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Win the trip of a lifetime - a figure observes the northern lights from the roof of a jeep Are you ready for the best moment of your life? © Lonely Planet

Travel can change you, transforming the way you see the world and your place in it. These life-altering experiences often boil down to one unforgettable moment: reaching the summit of a mountain, stumbling across a colourful festival or catching a long-yearned-for glimpse of a tiger in the wild.

You can find plenty of inspiring stories on this theme in our new title, The Best Moment of your Life. But enough about us ? this is your moment, which is why we?ve launched a competition giving you the chance to win a trip of a lifetime.

How to enter

Share your best ever travel experience by sending us a postcard. How? Visit the Explore Every Day hub to sign up. You?ll receive an email with details on how to send us your entry for free using the MyPostcard app. All you need is a great picture and an entertaining travel story! The entry we judge to be the most inspiring and engaging travel experience wins the prize.

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The prize

The lucky first-prize winner will win a World Expeditions trip for two to one of three epic destinations; choose from a Maldives Dhoni cruise, wild hiking in New Zealand or a mountain gorilla encounter in Uganda. We?ll throw in a copy of The Best Moment of your Life for good measure.

Five runners up will also receive a copy of The Best Moment of your Life.

Terms and conditions

Don't forget to read through our terms and conditions to ensure you are eligible to enter the Best Moment of your Life competition. We'll pick the most inspiring postcards to win these once-in-a-lifetime prizes. Hurry! Competition ends 5 October 2018.

Just back from: the Trans-Mongolian Railway


Trisha and her brother taking a selfie in front of a rural vista Enjoying the rural vistas on a short stint out of the train © Trisha Ping

Trisha Ping, Destination Editor for East and Mid USA, recently returned from a trip on the Trans-Mongolian Railway.

Tell us more? My brother and I spent three weeks travelling by train between Beijing and Moscow on the Trans-Mongolian Railway. The trip covered thousands of miles, three countries (China, Mongolia and Russia) and two continents. We made several stopovers of anywhere from eight hours to three days along the way, but a full third of the trip (seven days) was spent on the train. Our longest stint on the train was 52 hours through Russia, from Irkutsk to Yekaterinburg.

Defining moment? Dancing through the Mongolian dining car with the waiter and cook at 9am, then sharing a breakfast beer mixed with an egg (somewhat more palatable than it sounds, but not much). That was the first morning on the train and definitely set the tone for expecting the unexpected.

A street stall selling Kvas, a bread-based booze in Russia Grab a glass of bread-based booze Kvas from one of a plethora of street vendors © Trisha Ping

Good food and drink? There?s not much of a foodie scene in Mongolia or rural Russia. You?ll find lots of boiled or fried dumplings and other hearty, meat-heavy fare, frequently seasoned with dill and garnished with sour cream or fresh tomatoes and cucumbers. That said, Russia offers some tasty soups and stews beyond borscht (a sour vegetable soup): try rassolnik, a pickle soup with barley and beef, if you get a chance. And the omul (whitefish likened to salmon) from Lake Baikal is a must.

As for drinks ? yes, vodka is indeed everywhere, but tea is the train drink of choice. There?s hot water for the taking from the samovars (a decorative Russian tea urn) in each car, and in Russia you can borrow a train-issued tea glass from the carriage attendant. Kvas ? a lightly alcoholic, somewhat sour drink made from fermented bread ? is also really popular and cheap. It?s often dispensed from kegs or kiosks on city streets.

You?d be a muppet to miss? Chatting with your fellow travellers, even if you don?t speak the same language! Playing cards with Peruvians, practising French at a hostel in Ulan-Ude and trading tea and vocabulary words with a Russian father and son were some of the best parts of the trip.

Fridge magnet or better? The wool and cashmere in Mongolia is well worth the space in your luggage. I wish I had bought more pairs of yak wool socks!

Beautiful views over Lake Baikal Beautiful views over Lake Baikal © Trisha Ping

Fave activity? Watching the cultural differences between Europe and Asia unfold is one of many fascinating things about this trip, so visiting the spot where the two continents meet, just outside Yekaterinburg, was a highlight. It was worth the trouble to book a day excursion to Perm-36, the last surviving example of a Stalin-era gulag. The giant silver Chinggis Kahn statue outside Ulaanbaatar has to be seen to be believed. And you must spend at least a day on Lake Baikal. The sunsets here are breathtaking, and there are lakeside hikes that offer stunning views. The icy water prevents you from taking more than a quick dip, but it?s really good at keeping drinks cool while you?re lounging and people-watching on the beach.

