-range guesthouses. Set among the ever-evolving district of Beyoğlu, brimming with cafés, galleries and restaurants, the hotel has a relaxed ‘home from home’ ethos. Pops of colour and bright furnishings are the perfect antidote to a dark British winter. Lie-ins are guaranteed, with breakfast generously offered ’til midday. Rooms from £90; room-matehotels.com HABITAS IN TULUM HAS THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, sandwiched between the Mexican jungle and the Caribbean sea. Not that you might see much of either, such are the distractions on offer in the hotel itself. As well as a restaurant and beachside bar, you’ll find a rooftop…

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perfect pitch

In the UK, camping in early winter entails soggy sleeping bags and gale-force winds. In Morocco, however, this is the best time of year to spend under canvas, with cooling breezes gusting in from the Atlantic. Upgrade your pitch by heading to Scarabeo – an encampment in the Agafay Desert with palatial tents adorned with wrought-iron lanterns and antique globes. When you’ve had enough of playing at being a sultan, take a guided trek into the wadis nearby, with the snow-capped Atlas Mountains looming on the horizon. MAKE IT HAPPEN Scarabeo is an hour’s drive from Marrakesh (from £220; half-board). The camp can organise transfers and trekking in the nearby landscapes (airport transfer £45, trekking from £65; scarabeocamp.com). BA and easyJet fly direct to Marrakesh from Gatwick; Ryanair from Liverpool, Luton and Stansted…