Want more behind-the-scenes adventures? Find out what Pathfinder and travel blogger Cory Lee got up to on his recent trip to Morocco.

In the studio with James Gulliver Hancock, illustrator for How Airports Work


To celebrate the release of our new Lonely Planet Kids title, How Airports Work, we chatted in the studio with illustrator James Gulliver Hancock on how he set about illustrating an entire airport...

Tell us about the brief

When I read this brief I was instantly transported back to being a child ? I loved any book that explained how things work and I still do.

I?d worked with Lonely Planet before on How To Be a World Explorer, which really pushed me creatively. That project required me to draw everything from people wrestling crocodiles, to a super detailed plane cockpit. I was inspired by Stephen Biesty's detailed cutaway books of engines; I love drawings that make the world seem a little less chaotic and more understandable. I was so excited to finally be able to work on one of these books, I almost felt like I was making it for a seven-year-old version of myself!

It's great when clients and editors have ambitious ideas like drawing an entire airport or city. I?d never completed a project like this before and was up for the challenge.

How did you make a start?

I started with rough pencil drawings and traced those to produce final black and white line work. The Art Director at Lonely Planet provided me with preliminary sketches that detailed the layout of each page. Taking people?s ideas and research and trying to turn it into something that is visually engaging is a brilliant challenge.

Once my line drawings were approved, I made the final changes and added colour in Photoshop. I did a lot of printmaking when I was first starting out so I approach my work in a similar way now, even when it's digital. I only use two or three layers: one for the line work, which is then multiplied on to the colour layer below. I used a tablet to do the colour work and painted it in behind the line work. I made final tweaks and finishes before flattening the artwork into the layers needed for the book's different flaps.

Were there any challenges?

There were no major challenges ? I?m at a stage now where I feel confident to tackle projects that may push me. If I do the research, it usually works out. It was a little tricky getting to grips with the interactive flaps in the book but it was fun learning how to make it work!

What's the one item in your studio you can't live without?

It?s really simple: pencil and paper are all I need to make a start. I have plenty lying around my studio! You can make a start on anything with these fundamental tools ? from making a birthday card to designing a house. I tend to travel around a fair bit and have managed to adapt accordingly ? I can be working out of a backpack and produce the same stuff I would in a 1000 sq ft warehouse studio.

How did you get into illustrating books?

I sort of stumbled into illustration. I studied Visual Communications and had always aspired to work in interactive design, but that didn't satisfy me. I rediscovered my innate obsession with drawing when I went travelling ? I sketched every day instead of keeping a diary. Eventually, those drawings were noticed by publishers and some drawings I did of buildings in New York were published in my first book.

After this opportunity, I went on to illustrate more books, which I now do regularly. The reward of having a physical object come out of a project is such a delight. I enjoy all the other projects I work on but books are just such an achievement to produce!

James' illustrations

Initial spread sketches

Final spread: inside

Pathfinder spotlight: Joris and Joanna, The World Ahead of Us


Lonely Planet Pathfinders Joris and Joanna © The World Ahead of Us Lonely Planet Pathfinders Joris and Joanna © The World Ahead of Us

Creative duo Joris and Joanna from theworldaheadofus.com have been travelling the world for over six months, and they still have a lot more to explore. Here?s what they?ve learnt so far.

Tell us about your blog...

When we decided to travel the world for a year, we started thinking about how we could share our experiences with others, including our families and friends. Creating a blog was the obvious thing to do but we wanted to make it special.

We?re both graphic designers, and Joris is also a professional photographer. The journalistic photographs on our blog help us to tell better stories and show our readers what we?ve experienced in each country. We want to share real-life stories of the people we meet and the cultures we encounter.

Describe your travel style in three words...

Economical, insightful, different.

Sunrise at Mount Bromo, Indonesia © The World Ahead of Us Sunrise at Mount Bromo, Indonesia © The World Ahead of Us

Top three places you?ve visited?

A difficult question, especially considering that we?re only halfway through our travels. So far, although we had a rocky start there, we have to admit that India is just incredible. That?s followed by Laos, where we visited the incredible site of Vat Phou. Finally, Indonesia, where we had some of our biggest adventures.

Tell us about your most unforgettable travel memory

Unfortunately, some of the most unforgettable memories can be of bad experiences. Ours started on 5 August 2018, the day that a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused a lot of destruction on the island of Lombok. We were staying on Gili Air, a small island only 30km away and we felt the incredible force of nature.

Monks enjoying a visit to Vat Phou, Laos © The World Ahead of Us Monks enjoying a visit to Vat Phou, Laos © The World Ahead of Us

What advice would you give a first-time traveller?

  • It's OK to make mistakes.
  • Make a list with your travel essentials well ahead of time.
  • Don?t overpack.
  • Study the countries you?re planning to visit. Learn about the cultures and people.
  • Download apps like Uber/Grab/Ola for transportation and Maps.me for easy navigation. They'll save you a ton of money too!

Why do you love travel blogging?

We don?t want to be famous or change the world but when people read our blog, we get the satisfaction and joy of having shared some knowledge, experiences and photos. Ultimately, we hope to inspire people to get out there and see the world with their own eyes.

If you?re a member of our Pathfinders community and would like to share your story, keep your eye on the Lonely Planet Pathfinders forum for our monthly spotlight call-out.

Pathfinders: top posts from August 2018


Small house overlooking the green rice terraces of Sapa, Vietnam This month's round up includes a story of a memorable homestay experience in Sapa, Vietnam © chain45154 / Getty Images

What a month it?s been for our intrepid Pathfinders community. During August we?ve been regaled with colourful stories of pilgrimages in Peru, lesser-known alcoholic tipples in Mexico and a peculiar pastime popular in the Netherlands.

Picking our favourite blog posts each month is never easy, but here are our top five from August.

Lombok earthquake: our earth-shattering experience ? Angie & Simon

No traveller wants to dwell too long on the potential pitfalls of life on the road, but sometimes disaster strikes, as it did to Angie and her husband who were on Gili Air, Indonesia, during the recent magnitude seven earthquake that rocked the island. Angie?s account of that frenzied evening makes for pulse-quickening reading, but perhaps more rewarding are the inspiring stories of the aftermath, providing a rare first-hand insight into how a community rebounds from such an awful event.

Angie and Simon travel the world sharing advice, stories and experiences that they hope will inspire others to do the same. Find out more at feetdotravel.com.

Trekking Peru?s biggest religious pilgrimage ? Jess Vincent

Jess manages to pack a lot into this relatively short post: on the one hand it?s a classic adventure story about trekking in the Andes, on the other a tale of cultural exchange with pilgrims heading to the ancient Qoyllur Rit?i festival. It also functions as an environmental warning, documenting the impact climate change is having on our world. Whichever way you slice it, sharp writing and striking imagery makes Jess?s multifaceted first-person tale an engaging read.

Jess left her graduate job in the city to pursue her love of travel writing. Keep up with her adventures at nomadatravel.co.uk.

A guide to pulque, Mexico?s kombucha on steroids ? Chris & Kim

Chris?s post serves up the story of Mexico?s long-time favoured liquor; no, not tequila ? pulque. This lesser-sampled beverage, once strictly reserved for spiritual ceremonies before ? for a brief period ? becoming the most popular alcoholic drink in Mexico, is undergoing something of a revival. Chris mixes fascinating tales of the drink?s colourful heritage (the drink has its own goddess who lactates pulque from her 400 breasts) with tips on the best spots to sample the delicacy today.

Chris and Kim?s mission statement is to do what others don?t, see what others miss and escape the ordinary. Find out more at theunconventionalroute.com.

Mudflat walking in Friesland ? Andrew & Katryna

Travel is all about cultural immersion, as the old proverb goes: when in Rome, do as the Romans do. So when in the Netherlands, of course you have to try wadlopen, the long-time Dutch pastime of mudflat hiking. In this post Andrew and Katryna recount their experience of undertaking the whimsical activity, trekking through waist-high mud on a crossing from the mainland to the Frisian Islands. A fun take on a unique experience, Andrew and Katryna?s muddy tale is a well-polished read.

Andrew and Katryna, who hail from the USA but now live in the Netherlands, blog about exploring their European backyard (and beyond). Learn more at wherethesnowsgo.com.

Our authentic homestay in Sapa, Vietnam ? Jessica Korteman

Despite general commercialisation, a homestay remains one of the best ways to connect with local people during your travels. Jess?s post is testament to this, and, even in the well-trudged Sapa region of Vietnam, shows us not only that authentic homestay experiences exist, but reminds us how rewarding they can be: providing the opportunity to try local food, learn traditional agricultural techniques or, in Jess?s case, sample ?copious amounts? of ?happy water?.

Jessica and Hai aim to showcase the element of personal growth involved in travel and encourage others to hit the road. Read more of their stories at notesofnomads.com.


Find out what else the Lonely Planet Pathfinders are up to by checking out the Pathfinders forum on Thorn Tree.

Pathfinders: top Instagrams from August 2018


Edinburgh skyline at dusk © @maketimetoseetheworld

City skylines, natural wonders and dramatic viewpoints made this month?s round-up of the Pathfinder Instagrams that left us with severe wanderlust. From Edinburgh to Yucatán, these are the shots that are worth a second look.

London, UK

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?While exploring Hackney I stumbled upon an historic tower with views over London. It turns out that the tower is only open once a month for a couple of hours, so I completely lucked out. When I climbed to the top I was rewarded with this great view over the local area and city skyline. I loved watching the red buses go by as I photographed it.? ? Julie, @aladyinlondon

Why we like it: Red buses? Check. Iconic skyscrapers in the distance? Check. Grey horizon? Check. Julie?s capture has all the elements of a quintessential London snap, but with the added character of one of its hottest neighbourhoods. The diagonal lines created by the bridge and roadway draw the eye to the centre of the image, whilst the bridge itself and all-important red buses add vibrant pops of colour.

Palawan, Philippines

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?Tropical islands and remote beaches. Just two of the endless reasons to love the Philippines.? ? Richard, @traveltramp_uk

Why we like it: Whatever way you look at it, Richard has captured a true paradise island. Skilfully framed drone shots offer a unique take on nature?s beauty, and this frame showcases a stunning symphony of colours and textures. The streams of sunlight tumbling down onto the water in the image?s top left hand corner add an unusual, almost sepia tone ? if only we could teleport there!

Stavanger, Norway

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?Today was one of those amazing family travel days which we?ll remember for a long time to come. We hiked Florli 4444, near Stavanger in Norway. 4444 steps up an old trolley railway, which used to service a hydroelectric power station, the hike affords amazing views of Lysefjord below. I?m not sure how we did it ? the hike was pretty tough, but so worthwhile. Two hours up and about the same down (by a different route, as the steps are too dangerous to hike down)!? ? Nicky, @goliveyoung

Why we like it: 4444 steps?? Well, Nicky?s capture makes us feel as though we?ve hiked at least some of them, what with her ingenious perspective drawing the gaze down the railway towards the water below. The best travel snaps always incite a sense of adventure, and this is a frame that really gets the blood pumping and the feet itching to explore.

Yucatán, Mexico

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?I woke up very early and drove to this amazing cenote, called ?Suytun? ? it was a perfect opportunity to explore the place and learn about its story. The cenotes are underground caverns with spring water reserves. These types of cenotes are formed when the drops of water falling from above dissolve the limestone rock and form stalactites that create these incredibly shaped rocks. These cenotes were once sacred places for Mayans, where they performed sacrifices, rituals and ceremonies.? ? Michele, @michele_roux

Why we like it: This image is a masterclass in perspective shooting, making full use of the lone figure to showcase the sheer scale of the cenote and its impressive stalactites. The muted colour palette of the cavern and rock formations only serves to make the bright turquoise of the water all the more vibrant, and beckons the viewer into the centre of the image. Razor-sharp focus and perfect framing ? hats off!

Edinburgh, Scotland

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?I attended the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo as ?media?, which allowed me access to the roof of the stadium and gave me a unique vantage point above the city. This shot was taken looking over the city centre rooftops and back down the Royal Mile at sunset. I grabbed it just before the Massed Pipes and Drums started to march into the stadium to the start the performance. Sunsets and bagpipes are a stellar combination!? ? Vicki, @maketimetoseetheworld

Why we like it: City skylines are always great Instagram fodder, but there's something about the golden evening light and dramatically dappled sky that combine to make Vicki's capture extra special. She expertly draws the eye from the bottom of the frame through to its centre, having framed the Royal Mile perfectly. This is a shot that is overflowing with atmosphere, and showcases the city's unique charm with effortless finesse.

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Wonderings: why wildlife watching is not just about the animals


Illustration of a traveller looking out of a train window at a lake with mountains and forest in the background © Joe Davis / Lonely Planet Wonderings: rambles through and reflections on travel... this month, James Kay explains why wildlife watching is a pleasurable pursuit even when the animals don't show up © Joe Davis / Lonely Planet

Hundreds of feet above us, a troop of howler monkeys swung through the canopy, their progress betrayed by a fall of leaves and bursts of barking. But even with the aid of my guide?s binoculars, it was hard to catch a good glimpse of them.

We were halfway through our walking tour of Costa Rica?s most famous bosque nuboso ? Spanish for cloud forest ? but spotting any animals amid its giant ferns and twisted vines was proving far harder than I had expected.

They?re present, though: perched high on the backbone of the Continental Divide, Monteverde is renowned for them; its biodiversity lures a subset of travellers like moths to a flame (there are 5000 species of those alone, by the way).

My quest focused on one creature in particular: a bird with a punk hairstyle, a bright red breast and extravagant tail feathers that trail behind it in mid-air like a pair of party streamers, flashing emerald or electric blue depending on the angle of the light.

Shake your tail feather

Those tail feathers caught the eye of the Aztecs and Mayas, who considered the resplendent quetzal to be sacred, a deity on the wing. Not for the first time then, I was looking for god; but after an hour, it became clear that an act of divine intervention might be required.

The reasons why cloud forests are so full of life are also the reasons why they sometimes foil wildlife watchers; the most coveted creatures spend their time in the mist-shrouded treetops or padding unseen through the undergrowth.

A resplendent quetzal in flight The resplendent quetzal lives up to its name? if you?re lucky enough to spy one © Ondrej Prosicky / Shutterstock

A good guide can increase your chances of encountering an elusive object of desire, but in the event of a no-show, they prove their worth in other ways. Mine encouraged me to see the wood from the trees.

By pointing out how moss and lichen decorate every branch in a dozen shades of green, by explaining how tiny orchids draw their sustenance from the moist air, by showing how a fig slowly strangles its host to death, he made me realise that the forest was more exotic than anything living within it. Learning about the intricacies of that ecosystem ultimately left a deeper, richer impression than spotting a colourful product of it.

It's the quest, not the quetzal

The quetzal didn?t materialise for me in Monteverde, but it does appear in Lonely Planet?s A-Z of Wildlife Watching, along with 300 other noteworthy species ranging from an aardvark to a zorilla (before you ask... not the Seussian result of a romance between a zebra and an ape; picture a particularly peeved-looking skunk and you?ve got the general idea).

But here?s the thing about wildlife watching as a distinct dimension of travel: although it would be silly to say the animals are beside the point (from personal experience, I strongly recommend you don?t spend hours on a zodiac, feeling increasingly seasick and sunburned, in a whale-free part of the Atlantic), the act of searching for them counts for a lot.

For me, the quest?s relationship to the quetzal is similar to the journey?s relationship to the destination ? at times, the former might be more important than the latter. So although you may not see a bittern or a kinkajou or a quoll, the effort of trying will certainly expose you to the remarkable and often fragile environments where they?re found. Just as absence can sometimes make the heart grow fonder, it may lead you to value them even more. And, provided you travel responsibly, your search can play a part in safeguarding them, too.

FREE mini-guides: Manchester, Sardinia, Berlin and Goa


Lonely Planet Magazine's October issue is out now! © Lonely Planet Lonely Planet Magazine's October issue is out now! © Lonely Planet

October's edition of Lonely Planet Magazine (UK) is out now! Featuring walking adventures in Jordan, a Croatian escape and a guide to the world's tastiest food experiences, there's plenty to get your mind wandering to far-flung corners of the globe.

Be inspired to start planning a real-life adventure with our mini-guides ? found in the back of the magazine every month ? available here to download for free!

Palm-lined Palolem Beach in southern Goa © Lena Serditova / Shutterstock Palm-lined Palolem Beach in southern Goa © Lena Serditova / Shutterstock

Best of Goa

Goa is a kaleidoscopic blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures unfurling along a virtually uninterrupted string of golden-sand beaches. Dive into the best of all the brilliance that Goa has to offer.

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Diners at converted meat market Mackie Mayor © Nathaniel Noir / Alamy Diners at converted meat market Mackie Mayor © Nathaniel Noir / Alamy

Manchester food and drink

Manchester, as any Mancunian will tell you, is the jewel in the crown of northern England. Key to its appeal is an ever-blossoming food and drink culture. This guide highlights the city?s top eateries and bars.

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A musical moment amid Flohmarkt im Mauerpark © Günter Steffan / Visitberlin.de A musical moment amid Flohmarkt im Mauerpark © Günter Steffan / Visitberlin.de

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Pathfinder pics: epic hiking on New Zealand?s South Island


New Zealand is home to nine ?Great Walks?: premier hiking tracks that pass through the country?s most spectacular scenery. The South Island in particular offers some the finest hiking in the world. We spent two weeks touring the island to get a taste of these pristine trails, several of which are featured in Lonely Planet?s Epic Hikes of the World.

Here are some of our hiking ? or as the locals call it, 'tramping? ? highlights.

Our first view from the Abel Tasman Coastal Track

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The Abel Tasman Coastal Track is peppered with vistas like this along its 60km of oceanside trail. Located in the Abel Tasman National Park, the trail is named after Dutch seafarer Abel Janszoon Tasman, the first known European to reach New Zealand during his voyage of 1642.

A secluded cove on the Abel Tasman Coastal Track

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The Abel Tasman National Park boasts golden beaches, clear waters and lush coastal native bush ? ideal terrain for long-distance hiking. The total trail length is around 60km (2-3 days), but we only had time for a brisk 13km during our half-day hike.

The boardwalk of the ?k?rito Trig Walk

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Just north of Franz Josef Glacier sits the coastal settlement of ?k?rito and the ?k?rito Lagoon. The Trig is a short but vigorous walk up to a lookout of sweeping views: a panoramic vista across the surrounding ocean, estuary, sea cliffs, lush forest and, of course, the Southern Alps.

Crossing the Routeburn Flats in Mount Aspiring National Park

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We completed a section of this classic New Zealand hike as part of our active tour with G Adventures and Lonely Planet. The 32km alpine track follows the Routeburn River for 15km through ice-carved valleys beneath the majestic peaks of the Southern Alps.

A perfect place to pause for a picnic

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We arrived at this picturesque picnic spot halfway through our hike of the Routeburn Track. Situated in the shadows of the Humboldt Mountains is the Routeburn Flats Hut, a popular bunkhouse and camping site for hikers. It also offers captivating views across the valley floor.

Perhaps the finest view in all of New Zealand?

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The short but sweet hike around Lake Matheson in Westland Tai Poutini National Park provides one of the finest views in all of New Zealand. The reflective, still waters make for stunning views of New Zealand's highest mountains: Aoraki / Mount Cook at 3724m and Mount Tasman at 3497m.

Lace up your boots and hit the tracks of the planet's greatest walking trails, with our new title Epic Hikes of the World.

Travel quiz: August edition


Aerial of pedestrians at Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo © Sean Pavone / Shutterstock Which bustling capital city was once known as Edo? Find out in our quiz © Sean Pavone / Shutterstock

Do you know which country the archipelago of Zanzibar belongs to? Or which US state has orange juice as its official beverage? Test your knowledge of travel trivia with the August edition of our monthly travel quiz, based around stories featuring in this month?s Lonely Planet magazine. Can you score 100%?


Desperate for more travel trivia? Have a go at last month?s quiz.

Find quizzes just like this, plus plenty of travel inspiration and planning tips in Lonely Planet's UK magazine.

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